Sunday, November 29, 2009

29 Nov 2009: Native News from

Tribe protests power plant's expansion (MINNESOTA) -- After sitting in the shadow of the Prairie Island Nuclear Power Plant for more than 30 years, the Prairie Island Indian Community is again speaking out against more storage of spent fuel and loss of its heritage.

Navajo Co. to station deputies in Kayenta, Piñon (ARIZONA) -- Another major effort is underway to cross-deputize Navajo and non-Navajo law enforcement authorities where the tribal land overlaps the state of Arizona.

BIA, tribal police dispatched to Cheyenne-Arapaho Complex (OKLAHOMA) -- The staff of outgoing Cheyenne and Arapaho Governor Darrell Flyingman showed up for work Nov. 17 to find padlocks on all the doors and a group of protestors, Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement and tribal police officers at the administration’s offices.

Navajo vote funded / Tribe takes $700,000 from Motor Vehicle Authority to fund $290,000 election (ARIZONA) -- Funding has been approved for the Dec. 15 special election, and the Navajo people will get to vote on whether to reduce the Navajo Nation Council from 88 to 24 delegates and whether to give the line item veto power to the president.

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.

Editorial: The 'Redskins' should go / Washington's NFL team should ditch its racist moniker; how about just the 'Reds'? (CALIFORNIA) -- Rush Limbaugh, who on his radio show has referred to Native Americans as "Injuns," was rejected as a pro football team owner because of his racial insensitivity.

An Editorial Follows Indians' "You're Welcome Day" (CALIFORNIA) -- The Los Angeles Times Friday called upon the National Football League's Washington Redskins to "ditch its racist moniker," two weeks after the Supreme Court declined to review a nearly two-decade legal challenge by Native American activists to the name.

Some Ute Tribe members seek to halt hatchery (UTAH) -- Some members of the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah are seeking to halt construction of a $6 million fish hatchery at Big Springs Creek.

Ute Tribe faction wants fish hatchery stopped (UTAH) -- A small faction of the Ute Indian Tribe has voted to ask their leaders to stop construction of a $6 million fish hatchery at Big Springs Creek.

Three Affiliated Tribes eye crime prevention grant (NORTH DAKOTA) -- The Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota are hoping to receive a grant that would help with crime prevention on the reservation.

Reservation seeking crime-fighting grant (NORTH DAKOTA) -- The Three Affiliated Tribes is asking the U.S. Department of Justice for help in dealing with illegal activities on the reservation through a grant called Operation Weed and Seed.

Grand Canyon Skywalk: A Bridge With An Added Essence (ARIZONA) -- Grand Canyon Skywalk has never been just another bridge, but soon it will be including a theater, museum, VIP lounge, restaurants, cafes…you name it.

Buffalo inspection fees killing meat plant's finances (MONTANA) -- Financial woes are plaguing the tribal Little Rockies Meat Packing plant, according to General Manager Howard "Jiggs" Main. Two months ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture notified the Fort Belknap Community Council that it no longer would inspect the plant's buffalo meat until overdue bills are paid.

Senate passes benefits for vets’ caregivers (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Senate on Nov. 19 unanimously passed legislation that would provide monthly stipends and medical benefits to family members who stay home to care for severely injured veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tribe Raises Utility Assistance (ARKANSAS) -- The Cherokee Nation is again providing help with home energy bills for qualifying Cherokee and other Native American low-income households within the nation’s 14-county jurisdiction, according to a tribe news release.

Hagoóne, trees! / Diné brave chilly weather to send off Capitol Christmas Tree and friends (ARIZONA) -- Mae Wallace was born among the pines at the top of the Defiance Plateau. She feels connected to them. "I've been living with pine trees ever since I was a baby," said the septuagenarian from St. Michaels, Ariz. "I don't even like to cut them."

Troopers hunt for Native, rural recruits (ALASKA) -- A small team of Alaska State Troopers hopes to recast the department's image in rural Alaska in an effort to bring more Natives and rural residents into its ranks.

Man gets probation for stealing money from tribe (MONTANA) -- A 28-year-old Lame Deer man who pleaded guilty to stealing money from the Northern Cheyenne tribe has been sentenced to four years probation and must pay more than $6,000 in restitution.

Greyhills Academy freshmen visit Canyon de Chelly (ARIZONA) -- Students from the Greyhills High School Freshman Academy went on an overnight trip to Canyon de Chelly on Nov 9-10. In addition to hiking and camping, the trip was also an opportunity for the 39 students to experience more of the history of the canyon and their Navajo culture.

Applications open for USDA National Scholars Program (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA/1890 National Scholars Program applications for the 2010 academic school year now are being accepted.

Discovering Native Cultural Centers (USA) -- As children, many of us first learned about Native American culture in November, when we were instructed to draw, recite and perform scenes from the original Thanksgiving Feast, when "Indians" emerged from the wilderness shadows to feed (and save) the starving Europeans.

AARP honors Native elders / Authors, teachers, chiefs and veterans among honorees (OKLAHOMA) -- American Indians from across Oklahoma gathered for AARP Oklahoma’s first Indian Elder Honors November 17th in Oklahoma City.

America’s real first Thanksgiving occurred in Florida (FLORIDA) -- Fifty-five years before the pilgrims even landed in Plymouth, Spanish Admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and his crew celebrated America’s first Thanksgiving about 100 miles north of UCF.

Port property picked for planned Chetco Indian memorial (OREGON) -- The Chetco Historical Indian Memorial is one step closer to reality after the Brookings Harbor Port Commission voted to dedicate a piece of land where a Chetco Indian village once stood to the memorial in perpetuity.

BLOG: Pix of Alcatraz sunrise ceremony (CALIFORNIA) -- A photo album of Indians and others commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Alcatraz occupation:

Mashpee Schools Tread Lightly Around Thanksgiving Stories (MASSACHUSETTS) -- A festive holiday, based on traditional English harvest festivals, observed on the fourth Thursday in November as a commemoration of English settlers’ survival of their first year in Plymouth Colony. First observed as a federal holiday in 1941.

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