Saturday, November 21, 2009

21 Nov 2009: Native News from

1969 Alcatraz takeover 'changed the whole course of history' (CALIFORNIA) -- Alcatraz Island was a chilly, unwelcoming place once reserved for infamous criminals. Not even the federal government appeared to want it after the penitentiary closed in the 1960s.

VIDEO: Higher Ed Board on Sioux (NORTH DAKOTA) -- North Dakota's attorney general says his office is ready to respond to an restraining order regarding the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo at the University of North Dakota.

Sioux nickname presentations set for Student Senate meeting (NORTH DAKOTA) -- American Indians who both oppose and support the use of the Fighting Sioux nickhame and logo will address the UND Student Senate at 6 p.m. Sunday in the River Valley Room of UND’s Memorial Union.

AG: Plaintiffs in nickname lawsuit have no standing (NORTH DAKOTA) -- Those who sued the State Board of Higher Education over UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname have no standing to file suit and had misread the legal agreement they say they want to uphold, the attorney general’s office said Friday.

Cheyenne, Arapaho Gov. Darrell Flyingman avoids offices amid protests (OKLAHOMA) -- About two dozen tribal members gathered outside the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes’ headquarters Thursday to prevent outgoing tribal Gov. Darrell Flyingman from entering the building.

Indian health should be part of health reform bill (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Minnesota’s senators are urging Democratic leaders to include American Indian health provisions in Senate health reform legislation.

Drug Use, Gang Violence on Tribal Lands on the Rise (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Tribal lands in the West face increased drug use and gang violence with small police departments trying to patrol vast territories, tribal experts told a Senate committee.

Rocky Boy online company seen as economic development tool (MONTANA) -- The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation has started a new business in an effort to stimulate economic development. Dan Belcourt, attorney for the tribe, said during a conference call with the Havre Daily News Oct. 22 that last spring it entered the world of Internet loans with PDL Ventures, an online payday loan company.

Rocky Boy lending business in confusing world of complaints (MONTANA) -- A new local business has embroiled the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation in a confusing world of complaints and investigations.

Dec. 3 extradition hearing set for 'Octopus Murders' suspect (CALIFORNIA) -- Another extradition hearing date has been set for the only suspect arrested in connection with a 1981 triple homicide in Rancho Mirage, Florida officials said Friday.

Murder Suspect Waits Longer For Extradition Hearing (CALIFORNIA) -- The man accused in a 1981 triple murder in Rancho Mirage appeared in a Florida courtroom Friday for a hearing on whether he should be returned to the Coachella Valley to face charges.

Scottsdale OKs Pima Road widening deal with tribe (ARIZONA) -- Despite concerns over where Scottsdale would get the money, the City Council has approved an agreement with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to pay for road and flood-control improvements on the southern end of Pima Road.

Forums let voters question reforms (ARIZONA) -- Despite the funding uncertainty dogging the Dec. 15 special election, efforts to educate the public about what's at stake are moving full steam ahead.

BP and Cocopah Nation host training conference (ARIZONA) -- The U.S. Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector and the Cocopah Indian Nation co-sponsored a three-day national multi-agency gang awareness training conference earlier this week.

Diné Christmas trees to be sent off tonight (ARIZONA) -- If your family has ever picked out a Christmas tree, you know what a stressful decision it can be. Now multiply that by 17, and imagine you had all the trees in the Navajo Nation to choose from, and you can appreciate the pressure Roland Catron and Curtis Billie were under the past few weeks.

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