Saturday, June 6, 2009

06 Jun 2009: Native News from

Cherokee council may consider rebates for smoke shops (OKLAHOMA) -- Tribal Councilors may consider giving rebates to Cherokee Nation-licensed border smoke shops after hearing testimony about lost revenues due to the tribe’s tobacco compact with the state and higher federal taxes.

Republican senator seeks to outlaw tobacco (WASHINGTON, DC) -- A Republican senator who is also a doctor is calling for a new era of Prohibition — outlawing cigarette smoking and other tobacco use.

Group is protesting Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith's recognition / Freedmen descendants say chief’s efforts shouldn’t be supported (OKLAHOMA) -- A small group of the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association gathered late Thursday morning outside the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in protest of Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith.

Lost Indian tribes of Va. to be recognized (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Six Indian tribes that officially disappeared during Virginia's Jim Crow era are on the verge of official recognition again. Some of the names may sound familiar because rivers are named after them in the D.C. area: The Chickahominy, the Rappahannock, the Monacan, the Nansemond and the Mattaponi.

House approves Virginia tribes’ federal recognition bill (WASHINGTON, DC) -- With the House of Representatives’ June 3 approval, some members of six Virginia Indian tribes say they’re hoping their federal recognition bill will become law this year.

Congress to take up Akaka bill (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Congress begins deliberations next Thursday on the "Akaka bill," which would create a process for Native Hawaiian self-governance.

Fontaine won't reapply for 'best job' he ever had (OTTAWA) -- Phil Fontaine confirmed yesterday that his days as the country's top native leader are ending -- but the notorious political animal left the door open to run as an MP.

Fontaine won't seek re-election / Next step likely in private sector, but he leaves open the option of seeking federal office (OTTAWA) -- The abuse Phil Fontaine endured at Manitoba's Fort Alexander Indian Residential School led him into politics while he was still in his 20s.

First Nations Fontaine targets poverty, confirms he will step down (OTTAWA) -- National Chief Phil Fontaine chastised the federal government for not delivering the Kelowna Accord and urged the complete elimination of the Indian Act Thursday, as he confirmed rumours he won't be running for another term as the head of the country's biggest aboriginal political organization.

Wiki hired as new rancheria administrator (CALIFORNIA) -- Elk Valley Rancheria has hired Reweti Wiki as its tribal administrator. Wiki is the former executive director for the Del Norte County/Crescent City Chamber of Commerce and helped to launch the Action Del Norte initiative

Wilton tribes reach settlement agreement (CALIFORNIA) -- The Wilton Rancheria will elect an interim governing council and write a constitution now that it has reached a settlement agreement with the federal government to be recognized as a sovereign tribal nation.

Newcomb: Dominorum Christianorum at play again (CALIFORNIA) -- On June 1, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative went into effect. It creates new security measures for international travel to and from the United States, even to and from Canada or Mexico. The new identification requirements of the initiative were the impetus for a new partnership between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Canada’s Ministry of Public Safety.

On border issues, bridge the gap (NEW YORK) -- The days when Indians marched across borders to assert and remind imposing governments of their inherent rights were probably thought to be over.

Reserve illness 'wake-up call' / For communication, facilities (MANITOBA) -- A First Nations chief is calling for better communication between levels of government and improved health-care facilities in the wake of a huge spike in flu-like disease and confirmation of two cases of the H1N1 virus in the remote northern Manitoba community.

Reserve residents aren't welcome at inn: chief (MANITOBA) -- A Winnipeg hotel has reportedly asked guests to leave because of fears they have H1N1. The residents of St. Theresa Point First Nation were in Winnipeg for health checkups unrelated to influenza but were asked to leave the hotel, said the community's chief, David McDougall.

Swine flu outbreak draws attention to reserve's living conditions (MANITOBA) -- The emergence of swine flu on a remote northern Manitoba reserve is a wake-up call for governments to address poor living conditions and improve health care for aboriginals, the community's chief said Thursday.

Senate Indian Affairs hearing on health care reform (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing next Thursday, June 11, to discuss reform of the Indian health care system.

Tribes, police band together to fight drugs, gangs (WISCONSIN) -- The two law officers meeting over breakfast at the Lake of the Torches Casino had not gone there looking for trouble. But they found it when they walked out into the sunshine and saw two teenagers flashing bills in the parking lot.

Harjo: Dirty word games (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Only a few wounding words carry pain so severe that they are not dulled by time. ;'Redskins'' is such a word for most Native people. Once you've been stung by that word, you never, ever forget it or the venom of each modifier, most commonly ''dirty,'' ''lazy'' and ''stupid.''

Russell: Fighting the Ferengi Clan (INDIANA) -- Ward Churchill’s case brings it up in our collective face, but most Indians in academia have had the problem of persons who “self-identify” as Indian without anything to back up the identity beyond alleged family oral history.

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