Saturday, December 11, 2010

This Week from Indian Country Today

Breaking News
Appeals court rejects NY state cigarette tax effort
New York's 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the state’s request to lift injunctions against the collection of cigarette taxes on sales in sovereign Indian country while challenges to the tax laws by several Indian nations are pending. More soon.

Reid drops controversial online poker proposal
Just after Indian Country Today went to press with the report below that Sen. Harry Reid had dropped his online poker proposal, news came that the bill is still alive. Capitol Weekly reported Dec. 9 that Reid said his comments about dropping the bill were taken out of context. Other legislation to legalize online poker has been reintroduced by Sen. Rod Wright, D-Calif. The legislation would require the California Gambling Control Commission to enter into contracts with up to three hub operators who would be allowed to offer online poker to California residents under contracts lasting up to 20 years. The Weekly reported that Reid’s bill was seen by critics as an effort to make sure that Nevada casinos would not be left out of any nationally sanctioned online poker system. It noted that those casinos, particularly Harrah’s and MGM, have donated heavily to Reid, especially this year, when he survived a tough general election challenge during the mid-term elections.


•$850K for species recovery projects in Pacific Northwest
•Billy Frank Jr., Russell Jim named conservation heroes
•Bowechop helps assess oil spill prevention
•New chairman, officers for Lummi Nation
•Reid drops controversial online poker proposal
•Homolovi ruins to reopen
•Obama signs historic Cobell settlement
•The urgent need for a clean and transparent Carcieri fix
•Purchase and rules transform Navajo power
•Hawaii takes a close look at geothermal energy
•Access to recovery promotes Native-style community treatment
•Changes to SBA’s 8(a) program: The view from the Lower 48
•‘Carcieri fix’ held hostage
•Fall ceremony foreshadows spring services
•Long history of Native leadership in Washington State Legislature
•Internal tribal conflict seeks solution
•California housing organization receives $800,000 for first project
•Sacred run and sacred paddle provide solemn memorial for Massachusetts Natives
•Cobell settlement clears House; on to president
•Native women caucus focused on increasing awareness
•Onondaga Nation faces new environmental threat: Fracking
•Seneca Nation files FERC notice for Kinzua Dam license
•High court declines uranium review
•Carcieri ‘wrongly framed’ as a gambling issue, say critics
•Election reflections


Black Eagle: A historic day for Crow water rights
On Nov. 30, 2010, the United States Congress passed the Claims Settlement Act of 2010, a package of bills settling claims against the United States related to the hard-fought Cobell Indian trust lawsuit, the Pigford lawsuit by African-American farmers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and four Indian water rights settlements – Crow Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Taos Pueblo, and Aamodt settlements. This act provides for settlement of some of the longest standing court cases in this country. Perhaps most importantly, these settlements provide much needed certainty for Indian country and for the United States government. Read more »

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