Monday, January 12, 2009

12 Jan 2009: Native News from

More controversy over soft drink tax (NEW YORK) -- The battle over taxfree cigarettes and gasoline on Indian reservations is now expanding to another commodity: soda and other sweetened drinks.

Baker-Shenk: Elevating Indian Policy in the Obama Administration (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Since 1976, I have been privileged to work on behalf of Indian tribes in Washington D.C. From that perspective, I suggest these strategies, which involve persuasion, narrative, connection and personnel, for elevating Indian policy in the Obama administration.

Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples moves forward (WASHINGTON, DC) -- An international human rights declaration geared specifically toward meeting the legal needs of the indigenous peoples of the Americas took a step forward last month when the Organization of American States’ working group in charge of preparing the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples held a special session in Washington.

Obama inspires young Aborigines (AUSTRALIA) -- From Australia's remote western desert to the heart of American power, an Aboriginal law student is heading to Washington to for the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th, and first black, U-S President on January 20th.

Russell Means: Breaking the silence on Obama (OKLAHOMA) -- American Indian activist Russell Means said President-elect Obama was selected by the colonial powers as president to improve the US image globally in the aftermath of George Bush.

Mohawk Nation News: Canada's Obscene Part in Gaza Atrocities (QUEBEC) -- How many Palestinian infants, toddlers, children and schools have been bombed by the criminals in charge of Israeli forces in the last few days? What law are they following? An eye for an eye! A tooth for a tooth!

Blackfeet, Montana County in Extradition Stalemate (MONTANA) -- Missoula County has tried for more than a year to extradite Rodney Gervais Jr. from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation to serve a one-year jail term for partner/family member assault.

Convicted tribal members fined, banned from reservation (CALIFORNIA) -- In an unprecedented move, Chairman James Ramos has announced his tribe's decision to fine two convicted tribal members linked to a murder conspiracy and ban them from the reservation.

Osage Nation moves to intervene in Cobell case (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Days before Christmas, attorneys in the Cobell vs. Kempthorne Indian trust case asked a U.S District Court of Appeals to reject a motion by the Osage Nation to intervene in the case.

Tribes: Time for Supreme Court to step in (ARIZONA) -- It is now time for the U.S. Supreme Court to step in, several tribes are saying with a petition to the court for a writ of certiorari in Navajo Nation v. U.S. Forest Service.

Tribes Appeal Arizona Snowmaking Decision (ARIZONA) -- American Indian tribes are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision that allows for snowmaking on an Arizona peak the tribes consider sacred.

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