Sunday, December 21, 2008

21 Dec 2008: Native News from

Why Indian issues often tied up in courts, regulatory processes (NEW YORK) -- New York Gov. David Paterson’s signature last week on the Indian cigarette tax bill likely adds one more issue to the mountain of legal fights involving the state’s tribes.

On taxes, negotiation is the only path (NEW YORK) -- A New York state bill intended to enforce collection of taxes on tobacco products sold by Indian-owned businesses was signed into law by Gov. David Paterson last week. This is a discriminatory, deeply flawed law.

Standing Rock among tribes in Obama's inaugural parade (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- When Native veteran Tommy Webster of the Oneida Wisconsin Nation carries his tribe's eagle staff in the inaugural parade, he won't be alone.

Obama’s choice of Salazar for Interior: 3 letters (COLORADO) -- The choice of our senator, Ken Salazar, may seem like a coup coming from Colorado, but as the owners of our public lands, do we want a former rancher managing our public lands?

Mushkooub will contest election results / Cites irregularities and violations of constitution, statutes (MINNESOTA) -- Mushkooub, who finished second to Marge Anderson in the Dec. 16 Mille Lacs Band primary election, said he will contest the results because of irregularities and violations of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe constitution and Mille Lacs Band statutes.

Desert Rock rights of way pass 3 Navajo committees (ARIZONA) -- The proposed Desert Rock coal-fired power plant has received right-of-way approvals from three Navajo Nation committees. The right of way for the 1,500-megawatt project have been approved by the Economic Development, Resources and Intergovernmental Relations committees.

Business as Usual: Navajo spin machine pushes power plant (NEW MEXICO) -- While the Navajo Nation and Desert Rock power plant spin machines churn out deceptive information, the grassroots Navajo people say 'NO' to another power plant and business as usual for the 88 Navajo council men and women.

Internet video of artifacts looting leads to arrest (CALIFORNIA) -- A man has been arrested on suspicion of looting an ancient American Indian tribal village site -- actions that were then posted on the Internet.

YouTube video leads to graverobber's arrest (CALIFORNIA) -- The discerning eye of a federal Bureau of Land Management employee and the investigative skills of Patrick's Point State Park Ranger Greg Hall led to the arrest of a Eureka man this week on suspicion of looting archaeological items from an ancient tribal village site.

Mohawk Nation News: Real Algonquins at Barriere lake (QUEBEC) -- Yes, Virginia, there are real Algonquins. Created the natural way. Without any help from Canada’s Indian Affairs or their bureaucratic “Svengali”, Mother Joan Holmes.

Cowlitz Tribe Obtains $580,000 Salmon Grant (WASHINGTON) -- The Cowlitz Indian Tribe has been awarded more than $580,000 in grants for two projects to restore salmon habitat in Southwest Washington. The funds were awarded by the state Salmon Recovery Funding Board.

A chilly blast / Cameron residents give cold welcome to Kennedy wind-power initiative (ARIZONA) -- Joseph Kennedy II, CEO of Citizens Energy, took the brunt of a community's disappointment with the central Navajo government when he came to the Cameron Chapter last week with a proposal to build wind-power generators here.

Zuni Pueblo Helps Rare New Mexico Fish (NEW MEXICO) -- A fish once found throughout the Zuni River watershed has been reduced to three small populations in a couple of remote canyons that slice through western New Mexico, so biologists and conservationists have teamed up to keep the fish from disappearing.

EPA slams brakes on Colusa landfill (CALIFORNIA) -- Opponents of a proposed landfill on tribal land in Colusa County are hailing a decision by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that may slow the project.

Study useful for business in rural areas (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- A study done at south Dakota State University could increase the success rate of business in rural areas. It examines the minimum population that's needed to support certain businesses, such as a furniture store or a restaurant.

Cherokee Tribal Youth Council sworn in (OKLAHOMA) -- With friends and family in attendance, twelve young Cherokee citizens were sworn in recently to represent their Nation on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council.

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