Sunday, November 15, 2009

15 Nov 2009: Native News from PECHANGA.net


AG to seek special prosecutor for probe (ARIZONA) -- The Navajo Nation Attorney General will seek the appointment of a special prosecutor to further investigate allegations of possible legal violations by tribal officials, including President Joe Shirley Jr., and employees arising from the tribe’s contractual history with OnSat and BCDS, according to Navajo Department of Justice.

AG to call for special prosecutor to investigate charges against Shirley (ARIZONA) -- The attorney general has found enough information in the classified reports on President Joe Shirley Jr. to warrant hiring a special prosecutor to further investigate, according to a Department of Justice representative.

Candidates split on coal vs. renewables (ARIZONA) -- Hopi tribal members and the candidates running for political office appear to be divided on the future of huge coal reserves controlled by the tribe.

Tribal spending for D.C. travel concerns some (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Almost half of the Rosebud Sioux tribal council flew to Washington, D.C., during the recent Tribal Nations Conference hosted by President Barack Obama, though only its chairman was invited to the one-day summit between tribal leaders and U.S. cabinet secretaries.

Oklahoma tribes receive millions from stimulus / One tribal leader says he doesn’t know what plans for the funds will include (OKLAHOMA) -- Oklahoma’s American Indian tribes have been awarded more than $135 million in federal stimulus dollars and are hastily developing projects ranging from housing construction to Head Start programs.

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.

Tribal chairman encouraged by conference with Obama (MICHIGAN) -- Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Chairman Ken Harrington said he left the Tribal Nations Conference Thursday, Nov. 5, in Washington, D.C., feeling encouraged.

Vice President Shelly asks Obama for tribal consultation mandate (WASHINGTON, DC) -- At the first tribal summit for the 564 federally recognized Native American tribes in 15 years, Navajo Nation Vice President Ben Shelly asked President Obama to take steps to ensure that consultation and collaboration with tribes through government-to-government relationships becomes a mandate that would continue through future administrations.

John Thune: Native heritage vital in South Dakota (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Every November, our nation recognizes American Indian Heritage Month. This celebration has special significance for all South Dakotans given the contributions of Native Americans to our state’s history and culture.

Hard Times: Family Ties Help On Reservation (OREGON) -- Fewer Americans than expected filed claims for unemployment benefits last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. And we’ll find out on Monday whether Oregon’s 11.5 percent unemployment rate has changed.

Obama Backers Fear Opportunities to Reshape Judiciary Are Slipping Away (WASHINGTON, DC) -- President Obama has sent the Senate far fewer judicial nominations than former President George W. Bush did in his first 10 months in office, deflating the hopes of liberals that the White House would move quickly to reshape the federal judiciary after eight years of Republican appointments.

Details of UND nickname talks not released (NORTH DAKOTA) -- The North Dakota University System chancellor spoke with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman Friday, but what they discussed or what that conversation could mean for the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname will be unclear until a meeting Thursday.

Special Report — Shiprock Navajo Fair: Where does the money go? (NEW MEXICO) -- A reported $4 million to $5 million was generated last month at the Shiprock Navajo Fair, yet no oversight exists to track the money, no one seems to be sure where it all goes and there are legal questions about the credibility of the fair board as a tax-exempt organization, a Daily Times investigation found.

OP/ED: Reading between the lines of the Maya calendar / Indigenous spiritual guides see a lesson for humanity in the din over 2012 (GUATEMALA) -- The world may not end two years from now, despite Internet predictions and this week's blockbuster disaster movie, "2012."

The Blockbuster 2012 - The End of Time - Fact or Fiction according to Hopi Prophecy (USA) -- Entertainment or reality predicted? Is it possible this movie is not just fiction but insight into ancient prophecy? Let us go back in time to the ancient Hopi Indian nation and run a reality check.

Meet the ‘New Moon’ Werewolf Pack (USA) -- By now, New Moon fans and novices alike all know that Taylor Lautner is making quite an onscreen transformation for the second movie from The Twilight Saga, playing werewolf Jacob Black. But Taylor’s not alone in sprouting fur and prowling the screen — meet the rest of the Quileute New Moon wolf pack!

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