Sunday, June 28, 2009

28 June 2009: Native News from

EchoHawk says Cherokee Nation and UKB equal (OKLAHOMA) -- Attorney General Diane Hammons said the Cherokee Nation is considering legal options after a June 24 letter from the Bureau of Indian Affairs states the historical CN no longer exists and that the tribe and the United Keetoowah Band are equals regarding jurisdiction in the 14-county area.

BLOG: They murdered our mother... (OKLAHOMA) -- The Cherokee Nation was declared dead today. She passed away without anyone really noticing (except the Cornsilks). Her care was charged to several appointed and elected leaders including J.B. Milam, W.W. Keeler, Ross O. Swimmer, Wilma P. Mankiller, Joe Byrd and Chad Smith.

Native Hawaiian bill gets new airing (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Granting Native Hawaiians the chance to form their own government, like those established by many of the nation’s 562 American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives, would break new ground and eventually be ruled unconstitutional, critics of the proposal said Thursday.

EchoHawk sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Former Idaho Attorney General Larry EchoHawk took the oath of office Friday as the Obama Administration's Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs.

Editorial / Attention is due in the IHS issues (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Indian Health Services is getting renewed attention. Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the government’s handling of Native American health care was a “historic failure” and she was taking steps to improve care.

Tribe promotes a healthier 21st century (OREGON) -- Coquille tribal leaders have an eye on a healthier future for tribal members. “This is an exciting time for Indian health. We’re in the midst of a movement for national health care reform, as well as reform for the Indian health system,” said Kelle Little, the health and human services administrator for the Coquille Indian Tribe Health Center.

IHS releases half billion in funds (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that IHS will release $500 million allocated for improvements in Indian health as part of the stimulus act.

Roubideaux will seek user input; make IHS more accountable PDF Print E-mail (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Dr. Yvette Roubideaux takes the helm of the Indian Health Service at a time when the agency is under fire for mismanagement and “historic failure;” however, the Harvard educated Rosebud Sioux Tribe member and the first-ever woman to serve as its director in its 54-year history vows to put the IHS on a positive course.

Tribes urged to support renewable energy legislation / Congress appears ready for action (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate that would allow tribes to hold an un-penalized equity position in renewable energy projects built on their reservations.

Analysis: House Vote May Spur Energy Revolution (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Congress has taken its first step toward an energy revolution, with the prospect of profound change for every household, business, industry and farm in the decades ahead.

Historic climate bill passes House in a close vote (WASHINGTON, DC) -- By a narrow margin, the House of Representatives on Friday took the first legislative step in U.S. history to reduce the heat-trapping gases building up in the atmosphere and gradually shift America to cleaner sources of energy.

Burns Paiute Tribe First To Go To All Green Lightbulbs (NEVADA) -- How many lightbulbs does it take to change a region’s energy efficiency? Over the next two weeks, workers with the Burns Paiute Tribe will screw in a historic lightbulb.

Tribal Media Campaign Brings Attention to Climate Issues in Wisconsin (WISCONSIN) -- The Forest County Potawatomi Community began a statewide media effort to raise public awareness of the importance of sustaining our natural resources and maintaining clean air, water and land.

Tribe set to sue so bridge will open / CORNWALL CROSSING: Mohawks say closure of international span was done illegally (NEW YORK) -- The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is going to sue Canadian officials to try to get the Seaway International Bridge reopened. The tribal government on the Canadian side of the Mohawk reservation announced Friday that it plans to take Minister of Public Safety Peter van Loan and Canada Border Service Agency President Stephen Rigby to court to end the stalemate that has had the bridge closed since May 31.

Courts may get involved in bridge debate (NEW YORK) -- Akwesasne leaders want the courts to decide if two Canadian officials illegally closed the Seaway International Bridge. The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, the governmental body on the Canadian side of the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation at Akwesasne, announced Friday it is pursuing action against Minister of Public Safety Peter VanLoan and Stephen Rigby, president of the Canada Border Services Agency.

Survey: Oneida reservation good place to live / Accountability of tribal government voted a top priority (NEW YORK) -- The majority of tribal members responding to a 2008 survey said the Oneida Indian Reservation was a good place to live and thought the most important goal for the tribe is changes to the tribal government.

Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli Announces New Initiative On Tribal Justice In Indian Country (NEW YORK) -- During his address to more than 500 attendees of the National Congress of American Indians’ (NCAI) 2009 Mid-Year Conference today, Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli announced the launch of a new major Justice Department initiative to increase engagement, coordination and action on tribal justice in Indian Country.

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