Saturday, May 31, 2008

Democrats Approve Deal on Michigan and Florida


Democrats Approve Deal on Michigan and Florida
20:50 5/31/2008, By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE and JEFF ZELENY, clinton, hillary rodham, democratic national committee, democratic party, florida, michigan, obama, barack, presidential election of 2008, primaries and caucuses, NYT > Home Page
To jeers and boos that showcased deep party divisions, officials approved a plan to give the states’ delegates half a vote each, dealing a blow to Hillary Rodham Clinton.


Media Minutes


This week: Native Public Media is committed to bringing Native American voices to media policymakers in Washington. And the House votes to investigate Pentagon propaganda, but the mainstream media doesn't report the story. Listen here.


Help Stop the Next War NOW at the U.S. Conference of Mayors


Last week, the U.S. Senate voted to continue funding the war - squashing the previous week's anti-war victory in the House. As Americans begin to feel the effects of a war economy and a country in recession, it's time to ensure that the costs of war are strongly linked to its costs at home.Join Cities for Peace, the movement that's holding elected officials accountable from the ground-up!


Take Action!

Help pass a No War on Iran Resolution at this year's U.S. Conference of Mayors. Email or write your Mayor, asking them to co-sponsor the resolution introduced by Mayor Bob Kiss of Burlington, VT.

Spread the Word to Friends, at Home and across the Country. Mayor Bob Kiss needs the support of more fellow mayors. Appeal to your mayor, and send the message to friends, family and community to do the same!

When emailing or writing your Mayor, copy the below letter, along with an appeal asking your mayor to co-sponsor the resolution introduced by Mayor Bob Kiss of Burlington, VT - and please be sure to cc Global Exchange's Nancy Mancias at nancy@globalexchange.org.

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Burlington's Bob Kiss asks for support from his fellow mayors:

Dear Fellow Mayors,

As a member of the International Affairs Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, I am introducing the attached resolution concerning Iran at the upcoming annual meeting in Miami on June 20-24 and invite you to be a cosponsor. The resolution aims at avoiding another devastating war and calls for the use of diplomacy and for Congressional authorization before any use of force.

In these times when the Iraq war has sapped so many of our financial resources and cost the lives of our brave soldiers, I hope you will join me in voicing the determination of mayors across this country to stop a war with Iran before it begins.

To cosponsor the resolution, please contact my assistant, Joe Reinart, at JReinert@ci.Burlington.vt.us or (802) 865-7275, and please cc Global Exchange's Nancy Mancias at nancy@globalexchange.org.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,


Mayor Bob Kiss
Burlington, Vermont
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Puerto Rico - Amnesty 2008 Report


COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO
http://thereport.amnesty.org/eng/regions/americas/puerto-rico

Head of State George W Bush
Head of government Aníbal Aceveda-Vilá
Death penalty abolitionist for all crimes
Population 4 million
Under-5 mortality (m/f) 12/10 per 1,000

There were continuing concerns about the excessive use of force by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and police brutality.

Police and security forces

An inquiry by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) into the killing of independence activist Filiberto Ojeda Ríos by the FBI in September 2005 raised a number of concerns. The inquiry had cleared the FBI of wrongdoing. However, Amnesty International remained concerned that the discharge by police of more than 100 rounds of ammunition into a building which may have housed unarmed individuals appeared inconsistent with international standards on the use of deadly force. It also questioned the level of perceived threat from within the house, given as the basis for the FBI delaying entry after Filiberto Ojeda Ríos was shot and fatally wounded; and whether he posed an immediate threat to life when he was shot. Amnesty International called for a review of FBI standards on the use of deadly force and asked what measures the US government had taken to address the OIG’s criticisms of aspects of the planning and execution of the operation. No response from the US government had been received by the end of the year.

Amnesty International received no response to its request for information about whether an investigation had been carried out into allegations that members of the FBI had used pepper spray and unjustified force against a group of journalists in February 2006.

There were complaints of police brutality during a crackdown on drugs crime in Villa Cañona, a neighbourhood in the town of Loíza. Residents complained that officers from the Puerto Rico Police Department conducted indiscriminate strip searches of black youths, subjecting them to racial abuse and, in some cases, physical assault.

In December, an external inquiry was appointed to investigate reports of police ill-treatment of unarmed demonstrators protesting against a luxury coastal housing development. Demonstrators blocking lorry access to the site at Paseo Caribe were allegedly punched or dragged across the ground, with a number sustaining injuries.


Amnesty International reports


Puerto Rico: Amnesty International concerned at reports of police violence against unarmed demonstrators (AMR 47/001/2007)

USA/Puerto Rico: Amnesty International’s concerns regarding the FBI shooting of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos (AMR 51/198/2007)


Free at Last! KI6 and Bob Lovelace Prevail In Court


InterContinental Cry
Free at Last! KI6 and Bob Lovelace Prevail In Court
Posted: 29 May 2008 10:47 AM CDT
Robert Lovelace of the Ardoch Algonquins and the group known as the KI6 were unconditionally released by Ontario’s Court of Appeal yesterday. The overcrowded courtroom burst into applause when the judges read their decision. Quoting from the Canadian Press: “It feels really good. It feels like justice is on our side,” said Bob Lovelace on [...]


Independentista groups criticize the subpoena of a Puerto Rican to a grand jury in New York


Protests against the feds
Independentista groups criticize the subpoena of a Puerto Rican to a grand jury in New York
By The Associated Press
May 30, 2008
http://www.elnuevodia.com/diario/noticia/puertoricohoy/noticias/protestas_contra_federales/412110

SAN JUAN - A resident of Puerto Rico was subpoenaed to appear in June at a grand jury in New York, denounced today a coalition of independentista organizations.

Michael González Cruz, spokesperson for the coalition Table of Solidarity, indicated that the Puerto Rican, whose name will not be divulged at the moment for personal reasons, was subpoenaed to appear June 13.

“As far as we know, it is the first subpoena in Puerto Rico related to this case,” he told the Associated Press in reference to the violent death of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos at the hands of an FBI agent in an operation to arrest him at his residence in Hormigueros in 2005.

Table of Solidarity is comprised of representatives of eleven independentista organizations which on Friday carried out protests to condemn what they call the continuous intervention of the FBI into the lives of those who struggle for the independence of Puerto Rico.

According to the coalition, the FBI’s interventions are part of a pattern of harassment of independentistas since the federal operation in which an agent shot Ojeda Ríos to death on September 23, 2005, the day the Grito de Lares is commemorated.

Protests in San Juan, Mayagüez and Ponce were carried out on the occasion of the subpoena of a Puerto Rican resident of Texas, Elliot Monteverde, to appear Friday morning before the Grand Jury in New York.

“Monteverde was accompanied by his attorney, Rutgers [sic] Wareham, who took a document positing that his client did not recognize the authority of the grand jury and that he was invoking the Fifth Amendment, and the prosecutor, given this situation, decided to indefinitely postpone the subpoena,” explained González.

He detailed that Monteverde was raised in Mayagüez and studied law at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and that during the struggle to oust the Navy from Vieques, he served in New York as coordinator of a coalition of people and organizations united in that struggle.

Monteverde’s case is added to that of the young independentistas Tania Frontera and Christopher Torres, whose appearances in January before a grand jury in New York were also indefinitely continued.

The organizations that form the coalition include the Puerto Rican Independence Party, the National Hostos Independentista Movement, The New School, the Human Rights Committee of Puerto Rico, the Socialist Front, the Federation of Pro Independence University Students, and the National Coordinating Committee of Vigils for Dignity Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, among others.


From Black Power to Green Scare: The Criminalization of Dissent in the US


FROM BLACK POWER TO GREEN SCARE:
The Criminalization of Dissent in the United States

Thursday, June 5, 2008
6:30 p.m.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Join the Center for Constitutional Rights and the National Lawyers Guild - San Francisco Chapter for an engaging and important discussion exploring the criminalization of dissent both historically and in today's era of the so-called "war on terror."

The government has a long and sordid history of criminalizing and targeting oppressed communities and social justice activists and organizations that challenge its abuse of power - from the "Red Scare" of the 1920s, to the internment of Japanese Americans, to the targeting of the Black liberation struggle and other movements.

And today, under the guise of "anti-terrorist" legislation, the government is again attempting to target and intimidate a wide range of communities and movements, from former Black Panthers to environmental and animal rights groups to Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities.

On Thursday, June 5, hear from directly impacted communities as well as attorneys and grassroots organizers struggling against repression.

Featured speakers:

SHAYANA KADIDAL, Center for Constitutional Rights, Managing attorney of the Guantànamo Global Justice Initiative.

RICHARD BROWN, Committee for the Defense of Human Rights and one of the "San Francisco 8," former Black Panthers facing renewed charges based on torture evidence

MICHEL SHEHADEH, Palestinian activist and one of the "Los Angeles 8," Palestinian and Kenyan immigrants targeted for their political activity who won a historic victory in November 2007 after a 20-year struggle

ANDREA LINDSAY, SHAC 7 Support Committee and an activist involved in combating the "Green Scare" against environmental and animal rights activists

LAUREN ORNELAS, Food Empowerment Project and an environmental and animal rights

Location:


The Women's Building
Audre Lorde Room
3543 18th St., #8
San Francisco, CA 94110

Contact 212-614-6466 with any questions. No RSVPs are required.


McDavid Update


Dear Friends,

Yesterday Eric was moved from the Sacramento County Main Jail by the US Marshals. This is the beginning of what could be a long journey. We still have no idea where Eric is headed, or how long it will take him to get there. As far as we know, he is currently at the county jail in Fresno, CA. We will keep everyone updated as we get more information.

If you recently sent Eric a letter it may get returned. Please hold onto it and send it to him once he reaches his final destination. Your love and support will be much needed and welcomed at that time.


www.supporteric.org


Uncontacted Amazonian tribe photographed


Uncontacted Amazonian tribe photographed
Last updated: 11:39 AM BST 30/05/2008

Members of one of the few remaining indigenous tribes still isolated from the modern world brandished weapons as a helicopter flew over their village in the Amazon.
These remarkable pictures of Envira Indians were taken by Brazilian government officials during several flights over a remote part of Brazil's Acre state.

Painted a bright orange, two members of the tribe emerged from their huts to threaten the helicopter as it flew low over their small village.

Others could be seen in the background, apparently startled by the presence of the noisy machine in their skies.

"We did the over-flight to show their houses, to show they are there, to show they exist,' said Jose Carlos dos Reis Meirelles, an expert on "uncontacted" tribes, who works for the Brazilian government's Indian affairs department.

"This is very important because there are some who doubt their existence."

Mr Meirelles said the tribe lived in six small communities, each with about six communal houses, in an area known as the Terra Indigena Kampa e Isolados do Envira, close to the Peru border.

In spite of the threat of the encroaching world, the number of Envira Indians is thought to be increasing, Mr Meirelles said.

But other "uncontacted" groups on the Peruvian side of the border, who have also been photographed by experts, were being pushed from their homes by illegal logging.

This could lead to conflict between the displaced tribes and an estimated 500 Indians already living on the Brazilian side, he said. Indians were also susceptible to contracting diseases from outsiders.

"What is happening in this region (of Peru) is a monumental crime against the natural world, the tribes, the fauna and is further testimony to the complete irrationality with which we, the civilised ones, treat the world," Mr Meirelles said.

Survival International, a group London-based group which defends the rights of tribal people, estimates there are more than 100 remaining isolated indigenous tribes worldwide, with more than half in either Peru or Brazil.

"These pictures are further evidence that uncontacted tribes really do exist," said Stephen Corry, director of Survival International.

"The world needs to wake up to this, and ensure that their territory is protected in accordance with international law. Otherwise, they will soon be made extinct."

Video




Story from Telegraph News:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/brazil/2049750/Uncontacted-Amazonian-tribe-photographed.html


This Week from Indian Country Today


Soboba, sheriff negotiate peace after shooting deaths
SAN JACINTO, Calif. - The chairman of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians is working with local law enforcement officials and federal agents on a plan to improve cooperation and reduce conflicts following the deaths of three tribal members in shootouts with sheriff's deputies on the reservation in early May.
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Featured Stories

Russell: Animal insanity
Briggs: Let's talk: The UN and indigenous peoples
Savilla: Bring back our commissioner
Backlogs bring Dorgan thunder down on BIA
New report recommends rehabilitation of P.L. 280
USET president sees 'new era of activism' in Indian country
Farm Bill is good to go

Lead Editorial

A careful distinction
Posted: May 30, 2008
by:
Editors Report / Indian Country Today
Is there a difference between socialism and indigenous economies? Socialism, as an economic system, emphasizes redistribution of wealth and collective ownership of the productive resources of the nation. Most contemporary indigenous communities engaged in a market economy probably do not believe they are taking up socialism, even though there are strong traditions for redistributing wealth.
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Special Focus

The race continues
Posted: May 30, 2008
by:
Rob Capriccioso /
Presidential candidates keep pace in Indian country WASHINGTON - The Indian vote is on the minds of all three remaining presidential candidates. In recent days, a Native Olympic legend endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain met with the National Congress of American Indians, and Sen. Hillary Clinton made a series of historic visits to Indian reservations. more >>


‘The Xingu Encounter’


InterContinental Cry
Reportback from ‘the Xingu Encounter’
Posted: 30 May 2008 07:56 PM CDT
Thousands gathered in Altamira, Para-Brazil last week for the Xingu Forever Alive Encounter, an historic gathering of Indigenous Peoples and allies opposed to damming the Xingu River. A similar gathering took place in 1989, “where the Kayapó and other tribes from the Xingu basin rejected the Brazilian government’s plans for a series of six hydroelectric dams [...]


Native News from PECHANGA.net


Temporary BIA chief tapped (WASHINGTON, DC) -- In a move involving plenty of top-level Interior Department political maneuvering, George T. Skibine has become the new head of the BIA.

Backlogs bring Dorgan thunder down on BIA (WASHINGTON, DC) -- In Carl Artman's final appearance before Congress as head of the BIA, Sen. Byron Dorgan treated him to a controlled explosion of anger at the bureau.

Mashantuckets seek open budget process in hearing before tribal court (CONNECTICUT) -- Members of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe were back in tribal court Thursday outlining why they believe the tribal council should include the membership in its decision to cut the budget by $40 million.

Banished Snoqualmie file civil-rights lawsuit (WASHINGTON) -- Nine banished members of the Snoqualmie tribe have filed a federal lawsuit in the latest round of an ongoing fight for control of the tribe, poised to open one of the state's most lucrative gambling casinos this fall.

Clinton touts wife's policies / Ex-president keeps Mitchell crowd entertained despite rain (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- As it comes to the final two primary elections in South Dakota and Montana next week, the race for the Democratic presidential nomination might seem as rumpled and worn as some forlorn shirt discovered jammed in the luggage at the end of a long road trip.

Barack Obama turns his fire on John McCain ahead of final primaries (MONTANA) -- Unleashing the next phase of the battle for the White House, Barack Obama turned his fire on Republican rival John McCain this weekend as the two men staked out the West as the new frontier in American politics.

The race continues / Presidential candidates keep pace in Indian country (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Indian vote is on the minds of all three remaining presidential candidates. In recent days, a Native Olympic legend endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain met with the National Congress of American Indians, and Sen. Hillary Clinton made a series of historic visits to Indian reservations.

Amy Hill Hearth's second oral history touches her own past (NEW JERSEY) -- Amy Hill Hearth opens the door of her home holding a dog. Dot, a Boston terrier about the size of a large potato, has bowed legs and genetic deformities, and Hill Hearth drove all the way to Washington, D.C., to rescue her.

OP/ED: The day McCain showed his colors (ARIZONA) -- It's been nearly 20 years since I sat next to Sen. John McCain in a helicopter flying over the White Mountains, but I remember my impression of the man: a steady gaze, keen intellect and a passion to do what is right.

Native leaders planning 'rolling protest' (VANCOUVER) -- Aboriginal leaders in British Columbia will meet in mid-June to arrange the first "rolling protest" designed to highlight native poverty, land claims and other issues, and to flesh out plans for further demonstrations before the next provincial and federal elections and the 2010 Winter Olympics.

New report recommends rehabilitation of P.L. 280 (CALIFORNIA) -- When attorney Carole Goldberg was asked by a law professor at Stanford Law School in 1970 to research Public Law 280 for a book he was writing, she produced a 100-page paper. The subject intrigued her, she told Indian Country Today.

Savilla: Bring back our commissioner (WASHINGTON, DC) -- This writing is about a farce called an assistant secretary for Indian Affairs (AS-IA). I was compelled to write after reading a report in this paper, ''Clock ticking to replace BIA chief'' [Vol. 27, Iss. 50], by Rob Capriccioso.

Longest Walk 2 takes break at USM (MISSISSIPPI) -- Burning sage and beating drums, about 80 participants in the Longest Walk 2 stopped to make a circle around the Medicine Wheel Garden at the University of Southern Mississippi campus on Thursday.

BRENDA NORRELL: Hopi and Navajo truths confirmed by science in US censored climate report (ARIZONA) -- With the release of the US censored climate report -- that Bush and his corporate handlers censored for four years -- the words of the late Hopi spiritual leaders are mirrored forth.

North Dakota, tribe reach accord on reservation oil taxes (NORTH DAKOTA) -- Oil industry officials predict a new tax and regulatory accord between North Dakota and the Three Affiliated Tribes will spur exploration of oil-producing rock beneath the tribe's reservation.

More headlines...


Friday, May 30, 2008

Today's Democracy Now!


* Alleging War Crimes, British Activist, Writer George Monbiot Attempts Citizen's Arrest on Former UN Ambassador John Bolton *

John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, escaped a citizen's arrest Wednesday night as he addressed an audience in Britain. We speak to George Monbiot, the British activist and columnist who tried to arrest Bolton. Monbiot says Bolton is a war criminal for his role in helping to initiate the US invasion of Iraq.

Listen/Watch/Read:

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/5/30/alleging_war_crimes_british


* IndieBound: Independent Booksellers Join Forces to Promote Localism, Independence in Book Trade *

More than 30,000 people representing eighty countries are in Los Angeles this weekend for BookExpo America, the publishing industry's annual three-day gathering. Among the groups is the American Booksellers Association, or ABA, the national trade association for independent booksellers. We speak to former ABA president Russ Lawrence.

Listen/Watch/Read:

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/5/30/indiebound_indie_booksellers_join


* Three Former Gitmo Prisoners to Address US Audience in Historic Event *

This weekend, three former Guantanamo prisoners will talk for the first time to a US audience about their prison experiences. We speak to Almerindo Ojeda, UC Davis professor and principal investigator with the Guantanamo Testimonials Project, a UC Davis-based effort to catalog accounts of prisoner abuse.

Listen/Watch/Read:

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/5/30/3_former_gitmo_prisoners_to_address


* Veteran Journalist Robert Scheer on "The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America" *

Over the past four decades, veteran reporter Robert Scheer has built a reputation as one of the leading journalists in this country, from his time as a war correspondent during Vietnam to his widely read columns today. Over the years, he has interviewed Presidents Nixon, Carter, Reagan and Clinton. He is the author of seven books. His latest is The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America.

Listen/Watch/Read:


http://www.democracynow.org/2008/5/30/veteran_journalist_robert_scheer


34 Convicted in Display At U.S. Supreme Court


34 Convicted in Display At U.S. Supreme Court
Protesters Had Decried Guantanamo

By Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 30, 2008; B01


Thirty-four people were convicted yesterday of misdemeanor charges stemming from a demonstration at the Supreme Court in January in which they decried conditions at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Wendell P. Gardner Jr. said the demonstrators violated the law by protesting at the plaza of the Supreme Court, where such activities are banned. He rejected arguments that they were practicing free speech when they marched to the plaza, despite warnings from police, carrying banners and wearing T-shirts saying "Shut down Guantanamo."

The demonstration occurred Jan. 11, the sixth anniversary of the opening of the detention facility, which was set up to house terrorism suspects. During a three-day trial, prosecutors presented a videotape that showed several officers warning the protesters to remain on the sidewalk, where demonstrations are legal, or risk arrest.

During the trial, many of the 21 men and 13 women wore orange jumpsuits to show solidarity with Guantanamo detainees. When the defendants spoke, they gave their name and then the name, age and a brief biography of someone they described as a Guantanamo detainee. Many wore a tag bearing the name of a detainee.

As Gardner began explaining his ruling, one of the defendants, Paul Magno of the District, stood up and turned away from the judge. Gardner ordered a marshal to arrest Magno for contempt of court. Magno was escorted out, but not before shouting to the judge: "You have committed a crime against justice."

The judge ordered all defendants to return to court today for sentencing. Each faces up to 60 days in jail. Gardner said most will probably get probation. Those who had prior convictions, mostly for civil disobedience or disturbing the peace, could be jailed, Gardner said, to stop them from doing "the same thing over and over."

Because the charges were misdemeanors punishable by less than six months in jail, the case was heard by a judge instead of a jury.

After the decision, several defendants said they weren't surprised by the ruling but were pleased that they could voice their concerns about Guantanamo in court.

"We're sad about the convictions, but we're happy, moved and humbled to bring the stories, names and identification of the men in Guantanamo into a court of law," said Frida Berrigan, 34, of Brooklyn. She is the daughter of the late Philip Berrigan, a former Roman Catholic priest who was a major figure in the American peace movement during the Vietnam War.

The protesters are part of a group called Witness Against Torture, which has held demonstrations across the country condemning the prison. Members range in age from 19 to their early 70s.

The defendants represented themselves at trial, and their closing arguments drew emotional responses from each other and from supporters in the courtroom. Several wiped away tears as two defendants spoke on behalf of the group, citing the actions of Martin Luther King Jr. and others.

Earlier in the trial, the judge had dismissed charges against a 35th defendant because he said he had not been conclusively identified by police in a review of the videotape.

Before Gardner issued his ruling yesterday, one of the defendants stood and asked for a moment of silence for the detainees. Assistant U.S. Attorney Magdalena Acevedo quickly jumped to her feet to object.

"Your honor, this is a court of law. And no matter what we may think of their personal beliefs, it does not justify them violating the law," Acevedo said.

Source URL: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/29/AR2008052903103.html?hpid=moreheadlines


McClellan Tell-All Exposes Media's Propaganda Problem


The country is buzzing today over a tell-all book by former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan. In his explosive memoir, McClellan reveals that the Bush administration ran a "political propaganda campaign" to mislead the American public on the war in Iraq.

But he takes it one step further, implicating the mainstream media for its role in "enabling" this propaganda: "The national press corps was probably too deferential to the White House" in spreading the president's case for the war, McClellan writes. The mainstream media didn't live up to its watchdog reputation. "If it had, the country would have been better served."

This should be a shock to everyone. The president's own spokesman lays a large share of the blame for Bush's pro-war propaganda on the media's "deferential" treatment of White House spin.

Please become part of a growing people-powered campaign to investigate this scandal and make media more accountable to the public:

Make Mainstream Media Answer for Spreading Pro-War Propaganda

Click on the link above and sign a letter that urges House Committee Chairs Ike Skelton, John Tierney and Henry Waxman to convene full congressional hearings about propaganda in the news.

The media's complicity in promoting this war was confirmed Wednesday night by CNN correspondent Jessica Yellin who said that network executives had pushed her not to do hard-hitting pieces on the Bush administration as the nation readied for war.

"The press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war presented in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation," Yellin told CNN's Anderson Cooper. (Watch the video).

More than 100,000 Free Press activists and allies have already urged their members of Congress to launch an investigation into the media's role in spreading pro-war propaganda. By joining their call, you will be part of a massive coalition of citizens, bloggers and independent media who refuse to let Big Media off the hook:

Expose the Propaganda 'Enablers' and End Fake News

McClellan's memoir comes on the heels of an April 20 New York Times exposé, which revealed an extensive -- and likely illegal -- Pentagon program to recruit and place pro-war military pundits on nearly every major news outlet in America. Congress has promised to investigate the Pentagon’s role in the scandal, but it shouldn't end there.

Our democracy is in peril when mainstream media fail to question the official view and put the interests of ordinary Americans first. This watchdog role is especially critical during a time of war.

Sign the letter and then tell your friends to help send a loud message to Congress: We're not backing down until the truth comes out.

Gratefully,


Timothy Karr
Campaign Director
Free Press Action Fund
www.freepress.net


News from Indianz.Com


BIA publishes federal recognition decisions (5/30)

Navajo student killed in accident in Arizona (5/30)

DOI superiors had 'problems' with Majel Russell (5/30)

Opinion: Get rid of assistant secretary position(5/30)

Opinion: John McCain, a passion for doing right (5/30)

Tribal leaders encouraged by campaign visits (5/30)

Editorial: Sen. Clinton better on Indian issues (5/30)

Editorial: To Sen. Obama on Montana's tribes (5/30)

Steve Russell: The Indian view on climate change (5/30)

County official blames Soboba leaders for violence (5/30)

Former BIA officer acquitted of sexual assault (5/30)

Sho-Ban council censors tribal newspaper letters (5/30)

Navajo parents march on BIA school in New Mexico (5/30)

Spelling bee contestant eliminated for 'Sioux' (5/30)

Isolated tribe photographed in Amazon jungle (5/30)

Proposed regulation allows guns in national parks (5/30)

Cowlitz Tribe moves closer to casino approval (5/30)

Water agreement approved for Shingle Springs casino (5/30)

Gaming interests spent big in Massachusetts (5/30)

More headlines...


Native News from PECHANGA.net


Supervisor calls for change in Soboba tribal leadership (CALIFORNIA) -- Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone called for a change of leadership of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians' Tribal Council and suggested there could be a repeat of the recent violence if that does not take place.

Top BIA post filled by career employee (WASHINGTON, DC) -- With just eight months left in the Bush administration, the Interior Department. continues to search for a new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs , a top official said on Tuesday.

Cherokee chief says he'll fight English-only proposals (OKLAHOMA) -- Cherokee National Principal Chief Chad Smith has said he plans to continue to fight any legislative proposals that would make English the official language of Oklahoma.

Dems woo Native American vote (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Sen. Barack Obama has done it in city after city, privately and quietly. Before or after his appearances in front of crowds of thousands, he retreats to a holding room with a dozen or more Native American tribal leaders.

Candidates' attention gives tribal leaders hope (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Leaders from two South Dakota tribes left a meeting with Sen. Hillary Clinton here thinking national candidates are listening to Native American concerns.

Chelsea Clinton speaks to the Tribal Leaders Council (MONTANA) -- Chelsea Clinton assured American Indians on Monday that Hillary Rodham Clinton offers them better health care, economic development public schools than other presidential candidates.

Chelsea Clinton speaks to tribal leaders council (MONTANA) -- Chelsea Clinton says her mother offers American Indians better health care, education and economic development.

KEVIN ABOUREZK: McCain Pledge Puts Candidate On Indian Radar (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Sen. John McCain exploded onto Indian Country's radar this week, promising to create a tribal government position within the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Jindal's seat in 'the Indian room' (LOUISIANA) -- Commonly referred to by the media as John McCain's ranch, the McCain spread in Phoenix, Ariz., was acquired by the senator's wife's family in the early 1960s. McCain's wife, Cindy McCain, spent her childhood there. Built in 1951, the McCain ranch house is no outhouse by any means.

Second aboriginal Day of Action marked with peaceful rallies across country (OTTAWA) -- All was quiet and peaceful Thursday as thousands of Canadians raised placards and hit the streets to mark the second annual aboriginal Day of Action.

Natives promise more protests (CANADA) -- First Nations leaders gathered peacefully in front of Chuck Strahl's office Thursday morning for the National Day of Action, and they say it was just the beginning.

More headlines...


Thursday, May 29, 2008

Human Rights Report Blasts "Hollowness of U.S. Administration's Call for Democracy Abroad"


Human Rights Report Blasts "Hollowness of U.S. Administration's Call for Democracy Abroad"
15:00 5/29/2008, Sanjay Suri, IPS News, AlterNet.org: Rights and Liberties
From police tasers to Gitmo, a recent report by Amnesty International takes the United States to task on human rights.


Obama, Clinton in close South Dakota battle


Obama, Clinton in close South Dakota battle
11:50 5/29/2008, news, MSNBC.com: Politics
The voters of South Dakota look a lot like those who have favored Hillary Rodham Clinton in presidential primaries this year, but her rival, front-runner Barack Obama, has plenty of friends in high places in this rural state.


Today's Democracy Now!


Israel Bars One of its Most Prominent Critics, Norman Finkelstein, for Ten Years
Norman Finkelstein was arrested and deported from Israel last week and told he’s barred for ten years. Finkelstein is known as one of the most prominent academic critics of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. We speak to Finkelstein and the human rights worker he was on his way to visit, Musa Abu Hashhash. [includes rush transcript]

Gore Vidal on the Kennedys and His 1960s Battle with the New York Times
With a career spanning more than six decades, Gore Vidal is one of America’s most respected writers and thinkers. He’s authored more than twenty novels and five plays. His latest book is Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir. [includes rush transcript]

1968, Forty Years Later: Tariq Ali Looks Back on a Pivotal Year in the Global Struggle for Social Justice
We continue our series “1968, Forty Years Later” with the political activist, novelist and historian, Tariq Ali. Back in the 1960s, with the Vietnam War at its height, Tariq Ali earned a national reputation through debates with figures like Henry Kissinger and then-British Foreign Secretary Michael Stewart. He protested against the Vietnam War, led the now-infamous march on the American embassy in London in 1968, and edited the revolutionary paper Black Dwarf, where he became friends with numerous influential figures, such as Stokely Carmichael, Malcolm X, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Forty years later, Tariq Ali continues his lifelong struggle against US foreign policy across the globe. [includes rush transcript]


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Federal Register: BIA information collection (5/29)

BIA to publish final EIS for Cowlitz casino (5/29)

Black business leaders make peace in Alaska (5/29)

HUD cuts NAHASDA funding to pay for lawsuit (5/29)

Navajo Code Talker dies on Memorial Day (5/29)

Sen. Obama started Indian outreach early (5/29)

Early voting pushed on South Dakota reservations (5/29)

Pine Ridge Republican backs Clinton over Obama (5/29)

Column: Indian vote courted in presidential year (5/29)

Column: Clinton campaigns in the Badlands (5/29)

New Mexico governor won't back Indian candidate (5/29)

California tribes spent $179K on GOP convention (5/29)

County sheriff hopes to improve tribal relations (5/29)

Tachi Yokut Tribe doubles size of reservation (5/29)

Study reports growth in Osage Nation's economy (5/29)

Cherokee chief criticizes English-only proposals (5/29)

Opinion: Eastern Cherokees should vote on WalMart (5/29)

New leader of Miss Choctaw construction firm (5/29)

Ute Mountain Ute man sentenced for murder (5/29)

City opposes Soboba Band land-into-trust (5/29)

Sycuan Band draws attention with bingo machine (5/29)

Michigan smoking bill exempts gaming facilities (5/29)

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Community Protest Against Grand Jury Case of Puerto Rican Independence Activist


Community Protest Against Grand Jury Case of Puerto Rican Independence Activist scheduled for May 30 at Brooklyn Federal Court

The subpoena on Elliot Monteverde Torres to appear before a Grand Jury in New York was postponed to May 30, 2008. Thus, there will be picket in support of Elliot Monteverde Torres and his family on May 30, at 9:30 am in front of the Brooklyn Federal Court, 225 Cadman Plaza East, near Tillary Street.

Elliot Monteverde grew up in the western part of the island-nation of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Before migrating to the U.S., he worked in Puerto Rico providing legal advice and organizing workshops for poor working communities. Elliot studied law at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He served as coordinator of the Vieques Alliance, a coalition of people and organizations in New York struggling to rid the U.S. Navy out of Vieques.

Previously, three young people were subpoenaed to the same federal grand jury: Tania Frontera, graphic designer; Christopher Torres, social worker; and Julio Pabon, filmmaker.


Senators for McCain quit group after ads


NYT: Senators for McCain quit group after ads
04:35 5/29/2008, news, MSNBC.com: Politics
Senators Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham , prominent surrogates for Senator John McCain ’s presidential campaign, stepped down from a group that released a pair of Internet advertisements attacking Senator Barack Obama on Iraq.


Raytheon's Pain Ray: Coming to a Protest Near You?


Raytheon's Pain Ray: Coming to a Protest Near You?
03:00 5/29/2008, Michael Dickinson, CounterPunch, AlterNet.org: Rights and Liberties
How long before the "Holy Grail of crowd control" is used to quell domestic dissent?


Even the FBI Is Outraged over U.S. Torture


Even the FBI Is Outraged over U.S. Torture
03:00 5/29/2008, Robert Scheer, Truthdig, AlterNet.org
The Justice Department has issued a report on torture, citing testimony by scores of FBI officials outraged over our treatment of prisoners.

[Blog editor's note: And did NOTHING about it.]


New York Times Perpetuates the Myth that George Bush Won the 2000 Election


New York Times Perpetuates the Myth that George Bush Won the 2000 Election
03:00 5/29/2008, Larry Beinhart, AlterNet, AlterNet.org
They buried the truth about the 2000 election, and they're still burying it today.


Food prices to stay high as biofuels blamed


Food prices to stay high as biofuels blamed
08:42 5/29/2008, topnews, Reuters: Top News
PARIS (Reuters) - Food prices will remain high over the next decade even if they fall from current records, meaning millions more risk further hardship or hunger, the OECD and the U.N.'s FAO food agency said in a report published on Thursday.


5 Countries Agree to Talk Over the Arctic


5 Countries Agree to Talk Over the Arctic
08:58 5/29/2008, By ANDREW C. REVKIN, arctic regions, canada, denmark, environment, europe, greenland, international relations, law of the sea (un convention), north pole, norway, oceans, russia, united states, NYT > Home Page
The United States, Canada, Russia, Norway and Denmark aimed to defuse tensions over the likelihood that global warming will open northern waters to shipping, energy extraction and other activities.


Letters needed to protect Mato Paha (Bear Butte)


InterContinental Cry
Letters needed to protect Mato Paha (Bear Butte)
Posted: 28 May 2008 09:00 AM CDT
The Western Shoshone Defense Project (WSDP) has sent out an action alert warning of a renewed danger facing Mato Paha, a sacred place of prayer to over thirty Indigenous Nations across the Plains. Located eight miles southwest of Sturgis, South Dakota, Mato Paha is steadily being surrounded by bars, camping grounds and venues that will [...]


Native News from PECHANGA.net


BIA, Diné, Hopi hope to repeal (ARIZONA) -- On Nov. 3, 2006, Department of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. and Hopi Vice Chairman Todd Honyaoma signed the Navajo-Hopi Intergovernmental Compact, lifting the 40-year-old Bennett Freeze.

Workshops eye Bennett Freeze (ARIZONA) -- Navajo Nation Design and Engineering Service and planning consultants from WHPacific Inc. are conducting workshops in nine chapters designed to create a regional “Recovery Plan” for chapters affected by the former Bennett Freeze.

Campaigns help supporters with early reservation voting (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- The campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are working hard to encourage their supporters to vote early in American Indian communities and elsewhere in the state.

American Indians find new clout in presidential politics (VIRGINIA) -- Barack Obama was adopted into the Crow Nation and given the name "One Who Helps People Throughout the Land."

Crowd listens for solutions during Clinton's speech (MONTANA) -- When 10-year-old Payton Lefthand of Polson heard on the radio Tuesday morning that Sen. Hillary Clinton was going to be in Pablo - Pablo! - campaigning later in the day, he informed his grandmother of two things:

Clinton pledges help for Native people (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton asked Native American voters Wednesday to look ahead to the November general election as they cast their votes in the South Dakota presidential primary.

McCain, Obama fight for the West (NEVADA) -- Call it the political version of how to win the West. Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama are tripping over each other this week in New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado, a prelude to a likely general election matchup and inevitable fight for three booming battleground states.

Obama Courts American Indians (MONTANA) -- Barack Obama is using the final primary contests to try to prove a Democrat can be competitive in stalwart Republican states. One approach: an aggressive outreach to boost American Indian turnout.

American Indians protest H.B. development (CALIFORNIA) -- A group of American Indians and its supporters united Wednesday against a developer they said isn't allowing their ancestors to rest and instead building a 300-home community on top of what is believed to be an ancient burial ground.

Pueblo man runs in most Indian of districts (NEW MEXICO) -- Benny Shendo Junior is literally running for office. He’s been touring northern New Mexico on foot and by bike in a six-way Democratic primary in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.

Money problems for the Lumbee Tribe (NORTH CAROLINA) -- Five employees will lose their jobs because of a $1.7 million cut in federal funding. The cut was the result of a class action lawsuit which resulted in the Department of Housing and Urban Development having to pay $50 million to several tribes not including the Lumbees.

Native leaders demand protection from miners (TORONTO) -- Six first nations leaders from northern Ontario, who were incarcerated for defying a court order allowing a mining company to explore on their traditional territory, will be in appeal court today to argue against their six-month jail sentences.

First Nations group wants stake in new Ont. power lines (ONTARIO) -- A coalition of First Nations groups says if the government is serious about reducing aboriginal poverty, it should sell them part of one of the big transmission lines being planned to bring electricity from northern Ontario to the south.

Senate reauthorizes Native American housing program (WASHINGTO, DC) -- The Senate unanimously approved legislation to reauthorize a federal housing assistance program for Native American communities.

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Bush's Former Spokesman Scorches White House with Tell All Memoir


Bush's Former Spokesman Scorches White House with Tell All Memoir
14:00 5/28/2008, John Nichols, TheNation.com, AlterNet.org
Bush's former press secretary reveals how the White House lied about Iraq to everyone -- and how the media let them get away with it.


Scott McClellan's Revelations


Last night, significant news broke that directly impacts our push for Impeachment Hearings and a possible Inherent Contempt charge for Bush Administration officials such as Karl Rove:

Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan has revealed in his upcoming book that:

• Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, and Vice President Cheney lied about their role in revealing the identity of Valerie Plame Wilson – actions easily amounting to obstruction of Justice.

McClellan also admitted that:

• There was a coordinated effort within the Bush Administration to use propaganda to pump up the case for the Iraq war and hide the projected costs of the war from the public.

Scott McClellan must be called to testify under oath before the House Judiciary Committee to tell Congress and the American people everything he knows about this massive effort by the White House to deceive this nation into war.

Last week, a subpoena was issued for Karl Rove to testify before the Judiciary Committee. It appears he will take every legal action to block this subpoena. The truth is that Congress has the right – and obligation – to hold him accountable now - not months or years from now. It is long past time to pass Inherent Contempt and bring Rove, Libby and others before Congress.

We simply cannot ignore these recent developments, nor should we postpone serious inquiry until after the next election.

Your commitment to accountability for the Bush/Cheney Administration, and the support of 230,000 other Americans who signed up at
www.wexlerwantshearings.com, has inspired and motivated me in my effort to hold impeachment hearings for Vice President Dick Cheney and Inherent Contempt for Rove and others. During the past months I have been a tireless and dogged advocate of this vitally important cause.

Many of you have written me, asking for an update on where we stand with regards to impeachment hearings. I know most of you believe - as I do - that impeachment hearings for Vice President Cheney – are not only justified, but that it is our constitutional obligation to look into the serious allegations of wrongdoing that have been raised. This is especially true based on the newest revelations from Scott McClellan.

I believe that it is the duty of Congress to pursue impeachment whenever there's significant evidence of wrongdoing, be it by Republicans or Democrats, regardless of the timing of elections or the current political environment.

Some of you have written me demanding that I deliver hearings or impeachment. As hard as I have been fighting for this cause, I cannot make impeachment happen by myself. What I can do, and what I have been doing at every turn, is trying to communicate two simple messages to my colleagues:

• the serious allegations of wrongdoing and the clear-cut rationale for impeachment hearings;and
• the fact that the public will support our efforts when Congress boldly acts on the side of justice and accountability.

Unfortunately, to date, these arguments have not been enough to convince even a majority of the liberal and progressive Members of Congress to support impeachment hearings. In addition, the leadership of the Democratic Party in Congress genuinely feels that pursuing impeachment will jeopardize our congressional agenda and threaten gains in the November elections. Although I genuinely disagree with this view, to date I have been unable to convince them to change this policy.

I understand the challenges that we are up against, and I recognize the odds that we face. Nevertheless, I remain unfazed and unyielding.

This new evidence from Scott McClellan could be the tipping point – but we must move quickly. I will use the McClellan admissions to help convince my colleagues that we must hold impeachment hearings.

Regardless, I will continue to fight for progressive values and our Constitution. I will do everything I can to pursue accountability for criminal actions taken by this Administration and this Vice President. I will be a furious opponent to any expansion of this misguided war, and I will fight against the use of torture by our government and to protect our civil liberties here at home.

Most of all, I will continue my efforts to convince my fellow members of Congress and voters, that we should not be a party of passivity - but that we succeed when we present the public with stark choices that are based on the guarantees in our Constitution, and not on the politics of the moment.

I will continue - at every pass - to call for impeachment and accountability. While I wish more of my colleagues supported our movement, we must not let our discouragement lead to apathy and distraction in this important election year when we must break free from eight long years of illegalities, corporate handouts, and a tragic and devastating war.

We should not end the calls for impeachment. I will push against the crimes of the Bush Administration whenever I am provided the opportunity. I will use my role on the Judiciary Committee to take on Administration officials – like I have done with Condoleezza Rice, Attorney Generals Gonzalez and Mukasey, and FBI Director Mueller.

I have not given up our fight to hold this Administration accountable and neither can you. I am grateful for your patriotism and your support. I'll continue to keep you informed and part of the conversation.

Sincerely,


Congressman Robert Wexler


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InterContinental Cry
Mexico Confiscates Fish from the Cucapa
Posted: 27 May 2008 03:42 PM CDT
Armed Mexican marines and federal police helped to confiscate 9 tons of gulf corvina from the Cucapa fishing community last weekend, reports Frontera NorteSur Apparently, non-indigenous fisherman saw them catching the fish and told federal authorities, alleging they were violating a seasonal ban that started last week. It was later confirmed that the Cucapa were violating [...]

Indigenous Nasa Repressed by Colombian State
Posted: 27 May 2008 12:39 PM CDT
Last week, nearly 500 indigenous people claimed their right to land and demanded the Colombian State fulfill a set of promises made to the Indigenous Nasa community of Northern Cauca, for the States its role in the massacre of El Nilo. In 1991, a paramilitary group (some of whom were members of the National Police) [...]


Today's Democracy Now!


* Dr. Paul Farmer Challenges Profit-Driven Medical System While Bringing Healthcare to Poor Communities Worldwide *

Paul Farmer is not your ordinary doctor. In going to the poorest places on earth, he is not only treating patients, but challenging whole healthcare systems. More than twenty year ago, Dr. Farmer co-founded the charity Partners in Health to provide free medical care in central Haiti. Today, Partners In Health provides healthcare for people with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other conditions in Haiti and eight other countries around the world. We spend the hour with Dr. Farmer on his work, his remarkable background and the challenges of pursuing healthcare with a social justice perspective.

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http://www.democracynow.org/2008/5/28/dr_paul_farmer_challenges_profit


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News from Indianz.Com


NAIHC praises passage of housing reauthorization (5/28)

Yellow Bird: Remembering all relatives a big chore (5/28)

Sen. Clinton campaigns on Flathead Reservation (5/28)

Sen. Clinton interview with South Dakota paper (5/28)

Top positions vacant or temporarily filled (5/28)

First public meeting on Makah Nation whaling (5/28)

EPA taps Makah man for regional adviser post (5/28)

Tigua Tribe to join lawsuit over US-Mexico fence (5/28)

Oneida employees pleased by land-into-trust ruling (5/28)

Stockbridge-Munsees weigh land-into-trust suit (5/28)

Cocopah Tribe buys property for $9M in cash (5/28)

Oneida Nation set for agreement with county (5/28)

Shinnecock Nation revives oyster hatchery (5/28)

Editorial: Forest reaches out to Leech Lake Band (5/28)

Thieves snatch priceless works by late Haida artist (5/28)

NYT Critic: NAGPRA hurts cultural heritage (5/28)

Native woman killed in crash after lacrosse game (5/28)

Work continues on new Salt River casino resort (5/28)

Oregon city negotiates agreement for casino (5/28)

Letter: Twenty-Nine Palms casino costs taxpayers (5/28)

Mashantucket Tribe drops Kansas casino bid (5/28)

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Obama vs. McCain: sharp differences on key issues


Obama vs. McCain: sharp differences on key issues
12:05 5/28/2008, topnews, Reuters: Top News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A general-election race for the White House between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain would feature vastly different approaches on the thorniest political issues, from Iraq and diplomacy to taxes and health care.


Fla., Mich. delegates can't be fully restored


Dem lawyers: Fla., Mich. can't be fully restored
11:22 5/28/2008, news, MSNBC.com: Politics
A Democratic Party rules committee has the authority to seat some delegates from Michigan and Florida but not fully restore the two states as Hillary Rodham Clinton wants, according to party lawyers.


U.S. territories help nominate the candidates, but can't vote


U.S. territories help nominate the candidates, but can't vote
10:57 5/28/2008, news, MSNBC.com: Politics
Why is it that people in American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are allowed to elect the delegates who choose the presidential nominees, if those same people aren’t eligible to vote in the presidential election?


Whatever Happened With the Jena 6?


Whatever Happened With the Jena 6?
17:00 5/27/2008, Jeff Chang, Huffington Post, AlterNet.org: Rights and Liberties
Eight months after the protests, justice still awaits the Jena Six.


Dangerous Flashpoints over Basic Rights Define 2008 State of Human Rights in Annual Global Report


World: Dangerous Flashpoints over Basic Rights Define 2008 State of Human Rights in Annual Global Report
01:00 5/28/2008, AIUSA The Americas
Organization Calls On Governments to Respond to Growing Frustration and Angry Demands for Justice, Freedom and Equality


Native News from PECHANGA.net


Mohican tribe mulls lawsuit against US Interior Dept. (WISCONSIN) -- A Wisconsin tribe says it may sue the U.S. Interior Department over its decision to allow more than 13,000 acres of land to go into trust for the Oneida Indian Nation of New York.

Tribal band's lawsuit dismissed (NEW JERSEY) -- A federal judge in Camden last week dismissed a lawsuit filed by a band of American Indians seeking to reclaim land they said the state sold out from under them more than 200 years ago.

Clinton affirms commitment to Native American issues (MONTANA) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged her commitment Tuesday to tribal sovereignty and Indian health care.

Talking to tribes: Democratic hopeful courts Montana's Native vote (MONTANA) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton pointed to a sign bobbing among a mob of supporters at Salish Kootenai College on Tuesday and nodded in agreement.

BCDS: What went wrong? (ARIZONA) -- A special review of BCDS Manufacturing Inc.’s financial activities by the Navajo Nation Office of the Auditor General found that nearly everyone responsible for overseeing investment of the Nation’s money into BCDS failed to exercise due diligence before investing in the company.

NCAI President Joe A. Garcia Meets with Republican Presidential Nominee Senator John McCain (NEW MEXICO) -- The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Joe A. Garcia met today with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), where the Senator said if elected President of the United States he would implement a tribal government position within the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Calling dibs on groundwater (CALIFORNIA) -- On the edge of a dirt road, Anthony Madrigal Jr. peers over the same sage-covered, boulder-strewn land that his Cahuilla ancestors have lived on for thousands of years.

DORREEN YELLOW BIRD: Pomp, circumstance and tears (NORTH DAKOTA) -- This has been the year of the graduate. For the past two weeks, I attended or tried to attend six graduations — four for nieces and nephews, two for grandchildren.

Little Big Horn museum collecting Sitting Bull exhibit (MONTANA) -- Sitting Bull didn’t come to Montana to fight at the Little Bighorn, says his great-grandson, Ernie LaPointe. The great Sioux spiritual leader and former war hero came to dance.

BRENDA NORRELL: Native Americans walk the talk across America (COLORADO) -- Native Americans began their 3,600-mile walk across America at Alcatraz Island Feb. 11, and soon they’ll conclude in Washington, D.C. I’ve accompanied them on the Northern Route, co-hosting a Web radio program as they crossed the freezing Sierra Nevada Range, plodded through a hailstorm in western Utah and walked over the cold Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Professor: Redmen name could bring law suits (MASSACHUSETTS) -- The School Committee could be legally vulnerable if it decides to keep the Redmen sports nickname, according to an alternate legal analysis.

Oneida Nation’s First Female Investigator Honored (NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Asker, recently promoted to investigator for the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department, was recognized for valor by the Oneida County law enforcement community May 20.

EDITORIAL: Tribes right to focus on rivers, not litigation (WASHINGTON) -- Today we set aside litigation and opt for cooperation with our federal partners. We have been in the courts for ten years and have not gained the resources needed to protect these creations...

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