Thursday, August 20, 2009

20 Aug 2009: Native News from

Brothertown tribal status turned down (WISCONSIN) -- The Brothertown Nation has hit another roadblock on its path to gaining tribal status. Tribal Chairman Rick Schadewald of Green Bay said he was notified Monday that the tribe's request for re-acknowledgement as a federally recognized Indian tribe was not approved.

Begay Foundation golf tourney raises funds for Native youth health (NEW YORK) -- No matter who wins the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge Golf Tournament, Indian children will be the real winners.

Non-collection of Indian tobacco taxes will spark Senate hearings (NEW YORK) -- In the latest example of how not even Democrats are cozying up to Gov. David Paterson these days, Craig Johnson, the Long Island Democrat who heads the Senate Investigations Committe, wants hearings on the lack of tax collections.

New York Drops Tax Collection on Indian Cigarettes (NEW YORK) -- Governor David Paterson’s administration has “written off” taxes that it had expected to collect on cigarette sales by American Indian retailers within New York State, the Buffalo News reports.

Village leaders speak out / Conflict revolves around tribal attorney’s stance on Hopi interests (ARIZONA) -- Four traditional leaders from the Walpi area have entered the running battle over who represents the Hopi Tribe in a conflict over coal mining at the Black Mesa Mine Complex in northern Arizona.

White House to host tribal listening sessions (WASHINGTON) -- The White House is inviting tribal leaders to Washington, D.C., for two listening sessions. The sessions will take place August 31 at the White House. Each tribe can bring up to two persons.

Crow Tribe lays off 200 workers as coal revenues drop (MONTANA) -- Unanticipated expenses and a drop in revenue have forced the Crow Tribe lay off 200 people. Kayle Howe, the tribe’s personnel director, says the full-time employees were told of the cuts August 7.

Justice to boost effort to combat tribal crime (MINNESOTA) -- On just one day this year on the Red Lake reservation in northern Minnesota, police and investigators received emergency calls about one suicide, one murder, three stabbings, two shootings and multiple incidents of domestic violence.

2nd trove of Four Corners artifacts given to feds (COLORADO) -- Vern Crites, a 74-year-old antiquities dealer from Durango, surrendered his vast collection Wednesday, the second defendant to do so in a sweeping federal investigation of looting and grave-robbing in the Four Corners region.

Feds haul off more seized artifacts (COLORADO) -- A Colorado couple indicted along with 23 others in Utah as part of an investigation into illegal trafficking of ancient Puebloan artifacts have turned over an extensive relics collection to federal authorities, pending further legal action against them.

Feds gather vast collection of Durango artifacts dealer (COLORADO) -- A Colorado antiquities dealer is surrendering a vast personal collection of ancient artifacts in another break in the federal investigation of looting and grave-robbing in the Four Corners region.

Stealing the Past (NEW MEXICO) -- The haul included everything from arrowheads to pots and pendants. There were woven sandals and ceramic figures. There was even a rare turkey-feather blanket and a female loin cloth.

Magistrate wants progress in artifacts cases (UTAH) -- A federal magistrate on Tuesday told attorneys to get busy reviewing the evidence in the cases alleging artifact thefts from public lands.

Diné allege unfair treatment inside BIA (ARIZONA) -- A new class-action suit filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque alleges systematic discrimination against Navajo workers within the Bureau of Indian Affairs, especially when it comes to career advancement.

Anti-tobacco activists hope second time's the charm (ARIZONA) -- The Southwest Navajo Tobacco Education Prevention Project is making a new effort to ban commercial tobacco on the Navajo Reservation.

Proclamation supports Navajo disability awareness (ARIZONA) -- Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., and Navajo Nation Vice President Ben Shelly proclaimed the second week of October as "Navajo Nation Disability Awareness Week" last Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Hounshell returns as county investigator (ARIZONA) -- He's back. Brian Hounshell, the former Apache County sheriff who became the target of a $1.3 million effort to remove him from office, is now back working for the county, as an investigator for the County Attorney's Office.

Former firefighter 'makes the birds fly' aboard USS Nimitz (ARIZONA) -- When he told his family that he was joining the Navy, Jordan Joe Ellis was a firefighter in Tuba City. "A lot of people were disappointed," Ellis said. "They wanted me to do the firefighting thing. But that's still a goal that I want to do when I come back to the rez."

Navajo County thanks Holbrook Safeway (ARIZONA) -- Navajo County Supervisor Jesse Thompson and Sheriff K.C. Clark took time during the Aug. 11 Board of Supervisors meeting to recognize Greg Duran, general manager of the Holbrook Safeway, for partnering with the Navajo County Sheriff's Office in donating and delivering 5,400 gallons of water to several communities on the Navajo Reservation last month.

Senators hear from state tribal leaders (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- The federal government must fulfill its promises to provide adequate money for health care, economic development, law enforcement and other problems on American Indian reservations, leaders of South Dakota’s nine Sioux tribes told the state’s two U.S. senators Monday.

COMMENTARY: Racial attack came from the bottom up (ALASKA) -- Probably the most pathetic thing about the recent attack on a Native street person here in Anchorage is that it really wasn't about racism per se.


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