Friday, December 19, 2008

19 Dec 2008: Native News from

Lawsuit Filed Against Sioux Falls Catholic Lawsuit Alleges Abuse (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- 14 lawsuits were filed today against the Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese, priests and nuns. The suits accuse them of abusing Native American kids at the Marty Indian School.

Lawyer for Catholic Diocese: Marty Indian School operated independently (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Responding to charges of sexual abuse at the Marty Indian School, a lawyer for the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls said the school operated independent of the diocese.

Cayuga County and Seneca County prosecutors agree to delay Cayuga Indian Nation cigarette tax-evasion case (NEW YORK) -- Don't expect criminal charges to be prosecuted any time soon in the Cayuga Indian Nation cigarette tax-evasion case.

Our view: Law requires Indian tribes’ cooperation (NEW YORK) -- When Gov. David Paterson signed a law Monday intended to enforce the collection of excise taxes on cigarettes sold at Indian-owned stores, he showed he’s ready to do what’s best for his state.

DinĂ© lose $2.2 M on poultry venture (ARIZONA) -- The Navajo Dam Escrow Account has taken another hit. The Nation Controller’s Office has instructed Wells Fargo Bank to send $1.2 million used as collateral for a proposed egg farm to Native American Bank.

Navajo Nation squanders $3.5 million in loan busts (NEW MEXICO) -- That giant rushing water sound. It's millions of dollars in Navajo Nation loans, $3.5 million to be exact, getting sucked down the drain with nothing to show for it except those ever-popular groundbreaking ceremonies.

Judge strips owner of Duroville (CALIFORNIA) -- The longtime operator of a poverty-stricken mobile home park south of Coachella was given the boot on Thursday by a federal judge who said the man had failed to implement changes the court ordered months ago.

Dorgan to continue as Senate Indian Affairs chairman (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced that Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., will have a second term serving as chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Nev. couple fighting to regain custody of Diné toddler (NEVADA) -- Nevada social service officials have gone to the state Supreme Court in an effort to secure the adoption of a Navajo child by a non-Native couple with whom she has lived for most of her life.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe: Adoption fight over 6-month-old baby (MINNESOTA) -- Baby Talon has been removed from one family and given to another. Talon is the 6-month-old boy in the middle of a legal battle that made national headlines this week.

Disagreement With Mescalero Apache Tribal Council Leaves Man On The Street (NEW MEXICO) -- A member of the Mescalero Apache tribe in Southern New Mexico said he and his kids were dis-enrolled from the tribe because of a disagreement with a tribal council member.

KEVIN ABOUREZK: Looking Back on a Year Spent in Limbo (NEBRASKA) -- This time of year, everyone has a list. Who's been naughty, who's been nice. What I want for Christmas. New Year's resolutions. The Golden Globes.

Suzan Shown Harjo: Some praise and some piling on too (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Now that Washington is 7-7 after losing to Cincinnati, it’s clear to all but the most fanatical boosters that the Washington football team is not going to the Super Bowl.

Hutchins: How to fix U.S. tribal policy (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The election of a U.S. President whose heritage includes multiple ethnicities has been hailed around the world as a milestone for racial integration.

Ho-Chunk law enforcement agreement beneficial (WISCONSIN) -- An on-going agreement between the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Ho-Chunk Nation has proved to be beneficial over the years when it comes to law enforcement.

Barrow dance group will perform for Obama (ALASKA) -- About 10 days ago, Barrow resident Rex Okakok Sr. got the news that a dance group he belongs to, the Suurimmanitchuat Eskimo Dance Group, led today by elder Warren Matumeak, would be heading to Washington, D.C., to perform in the Jan. 20 Inaugural Parade following President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony. Palmer’s Colony High School marching band is also invited to perform.

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