Wednesday, December 30, 2009

30 Dec 2009: Native News from PECHANGA.net


Census bureau aims to count every AI/AN (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Here’s a first for Indian country: The first person who will be officially counted in the 2010 Census will be an Alaska Native from the village of Noorvik.

A stimulating year (WASHINGTON, DC) -- After the national economic troubles of 2008, tribes knew going into 2009 there was likely going to be a federal stimulus. Indian leaders worked hard early on to be sure tribes would be included. And they were.

Creek Council turns down tobacco compact measure (OKLAHOMA) -- The Muscogee (Creek) National Council struck down a measure Tuesday that would allow the tribe’s principal chief to sign a tobacco compact with the state.

Vigil on the Plains / Crow Creek Sioux chairman is ‘not going anywhere’ (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- On Dec. 15, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Chairman Brandon Sazue got a visit from eight horseback riders on a pilgrimage to memorialize 38 Dakota men who died in the nation’s largest mass hanging, in December 1862 in Mankato, Minn.

Blizzard prompts state of emergency declaration on Pine Ridge (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Oglala Sioux Tribe President Theresa Two Bulls has declared a state of emergency for the Pine Ridge Indian Agency Reservation due to severe winter weather.

Navajo attorney general seeks special prosecutor (ARIZONA) -- The top legal official on the Navajo Nation is seeking a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of illegal and unethical behavior by tribal government employees.

Racism at Black Mesa? / Peabody discussion turns to bigotry, Navajos want to run their own mine (ARIZONA) -- Within the next 90 days the Navajo Nation Council will have a work session to review leases since 1960 pertaining to Peabody Western Coal Co. and possibly hold public hearings before presenting oral and written reports during spring session.

No lightning-fast tribal energy progress (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Entering 2009, energy development for Indian country, including green jobs and renewable efforts, seemed like they were bound to make headway.

Navajo Nation advances toward large wind project (ARIZONA) -- The Navajo Nation, the second largest Native American tribe in the US, is going forward with a two-phase, 235-megawatt wind development. It would be the nation’s first green energy project and potentially the largest to be owned by a Native American tribe.

Cherokee language now on Facebook (OKLAHOMA) -- Cherokee speakers are starting to use popular Web sites to translate words, phrases and other parts of the language on the sites into Cherokee.

Groups call for ancient forest protection (ALASKA) -- A number of conservation groups and other organisations have joined together in the US to call for the protection of areas of forest in the state of Alaska.

Cherokee Nation offers child care business funding (OKLAHOMA) -- If you have considered starting a new business as a child care provider or are interested in expanding your existing child care business, the Cherokee Nation may be able to help.

Lummi Tribe Gets Stimulus Gov Grant (WASHINGTON) -- The Lummi Indian tribe plans to build a business incubator in Ferndale, using a federal stimulus grant. U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said the project’s expected to create 200 jobs and generate $4-million in private investment.

National Park Services grants $150,000 to Cherokee Nation (OKLAHOMA) -- More than 139 years after its construction, the Cherokee National Capitol still stands and operates as a symbolic landmark for the Cherokee people.

NM lawmaker looks into Shiprock Navajo Fair status (NEW MEXICO) -- After conducting an internal review of the Shiprock Navajo Fair Board, a New Mexico lawmaker says it’s “a loose, for-profit business enterprise” and is urging constituents to seek answers from tribal authorities.

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