Saturday, January 24, 2009

24 Jan 2009: Native News from

LaDonna Harris honored for lifetime political achievement (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The inauguration of President Barack Obama was not simply a time to recognize a history-making milestone of an African-American politician, but also to honor the many achievements of American Indians on the political stage

Mixing business with pleasure (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The country may be in the middle of an economic recession, but that didn’t keep thousands of American Indians from bringing out the glitz and glam, while pushing for progress on Native issues during several inauguration celebrations for President Barack Obama.

Witnessing history: President Obama’s swearing-in captures hearts and minds of Indian country (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Thousands of American Indians descended on Capital City to witness the historic inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.

Pechanga leader rises on state commission (CALIFORNIA) -- A prominent Pechanga Indian leader has vaulted to the number two position on a state panel that advises on cultural issues and protects and oversees identified ceremonial and sacred sites, officials said.

Inhofe, Boren push permanency for tax laws (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation have introduced bills to make permanent the current tax laws that encourage oil production from marginal wells and business on former American Indian land.

Army cuts off pay for WWII Alaska militia veterans (ALASKA) -- The Army has decided to cut off retirement pay for veterans of a largely Native militia formed to guard the territory of Alaska from the threat of Japanese attack during World War II.

Sask. man whose daughters froze to death stays in custody (SASKATCHEWAN) -- A Saskatchewan man who pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing death after leaving his two daughters outside in the cold while he was drunk was back in court Friday for a hearing related to allegations he broke his bail conditions.

Family of Redman hopes for more action on case (SASKATCHEWAN) -- The family of murder victim Amber Redman is grateful one killer is behind bars, but family members continue to search for answers.

Mother of slain teen pleads for aboriginal community to speak up for abused women (SASKATCHEWAN) -- A Saskatchewan mother who organized a massive search when her daughter first disappeared more than three years ago says other missing aboriginal women could be found if the First Nations community were to "stop keeping secrets."

Firefighters find body in burned-out house on Muckleshoot Indian Reservation (WASHINGTON) -- King County firefighters reportedly found the body of a little girl Thursday inside a house on the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation that was gutted by fire.

Leech Lake, Beltrami County to work together on Washington lobbying (MINNESOTA) -- Beltrami County and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe plan to lobby together for common issues in Washington, D.C.

Attack on Leonard Peltier at SF Federal Building (CALIFORNIA) -- Around 40 members of the Native American community and supporters of jailed American Indian Movement leader Leonard Peltier rallied at the San Francisco Federal Building to protest his continued imprisonment. Many expressed the worry that his recent transfer is a continuing threat to his safety.

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