Sunday, January 4, 2009

04 Jan 2009: Native News from

In Obama’s Team, Two Camps on Climate (WASHINGTON, DC) -- In the fall of 1997, when the Clinton administration was forming its position for the Kyoto climate treaty talks, Lawrence H. Summers argued that the United States would risk damaging the domestic economy if it set overly ambitious goals for reducing carbon emissions.

Tone May Empower Obama's Agenda / The Key Could Be Vow To Change Washington's Way of Doing Business (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Rarely have lawmakers confronted an agenda as ambitious as the one Congress will face upon convening this week, with an incoming president pushing to stabilize an economy on the brink of long-term recession, to create universal health coverage and to overhaul federal energy policies.

Salmon Recovery panel distributes $19.8 million (WASHINGTON) -- The grants to the Cowlitz Tribe were among more than $19.8 million in grants the Salmon Recovery Funding Board announced recently.

Nisqually tribe recognized for salmon work (WASHINGTON) -- A new exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution's Natural Museum of History in Washington, D.C., shines the spotlight on Northwest salmon, American Indian tribes and the leadership role that the Nisqually tribe has played in bringing Puget Sound chinook back from the brink of extinction.

Washington Tribe Seeks Higher Land (WASHINGTON) -- Flooding used to be a problem every five or 10 years for the tiny Hoh Indian Reservation. These days it's an annual event. Sandbags permanently surround the tribal center and many homes because the nearby Hoh River has meandered dangerously closer over time.

Grants helping Cowlitz tribe restore salmon habitat (WASHINGTON) -- The Cowlitz Indian Tribe has received more than $580,000 in state grants to help restore salmon habitat on the Cowlitz and Toutle rivers.

Kevin Annett: International tribunal for residential school abuse / 'Who will speak for the children who never came back?' (CANADA) -- Churches in Canada have not been held responsible for the rape, murder and disappearance of 50,000 to 100,000 Native American children in Canada’s residential schools, said Kevin Annett, speaking on RedTown Blog Talk Radio today.

Aboriginal Causes: A Lucrative Business for White Advisers (ONTARIO) -- Non-native lawyers and consultants defend aboriginal causes for their own financial gain, argue Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard in their controversial book, Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation.

Canadas tarnished international image (ONTARIO) -- Canada was once viewed as a beacon of enlightenment on the world stage – a leader in the field of human rights and peacekeeping.

Adamson: In 2008 trickledown economics goes global (VIRGINIA) -- Atlas Greenspan shrugged, recognizing a possible flaw in his market ideology. To say finally that hard rains must fall on everyone just won’t do.

Becoming ‘better off’ in a bad economy (NEW YORK) -- In the important 2007 reader, “Shoot the Indian: Media, Misperceptions and Native Truth,” a speech given by venerable Haudenosaunee scholar John C. Mohawk caps a remarkable collection of discussions on the intersection of Native America, government and media.

Duwamish dedication, report #1: Longhouse open, fight not over (WASHINGTON) -- Back from a two-hour event with many amazing moments, as the Duwamish Tribe opened its new Longhouse and Cultural Center, on the eastern edge of West Seattle (4700 block of West Marginal Way; here’s a map), to the public - Duwamish chair Cecile Hansen and major donors Arlene and George Wade cut the ribbon, as this brief video clip shows:

Duwamish Longhouse report #2: “This is our home now” (WASHINGTON) -- In 1851, when the first European-Americans arrived at Alki Point, the Dkhw’Duw’Absh occupied at least 17 villages, living in over 90 longhouses, and 6 Potlatch Houses (centers of spiritual and social gathering), along Elliott Bay, the Duwamish River, the Cedar River, the Black River (which no longer exists), Lake Washington, Lake Union, and Lake Sammamish.

Crow consider 'contract law enforcement' (MONTANA) -- Frustrated by trying to work within the federal system, the Crow Tribe is considering a radical change to its criminal justice system.

Reservation burglary suspects escape scrutiny (MONTANA) -- A burglary case west of Cut Bank has gone nowhere this fall because tribal authorities won't prosecute the crime and Glacier County officials have no authority to go onto the reservation and arrest the suspects.

Victims on reservation frustrated by inaction (MONTANA) -- How can a business survive in a community that seems at times to border on lawlessness, Brian Kelly wonders. "I feel like I'm surrounded by Somalian pirates who can come in and take my ship any time they want to — and no one is helping," said Kelly, who owns Glacier Village Restaurant in East Glacier, the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex and Eddy's in West Glacier.

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