Monday, April 6, 2009

06 Apr 2009: Native News from

Cleaning up Bush's mess on public land (WASHINGTON, DC) -- On Monday, President Obama signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, placing more than 2 million acres of public land in nine states under Wilderness Act protection.

The Navajo Nation Wants to Run River Trips in the Grand Canyon (ARIZONA) -- The Navajo Nation is lobbying for one of its businessmen to run coveted river trips through the Grand Canyon. With only one American Indian tribe currently doing so, the director of the Navajo Nation’s Division of Economic Development says its time to open the door to others.

Natives play big role at International Ecotourism Conference (BRITISH COLUMBIA) -- First Nations and its culture played a prominent role in the Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Conference, which was held for the first time in Canada in the west coast city of Vancouver in October.

Mt. Rushmore continues to become more Native friendly (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- When Gerard Baker, an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, was hired as the superintendent at Mount Rushmore nearly four years ago, not much, if anything at all reflected the rich history of American Indians in the Black Hills.

Leaders share concerns with education secretary (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Leaders with the National Indian Education Association met March 27 with Arne Duncan, the new secretary of education. They discussed issues of equity in learning, graduation rates and making high schools and communities of color a budget priority.

Top 10 on the Rez (ARIZONA) -- Top Five Things Indians Can’t Seem To Do Without: 1 - The latest powwow guide. Powwow is really a tradition of tribes of the Great Plains.

Nunavut at 10: An Unfinished Story (NUNAVUT) -- The creation of Nunavut marked more than a new line on the map. It marked the rise of a new Inuit voice no longer willing to simply acquiesce to distant dictates, a voice insisting that its view of the world be heard, a voice increasingly prominent on the world's cultural stage.

A matter of respect: First Nations and the 2010 Olympics (BRITISH COLUMBIA) -- Tewanee Joseph is a corporate-looking guy in a very uptown suit. But looks can be deceiving. The executive director of the Four Host First Nations for the Olympic Games is also the lead singer in a blues/rock band.

'Limbo status' drives resistance to reforms (ALBERTA) -- Many First Nations leaders dream of the day when ex-band members pack up and move home from the city. Only it's not a dream, it's a nightmare that would overwhelm rural communities and change their cultures forever, says James Dempsey, a native studies professor at the University of Alberta.

Transparency, efficiency, strength lacking in many bands; legislation hopes to change that (ALBERTA) -- When 15 band members appealed the election on a small northern Alberta reserve last summer, the electoral officer didn't even open their letters.

North Fork of Skokomish is Flowing Again (WASHINGTON) -- It's a river again. After nearly eight decades as more or less a creek, the North Fork of the Skokomish River — a branch of the Hood Canal tributary all but wiped out by the construction of the Cushman Hydroelectric Project in the 1920s — has water flowing through it once more.

Groups Try to Keep Invasive Species out of Lakes (MONTANA) -- Two conservation groups have joined with local, state, federal and tribal governments to try to keep the lakes and rivers of the Flathead Basin free of invasive aquatic species.

Efforts for Duck Could Limit Inupiat Hunt (ALASKA) -- A diminutive sea duck with a white head and a blue wing could bring restrictions to one of the last virtually unregulated hunting grounds in America.

Financial literacy and estate planning workshops offered in Great Plains and Oklahoma (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Business people, aspiring entrepreneurs and anyone in the Great Plains region who handles personal finances can hone their financial literacy skills in a series of free workshops held in early April.

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