Thursday, February 5, 2009

05 Feb 2009: Native News from

Winner residents question ACLU case vs. school (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- More than 70 people attended an informational meeting designed to explain the Winner School District’s 2007 settlement agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union, with some audience members strongly voicing their concerns about the plan.

Navajo Nation settles with El Paso Natural Gas over pipeline easement (ARIZONA) -- The Navajo Nation Natural Resources Committee (NRC) recently came to an agreement with El Paso Natural Gas Company (EPNG) over a pipeline right-of-way easement that had been an issue of contention since 2005.

Yavapai-Apache leaders meet with AZ delegation (ARIZONA) -- Throughout the week, Tribal Leaders met with Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, Congressman Harry Mitchell, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, as well as the offices of Congressman Trent Franks, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Jon Kyl, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Congressman Jeff Flake, Congressman John Shadegg and Congressman Raul Grijalva.

Tulalip police looking for bank robber (WASHINGTON) -- Tulalip Tribal police are looking for a man who robbed a bank on Jan. 27. The incident occurred at the Key Bank branch in the 9200 block of Quil Ceda Blvd, Tulalip police detective Dave Lott said.

Lawmakers discuss jobs, economy for tribal nations at Indian caucus (MONTANA) -- Economic recovery and jobs creation top the Montana American Indian Caucus' legislative agenda, Indian lawmakers said at a news conference at the Capitol on Tuesday.

University works hard to retain Indian students (MONTANA) -- When University of Montana President George Dennison visited Blackfeet Country Jan. 27, he brought two representatives with him from the Department of Native American Studies at UM, Tribal Liaison Linda Juneau and Director of Student Support Services Fredricka Hunter.

Tribal elections sought by Little Shell members (MONTANA) -- Members of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe are asking the tribal council to reschedule elections that have been on hold for three months because of a political dispute.

Racism and intimidation in Carpinteria (CALIFORNIA) -- The small town of Carpinteria, California is the latest battleground in Native Americans’ fight against racism. The controversy over a supposedly “harmless” high school sports mascot has alienated the Native American population of Carpinteria, who have come to fear violent reprisals from the non-Native community.

Carpinteria schools may remove Native American items from logo (CALIFORNIA) -- It now looks like the Native American head, canoe and arrowhead will be removed from the Carpinteria Unified School District's logo.

Panel on Indian stereotypes set at CMU in Mount Pleasant (MICHIGAN) -- A panel discussion on media stereotypes about American Indians will begin at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Central Michigan University's Moore Hall Kiva. Admission is free and open to the public.

Chief threatens to sue government after deadly fire (MANITOBA) -- The chief of Sandy Bay First Nation wants to sue the federal government, following a Tuesday house fire that claimed the life of a nine-year-old girl.

In search of Crazy Horse (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- The legend is true. The history is correct. Crazy Horse never posed for a photograph. At least not the one Tim Giago owns.

Hopi students attend Obama inauguration (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The presidential inaugural week is something nine Hopi High Close Up students will never forget. The nine attended the inaugural parade after barely missing out on the inaugural swearing-in ceremony.

OP/ED: Tribes ready for a new relationship with feds (WASHINGTON) -- Indians in the Pacific Northwest feel a new era of respect and collaboration is here, and we're ready to get to work with the new administration.

Obama’s stimulus plan would bring funds to Oklahoma Indian tribes (OKLAHOMA) -- American Indians could gain almost $3 billion if the president's economic stimulus plan is passed by Congress. Rita Kotey talked with officials to see what that would mean for tribes in our area.

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