Wednesday, April 29, 2009

29 Apr 2009: Native News from

Racism forum set for Wednesday (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- The second free public forum in a continuing series looking for solutions to racism in Rapid City will be held Wednesday, April 29, at General Beadle Elementary School at North Maple and Van Buren streets.

Native Americans Descended From A Single Ancestral Group, DNA Study Confirms (WASHINGTON, DC) -- For two decades, researchers have been using a growing volume of genetic data to debate whether ancestors of Native Americans emigrated to the New World in one wave or successive waves, or from one ancestral Asian population or a number of different populations.

TRANSCRIPTS: "Native American Entrepreneurs" (WASHINGTON, DC) -- SUSIE GHARIB: The PBS prime-time program "American Experience" continues its look at U.S history from the Native American perspective. As part of "We Shall Remain," NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT is profiling Native American entrepreneurs.

Scribblings: Paul Chaat Smith (WASHINGTON, DC) -- On one of the first springtime Saturdays in April, I managed to slip down to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian to catch its associate curator, Paul Chaat Smith, read from his latest book Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong.

Law melts away: Repeal of ‘Bennett Freeze’ spurs hope for economic development (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Congress has wiped a 40-year-old federal law off the books that tribal leaders say has long prevented economic development in areas of the Navajo and Hopi reservations.

Salazar, Shirley confer on water, education and job-creation projects (NEW MEXICO) -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar met with Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. April 17 to discuss water, education, road and job training initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life for residents of the Navajo Nation, other American Indian communities and residents of New Mexico.

Gov. Brewer visits Navajo Nation Council (ARIZONA) -- The 21st Navajo Nation Council welcomed Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to opening day of its 2009 spring session on April 20 by invitation of the Honorable Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan.

Tribe's new chairman takes oath (MONTANA) -- Nearly elected chairman Cedric Black Eagle of the Crow Nation was sworn into office this afternoon as hundreds of people looked on.

Montana's tribes will receive $17 million in stimulus money (MONTANA) -- Montana's Indian reservations will receive nearly $17 million to create jobs as a result of the recently passed federal stimulus bill, Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester announced Monday.

Mayoral candidates speak out on Native concerns (ALASKA) -- The questions fired at the two remaining candidates for mayor of Anchorage were a little different Monday at a forum sponsored largely by a group of Alaska Native organizations.

Edward Halas, Grand Forks, column: Dazzling vote makes logo foes shield eyes (NORTH DAKOTA) -- UND law professor Jim Grijalva presents himself as being a member of the fair-minded groups on both sides of the logo-nickname controversy who were “surprised” by the Spirit Lake vote (“Keep Spirit Lake referendum in perspective,” Viewpoint, Page A4, April 23).

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