Sunday, September 27, 2009

27 Sep 2009: Native News from

Family caught in health dispute / Conflicts between insurance law, tribal sovereignty arise in case (COLORADO) -- Stephen and Naomi Dobbs have some of the same complaints about stonewalling by their health-insurance company as many people.

Tackling the tax of tribal health care benefits (WASHINGTON, DC) -- As tribes that offer health care benefits for its members face increased scrutiny from the Internal Revenue Service, tribal leaders are growing increasingly perplexed.

‘Health Care Reform’ on the Flathead Indian Reservation (MONTANA) -- The Tribal Health and Human Services Clinic under construction in downtown Polson represents more than bricks and mortar – it is a visible example of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe’s objective to at once provide adequate primary health care to tribal members and show their commitment to Indian health care providers.

Should counties be required to notify tribes of custody cases involving their members? (WISCONSIN) -- Three decades after the passage of a federal law to protect American Indian families in child custody cases, the state's tribal children still are placed in foster care at twice the rate of non-Indian children, according to state figures.

Justice grants going to tribal programs (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Three area tribes are the beneficiaries of Department of Justice grants recently announced by Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D. “Unfortunately, our reservations and Indian communities are subject to the highest rates of domestic and violent crime,” Johnson said.

Tribe Lacking Jails Gets Boost From Stimulus Funds (ARIZONA) -- The empty dirt lot between the court building and the police station here is a big reason authorities say criminals on the western side of the Navajo Nation have little fear of jail time.

Navajo Nation opens window to its world (ARIZONA) -- On the road through the tree-studded high desert toward the small town of Chinle, Arizona, the car radio was picking up the local Navajo station, with a playlist heavy in Top 40 hits, peppered with Navajo-language station breaks and car commercials.

Smithsonian awards job to Sault Printing (MICHIGAN) -- Washington DC’s Smithsonian Institution has selected Sault Printing Company to be its printer of choice this fall for a variety of printing projects for the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI).

Tribe opposes UND nickname (NORTH DAKOTA) -- Members of the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe who oppose the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname say they will seek reversal of a Tribal Council resolution supporting the moniker.

Schnepf: Finding UND a new nickname will be tricky (NORTH DAKOTA) -- Thursday is the supposed deadline for the University of North Dakota to get the support it needs to retain its Sioux nickname.

Tribe Appealing Everglades Ruling (FLORIDA) -- The Miccosukee Tribe is appealing a judge's decision that would allow Florida water managers to move ahead with a $536 million deal to buy land from U.S. Sugar Corp. for restoring the Everglades.

In Arizona, Push for Indian Law on State Bar Exam (ARIZONA) -- As an attorney specializing in American Indian law, Robert Brauchli routinely fields questions from fellow lawyers about where to file a complaint if a client slipped and fell in a tribal casino or if there was a vehicle accident on reservation land.

Supreme Courtship (NEW YORK) -- In 1937, faced with a Supreme Court that he saw as mulishly blocking his effort to rescue the country from the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared war on the justices — and on the whole notion of deferring to their interpretation of the Constitution.

Energy Poll Results Mirror Debate Surveys Show Different Views of Global Warming (WISCONSIN) -- State global warming legislation will send jobs out of Wisconsin or create jobs in the "green" economy, likely voters say -- depending on whose poll you believe.

Mining waste pushed for road construction (WASHINGTON, DC) -- A spending bill for the Interior Department approved by the Senate this week provides an incentive for contractors to buy mine waste in the polluted Tar Creek area for use in highway projects.

Contaminated mine site gets EPA attention / SALT CHUCK: Tribe pushes for cleanup to protect children. (ALASKA) -- An old mine near where clams and mussels are contaminated with arsenic and heavy metals is being proposed for priority cleanup as a federal Superfund site.

EPA to reconsider Navajo coal plant permit (NEW MEXICO) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will have to reconsider an air permit the agency issued last year for a proposed $3 billion coal-fired power plant on the nation's largest American Indian reservation, a federal appeals board has ruled.

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