Tuesday, December 23, 2008

23 Dec 2008: Native News from PECHANGA.net

NICWA responds to Brown’s comments (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Recently, national media outlets have reported on the case of an American Indian child who was placed for adoption with a non-Indian couple in Utah.

Leech Lake issues statement on baby's adoption (MINNESOTA) -- The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe issued a statement Saturday in which it thanked a Utah family for its care of baby “Talon” and said the baby is safe and happy.

N.Y. Indian Tribes Vow to Fight Cigarette Tax Bill (NEW YORK) -- December 22, 2008 -- Indian tribal leaders will fight a new bill signed by state Governor David Paterson that would require cigarette manufacturers and stamping agents to be accountable for sales of untaxed cigarettes by Indians to non-Indians, Indian Country Today reported.

After hurricanes, Indian Santa takes on added meaning (LOUISIANA) -- There were toothy smiles, looks of wonder and a few terrified glances at the man in the red suit as more than 200 children from Terrebonne’s most storm-battered community got a visit with Santa and gifts Saturday at the Dulac Community Center.

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.

Massive task awaits Salazar at Interior (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Sen. Ken Salazar has some homework to do. If he's confirmed as interior secretary, he inherits a massive bureaucracy beset by perennial headaches, and some of the toughest issues are far outside his Colorado comfort zone.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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."

Native Stories, Our Stories: Tribes aim to define themselves for history project (MONTANA) -- Dave Beck called it his “Welcome to Montana moment.” It was the week of Thanksgiving 2000, when his daughter brought home a note asking all the kids to dress up like pilgrims and Indians the day before the holiday.

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