Friday, March 27, 2009

27 Mar 2009: Native News from PECHANGA.net


Agreement draws city and tribe closer (WASHINGTON) -- The city of Tacoma and Puyallup Tribe of Indians have many common interests and have interacted with each other on an increasing basis in recent years.

Defense: Alleged AIM slaying gun was with police (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- A defense lawyer for one of two men charged with the 1975 slaying of an American Indian Movement member has accused prosecutors of putting "erroneous and untrue" accusations in a court filing because the alleged murder weapon was locked up at the time.

Witness: Churchill was not apologetic (COLORADO) -- Jurors again asked challenging questions to a witness who was testifying on behalf of the University of Colorado this morning in the Ward Churchill trial that continues in Denver District Court.

A Radical Takes the Stand (COLORADO) -- Old hippies with gray-streaked ponytails, sporting their best Indian radical-chic finery, arrived early and waited in a marble hallway of the District Court here, chowing down on breakfast burritos from the cafeteria.

JODI RAVE: Is There a Money Claim Against the US Post-Carcieri? (MONTANA) -- I see now that the Dept. of Interior is (un)officially segregating Indian tribes for purposes of trust acquisitions (see email reported on Indianz), shutting down (apparently) some trust applications and allowing others to proceed, that the first impacts of Carcieri have reached Indian Country, as expected.

Shirley appeal stalled by hearing officer controversy (ARIZONA) -- After four months, President Joe Shirley Jr.'s appeal of a Navajo Election Administration decision rejecting his two government reform initiatives remains at a standstill in the Office of Hearings and Appeals.

$50M promised for housing on Alberta reserves (ALBERTA) -- Alberta's First Nation communities are getting $50 million in federal funds to help alleviate a housing crunch on reserves.

Moving away from Chief Wahoo? (MICHIGAN) -- Correspondent DMarks reports on his recent trip to Cleveland, Ohio--home of America's most offensive racial icon: There is a tiny wallet-sized folding "Cleveland Indians 2009 Schedule" available everywhere, at all the gas stations and hotels, that has Chief Wahoo in the corner of the front page, and also printed on the front page is the slogan "Are you IN the Tribe?"

Former Noc-A-Homa = (oxy)moron (GEORGIA) -- Now: “Political correctness is an oxymoron, like ‘pretty awful’ or ‘military intelligence.’ The first indication is that it starts with the word ‘political.’ That tells you there’s something wrong.

Natives, Bay Street form country's biggest farm (SASKATCHEWAN) -- The image of the typical farmer handed down through our national mythology is not that of an investment banker in a suit, nor is it that of a native chief in traditional dress.

Indigenous health care lessons unveiled for doctors (ONTARIO) -- Medical residents and practising doctors will be offered educational programs on First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis health topics under a pilot project announced Wednesday.

Safe water for First Nation communites (ONTARIO) -- The Government of Canada is taking action to ensure members of the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation have access to safe and reliable water facilities by supporting the construction of a new water treatment plant for the community.

Yuma County, city, tribes to get energy conservation stimulus funds (ARIZONA) -- Southwestern Arizona will receive more than $15 million for Energy Efficiency Conservation projects through stimulus money, but some local recipients aren't sure how the money will be spent.

Otter, tribe sign Lake Coeur d'Alene plan (IDAHO) -- A plan to address water quality in the Lake Coeur d'Alene watershed has been completed and turned over to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Gov. Charlie Crist to downsize Everglades-U.S. Sugar deal (FLORIDA) -- His hand forced by a failing economy, Gov. Charlie Crist is poised to dramatically downsize his proposed Big Sugar buyout -- and his vision for Everglades restoration.

Helping Native American business owners network and expand (OKLAHOMA) -- Owning and running a small business can be difficult, but for Native Americans taking on the task there is an organization willing to help.

Majestic sleepover in Monument Valley, Utah (UTAH) -- Forrest Gump stopped running here; Thelma and Louise did not. Half a century ago, when advertisers conjured up the Marlboro Man as the personification of the American West's folklore of freedom and rugged individualism, Monument Valley was already the perfect stage.

Senecas approved for radio station (NEW YORK) -- Coming soon to your FM radio dial: A new station to be run by the Seneca Nation of Indians. The Seneca Nation, this week, acquired a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission to operate the station that will cover virtually all of the Indian tribe’s territory.

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