Friday, December 26, 2008

26 Dec 2008: Native News from

Judge issues order blocking cigarette tax / Oneidas hail legal action (NEW YORK) -- A judge in Erie County has issued an order that could block the enforcement of an Indian cigarette tax bill signed by Gov. David Paterson earlier this month, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said.

Appeals court calls for speedy trust hearing (MONTANA) -- Elouise Cobell, lead plaintiff in the 12-year-old class action lawsuit over the government mismanagement of Indian Trust accounts, expressed appreciation last week that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ordered a speedy hearing in the case.

Lawsuit filed over tribal wages / Former chairman is target of suit (MICHIGAN) -- Tribal officials with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians are caught up in another lawsuit.

Native Stories, Our Stories: Storytellers - Oral tradition plays important role in Crow tribal history (MONTANA) -- This is a story about telling stories. I had traveled 350 miles, the distance from Washington, D.C., to Boston, to meet Hubert Two Leggins in Crow Agency, the self-titled Tipi Capital of the World.

Alaska Native woman makes the grade (ALASKA) -- After five years of preparation and study, Alaska Native Brandy Niclai has earned the prestigious international Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. She is likely the first Alaska Native woman to acquire her CFA.

Expansion of Clinics Shapes a Bush Legacy (TENNESSEE) -- Although the number of uninsured and the cost of coverage have ballooned under his watch, President Bush leaves office with a health care legacy in bricks and mortar: he has doubled federal financing for community health centers, enabling the creation or expansion of 1,297 clinics in medically underserved areas.

Peabody to combine mines, upsetting tribes (NEW MEXICO) -- 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.

Presidential change may help Desert Rock plant (NEW MEXICO) -- New Mexico Attorney General Gary King anticipates the federal Environmental Protection Agency soon will have a new director, a change that gives him hope that Desert Rock Power plant issues will be fairly considered.

Supporters trying to raise money for drilling bids (UTAH) -- Supporters of an environmental activist who infiltrated a government auction for oil and gas parcels in Utah are trying to raise money to help cover his bids.

Health Disparities in Indian Country (USA) -- Geraldine Fasthorse (Mason) was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1982 and high blood pressure in 1984 while living and working in ashington State. She was diagnosed with arthritis in 1993 and steoporosis in 2004.

Historic museum mural gets a facelift (ILLINOIS) -- Restoration experts this week commenced work on a two-month project to restore a century-old art mural with ties to Wilmette's early history.

Responses to Statehood provides venue for Native perspectives (MINNESOTA) -- Waziyatawin (Angela Wilson), Ph.D., a Dakota scholar and activist, and the Minnesota Humanities Center in Saint Paul have collaborated to create Responses to Statehood, an online video project that showcases Dakota and Ojibwe perspectives on Minnesota statehood and the sesquicentennial.

Book on Tlingit battle wins national award (ALASKA) -- Among the 14 winners of the Before Columbus Foundation's 28th annual American Book Awards was "Anóoshi Lingít Aaní Ká: Russians in Tlingit America, The Battles of Sitka 1802 and 1804" - a book by Juneau residents Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer and the late Lydia Black, of Fairbanks.

Dig clears way for Freeport Bridge reconstruction (PENNSYLVANIA) -- A PennDOT archeological crew conducted its final dig under Freeport Bridge on Tuesday, and an official working on the project said nothing has been found that would delay the bridge reconstruction.

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