Saturday, April 25, 2009

25 Apr 2009: Native News from

U.S. district court upholds previous decision on Pictou-Aquash trial (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- A U.S. District Court judge has upheld a magistrate judge's decision that two men charged with the 1975 slaying of a fellow American Indian Movement (AIM) member can be tried together.

Owner Harvey Duro takes stand in Duroville trial (CALIFORNIA) -- The owner of a Thermal-area mobile home park the federal government is seeking to shut down over health and safety concerns testified on Thursday that he received little guidance from authorities about how to address the problems until it was “too late.”

Tribal ex-governor gets 5 years for misusing funds (MAINE) -- A former Passamaquoddy governor has been sentenced to five years in prison for misusing more than $1.8 million in tribal and federal funds.

Former Passamaquoddy governor sentenced to 5 years for misusing tribal funds (MAINE) -- Robert L. Newell, the former governor of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township was sentenced today to five years in federal prison.

New tribal netting regulations (MINNESOTA) -- Changes made for tribal netting are effective immediately by a Tribal Department of Natural Resources commissioner’s order in an effort to prevent mishaps during the current netting season and in the future.

Tearful gathering at Poorman funeral (SASKATCHEWAN) -- A sacred fire has been burning on the Kawacatoose First Nation, north of Regina, as family and friends gather for the funeral of Tara-lyn Poorman, the 17-year-old whose body was discovered a week ago.

Elders honored as Native Youth Olympics open (ALASKA) -- One by one, banner-wielding teams in this year's Native Youth Olympics paraded into the Dena'ina Center's first-floor exhibit hall Thursday morning, sporting matching T-shirts and workout suits, grins big and small, some members with eyes locked on their shoes, some riding high upon their teammates' shoulders.

Northcoast Environmental Center steps away from Klamath agreement (CALIFORNIA) -- The Northcoast Environmental Center has bowed out of multi-party talks aimed at resolving some of the Klamath River basin's thorniest controversies.

Winnemem Wintu Tribe Holds War Dance Before Launching Federal Lawsuit (CALIFORNIA) -- Arrayed in traditional regalia, over two dozen members of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe recently held a war dance along the banks of the American River to bring attention to decades of injustice and destruction of their cultural sites by the federal government.

Tribes get extension to make Navy-land proposals (RHODE ISLAND) -- The Navy has approved a request from the Narragansett Indian Tribe and Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head for an extension to file expressions of interest in the Tank Farm land that spans Portsmouth and Middletown.

Southern Utes may allow additional gas wells (COLORADO) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe reservation could see as many as 770 additional coal-bed methane wells in the next two decades as operators seek to extract the last remnants of the gas from the prolific Fruitland Formation.

Wolf-Dog Hybrid Escapes Captor (NEW YORK) -- An unusual animal that was destined for a sanctuary has disappeared. A wolf-hybrid found on the St. Regis Mohawk reservation in Akwesasne should have been headed to an Indiana sanctuary this weekend, but instead officials are searching for him and suspect foul play.

Industry Ignored Its Scientists on Climate (WASHINGTON, DC) -- For more than a decade the Global Climate Coalition, a group representing industries with profits tied to fossil fuels, led an aggressive lobbying and public relations campaign against the idea that emissions of heat-trapping gases could lead to global warming.

Western Shoshone gather at NV mountain being mined (NEVADA) -- Dozens of Western Shoshone tribal members and activists held an annual ceremonial event on the flank of a northern Nevada mountain that is at the heart of their legal battle against the world’s biggest gold mining company.

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