Sunday, May 31, 2009

31 May 2009: Native News from PECHANGA.net


Mohawk protests continue / BRIDGE CLOSED: Tribe objects to arming of customs officers (ONTARIO) -- The St. Regis Mohawk tribe has one weekend left to protest the arming of Canadian border officers, and it plans to make the most of it.

Navajo life one long recession / 'We've Always Had 50% Unemployment' Bad times nothing new, so they know how to cope (ARIZONA) -- Talk at the community center in this small Navajo town isn't as focused on the economy as it is in many places off the reservation. That's because the people living on the largest American Indian reservation have been largely unscathed by the recession.

Indians find loans hard to get / Some banks shy away from loans to Indians because they can't foreclose on reservation land. (WASHINGTON) -- Bill Shelton's loan application was for $159,000 -- less than a third of the value of his home. His credit score hovers around 800.

Bozsum is among 10 finalists for tribal council / Mohegans to hold balloting for 5 spots (CONNECTICUT) -- Five incumbents, including Chairman Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum, are among the 10 finalists for the five available seats on the Mohegan Tribal Council, the tribe announced Wednesday night.

San Manuel tribe members won't testify in probation violation case (CALIFORNIA) -- Two San Manuel officials will not have to testify in a hearing for a tribal member accused of violating probation after her conviction in a failed murder-for-hire plot, a judge ruled Friday.

Ward Churchill Reinstatement Materials — Updated (MICHIGAN) -- Now that Ward Churchill has won exactly $1 from the University of Colorado via jury, the real fight begins — over reinstatement. The University of Colorado’s brief opposing reinstatement is here.

Editorial / Repeal hateful ban on Indians (MINNESOTA) -- Taking a 1863 law that bans Dakota and Winnebago Indians from Minnesota off the books is long overdue. We applaud state Rep. Dean Urdahl for carrying the resolution to repeal the law, and we thank legislators for approving it.

Tribes press government to clean up nuclear waste (ARIZONA) -- Two American Indian tribes say their pleas to have the federal government remove medical, uranium and other radioactive waste from their land near Tuba City have been ignored, and they want it cleaned up.

Navajos seek help for families of uranium miners (NEW MEXICO) -- Navajo Nation members will travel to the nation's capital this summer to try to obtain compensation for as many as 15,000 dependents of former uranium mine workers who are suffering from disease and birth defects.

Navajo leaders seek help with uranium issues (NEW MEXICO) -- Members of the Navajo Nation plan to take to Washington, D.C., their grassroots campaign to compensate uranium mine workers' children affected by diseases and birth defects.

Crew unearths ancient remains near Cannery Row (CALIFORNIA) -- Construction workers digging near Cannery Row have found a female skeleton that may be thousands of years old. Frank Donangelo, vice president of planning and development for the Cannery Row Company, says workers stopped digging immediately after finding the remains on Wednesday and called police.

Skeleton unearthed on Monterey's Cannery Row / Discovery of ancient remains halts excavation (CALIFORNIA) -- As soon as construction crew members working next to the Sardine Factory realized they had unearthed human remains, the back hoe was turned off and a call was placed to the Monterey Police Department.

Small-salmon bounty creates a big mystery (WASHINGTON) -- In the world of salmon, size matters. That's because big male fish have the best chance of fending off rivals to stake out a prime spot on the spawning grounds next to fertile females.

IsumaTV's "Countdown to Copenhagen" (NUNAVUT) -- From a press relesase: Zacharias Kunuk and IsumaTV announce the launch of "Countdown to Copenhagen" May 29, 2009 with a two-hour Live Webcast featuring Siila Watt-Cloutier, Inuit climate activist and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, speaking on "Inuit, Human Rights and Climate Change" live from Iqaluit, Nunavut to a worldwide audience.

Stereotypical Three Wolf Moon ad (USA) -- A parody of "Colors of the Wind" from Disney's "Pocahontas" serves to sell t-shirts and stereotype Indians.

VIDEO: Native dancer in Gatorade commercial (CALIFORNIA) -- This is a nicely done, seemingly sensitive commercial. But it raises a few questions: Did the Native performers agree to participate in this ad? Did they agree to (implicitly) endorse Gatorade?

Podcast on the History of the Department of Interior: “Sick Man” of American Government (COLORADO) -- Thanks to Legal History Blog for this one (the “sick man” line is from that blog): Bureaucrats, University of Colorado professor of history Patricia Limerick argues, are often the most overlooked (at best) or reviled (at worst) of government officials, but they wield tremendous powers that shape Americans’ daily lives.

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