Saturday, December 5, 2009

This Week from Indian Country Today

Nuu-chah-nulth win right to sell
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – When traveling along West Coast Highway 4 through the Tseshaht First Nation Reservation, you’ll see a line of signs advertising “Salmon.” Home to one of the west coast’s largest sockeye salmon runs, the Tseshaht Nation enjoys an abundance of fish, but under federal government rules they’re not legally permitted to sell the thousands of sockeye caught for “food, social and ceremonial purposes,” although a black market fishery has existed for decades. Read more »

Group seeks designation of sacred landscape
The Black Hills for millennia have been considered sacred by more than 30 Native American nations from North America. The sacred peak, Opahata I, also known as Harney Peak, is considered the “center of all that is” to many Native American nations. The surrounding Okawita Paha area, literally “Gathering Place,” is considered a sacred landscape that was used for thousands of years in traditional Native American spiritual and cultural practices.
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Headlines

IRS auctioned Crow Creek’s ancestral land for purported back taxes
Feds acknowledge withholding permits for Arizona resort
Minn. builder hopes cordwood homes catch on
NIGA hosts G2E keynote panel on gaming issues
Climate change, drought transforming Navajo’s dunescape to a dust bowl
Trust funds distributed
Legislation introduced to end derogatory mascots
Insurance grants available to enroll Indian kids
Interior launches effort to fight drunk driving
Dorgan requests input on IHS, BIA
Mohegan Medicine Woman wins $10,000 essay contest
Tribal violence continues to capture Senate attention
GAO: IHS muddles revenue collections
Hopi election follows year of turmoil and controversy
Climate workshop stresses sustainability, indigenous knowledge
Matherly receives humanitarian hero award
Alan Parker: Recognized for uniting traditional knowledge and scientific disciplines
Thousands celebrate 40th anniversary of Alcatraz occupation
Senate committee passes PACT Act to extinguish Indian mail order tobacco trade
Council resolution condemns exploiters of sweat lodges
Navajo delegation attended Tribal Nations Conference
Inland waters now named ‘Salish Sea’
$867K for Montana tribe on hold after state audit
AISES conference attracts America’s next young leaders
Ceremony held for white buffalo at Pa. resort home

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Opinion

Bender: Bring back federal work programs

With the deepening of the recession, Native Americans – in particular reservation populations – need to find a ready alternative source of income, especially since reservation gaming is on the decline due to the crisis. Looking back into the pages of Indian history (although laden for the most part with appalling tragedy) there are some interesting surprises from which can spring rays of hope. Read more »

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