Saturday, November 7, 2009

07 Nov 2009: Native News from

Rep. Kennedy backs bill to fix land-into-trust ruling (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island) is backing a bill to fix the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

Tribal leaders leave summit encouraged (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The issue of Indian tribal sovereignty topped the agenda for the more than 500 American Indian leaders, including some from the Coachella Valley, who gathered for a summit with President Barack Obama and top administration officials Thursday in Washington, D.C.

UND Senate urges retiring nickname (NORTH DAKOTA) -- The University of North Dakota Senate on Thurs-day called on the state Board of Higher Education to retire the Fighting Sioux nickname at the next board meeting on Nov. 19.

Oregon family at heart of sticky issue: Does intermarriage threaten Native American culture? (OREGON) -- Aaron Luke is only 7, but his father, Marcus Luke, is already coaching him on whom to marry when he grows up: a Native American.

CHAIRMAN RAMOS: Difficult times breed great leaders, new hope (CALIFORNIA) -- In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, The Sun graciously invited the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians to present a four-part series of columns exploring the Southern California Native American experience and, more specifically, the impact and influence of Native Americans on the Inland Empire and beyond.

BRENDA NORRELL: Reactions to Obama's meeting with Native American governments (ARIZONA) -- Viewers of the live streaming broadcast of Obama's meeting with Native American governments were overwhelmingly unimpressed. Don't expect comments like these in the mainstream press.

Navajo officials hope money will come their way. (ARIZONA) -- The Navajo Nation, which sprawls 27,000 square miles across three states, is America's largest tribe, and one of its poorest and most isolated. The tribe only recently opened a casino, and unemployment hovers around 50 percent.

USDA says it wants to resolve Indian farmer claim (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Obama administration intends to seek resolution to a lawsuit filed by American Indian farmers who alleged discrimination in the granting of federal agricultural loans over three decades.

US attorney drops illegal-fishing charge against village officer (ALASKA) -- Federal prosecutors say an illegal fishing citation against a police officer for the village of Marshall will be dismissed without any fine.

Marshall: More on the feds' dismissal of subsistence fishing charges (ALASKA) -- KYUK has more details this week on the feds’ move to dismiss charges against a Marshall police officer who was ticketed in September for an illegal subsistence fishing trip.

First Nations open swine flu hotline (SASKATCHEWAN) -- The organization representing First Nations in Saskatchewan opens a call centre to handle questions about the H1N1 vaccine.

RCMP shooting was death by suicide: jury (SASKATCHEWAN) -- A coroner's jury in Saskatchewan says the shooting death of a man by RCMP officers responding to a domestic dispute was a form of suicide.

Tester chairs hearing on Indian veteran issues (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Montana’s U.S. Sen. Jon Tester chaired a hearing of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee where two Montanan’s testified about problems facing Native American military veterans in receiving health services, Tester announced in a press release.

Court awards B.C. tribe fishing rights (BRITISH COLUMBIA) -- The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council claimed a legal victory Tuesday after a lengthy B.C. Supreme Court case aimed at defining aboriginal commercial fishing rights.

B.C. judge to head salmon inquiry (BRITISH COLUMBIA) -- British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Bruce Cohen has been appointed to head a sweeping judicial inquiry into the collapse of the most important salmon run on the West Coast.

B.C. judge to head federal missing salmon probe (BRITISH COLUMBIA) -- The collapse of this year's Fraser River sockeye salmon run will be the focus of a judicial inquiry ordered by the federal Conservative government.

Nun murdered in NM like 'mom' to parishioner (NEW MEXICO) -- Sister Magdalena has returned home - empty now in the absence of a roommate who had worked so hard to empower people on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

Arrest made in nun's slaying (NEW MEXICO) -- The FBI has made an arrest in the slaying of a Catholic nun in her home in Navajo, New Mexico over the weekend.

DNR, tribes make walleye deal (MICHIGAN) -- The Department of Natural Resources issued a statement late Thursday announcing an agreement with local tribal leaders to address the walleye fishery on Mullett Lake that will allow for harvest of walleyes to continue on the lake next year by both Tribal subsistence fishers and recreational anglers.

Government Will Buy Land in Petroglyphs (NEW MEXICO) -- The federal government will buy up to 78 acres of some of the last privately owned land within the Petroglyph National Monument.

$5m Neopit wastewater and water treatment facility for Menominee Indian Reservation (WISCONSIN) -- Neopit wastewater and water treatment facility is part of a larger project which includes new wells, a new pump house, a new water tank and new sewer and water lines.

Omak lumber mill closing in December (WASHINGTON) -- Colville Indian Precision Pine plans to shut down its Omak lumber mill in December, ending 130 jobs.

Ethics panel waits on audit of spending (ARIZONA) -- The Ethics and Rules Committee withdrew a subpoena issued by the Ethics and Rules Office seeking records on Navajo Nation Council delegates’ discretionary funds.

OP/ED: Recognizing that Oklahoma is Native America (OKLAHOMA) -- This November is Native American month. It is the good time to remember alegacy of Oklahoma as “Indian Territory,” but more importantly to acknowledge the contributions native tribes have made to the fabric of our state.

Mashantucket Pequots elect council chairman and members (CONNECTICUT) -- The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has elected Rodney Butler as the new chairman of the tribal council.

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