Friday, December 19, 2008

This Week from Indian Country Today

Salazar tapped as interior secretary
WASHINGTON – Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., is President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Interior. Calling Salazar “my dear friend,” Obama announced his selection Dec. 17 with the senator, decked in a cowboy hat, standing smiling at his side.
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Top Headlines

Nations will fight governor’s cigarette tax bill
Isolated people on the run again in Paraguay
Governor’s signature on cigarette tax bill escalates tobacco war
Federal officials listen but reject tribal members’ concerns about aquifer use
Black Friday brings Shellmound protest
Hopi crisis reaching boiling point
Wizipan Garriott named Obama’s First Americans Public Liaison


Great Lakes

Lead Editorial

Hutchins: How to fix U.S. tribal policy
The election of a U.S. President whose heritage includes multiple ethnicities has been hailed around the world as a milestone for racial integration. Ironically, one day before Barack Obama’s election, the U.S. Supreme Court was at work discussing how to implement a 1934 federal law promoting racial segregation. In Carcieri v. Kempthorne, a case pitting the State of Rhode Island against the federal government as guardian of the Narragansett Tribe, neither side nor any of the justices questioned the propriety of the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act’s directive that the federal government raise protective legal walls around persons of “one-half or more Indian blood,” although several justices did express annoyance at the Act’s circular definition of “Indian blood” as the “blood” of an “Indian.”
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