Thursday, December 31, 2009

31 Dec 2009: Native News from

Thoughts on tribal sovereignty (MINNESOTA) -- This blog post comes in response to a letter from a local resident who wants to remain anonymous. Because we allow anonymity on the Web but not in the paper, I decided to publish the letter here on my blog and respond to some of the questions and concerns raised.

CRIT Treasurer faces recall (ARIZONA) -- Members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes who are eligible voters will go to the polls Thursday to determine if Tribal Treasurer Dennis Welsh Jr. remains on council or is recalled.

Idaho Tribes Want Executive Post (IDAHO) -- Idaho tribal leaders want Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to create a cabinet post dedicated to improving tribal relations. That includes resolving disputes that erupt when non-tribal members are apprehended for reservation crimes, only to be released without arrest because no agreements — or trust — exists with sheriffs in neighboring counties.

Despite barriers to justice, Native women persevere (NEBRASKA) -- She needs to call 911. She needs police to arrest the drunken boyfriend who assaulted her. She needs to go to the hospital, because she might be pregnant and he might be HIV-positive. And she needs a lawyer.

State of Emergency for Indian Reservations Hit by Brutal Winter Storm: WARNING! (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- Over 1000 Native American families on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are with propane for heat, are snowed in and can’t get out to get food, and in many cases are unable to purchase food.

Navajo man contests election to cut Tribal Council (ARIZONA) -- A Navajo tribal member is pushing to have an election that drastically reduced the size of the Tribal Council redone, this time with more support required from voters.

LETTER: Take process beyond prez-speaker contest (ARIZONA) -- Regarding the news that the Navajo people voted to reduce the size of the Navajo Nation Council and give the president a line-item veto: The people have spoken, as they say.

EPA pulls Black Mesa Mine permit (COLORADO) -- Coal-fired power has suffered another setback in the Four Corners. The Environmental Protection Agency recently withdrew a controversial permit from the massive Black Mesa Coal Complex, a mine operated by Peabody Coal Co. on Navajo Nation and Hopi lands in northeastern Arizona.

10 families evicted / Navajo Supreme Court ousts tenants (ARIZONA) -- A memorandum decision by the Navajo Nation Supreme Court was issued Dec. 16 that affirmed the eviction of ten tenants from their homes in Churchrock.

10 families evicted / Residents removed from homes (ARIZONA) -- About as many police units as the 10 families evicted from their homes rolled into Churchrock Estates subdivision shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, when housing officials showed up with a court-ordered eviction notice and plenty of muscle to carry it out.

State: Judge wrong to deny tribe poultry-suit role / The Cherokees lack resources to sue the poultry industry on their own, state officials say. (OKLAHOMA) -- Oklahoma officials contend that a federal judge in Tulsa ignored damaging consequences of denying the Cherokee Nation's request to join the state's lawsuit against the poultry industry.

Cherokees’ immersion school grows (OKLAHOMA) -- The school expanded this month, adding a new 6,000-square-foot building that allows more office space for staff, including two new classrooms.

Biologists cheer return of Columbia coho (WASHINGTON) -- Fisheries biologists in the Pacific Northwest are cheering a record return of coho salmon this year to the upper and middle Columbia River basin, where the fish were virtually wiped out 20 years ago.

Solar panels illuminate veteran's home (NEW MEXICO) -- A kerosene lantern dangles from a hook on Herman Augustine's living room ceiling. For more than 15 years, the lantern has provided modest light in the two-bedroom home located about 12 miles from U.S. Highway 550, lost in a network of unmarked, snow-frosted dirt roads.

Native-owned Flintco wrapping up airport project (TENNESSEE) -- The businesses typically associated with the Memphis International Airport are FedEx and Delta Airlines, but another company is leaving an indelible imprint on the major airport.

Avondale Investments LLC wins bailout work / Avondale Investments was the only American Indian-owned asset manager to be selected (OKLAHOMA) -- An Oklahoma City investment firm is one of six nationwide selected by the U.S. Treasury Department to help manage assets as it winds down the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Become part of the 2010 Santa Fe Indian Market (NEW MEXICO) -- The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is looking for experienced Food Vendors, Snack Food Vendors and Native Owned Businesses for the 89th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market.

Tribes recognized for Laserfiche innovation (LAS VEGAS) -- Laserfiche recently presented the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma with its Visionary Award and the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma with its Pioneer Award. Both awards were presented at the TribalNet 2009 conference in Las Vegas, NV.


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