Saturday, June 13, 2009

13 Jun 2009: Native News from

NY Senators look to Obama on border dispute / Canadian-Mohawk dispute has closed a Seaway bridge (NEW YORK) -- Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are calling on the Obama administration to help mediate a resolution to a Canadian-Mohawk dispute that has closed the Seaway International Bridge near Massena.

Tribe has say on new bridge / DEALS SIGNED: Lower span to replace one currently closed at Cornwall Island (NEW YORK) -- After years of negotiations, Canadian officials have moved one step closer to building a lower bridge connecting Cornwall Island with the mainland.

Senators seek federal aid in bridge debate (ONTARIO) -- The Seaway International Bridge remains closed because of a dispute between St. Regis Mohawks and the Canada Customs and Border Service Agency, and now American politicians are starting to get involved.

Anti-fed fury sweeps through Blanding after artifact sting (UTAH) -- Even before news late Thursday of James Redd's death, residents of this town south of San Juan County's Blue Mountains were furious about a federal sting that netted some of Blanding's prominent citizens for allegedly trafficking in antiquities.

Many artifacts remain in alleged looters' custody / Archeology » Law requires that stolen materials end up with museums and tribes. (UTAH) -- Many Indian artifacts involved in a major federal sting remain with the very people suspected of looting them from public land or buying them from looters, although federal authorities hope to eventually hand these treasures over to tribes for repatriation or to museums.

Artifact theft suspect found dead near Blanding (UTAH) -- Anger and fear generated by federal charges of artifact looting in the vast deserts of southeastern Utah merged with sorrow Thursday when James Redd - a physician and defendant in the case - was found dead on his Blanding property.

House committee takes up Interior appropriations (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies completed its markup on the fiscal year 2010 Interior appropriations bill on Wednesday.

Native Hawaiian bill in Congress defended as not 'race-based' / Isle delegation rebuts racial claims on legislation as Congress renews debate (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Congress began deliberations yesterday on the "Akaka bill," which would create a process for Native Hawaiian self-governance, as Hawai'i's congressional delegation sought to confront arguments that the legislation is "race-based."

DinĂ© gov’t warns of layoffs (ARIZONA) -- Proposed cuts in the Navajo Nation budget will result in layoffs, one tribal official said Wednesday. The Budget and Finance Committee set the Fiscal Year 2010 General Fund budget ceiling Wednesday at $161,452,410 as well as the planning allocations for the three branches of government.

Let This Be Custer's Last 'Last Stand' (NEBRASKA) -- On June 25, 1876, Brig. Gen. George Armstrong Custer looked out on a Lakota and Cheyenne village that stretched well into the horizon along the Little Bighorn River in eastern Montana and exclaimed to his 750 men: "Hurrah, boys, we've got them!"

Tribal leaders seek health care reform (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The statistics paint a grim picture of Indian health: Life expectancy is six years less than any other ethnic group, the death rate attributed to diabetes is triple that of the rest of the country, and the infant mortality rate is 40 percent higher. From cirrhosis to suicide, few suffer more than Native Americans.

Senate Approves Tight Regulation Over Cigarettes (WASHINGTON, DC) -- More than four decades after the surgeon general declared smoking a health hazard, the Senate on Thursday cleared the final hurdle to empowering federal officials to regulate cigarettes and other forms of tobacco for the first time.

Senate Passes Bill to Let FDA Regulate Tobacco (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Landmark legislation approved by the Senate yesterday will give the federal government sweeping new powers to oversee tobacco products, allowing regulators to control factors including the amount of addictive nicotine in a cigarette and how that cigarette is packaged and marketed.

Mohawk men: PCBs in native foods may be reducing testosterone (NEW YORK) -- For two decades, the Mohawk Nation's Akwesasne territory has been turned into a human laboratory for studying the health effects of industrial chemicals.

Study shows PCB exposure may reduce testosterone in Native American tribe (NEW YORK) -- Straddling the brawny sweep of the St. Lawrence River, where New York, Quebec and Ontario meet, the territory called Akwesasne has long provided fish that feed the 12,000 members of the Mohawk Nation there.

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