Wednesday, December 31, 2008

31 Dec 2008: Native News from

Cherokee councilors not aware of $50,000 donation (OKLAHOMA) -- A $50,000 donation made by the business arm of the Cherokee Nation to the inauguration fund of President-elect Barack Obama did not receive authorization by the tribe’s council and many council members were unaware of the donation until seeing news accounts of it or after receiving phone calls from constituents, the Tulsa World has learned.

Tribes triumph tobacco tax (NEW YORK) -- Driving onto the Allegany Indian Reservation from the west, Ron's Smoke Shop makes an inviting first stop. It's just one tax-free tobacco shop on Seneca Nation territory.

Tobacco wholesale company sued for failure to pay $18.4 million (NEW YORK) -- Federal attorneys have filed suit against a tobacco wholesale company owned by Arthur “Sugar” Montour, a former Seneca tribal councillor, for failing to pay $18.4 million in federal tobacco settlement assessments.

Bush administration approves gas drilling plan for southeastern Montana (MONTANA) -- The Bush administration on Tuesday approved a plan that could allow more than 18,000 natural gas wells to be drilled in southeastern Montana over the next two decades.

OP/ED: Kempthorne failed at interior department (IDAHO) -- The former Idaho governor and U.S. senator and his predecessor, Gale Norton, presided over the most corrupt period in the agency since Albert Fall and the Teapot Dome Scandal of the 1920s.

Human Rights Commission hears testimonies of 'racism' (ARIZONA) -- Four of the five members of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission recently visited the communities of Winslow and Flagstaff to hear public testimony regarding race relation issues in areas including housing, education and civil rights.

Yavapai-Apache Nation launches new Web site (ARIZONA) -- Information on the Yavapai-Apache Nation, its history, culture, annual events, and government affairs, has always been a struggle to find. It's nothing intentional, it just is.

Hopi lawmakers question if leader neglected duties (ARIZONA) -- Hopi lawmakers have scheduled a hearing to determine whether tribal Chairman Ben Nuvamsa, who has said he is resigning Wednesday, neglected his duties while in office.

Navajo, Hopi citizens vow to stop Peabody coal mine expansion (ARIZONA) -- Two days before Christmas, officials from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining have granted a permit to Peabody Coal Company to expand their mining operations on Navajo and Hopi lands, despite opposition from local communities and problems with the permitting process including lack of adequate time for public comment on a significant revision to the permit, insufficient environmental review, and instability in the Hopi government preventing their legitimate participation in the process.

First Indian woman in statewide office has always carried high expectations (MONTANA) -- It's a long road from Browning's Last Star Housing Project to the office of the superintendent of Montana's public schools in Helena.

Mashpee Wampanoag councilors call for meeting (MASSACHUSETTS) -- Four Mashpee Wampanoag tribal councilors have called an emergency meeting of the tribe's governing board to discuss former chairman Glenn Marshall.

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