Friday, January 9, 2009

09 Jan 2009: Native News from

Obama advisers offer support on treaty rights: Canadian chiefs (WINNIPEG) -- Canadian First Nations chiefs say aboriginal affairs advisers to U.S. president-elect Barack Obama told them Thursday the new administration will be in their corner in their push for aboriginal rights.

MORON ALERT: Wyandotte band allowed to be 'Chiefs' at inauguration (MICHIGAN) -- The Marching Chiefs logo will stay on the Wyandotte Roosevelt High School marching band’s uniforms for the inaugural parade on Jan. 20.

Life without Napolitano / Navajo leaders say former governor reached out to Natives (ARIZONA) -- With Janet Napolitano set to leave the position of governor of Arizona, the Independent asked some Navajo leaders about their thoughts on her departure to join the Obama-Biden administration as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Tribal leaders won't attend inauguration (OKLAHOMA) -- Some Cherokee Nation councilors have canceled trips to Washington to attend the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, viewing it as an unnecessary expense.

Native American Veterans To March in Inauguration Parade Video (NORTH DAKOTA) -- A group of Native American Veterans will be taking an exciting trip to Washington in a couple of weeks, but before they leave, they stopped at the state Capitol today.

Bingaman reintroduces Navajo water bill (WASHINGTON, DC) -- U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman introduced a package of bills Wednesday that includes measures he wrote to settle Navajo Nation water rights claims in the San Juan River Basin, construct a pipeline in eastern New Mexico and help water managers better plan for the future.

Oklahoma sees revenues rise with tribal tobacco deals (OKLAHOMA) -- Revenue from state taxes on cigarettes sold in tribal stores has risen noticeably since several tribal compacts were signed late last year, records show.

Spirit Lake chairwoman praises state-tribal agreement on oil, gas revenue in ND (NORTH DAKOTA) -- A state-tribal agreement on oil and gas revenue that the 2007 Legislature authorized was a good thing, a North Dakota tribal chairwoman will tell legislators today.

Manitoba Métis win hunting rights case (MANITOBA) -- A man has won a five-year legal battle against the Manitoba government with a landmark court ruling on Métis hunting rights.

KEVIN ABOUREZK: Native Group Asks for $5.4 billion (NEBRASKA) -- It's a bold move. Asking the federal government for billions of dollars in taxpayer money to bail out a group of people suffering from the failing economy.

JODI RAVE: Indian lawmakers: Belcourt focused on water issues (MONTANA) -- Rep. Tony Belcourt, D-Box Elder, will introduce legislation that addresses water projects affecting the Rocky Boy's Reservation as well as seven counties and 23 communities along the Hi-Line, the state's northern tier of rural communities.

Tribal leader lauds ND legislative work (NORTH DAKOTA) -- A temporary North Dakota legislative committee that focuses on relations between Indian tribal governments and the state should be made permanent, the chairwoman of the Spirit Lake Nation believes.

State of the Tribes Address (NORTH DAKOTA) -- As the state legislature convenes every two years, three people address a joint session of the House and Senate: the governor, the chief justice of the supreme court, and a tribal leader.

Tribal leader lauds committee work (NORTH DAKOTA) -- Myra Pearson, chairwoman of the Spirit Lake Tribe, delivered the State of the Tribal-State Relations address Thursday and her message was clear positive change for the five tribal nations of North Dakota has been happening, and there are plenty of opportunities for positive change to continue.

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