Sunday, September 20, 2009

20 Sep 2009: Native News from

Native protest closes bridge to Cornwall border-crossing (ONTARIO) -- Police blocked access to a temporary border-crossing in Cornwall, Ont. for more than six hours on Saturday after Akwesasne Mohawks protested what they call unfair treatment by Canada Border Services.

Seaway International Bridge open (ONTARIO) -- The Seaway International Bridge is open after a five-hour closure. Cornwall police officers, with the help of the OPP, blocked drivers and pedestrians from accessing the bridge to Cornwall Island in Akwesasne and the Rooselvelttown, New York port of entry on Saturday afternoon, much the same way they did the night on May 31.

Swine flu protocol signed for First Nations / Health minister says communications plan should reduce fear over pandemic (OTTAWA) -- Two federal cabinet ministers and the newly elected national chief of the Assembly of First Nations signed a communications protocol Saturday, promising to work closely with aboriginal leaders to control the spread of the H1N1 flu virus.

Study links 45,000 U.S. deaths to lack of insurance (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year -- one every 12 minutes -- in large part because they lack health insurance and can not get good care, Harvard Medical School researchers found in an analysis released on Thursday.

Economic Development Bonds Awarded To 58 Tribes / Bonds Allow Tribes Access To Lower Cost Borrowing For Schools, Hospitals, Roads (NEW MEXICO) -- Nearly five dozen of the nation's American Indian tribes will share $1 billion in bond authority through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Chamber of Commerce offers bottom line potential and community (CALIFORNIA) -- California is vast Indian country with 263,000 Indians, according to Census data. Many are so-called urban Indians – reservation members living away from traditional homes – partially the remnants of the Indian Relocation Program of 1956 that encouraged rural Indians to take jobs and residences in cities.

Trying to understand the “help” phenomenon in Native communities (CANADA) -- It’s no secret that many Native American reservations and Aboriginal territories seem like far off, remote, out of reach places to the general population and society.

Road spikes, nail strips close popular area (IDAHO) -- The Nez Perce Tribe in northern Idaho has closed Six Mile Canyon to the public after homemade nail strips and road spikes were found on roads and trails.

Tribe plans sturgeon release in Manistee River (MICHIGAN) -- A Northern Michigan Indian tribe is releasing young sturgeon into the Big Manistee River on Saturday to help restore the ancient fish in the Great Lakes region.

Country Club at Soboba Springs to add driving range (CALIFORNIA) -- The Country Club at Soboba Springs will add a new driving range to complement its championship golf course just in time for the Soboba Classic tournament later this month.

Chickasaw Towers residents voice concern (OKLAHOMA) -- The Chickasaw Housing Authority met with residents of the Chickasaw Towers again to try and answer their questions. The meeting came three days after the residents were initially told they'll have to move.

Lawsuit Claiming Unaffordable Dress Code Dismissed (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- A federal judge in South Dakota dismissed a lawsuit over the imposition of a dress code to some students in the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte School District.

How Liberals Can Win by Losing at the Roberts Court / Three strategies for turning a defeat into a (relative) victory. (WASHINGTON, DC) --At the recent Supreme Court oral argument in the Citizens United case, about the constitutionality of limits on corporate spending in elections, new Solicitor General Elena Kagan gave a refreshingly honest answer to a question by Chief Justice John Roberts: "If you are asking me, Mr. Chief Justice, as to whether the government has a preference as to the way in which it loses, if it has to lose, the answer is yes."

Tribal officer held after assault, robbery (WASHINGTON) -- An on-duty Yakama Tribal Police officer was arrested Friday after a Toppenish resident accused the officer of assault and robbery.

Pasadena: American Indians to share lifestyle, culture (MARYLAND) -- The Hancock's Resolution, 2795 Bayside Beach Road will present Indian Lifeways from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. Three thousand years ago, American Indians made Hancock's Resolution their home.

Keetoowahs plan annual parade (OREGON) -- The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is pleased to announce its 5th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration Parade as a part of the 59th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration.

Monument to noble leader still poignant today (ILLINOIS) -- One hundred years ago, an infamous moment in history was documented by a monument to a proud leader. Friday, members of five nations gathered to celebrate that statue’s anniversary with a rededication of the Chief Menominee Monument, south of Plymouth.

First-time competitor wins pageant (OREGON) -- A first-time competitor from Pendleton won the American Indian Beauty Pageant this year. Judges awarded Annette Sampson, 20, first place at the pageant. She's a member of the Umatilla, Walla walla and Cayuse tribes.

Bring your favorite dish and celebrate museum milestones (WASHINGTON, DC) -- On Sept. 21, 2004, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian opened with events that attracted over 80,000 Native and non-Native participants and witnesses.

No faint hearts at metal-punk concert (ARIZONA) -- So, the metal and punk rock concert held during the Navajo Nation Fair probably wasn't for everybody. Anyone within earshot of the Day Customs garage just west of the fairgrounds Friday night, Sept. 11, could tell you that.

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