Friday, April 17, 2009

This Week from Indian Country Today

NIGA/NCAI unite to fight Employee Free Choice Act
The National Indian Gaming Association has adopted a resolution opposing the Employee Free Choice Act unless it is amended to acknowledge sovereign tribal nations as governments.
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Headlines

Nottoway Indian tribe of Virginia asserts unfair treatment in bid for state recognition
Coast Salish say ferry is an important link
Artist’s statues honor Indians in all 50 states
CORD aims to bridge cultural gap
Religious freedom in prison
King Cove gets approval from House and Senate
Federal judge finds issues with King William County, Va. reservoir permits
Cheyenne-Arapaho culture and language recalled and revived
Speaker Morgan thanks Katosha Nakai for services to the Navajo Nation
8th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention set for August
E-Snag: American Indian answer to online dating
University group opposes Fighting Sioux nickname
Alaska elder Katherine Wade passes on
Tribal identification should accompany eagle feathers, a federal agency says
Wind River tribes back grouse protections
Wilbur defeats five-term legislator for position on Swinomish Senate
Trahant looking forward to ‘challenge’ of change after P-I’s Web conversion
Former VP candidate Winona LaDuke visits for diversity discussions
Alaska Natives object to Palin’s attorney general nominee
First American Indian veterans memorial to be erected in California
Miccosukee will keep fighting to stop Everglades bridge
Seneca Nation acquires radio station permit
Sarah Palin accompanies food delivery to rural Alaska
Colorado legislators honor Ute tribes during Denver March Powwow

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Opinion

Respect community diversity
Tribal communities are no longer homogeneous cultural groups. One can say that most indigenous communities were never entirely homogenous, culturally or politically. While tribal groups often shared ceremonies and creation stories, they retained considerable local political and economic autonomy. Families, bands and clans harvested most of their economic needs, and were not economically dependent on other groups, and were therefore in a position to exercise considerable political choice. Tribal nations were coalitions of willing and cooperative kinship and local group alliances. Large ceremonial gatherings were places to exchange gifts and renew social relation. There were common cultural understandings.
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