Wednesday, February 25, 2009

25 Feb 2009: Native News from

Duroville may be headed for a shutdown (CALIFORNIA) -- A desert mobile home park that houses thousands of migrant workers, many of them in the country illegally, could close soon after years of government complaints that it is dangerous and rundown, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Commentary on the Navajo Nation Oral Argument (WASHINGTON, DC) -- As could be predicted, the oral argument in United States v. Navajo Nation (transcript) did not go very well for the respondents. Adam Liptak noted that Justice Ginsburg showed unusual vigor in suggesting to Carter Phillips that her 2003 majority opinion in Navajo Nation I foreclosed any chance for a monetary award, implying that the first decision covered any possible relevant openings for the Nation.

JODI RAVE: Beauty through beads - Missoula artist Molly Murphy to enter prestigious art festival (MONTANA) -- Artist Molly Murphy moves a needle and thread through wool with ease, like a champion butterfly swimmer bobbing above and below water on her way to Olympic gold.

DORREEN YELLOW BIRD: Like clouds -- the same and yet different (NORTH DAKOTA) -- Recently, the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation’s tribal council and people have found themselves pulled into UND Fighting Sioux issue.

Official: State should take lead on mascots (WISCONSIN) -- Menomonie school board president Colleen Davis still believes the state needs to take action and require school districts to stop using American Indian-derived logos, nicknames and mascots.

Advocates think time is right for Wisconsin ban on American Indian mascots, logos (WISCONSIN) -- No state has yet passed a law banning public schools from using American Indian mascots and logos, but advocates of a ban think Wisconsin is poised to become the first.

State won't hold up Klamath regulatory process (CALIFORNIA) -- The state has struck a balance between making way for continued negotiations to remove four dams on the Klamath River and moving ahead with a regulatory process to deal with some of the river's worst water quality problems.

$2M in funds sought for Tohajiilee water project (ARIZONA) -- Last July, before Delegate Jerry Bodie’s group of 14 riders left Tohajiilee Chapter on the 12th Annual Navajo Nation Council Horse Ride, the Independent spoke with Ruth Secatero, supervisor at Tohajiilee Senior Center, about her views on what the chapter needed from Window Rock. The main thing, of course, was water.

Bernanke: Recession may end in '09; Stocks climb (NEW YORK) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has steadied Wall Street by telling Congress the recession might end this year.

Measure requires American Indian on parole board (MONTANA) -- The House is backing a plan to require that at least one American Indian is appointed to serve on the board of pardons and parole. House Bill 591 got strong backing on a 72-28 vote.

Fargo to use $4.8 million for housing (NORTH DAKOTA) -- North Dakota's largest city is planning to use nearly $5 million to buy foreclosed, vacant and abandoned properties, as part of a federal grant that will provide money to numerous communities and American Indian reservations in the state.

Curry: Human and civil rights abuses not acceptable (CALIFORNIA) -- In the summer of 2007, The Lake County Democratic Club and the Lake County Democratic Central Committee voted unanimously to endorse the California Native American Justice and Equal Economic Opportunity Legislative Initiative.

Navajo Council delegates attend American Indian Day at New Mexico State Legislature (NEW MEXICO) -- Navajo Council Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan and several New Mexico Council delegates attended American Indian Day at the New Mexico State Legislature to support legislation to benefit Navajo constituents and to oppose state budget cuts which would directly impact Navajo communities.

Statewide Native American Coalition travels to Washington (NEVADA) -- Members of the Nevada Statewide Native American Coalition, an organization composed of school and faith-based leaders, youth, law enforcement officials, health providers, business and civic leaders, and parents, traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this month to meet with key lawmakers in Congress about teen substance abuse issues and the importance of supporting drug and alcohol prevention.

Wis. tribal leader calls for road improvements (WISCONSIN) -- State and tribal governments must work together with federal officials to improve northern Wisconsin's infrastructure, the chairman of the Sokaogon-Chippewa American Indian tribe told the Legislature on Tuesday.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe meets with White House officials (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Pascua Yaqui Indian Tribe of Arizona made history Feb. 10 as the first tribal government to visit the Obama White House.

Despite flap, judge upholds conviction (NEW YORK) -- While he admitted erring in identifying a convicted cigarette bootlegger as a member of the Unkechaug Indian tribe, a federal judge has declined to alter a 132-page decision upholding the conviction, saying the mischaracterization was irrelevant to the point of the decision.

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