Sunday, November 1, 2009

01 Nov 2009: Native News from

Senecas fight tax with cash in elections / Will back opponents of 3 GOP senators (NEW YORK) -- Seen as cash cows for a cash-starved state government, the Seneca Nation is expanding its latest strategy to block tax collection efforts on its lucrative cigarette operations: The tribe will target, with campaign cash, state politicians who openly oppose the tax-free sales.

State AG cracks down on illegal cigarette sales (TENNESSEE) -- You may have seen recent news reports about Tennessee’s effort to stop the illegal sale of cigarettes that are removed from the pack and sold individually as “loosies.”

U.S. Department of Agriculture Senior Leadership to Host Tribal Leaders on Nov. 4 (WASHINGTON, DC) -- USDA officials encouraged tribal leaders and members from across the country to participate in a forum with Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and USDA's senior leadership team on Wednesday, Nov. 4, in advance of the White House Tribal Nations Conference the following day.

Indian country happy with Obama efforts (MINNESOTA) -- Relations between American Indian tribes and the federal government have turned around since Barack Obama became president, tribal leaders said Thursday night after a two-day St. Paul conference.

Obama meeting exclusion insults state recognized tribes (CALIFORNIA) -- The White House announcement that President Barack Obama and tribal leaders will meet in early November was greeted with elation at the National Congress of American Indians annual conference, but that happiness soon turned to disappointment for representatives of state-recognized tribes who learned they would be excluded from the historic event.

Omaha event to examine struggles for sovereignty (NEBRASKA) -- An upcoming conference is set to examine Native Americans' struggle for sovereignty as compared to those of indigenous populations around the globe.

Irvin 'Bo' Marks named tribal chairperson of Jackson Rancheria (CALIFORNIA) -- The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians announced yesterday the results of a special election to fill the seat vacated by the passing of longtime Chairperson Margaret Dalton.

Ottawa Tribe Gets $75,000 EPA Grant (OKLAHOMA) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $75,169 to the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma to provide support for its water-pollution control program.

Pima Road plans stir debate (ARIZONA) -- Residents along Pima Road in south Scottsdale expressed skepticism about everything from traffic counts and funding to noise and pollution under plans to widen the thoroughfare to four lanes.

State Board OKs 'Salish Sea' as Name for the Sound and Two Straits (WASHINGTON) -- The name “Salish Sea” was officially approved Friday for the inland waterway shared by Washington and British Columbia. The Salish Sea includes Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Strait of Georgia.

Navajo hope stimulus cash closes a revolving prison door (ARIZONA) -- More than 50,000 people are arrested across the Navajo reservation each year -- yet there are only 59 jail beds here. Officials say the lack of jail space has led to a revolving door for criminals, most of whom are released within a day of being booked, and few of whom serve out an entire sentence.

Barona Tribe Awards 13 Education Grants Totaling $65,000 to Soledad Enrichment Action Charter School (CALIFORNIA) -- Today, staff and students of 13 Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA) charter schools from Long Beach to Los Angeles to Pomona joined 45th District Assemblymember Kevin de Leon to accept a $65,000 education grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians.

Apaches request Interior NAGPRA review (WASHINGTON, DC) -- A group of Apache historic preservation officers is alleging that the National Park Service is improperly implementing the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act.

BLOG: Pix of Fort McDowell (ARIZONA) -- While at the Falmouth Institute's Native Language Preservation Summit, I had time (or made time) to explore. Here are the pix I took of the Radisson Fort McDowell, the Fort McDowell casino, and the nearby town of Fountain Hills.

BLOG: "Next top models" in blackface (HAWAII) -- The "America's Next Top Model" controversy is worse than I thought. Not only did a model dress as an Indian chief, but they darkened her skin to make her look more "Indian."

One life, one tribe, one chance / Indigenous Grandmothers share their wisdom (ARIZONA) -- “We, the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come.”

North Carolina Cherokee Take Steps to Preserve Language (NORTH CAROLINA) -- Six young children - four girls and two boys - sit on the floor looking up at their teacher seated in a chair. An older woman with streaks of gray in the long, straight hair pulled back from her face, she holds up flashcards with colors and words spelled out in distinctive lettering.

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