Saturday, September 12, 2009

This Week from Indian Country Today

Tribal farmers to Obama: Settle USDA discrimination lawsuit
BISMARCK, N.D. – Several tribal members who are suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture based on discriminatory practices toward Native American farmers and ranchers are calling on the Obama administration to settle the litigation immediately. Read more »


BIA denies Brothertown federal acknowledgment
Mashantucket chairman ousted amidst $2.3b debt restructuring
Indian group uses modern tools to raise animals
NIGC’s Hogen rejects committee request for technical advisers, document posting
Conservation’s ‘new breed of refugee’ is all too familiar to Indian country
Eagle feather laws could change dramatically, depending on appeal
Tribes dissatisfied with Obama’s border policy
Federal judge tosses Unkechaug motion to dismiss Bloomberg’s lawsuit
Tribe, state launch lake management plan
Proposed tribal refinery clears another hurdle
Mashantucket awards $2.9m in personal injury suit
National Center celebrates American Indian business successes
Opportunity for high-achieving American Indian students
Twelve bands formed at signing ceremony
Raytheon’s NAPI facility celebrates 20 years
White House opens doors to tribal leaders
Sexism charge receives promise of Pueblo advertising removal
American Indian Business Leaders announce new director
Remains discovered in Kivalina
Remains found near Perham from Native American
Tribal lands’ importance endures even when members live elsewhere
Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration gets $2 million in stimulus funds
NIGA and Pawnee Nation College form agreement
Tribal police departments receive $19.6 million from COPS
N.Y. counties appeal Cayuga court win in cigarette tax case


Great Lakes


Christmas for babies in the dump
Christmas is four months away and as I wonder how American families will celebrate one of the most sacred of Christian holidays in the midst of a still struggling economy, I can’t help but think about 3-year-old Bianca Ruby and her family, who don’t have the means to buy a Christmas tree or the toys to put under it. Bianca and her family, along with two dozen other families, live in a municipal dump just across the Arizona border in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Imagine living in a landfill where a quarter of a million people dump their trash.
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