Saturday, November 14, 2009

14 Nov 2009: Native News from

Mdewakanton 'descendants' appeal land rights case to Supreme Court (MINNESOTA) -- A group claiming rights to tribal land in Prior Lake as lineal descendants of the “Loyal Mdewakanton” Dakota have appealed their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

THE BUFFALO POST: Fox’s Glenn Beck uses Fort Hood shootings to push theory that Obama backs reparations for Native Americans (USA) -- It takes some real contortions to make this link, but somehow Fox News’ Glenn Beck managed to get from the tragic shootings at Fort Hood to the President’s address at the White House Tribal Nations Conference to the possibility of reparations for tribes.

Questioning a ‘commander-in-chief’ for focusing on Indians (WASHINGTON, DC) -- In the waning minutes of the day-long White House Tribal Nations Conference, held Nov. 5, President Barack Obama performed two duties: He said goodbye to the hundreds of leaders of sovereign Indian nations whom he invited to Washington, and addressed the horrific shootings at Fort Hood.

Hearing on Weyaus censure cancelled (MINNESOTA) -- The Mille Lacs Band tribal government canceled a hearing scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. to consider the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Tribal Executive Committee's censure of Secretary/Treasurer Herb Weyaus.

Tribes file suit to protect hunting rights on ‘North Half’ (WASHINGTON) - The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation have filed a federal lawsuit claiming state wildlife officers routinely violate the hunting rights of tribal members in an area that was once part of the reservation.

2 vie to lead Ariz. tribe in political turmoil (ARIZONA) -- Two men vying to become the next chairman on the Hopi reservation say untangling the political mess that has characterized tribal government for years is their top priority.

Pelosi shares meeting with tribal leaders (WASHINGTON, DC) -- On the eve of a historic tribal conference with President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., took time to meet with visiting Indian leaders as well.

Pursuing the ‘American Indian dream’ (WASHINGTON, DC) -- President Barack Obama met with tribal leaders in Washington Nov. 5. The president upheld a campaign promise to meet with Indian leaders annually, and he made good for the first year.

Pechanga’s Macarro, other Indian leaders meet with President Obama (CALIFORNIA) -- The chairman of a Temecula-area tribe described a meeting that he and other local, state and national leaders had with President Obama last week as "awe-inspiring."

North state tribes hope Obama policies will help them (CALIFORNIA) -- Changes to national American Indian policies by President Barack Obama could soon benefit north state tribes, their leaders say.

Government failing aboriginal prisoners: ombudsman (SASKATCHEWAN) -- As Canada's young aboriginal population booms, the federal government needs to take "urgent action" to improve support programs for native prisoners or face a potential crisis, said a new report released by Canada's prison ombudsman Friday.

Tax-free First Nations store decried in Regina (SASKATCHEWAN) -- First Nations stores selling cigarettes and other products tax-free create an uneven playing field for competing businesses, the Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says.

Traditional medicine not enough to fight H1N1: health official (MANITOBA) -- Traditional medicines should be supplemented with modern vaccines when it comes to battling swine flu, says Manitoba's chief medical officer of health.

The Philanthropist: Four-time Tour winner Notah Begay, 37, is battling obesity and diabetes among Native American youths (USA) -- "Type-2 Diabetes is an enormous problem in this country, but in Native American communities, it's an epidemic. My uncle just died of heart failure at 60. My mom has diabetes, my grandmother died of diabetes, and my first cousin lost his foot to diabetes.

Murphy's seat filled in special tribal election (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Former Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman Ron His Horse Is Thunder came in third to lose Thursday's special election for the tribal council seat left vacant by the man who beat him for the reservation’s top office in September.

Native American pueblo could use some power deregulation (NEW MEXICO) -- The Native American pueblo of Jemez could use some electricity deregulation. The community in New Mexico wants to build a solar plant and sell the power outside the reservation.

Arch leases SE Mont coal tracts, ramping up pressure for lease of nearby state-owned coal (MONTANA) -- Arch Coal, Inc. has signed an agreement that would allow it to mine 731 million tons of coal in southeastern Montana — increasing pressure on Gov. Brian Schweitzer to lease adjacent coal tracts that are under state control.

Elefante denied powwow funds (NEVADA) -- Wow, it was pow! as Paula Elefante, treasurer for the Pahrump Powwow, took a beating for not following through on required financial reconciliations for last year's powwow.

Fort Berthold warbonnet presented to Rep. Patrick Kennedy (NORTH DAKOTA) -- An eagle feather warbonnet made by a Fort Berthold Reservation resident was presented last week to Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-RI, for the Kennedy family's contribution to Indian education.

Brother of Margaret Dalton elected tribal chair (CALIFORNIA) -- Irvin "Bo" Marks is the new tribal chairman of the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuks. Marks, 56, was elected Oct. 29.

San Carlos Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison for Murdering Phoenix Man (ARIZONA) -- Melvin Pascal Nash, 23, of San Carlos, Ariz., a member of the San Carlos Apache Indian Tribe, was sentenced today to 25 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge James A. Teilborg. Nash pleaded guilty on August 4, 2009, to Second Degree Murder.

Soboba bus kicks holidays into high gear (CALIFORNIA) -- Santa’s sleigh doesn’t have anything on the huge bus in which the Soboba Band of LuiseƱo Indians is delivering toys and food to those in need.
Native American Student Documentary Selected for Two High-profile Screenings

(ARIZONA) -- A unique community perspective put to film by a University of Arizona Native American student is the selection for two unique showings this year.

Experts to begin cataloging language (UTAH) -- Some of the world's experts on endangered languages are meeting at the University of Utah to get started on a huge catalog and comprehensive database project on endangered and dying languages.

Family Outings: Native American Festival offers lots to do (NEBRASKA) -- Take some time today to learn about the oldest cultures in America. The annual Native American Festival is taking place at the Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History, with a wealth of activities, games, music and dance.

Utah rock art canyon up for historic designation (UTAH) -- Parts of a remote central Utah canyon decorated with ancient Indian art are being nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.

Indian village, ditch leads to transformation of San Bernardino Valley (CALIFORNIA) -- In our second column of our four-part series recognizing Native American Heritage Month, we will look at something that has made a positive impact here in the valley.

American Indian traditional showcased in two events at the Cohan Center (CALIFORNIA) -- In American Indian culture, the arts are everything. “An integral part of our heritage is music,” said singer-songwriter Joanne Shenandoah, a member of the Oneida tribe.

Taylor Lautner prepares to join the top rank of Twilight' stars (CALIFORNIA) -- The only way Taylor Lautner was going to reprise his "Twilight" role of Jacob Black in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" was to change. That's because Jacob has to evolve from being an average teen-age boy to a muscled young man who transforms into a wolf.

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