Wednesday, January 7, 2009

07 Jan 2009: Native News from

Feds place land in Verona in Oneida Indian Nation trust (NEW YORK) -- The federal government has quietly placed 18 acres of land in Verona into tax-exempt trust for the Oneida Indian Nation, even as the trust status of more than 17,000 acres elsewhere in Oneida and Madison counties remains mired in lawsuits.

County: Reservation smoke shops won't evade taxes (NEW YORK) -- The Suffolk County Legislature approved a bill sponsored by Legislator Lou D'Amaro (D-Huntington Station) directing the Suffolk County attorney to commence a sales tax enforcement action against smoke shops on the Poospatuck Indian Reservation in Mastic.

Tribal Court denies motions (MINNESOTA) -- Former Mille Lacs Band Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin went before tribal court on Dec. 31 requesting emergency relief and challenging the election.

Two tribes donate maximum for Obama inaugural (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Two tribes each donated a maximum of $50,000 to the inaugural committee for President-elect Barack Obama.

MASCOT: Summit bypasses UND (NORTH DAKOTA) -- The Summit League will visit the University of South Dakota later this month to gather information about the school’s athletic programs — a move that may open the door for South Dakota to join the 10-team conference.

Tribal unit saved ambulance link (OKLAHOMA) -- Cherokee Nation Enterprises was revealed Tuesday as the benefactor that kept an ambulance service running, Mayor Elaine Carr said.

Sam Bradford 'a role model' among Native Americans (OKLAHOMA) -- Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith likes to sport his "OU" hat with the letters written in the tribe's alphabet. These days, the longtime Sooners fan is even more proud.

CRIT Council passes domestic violence code (ARIZONA) -- The Colorado River Indian Tribes' Tribal Council recently passed a tough new Domestic Violence Code designed to prevent domestic and family violence and protect victims.

Forest Service wins suit brought by Colvilles, can sell Twisp property (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Forest Service can proceed with an online auction of property in Twisp after a federal judge on Monday denied a request by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation to stop the sale.

Two New Mashantucket Councilors Take Office (CONNECTICUT) -- Richard E. Sebastian and James T. Jackson began three-year terms on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Monday, swearing to support and defend all tribal laws and to promote the culture, heritage and welfare of tribal members.

17 tribes sue HUD over homes on reservations (COLORADO) -- American Indian tribes, including several in Oklahoma, have filed lawsuits challenging the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s plan to stop providing money to maintain lease-to-own houses on reservations after 25 years.

Cherokee Nation honoring Sam Bradford with T-shirts (OKLAHOMA) -- Cherokee Nation officials will be giving away T-shirts with the University of Oklahoma logo and quarterback Sam Bradford's name and jersey number written in Cherokee at the BCS National Championship game in Miami.

Newman trustees defer decision on banned book (CALIFORNIA) -- After 70 people packed the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District meeting Monday to hear discussions about a banned book, trustees said they will decide next week whether to return it to the curriculum

Activists oppose coal plant in northern Michigan (MICHIGAN) -- Environmentalists and an American Indian tribe are voicing opposition to a proposed coal-fired power plant in northern Michigan.

Countywide burn ban back in effect (WASHINGTON) -- A countywide ban on all outdoor burning and use of some home-heating devices went into effect Tuesday morning because of deteriorating air quality.

Emergency declared in Oak Springs (ARIZONA) -- The Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management is advising the public to address weather-related concerns to their local chapters first.

U.S. to compensate B.C. fishermen under latest pact to protect salmon (BRITISH COLUMBIA) -- The U.S. government will hand over millions of dollars to compensate the B.C. fishing industry for dramatic cuts to salmon fisheries.

Athens Twp, tribe still in talks over emergency services (MICHIGAN) -- Athens Township and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi still are negotiating how the tribe will pay for fire and medical protection at its Pine Creek Reservation.

McCain pushes for federal boxing panel, crackdown on fake Native American art (WASHINGTON, DC) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced several new bills Tuesday as Congress starts its 2009 work:

Yankton Sioux Tribe gets $1 Million Grant (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) in Prior Lake, Minnesota recently announced that the Yankton Sioux Tribe has been awarded a $1 million grant to fund a community center in Lake Andes

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