Monday, December 22, 2008

22 Dec 2008: Native News from PECHANGA.net


ICT Editorial: 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.

Tribe says police blockaded NY reservation (NEW YORK) -- An American Indian tribe is suing Suffolk County, saying a police blockade of entrances to its reservation was a case of harassment and racial discrimination.

Long Island tribe files harass suit vs. cops (NEW YORK) -- An American Indian tribe is suing Suffolk County, saying a police blockade of entrances to its reservation was a case of harassment and racial discrimination.

New era at tribe / Derek Bailey sworn in as new GTB chairman (MICHIGAN) -- Clutching an eagle fan believed to give a leader the courage to "speak in a good way," the youngest tribal chairman in the history of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians stepped up to the podium on stage at the Leelanau Sands Casino Showroom Thursday afternoon immediately after being sworn in.

Klamath Tribes Recovering Identity (OREGON) -- Standing in the shadows of a dilapidated lumber mill, Jeff Mitchell picked up a piece of firewood from the pile on the cold concrete floor and held it in the sunlight.

Red Wing Officials Deny Racial Profiling (MINNESOTA) -- Red Wing city officials said they are puzzled by allegations that police have been singling out people driving out of the Prairie Island Indian Community.

YouTube video brings arrest in artifacts case (CALIFORNIA) -- A Eureka man suspected of stealing artifacts from Yurok Tribe burial grounds in Patrick's Point State Park was arrested in Humboldt County this week after officials found videos on YouTube that documented his exploits.

JODI RAVE: 11 Indian nations, including Crow, to join inaugural parade (MONTANA) -- When Indian veteran Tommy Webster carries his tribe's eagle staff in the inaugural parade, he won't be alone. "He'll be having 5,000 spirits with him," said Kerry Metoxen, director of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin's veterans office. "All of our prior veterans who passed on will be with him."

Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas’ community service a boon for students (RHODE ISLAND) -- As the head of a sovereign nation, Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas spends most days at a desk on Indian land, governing a scattered tribe of 2,400 Narragansetts.

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.

Bailey outlines goals for 'improvements' (MICHIGAN) -- Ed. note: New Tribal Chairman Derek Bailey of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, who was sworn in to his new position Thursday, talked with Enterprise reporter Eric Carlson Friday on a wide range of topics. Following is their conversation:

Tribes may gain more river input (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- A group that deals with issues involving the Missouri River has changed its bylaws to increase the representation by Indian tribes.

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