Thursday, December 25, 2008

25 Dec 2008: Native News from

Judge stops state from collecting cigarette taxes on Indian reservations (NEW YORK) -- A judge in Erie County has temporarily barred the state from enforcing a new law requiring the collection of taxes on cigarettes sold on Indian reservations.

Tribe delivers turkeys for holidays (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- The Rosebud Sioux Tribe purchased 2,600 frozen turkeys for Christmas distribution to households in the 21 communities on the Rosebud Reservation.

Ya'at'eeh Keshmish! (ARIZONA) -- Though the Christian celebration of Christmas or the mainstream version with Santa Claus are not a part traditional Navajo culture, the origins of Christmas on Navajo, or Keshmish, may have begun with an annual gathering every winter that used to take place long ago, or they may have begun with religious denominations coming onto Navajo lands to teach Navajo children.

Perseverance gets toys get to the Pine Ridge reservation (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- This is the Christmas that almost wasn't for about 500 children on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation. A truck filled with toys broke down about halfway along its 480-mile journey from Omaha.

BIA ruling reinstates disenrolled family (CALIFORNIA) -- A ruling by the BIA that could decide the outcome of a tribal rift was handed down Dec. 1 upholding – for the second time – the tribal enrollment of a man and his decedents.

Sask. First Nations not impressed with consultation policy (SASKATCHEWAN) -- Some Saskatchewan First Nations aren't happy with a proposed government policy on how they will be consulted on oil, gas and mineral exploration.

Native stories, our stories: Dilemmas of sharing culture (MONTANA) -- Minerva Allen tells a story about Inkdomi, the Assiniboine trickster god, and the day he discovered red berries floating in the water.

Native American Battle Over a Mission San Juan Capistrano Garden Gets Ugly (CALIFORNIA) -- A legal battle over beautification of a long-neglected dirt lot over Mission San Juan Capistrano’s Old Cemetery is born out of “a vendetta,” according to one attorney arguing the case.

Tacoma, Skokomish Tribe reach agreement on dams (WASHINGTON) -- Skokomish Tribe and the city of Tacoma have reached a settlement in a legal dispute lasting nearly 80 years.

GOP says Yucca site a solution (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Fresh from their tour of Yucca Mountain earlier this month, Republican Party leaders are turning up the volume on their calls for Nevadans to reconsider the proposed nuclear waste site as a possible salve for the state's budget woes.

Arctic ice melting faster than predicted: expert (NORTH CANADA) -- Global warming and changing winds may mean Santa Claus is going to need a new summer home sooner than expected.

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