Wednesday, December 24, 2008

24 Dec 2008: Native News from

Two top leaders of the Hopi Tribe to resign amid turmoil (ARIZONA) -- The two top leaders of the Hopi Tribe say they will resign Dec. 31 in hopes of putting to rest what has been political chaos on the northern Arizona reservation.

Native leaders say climate affecting caribou populations (POLAND) -- Chief Bill Erasmus of the Dene nation in northern Canada brought a stark warning about the climate crisis: The once abundant herds of caribou are dwindling, rivers are running lower and the ice is too thin to hunt on.

Mastic tribe's suit: Suffolk cops harassed residents (NEW YORK) -- Residents of the Unkechaug Indian Nation entering and exiting the Poospatuck Reservation in Mastic were searched and harassed by Suffolk police at a checkpoint this month, according to a discrimination lawsuit the tribe filed in federal court.

Tribe Sues in Brooklyn Court Over Police Blockade (NEW YORK) -- An American Indian tribe is suing Suffolk County in Brooklyn federal court, saying a police blockade of entrances to its reservation was a case of harassment and racial discrimination.

Utah custody fight complicated by tribal law (UTAH) -- Heather and Clint Larson hoped they'd be spending Christmas with a newly adopted 6-month-old boy. Instead, after a monthslong court battle, the couple had to hand him over to representatives of the birth mother's American Indian tribe and watch him being driven away.

California says Yucca poses threat to people, resources (WASHINGTON, DC) -- California is urging federal regulators to turn down the Energy Department's bid to build a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, charging analysts did not fully study how the plan would affect Death Valley groundwater and the state's transportation networks.

County, tribe join challenges of nuke dump plan (LAS VEGAS) -- Clark County and a nonprofit Timbisha Shoshone corporation have joined the state of Nevada in challenging the federal Energy Department application for a license to build and operate the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

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

JODI RAVE: Tribes to take part in Obama parade (WASHINGTON, DC) -- When Native 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.”

DORREEN YELLOW BIRD: Over time, Scrooge makes more sense (NORTH DAKOTA) -- Thinking back over the years, I see that Christmas has changed tremendously for me. It was a much-anticipated, magical time when I was a child. In spite of the fact that our family had little money, my parents always saw to it that we had some kind of gift.

Native Stories, Our Stories: Lasting impact of gathering tribal history (MONTANA) -- About the only thing Ken Morsette couldn't print in Stone Child College's print shop is the school's own tribal history book.

Peabody to combine mines, upsetting tribes (ARIZONA) -- Despite activists’ and tribal objections, the federal agency that regulates surface mining approved a permit revision that combines the coal reserves and facilities of Peabody Energy’s two Arizona coal mines.

American Indians threaten suit over Peabody’s Arizona mine (ARIZONA) -- American Indian tribes are threatening legal action to challenge a federal permit allowing Peabody Energy Co. to extend mining on Navajo and Hopi lands, Bloomberg reported.

Stickhandling his way through aboriginal politics (VANCOUVER) -- When it comes to the school of hard knocks there's nothing like growing up in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, spending your weekends getting lacrosse sticks whacked up the side of your head, or becoming the youngest elected member of a native band council.

Annual ride honors victims of Wounded Knee massacre (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Kim Cameron is about to set off on a nearly 300-mile journey into the past. She and other American Indian horseback riders began the annual Big Foot Memorial Ride on Monday Dec. 15 at Sitting Bull’s grave site. They hope to finish at Wounded Knee battle site in two weeks.

Dakota 38 riders gallop through Flandreau (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- It started with a dream. Jim Miller, a 60–year–old Vietnam veteran, Lakota Spiritual Leader and a descendant of the Dakota Sioux Tribe, said he dreamt of himself on a horse, traveling east.

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