Thursday, April 30, 2009

News from Indianz.Com

Jodi Rave: Announcing my leave and future plans (4/30)

Committee backs Roubideaux nomination at IHS (4/30)

Turtle Talk: State AGs oppose land-into-trust fix (4/30)

Pine Ridge woman wins lawsuit based on 1868 treaty (4/30)

Pope Benedict discusses Native residential schools (4/30)

Judge rejects probe into BIA informant claim (4/30)

Mesa Grande Band sues to settle land dispute (4/30)

School districts dispute Navajo court jurisdiction (4/30)

Race relations discussed at forum in Rapid City (4/30)

New leads in 1993 murder of Alaska Native woman (4/30)

California lawmaker pulls controversial tribal bill (4/30)

Muscogee Nation passes bill to buy land for bridge (4/30)

Ramona Band to develop eco-tourism resort (4/30)

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe wins $60K Shakopee grant (4/30)

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes host ceremonial bison hunt (4/30)

Editorial: Secretary Salazar undoes the damages (4/30)

Racetrack owner calls Indian gaming 'disgusting' (4/30)

Appeal weighed in Graton Rancheria casino suit (4/30)

Tigua Tribe included in latest Texas gaming bill (4/30)

Lawmakers work on compact for Seminole Tribe (4/30)

Mohegan Tribe expands alcohol service training (4/30)

Negotiations continue for union at Pequot casino (4/30)

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Pine Ridge woman wins lawsuit based on 1868 treaty

The federal government must pay a woman from the Pine Ridge Reservation nearly $600,000 after she was sexually assaulted by a military recruiter, a judge from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled.

Lavetta Elk, 26, a member of the
Oglala Sioux Tribe, cited the "bad men" provision of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie. She said the government failed to protect her from being assaulted by the recruiter, who has left the military but never faced charges.

"Never before has this treaty been used to bring such a claim," attorney Adam Horowitz told The Sioux Falls Argus Leader. "It creates precedent for Native Americans who belong to tribes with treaties like this in effect."

A prior lawsuit that sought damages for boarding school abuses failed after a judge ruled that the "bad men" provision required the
Bureau of Indian Affairs to first adjudicate the claims.

Get the Story:

Native woman wins unprecedented case (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 4/30)
Judge rules treaty obligations include reimbursement for pain and suffering (The Rapid City Journal 4/30)
Judge: 1868 Sioux Treaty Requires Damages (AP 4/30)

Court Decision:
Lavetta Elk v. US (April 28, 2009)

30 Apr 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

In 100th-Day News Conference, Obama Calls Bush Admin Waterboarding "Torture," Defends Continued White House Claim to "State Secrets" Privilege
President Obama marked his 100th day in office Wednesday by holding a prime-time news conference from the White House. Obama said the Bush administration’s use of waterboarding was torture and also defended the use of the state secrets privilege. [includes rush transcript]

Google Faces Antitrust Investigation for Agreement to Digitize Millions of Books Online
The Justice Department has launched an investigation into whether Google is violating antitrust laws by reaching an agreement with authors and publishers to digitize millions of printed books and post the contents online. We speak to Brewster Kahle, founder of the non-profit internet library He’s among critics warning Google could end up with a monopoly of access to information and exclusive license to profit from millions of books. [includes rush transcript]

Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi Joins Defense Team of Jailed Iranian American Journalist Roxana Saberi
We speak to Nobel Peace Prize-winning Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi about the jailed Iranian American reporter Roxana Saberi, whom she represents. Ebadi also shares her thoughts on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s upcoming elections, US-Iran relations, and more. [includes rush transcript]

Raising Alert Level, WHO Says Swine Flu Outbreak Nears Pandemic
58 Iraqis Killed in Baghdad Attacks; April Deadliest Month Since March ’08
Trial Begins for Alleged Ringleader in Iraq Rape, Murder Case
Spanish Judge Opens Gitmo Probe
Leahy Invites Bybee to Testify on Torture Memos
Report: Plea Deal Discussed in Marri Case
Sebelius Sworn In as Health Secretary
Economy Contracted 6.1% in 1st Quarter
Obama Backs Lowering Mandatory Minimums in Crack Sentences
Baltimore Sun Fires 60 Newsroom Staffers

We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee

In 1973, American Indian Movement activists and residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation occupied the town of Wounded Knee, demanding redress for grievances. As a result of the siege, Indians across the country forged a new path into the future.

Sisters, Brothers, Friends and Supporters,

We hope everyone is watching this landmark series, We Shall Remain, on American Experience (PBS), but especially encourage everyone to watch the final episode, Wounded Knee, on May 11. Folks, we screened the episode last night. You don't want to miss it. Great interviews (some will surprise you) and historic footage that has never been aired before now. Mark your calendar, check your local listings, and tune in.

Friends of Peltier
Time to Set Him Free... Because It's the RIGHT Thing To Do

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Court rules against Peltier in documents case

Court rules against Peltier in documents case

The Associated Press
Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Imprisoned American Indian activist Leonard Peltier has lost another round in court in his effort to compel the FBI to disclose about 10,500 pages of documents about his case.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis ruled on the case Wednesday, rejecting Peltier's claim that the district court should have reviewed all the documents, not just a sample of about 500 pages.

The appeals court said Peltier didn't make that argument during the trial so the district court in Minnesota didn't abuse its discretion by not doing it.

Further, the appeals court said the lower court was correct in ruling that the Freedom of Information Act's exemptions cover the bulk of the disputed documents, shielding them from disclosure.

Peltier is serving two life sentences for the deaths of two FBI agents during a 1975 standoff near Oglala, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He has appealed his conviction several times, without success.

In 2001, he requested all the FBI's records about himself and received more than 70,400 pages of records.

However, the FBI withheld thousands more pages because it claimed they were excempt from the FOIA because they could disclose the identity of confidential sources, among other reasons.

29 Apr 2009: Native News from

Racism forum set for Wednesday (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- The second free public forum in a continuing series looking for solutions to racism in Rapid City will be held Wednesday, April 29, at General Beadle Elementary School at North Maple and Van Buren streets.

Native Americans Descended From A Single Ancestral Group, DNA Study Confirms (WASHINGTON, DC) -- For two decades, researchers have been using a growing volume of genetic data to debate whether ancestors of Native Americans emigrated to the New World in one wave or successive waves, or from one ancestral Asian population or a number of different populations.

TRANSCRIPTS: "Native American Entrepreneurs" (WASHINGTON, DC) -- SUSIE GHARIB: The PBS prime-time program "American Experience" continues its look at U.S history from the Native American perspective. As part of "We Shall Remain," NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT is profiling Native American entrepreneurs.

Scribblings: Paul Chaat Smith (WASHINGTON, DC) -- On one of the first springtime Saturdays in April, I managed to slip down to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian to catch its associate curator, Paul Chaat Smith, read from his latest book Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong.

Law melts away: Repeal of ‘Bennett Freeze’ spurs hope for economic development (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Congress has wiped a 40-year-old federal law off the books that tribal leaders say has long prevented economic development in areas of the Navajo and Hopi reservations.

Salazar, Shirley confer on water, education and job-creation projects (NEW MEXICO) -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar met with Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. April 17 to discuss water, education, road and job training initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life for residents of the Navajo Nation, other American Indian communities and residents of New Mexico.

Gov. Brewer visits Navajo Nation Council (ARIZONA) -- The 21st Navajo Nation Council welcomed Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to opening day of its 2009 spring session on April 20 by invitation of the Honorable Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan.

Tribe's new chairman takes oath (MONTANA) -- Nearly elected chairman Cedric Black Eagle of the Crow Nation was sworn into office this afternoon as hundreds of people looked on.

Montana's tribes will receive $17 million in stimulus money (MONTANA) -- Montana's Indian reservations will receive nearly $17 million to create jobs as a result of the recently passed federal stimulus bill, Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester announced Monday.

Mayoral candidates speak out on Native concerns (ALASKA) -- The questions fired at the two remaining candidates for mayor of Anchorage were a little different Monday at a forum sponsored largely by a group of Alaska Native organizations.

Edward Halas, Grand Forks, column: Dazzling vote makes logo foes shield eyes (NORTH DAKOTA) -- UND law professor Jim Grijalva presents himself as being a member of the fair-minded groups on both sides of the logo-nickname controversy who were “surprised” by the Spirit Lake vote (“Keep Spirit Lake referendum in perspective,” Viewpoint, Page A4, April 23).

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Last SLA inmate cleared to serve parole

Last SLA inmate cleared to serve parole in Ill.

Associated Press Writer

3:37 PM CDT, April 28, 2009


The last imprisoned member of the 1970s-era Symbionese Liberation Army has been cleared to serve his parole in Illinois after his release next month from a California prison, corrections officials said Tuesday.

James Kilgore, 61, is completing a six-year sentence at High Desert State Prison in Susanville for his role in the murder of Myrna Opsahl, a mother of four who was killed during a 1975 bank robbery in Carmichael, a Sacramento suburb.

California corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said Illinois authorities have agreed to supervise Kilgore for a year. Federal authorities also have approved his transfer to Illinois to serve his supervision for a federal term he completed after being convicted of charges related to his years with the SLA and fleeing the country.

Another SLA fugitive, Sara Jane Olson, was released from prison last month and allowed to return to her home in St. Paul, Minn.

The Symbionese Liberation Army was a band of radicals from mostly middle class backgrounds that sought to foment revolution and overthrow the government. It is best known for the 1974 kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst but also was responsible for assassinating Oakland Schools Superintendent Marcus Foster and was involved in a shootout with Los Angeles police officers that killed five SLA members.

Kilgore's wife moved to Illinois after her husband was arrested in 2002 in Cape Town, South Africa, after nearly three decades on the run. She is an associate professor of gender and women's studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

During his years on the run, Kilgore became a University of Cape Town professor under the alias of Charles William Pape.

He served his state prison term after completing a 54-month federal prison sentence for using a deceased baby's birth certificate to obtain a passport in Seattle and for possession of a pipe bomb that federal authorities said they found in his Daly City apartment in 1975.

Also Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council approved a resolution opposing Kilgore's transfer out of state.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League and the National Association of Police Organizations objected. The groups lobbied California and Illinois officials to deny his request.

"This is where he committed his crimes," the league's president, Paul Weber, said in a statement. "Kilgore would be better monitored in California during his parole because the state has a stronger interest in the case."

Kilgore's attorney, Louis Freeman of New York City, did not immediately return a telephone message Tuesday.

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Power Plant Project on the Ropes


Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Anna M. Frazier (928) 380-7697 E-mail:
Lori Goodman (970) 259-0199 E-mail:


April 28, 2009, Dilkon, AZ--The proposed Desert Rock Energy Project was dealt a serious if not fatal blow yesterday as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency withdrew the previously issued but defective air quality permit for the planned $4 billion power plant and remanded it to its Region Nine office to correct its earlier flawed review and analysis of Sithe Global Power, LLC's permit application which itself is administratively incomplete and fraught with technical error.

The EPA Administrator filed the motion for complete permit withdrawal and remand with the agency's Environmental Appeals Board which has been considering an ad, 2008 decision to illegally permit the proposed Desert Rock power plant.

Dine CARE's intervention and participation in the controversial air quality permit decision appeal matter was in emergency response to the current industrial genocide of tens of thousands of Navajo people in the Four Corners area who are now sick and dying from decades of exposure to deadly air pollution emitted from the existing Four Corners and San Juan power plants and to prevent the future technological mass murder of more of our people by killer smog from more power plants and death factories like Desert Rock which if permitted and built, will create a triangle of death in the San Juan Basin.

Our Navajo leaders believing in "pie in the sky" CLEAN COAL technology that doesn't exist and their misguided response crying poverty is missing the whole point of why Desert Rock can't be built.

Navajo President Joe Shirley released a statement yesterday on this same issue "Every day this project is delayed, we are losing our Navajo children to poverty and alcoholism ministrative appeal filed by the Conservation Petitioners (including Dine CARE) and other parties last year challenging EPA's July 31 because of lack of opportunity," President Shirley said. 2005 Navajo Division of Health report rates causes of death on Navajo as: Auto accidents, cervical cancer, suicides, tuberculosis, pneumonia/influenza, infant deaths and post neonatal deaths. To claim that poverty is causing death in Navajo is unbelievable and disgraceful. The Navajo people are resourceful and our traditional kinship Ké would not allow poverty to take our people.

Joe Shirley and the Navajo Tribal Council are only exacerbating the public health crisis in Navajoland by supporting and voting for more deadly pollution while overpaid white mouthpieces like George Hardeen publicly justify and condone the Navajo holocaust and the ecocide of our sacred environment. But their days are numbered as the wheels of environmental justice slowly turn.

Burnham resident and resister Lucy Willie said at press time, "We know and live the reality of living under a cloud of pollution and what it does to our land, livestock and our health and we applaud the decision made under this new administration."


Anna M. Frazier, Dine' CARE
Dilkon (Navajo Nation), AZ

Lori Goodman, Dine' CARE
Durango, CO Office

News from Indianz.Com

NIGC's Hogen not drawing up post-1934 tribes list (4/29)

Turtle Talk: Lists of post-1934 tribes a bad idea (4/29)

Salazar reflects on first 100 days at Interior (4/29)

Indian Affairs Committee business meeting (4/29)

Energy committee to consider Tompkins nomination (4/29)

Pope Benedict to discuss residential schools (4/29)

Blog: Disenrollments at Saginaw Chippewa Tribe (4/29)

Blog: Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong (4/29)

Oneida Nation closes store due to economic woes (4/29)

Eastern Cherokee fire burns more than 3K acres (4/29)

Crow Tribe swears in Black Eagle as chairman (4/29)

Tonto Apache Tribe swears in new chief judge (4/29)

Rosebud woman wins national 'visionary' award (4/29)

Alaska Native corporations support gold mine (4/29)

Review: Mixed bag of Native works in 'Red Ink' (4/29)

Study claims single ancestry for Native people (4/29)

Senate confirms Sebelius as HHS Secretary (4/29)

Column: Driver in fatal accident drank at tribal casino (4/29)

Still no deal on compact for Seminole Tribe (4/29)

Northern Arapaho casino the top employer in county (4/29)

Dispute over Pokagon gaming revenues finally ends (4/29)

Quechan Nation shares $90K in gaming revenues (4/29)

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29 Apr 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

The "NAFTA Flu": Critics Say Swine Flu Has Roots in Forcing Poor Countries to Accept Western Agribusiness
As the US reports its first known death from the global swine flu, the World Health Organization has raised its pandemic threat level. Several countries around the world have banned the import of US and Mexican pork products. We speak to professor and author Robert Wallace, who says the swine flu is partly the outcome of neoliberal policies that forced poorer countries to open their markets to poorly regulated Western agribusiness giants. [includes rush transcript]

Ex-Virginia Tech Student Speaks Out Against Texas GOP Bill to Legalize Firearms on Campus
Texas Republicans are using the recent anniversaries of both the Columbine High School and the Virgina Tech massacres to push a bill that would allow college students to carry firearms on campus. We speak to John Woods, a former Virginia Tech student who lost his girlfriend in the massacre. He’s now helping lead the fight against the bill. [includes rush transcript]

Prisoners at Federal Immigrant Detention Center in South Texas Stage Hunger Strike Over Alleged Abuses, Denial of Due Process
As many as 100 people held at the Port Isabel Processing Center, an immigration prison near Brownsville, Texas, have been on a hunger strike since last week to draw attention to alleged abuses in the facility and their extended detention without due process. Inmates say their complaints to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE, about lack of medical attention, denial of food and other abuses have fallen on deaf ears.

EXCLUSIVE: Jailed Houston Imam Zoubir Bouchikhi Speaks from Private Immigration Prison
We look at the case of Sheikh Zoubir Bouchikhi, who has been held without bail at a private immigration prison in Houston for the past four months. Bouchikhi, a native of Algeria, has lived in the United States for the past eleven years and has four children, three of them American-born citizens. In 2007, he received notice that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services had denied his application for permanent residency status. He was arrested by immigration authorities in December 2008. He has been held without bail ever since. He speaks from immigration jail in his first national broadcast interview.

Doctor in Sri Lanka Hospital Describes Casualties from Ongoing Conflict
The Sri Lankan military has blocked a United Nations aid mission from entering the area where the Sri Lankan military continues to attack Tamil Tiger separatists. Some 50,000 civilians are believed to be trapped in the conflict zone. Paul McMaster is a doctor working with Doctors Without Borders at Vavuniya Hospital in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. He describes the situation on the ground.

Texas Reports First US Swine Flu Death
Rejecting “State Secrets” Assertion, Appeals Court Reinstates Torture Suit
Specter Leaves GOP, Joins Dems
Lawmakers Call for Special Counsel on Torture
KBR Sued for Toxic Air Exposure
Student Pleads Not Guilty in Utah Land Case
Obama Calls for Ending Disparity in Crack Sentences
White House Apologizes for Low-Flying Plane
Study: 60% of Americans Subjected to Polluted Air

Leonard Peltier is a Six-Time Nobel Nominee

Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
April 28, 2009
For Immediate Release:
Leonard Peltier is a Six-Time Nobel Nominee

American Indian activist and political prisoner Leonard Peltier has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the sixth consecutive year. Peltier has been an inmate in the United States federal prison system since 1976, so the fact that he has earned the distinction of a Nobel nomination every year since 2004 is especially remarkable.

Peltier’s unlawful conviction in the deaths of two FBI agents in South Dakota has long been internationally decried as one of the most blatant injustices in recent United States legal history. In the aftermath of his trial, federal prosecutors were openly excoriated for having manufactured evidence against Peltier, for having withheld exculpatory evidence, and also for having coerced witnesses into giving false testimony.

Lynn Crooks, Assistant Special Prosecutor in Peltier’s trial, admitted to a federal judge that “the government does not know who killed its agents, nor do we know what participation Leonard Peltier may have had in it.”

And yet Leonard Peltier has remained a prisoner for more than 33 years. Fifty five United States Senators and Congressional Representatives (including Democrats and Republicans) have filed an appeal brief demanding that Peltier receive a new trial. Amnesty International has repeatedly called for Peltier’s immediate release from prison, governments from all over the world have passed resolutions insisting that Peltier be released, and a large contingent of distinguished human rights advocates have been very outspoken in their strong support for Peltier - including six people who have already received the Nobel Peace Prize: Nelson Mandela (1993), Rigoberta Menchú Tum (1992), Mikhail Gorbachev (1990), the 14th Dalai Lama (1989), Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1984), and Mother Teresa (1979).

Despite his well known status as a political prisoner, however, the basis for Peltier’s Nobel nominations has been his remarkable success in furthering the causes of peace and human rights. During his 33 years of unjust incarceration, Peltier has worked tirelessly on a multitude of organized efforts to help other people achieve a more dignified and humane existence. While the Nobel Committee in Oslo (Norway) requests that letters of nomination not be made public, it is nonetheless widely known that Leonard Peltier has facilitated numerous significant donations to a wide variety of charities and human rights organizations.

Peltier is, of course, not financially wealthy - but he is an accomplished painter. Often expending his meager prison commissary account funds on art supplies such as paints, brushes, and canvas, he produces works of art which are subsequently donated and auctioned. Peltier has also worked to establish assistance programs for many underprivileged groups, and he has helped in other ways to fund a multitude of efforts from scholarships for Native students to shelters for victims of domestic violence. The Christmas fundraising effort begun by Peltier more than 25 years ago on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota (one of the most impoverished places in the United States) has steadily been expanded and now provides assistance on at least five different Indian Reservations – the families now receiving the benefits of this annual program number more than one thousand. It is difficult to determine precisely the sum total of donations and contributions that Peltier has helped to facilitate, Peltier refuses to boast about his humanitarian work and many of his projects have not been made public. It is estimated, however, that the total contributions resulting from Peltier’s work during his 33 year imprisonment extend into the millions of dollars.

Peltier’s long record of human rights advocacy involves more than raising money. He has written a great deal while in prison, consistently taking advantage of every opportunity to encourage people not to harbor resentments, to take care of the environment, and to treat each other with love and respect. It is no small irony that a person treated in such an inhumane way should so strongly advocate the humane treatment of others, that a person so financially impoverished should help raise such extraordinary amounts of money for others, that a person with such just cause for bitterness and resentment should encourage forgiveness, and that a person imprisoned should be one of America’s strongest advocates for freedom.

Peltier’s 1999 book Prison Writings: My Life is My Sundance (Saint Martin’s Press) continues to be a best seller on many lists. It is fitting that Leonard Peltier’s own words (from his book) should conclude this official press release: “We are in this together - the rich, the poor, the red, the white, the black, the brown, and the yellow. We are all one family of humankind. We share responsibility for our Mother Earth and for all those who live and breathe upon her. I believe our work will be unfinished until not one human being is hungry or battered, not a single person is forced to die in war, not one innocent languishes imprisoned, and no one is persecuted for his or her beliefs. I believe in the good in humankind. I believe that the good can prevail, but only with great effort. And that effort is ours, each of ours, yours and mine….Never cease in the fight for peace, justice, and equality for all people. Be persistent in all that you do and don’t allow anyone to sway you from your conscience.”

Please join the LP-DOC is congratulating Leonard on this monumental acheivement!

Write to Leonard Peltier at this address:

Leonard Peltier # 89637-132
USP Lewisburg
PO BOX 1000
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

News from Indianz.Com

Cobell invites supporters to May 11 hearing in DC (4/28)

Committee vote set on IHS nominee Roubideaux (4/28)

NIGC compiling list of post-1934 recognized tribes (4/28)

Editorial: EchoHawk a good choice to lead BIA (4/28)

PBS: Chickasaw Nation bank taps into home loans (4/28)

Navajo Nation seeks to resolve sacred site case (4/28)

Lawsuit seeks BIA documents in serial rape case (4/28)

EPA alters stance on Navajo power plant permit (4/28)

Sacred site on list of most endangered places (4/28)

Residents oppose Tohono O'odham jail facility (4/28)

Mayoral forum focuses on Alaska Native issues (4/28)

Column: 'Fighting Sioux' vote sends strong message (4/28)

Former Passamaquoddy leader sentenced for theft (4/28)

U.S. Attorney for North Dakota plans to resign (4/28)

Still no deal on Seminole Tribe's gaming compact (4/28)

Maine tribes press for expanded gaming rights (4/28)

Isleta Pueblo lays off 200 employees at casino (4/28)

Column: Allow non-Indian gaming in Minnesota (4/28)

Plans for First Nation casino fall through again (4/28)

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28 Apr 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Injured War Zone Contractors Fight to Get Care from AIG and Other Insurers
The bailed-out insurance giant AIG has come under intense criticism for handing out hundreds of millions in bonuses to top executives and billions in payments to other financial firms, all while receiving taxpayer aid. But new disclosures on its handling of insurance claims add a fresh angle to the ongoing scrutiny of AIG. According to the investigative website ProPublica, AIG and other top insurance companies have routinely denied medical benefits to civilian contractors wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many workers have returned home to face long, grinding battles for basic medical care, artificial limbs and psychological counseling.

Gold Star Father John Scripsick Remembers His Son Killed in Iraq
The Obama administration is mulling plans to delay withdrawing troops from urban areas by July 1st if renewed violence continues to grow. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the announcement during a surprise visit to Iraq this weekend. Troops will now likely remain in Mosul and Baghdad after the deadline. Clinton’s comments come as over 155 Iraqis have died in recent days in a series of suicide attacks. Friday’s killing of more than sixty people at a Shiite shrine in Baghdad was Iraq’s deadliest bombing since last June. We speak to John Scripsick, an Oklahoma farmer, whose son Bryan was killed on September 6, 2007, while serving in Iraq.

Why Are Record Numbers of US Soldiers Committing Suicide?
The US military is grappling with a record number of soldier suicides. At least thirteen soldiers took their lives last month. That’s down from the twenty-four military suicides in January and eighteen in February, but still in line with the most number of suicides since record keeping began. As many as 143 soldiers reportedly took their own lives last year. We speak with Emma Prophet, an investigator at the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office.

Davis Joyce, Author of "Alternative Oklahoma: Contrarian Views of the Sooner State”
Historian Davis Joyce looks back at the Tulsa race riots and the significance of Oklahoma in US history. He is a Professor Emeritus of History at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. His books include An Oklahoma I Had Never Seen Before: Alternative Views of Oklahoma History and Alternative Oklahoma: Contrarian Views of the Sooner State.

Government Might Become Majority GM Shareholder
Report: UAW to Own 55% of Chrysler under Restructuring Deal
WHO Raises Pandemic Threat Level over Swine Flu Fears
CDC Dismisses EU Travel Advisory
380 Same-Sex Couples Marry in Iowa
91 Disability Rights Activists Arrested Outside White House
Five Members of Congress Arrested at Sudanese Embassy
Seven Greenpeace Activists Arrested
Blackwater Training Site in Illinois Picketed; 22 Arrested
30,000 Pakistanis Flee Fighting in Northwest Region
Sri Lanka Blocks UN Aid Mission
Obama Admin Seeks Reversal of Mountaintop Mining Rule
Report: Israel Built 9,000 Homes in Occupied Territories under Olmert
Group: 2008 Was Deadliest Year for Palestinians since 1948
Detained Iranian American Journalist Continues Hunger Strike

Monday, April 27, 2009

News from Indianz.Com

WaPo Magazine: Walt Lamar finds success after BIA (4/27)

Jodi Rave: Chief Standing Bear journey for justice (4/27)

Kevin Abourezk: Tribes warned about insurance woes (4/27)

Winona LaDuke: Leech Lake braces for oil 'invasion' (4/27)

NPR: The successes of the Chickasaw Nation (4/27)

Doug Cuthand: Indian life, in typical America fashion (4/27)

Dave Narcomey: Mascots hurtful to Native people (4/27)

Opinion: 'Fighting Sioux' reflects warrior spirit (4/27)

First Indian dentist recruits more into medical field (4/27)

Power plant on reservation owes Arizona taxes (4/27)

Trial for Aquash murder defendants set to begin (4/27)

Bill seeks to include tribes in border activities (4/27)

Navajo Nation celebrates Sovereignty Day (4/27)

Stillaguamish Tribe regroups after convictions (4/27)

Marc Simmons: An uprising at Taos Pueblo in 1847 (4/27)

Opinion: Questions on Soboba water settlement (4/27)

Shooting for Abramoff film to begin this month (4/27)

Salazar pushed to approve off-reservation casinos (4/27)

Connectictut tribes battle casino smoking ban (4/27)

Nottawaseppi Huron Band readies first casino (4/27)

Column: Beloved bingo under attack in Alabama (4/27)

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27 Apr 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Major Protest Planned Against Arizona Sheriff Famous for Parading Undocumented Prisoners
A major protest is planned against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who’s been accused of practicing discriminatory enforcement of federal immigration laws. Last month, the Justice Department opened a civil rights probe into Arpaio’s immigration enforcement policies. We speak with an Arizona reporter who just won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the controversial sheriff, as well as a public defender who has been at the forefront of immigrant rights for over thirty years.

Arizona Public Defender Blasts Militarization of Immigration Enforcement, Criminalization of Undocumented Workers
We speak with Isabel Garcia, co-chair of the Coalición de Derechos Humanos, a grassroots organization in Tucson that fights the militarization of the Southwestern border region and discrimination and human rights abuses by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials affecting U.S. and non-U.S. citizens alike. She is also the legal defender of Pima County, Arizona and won the Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Award in 2008 and the 2006 National Human Rights Award from Mexico’s National Commission for Human Rights.

'Humanitarian Aid is Not a Crime' - Activist Fights Littering Charge for Leaving Water Jugs in Desert Along Arizona-Mexico Border
The Sonora desert along the Arizona–Mexico border is a deadly place. Over the past decade, nearly 2000 men, women, and children died while trying to cross the border into Arizona. Dan Millis is a volunteer with the humanitarian and advocacy organization, No More Deaths. In February of 2008, he found the body of 14-year old girl from El Salvador in the southern Arizona desert. Two days later, as he was leaving gallon-sized sealed jugs of water along the same migrant trails, he was ticketed for littering by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He refused to pay the $175 fine and fought the littering ticket misdemeanor charge on the grounds that humanitarian aid is not a crime.

U.S.-Mexico Border Wall Slicing Through Fragile Ecosystems
We take a look at the environmental impact of the 600 miles of barricades along the US-Mexico border. The wall slices across fragile ecosystems in public lands, parks, and refuges threatening rare species and disrupting wildlife migration. We speak with the chair of the Sierra Club Borderlands Team in Arizona.

US Declares Public Health Emergency over Swine Flu Fears
Clinton: US Troops May Stay in Iraqi Cities After July 1
Al-Maliki Threatens to Prosecute US Troops Involved in Deadly House Raid
Afghanistan Vet Says War Is “Big Mistake”; Warns Against Troop Surge
Sri Lanka Dismisses Tamil Tiger Ceasefire Offer
Report: US Considering Deploying National Guard Troops to Mexico Border
2002 Military Memo Warned Torture Produces “Unreliable Information”
CIA Never Studied Whether Torture Was Effective or Necessary
Majority of Americans Favor Probe of Bush Administration over Torture
Leftists Win Election in Iceleand
Report: Obama Wants Aid to Go to PA Even If Hamas Joins Gov’t
Iranian Arms Ship Bound for Gaza Reportedly Destroyed Off Sudan
Gore Accuses Corporate Polluters of Fraud Larger than Madoff’s

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Indigenous Peoples Mobilize Across the Amazon

'Peruvian Indigenous Peoples Mobilize Across the Amazon'

Thousands of indigenous people are mobilizing across the Peruvian Amazon in continued protest over a set of newly legislated decrees that undermine indigenous communal land rights and violate Peru's constitution as well as international law. Coordinated by the National Organization of the Amazon Indigenous people of Peru (AIDESEP), as many as 1,350 Indigenous communities are involved [...]

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May 6: International Day of Action for the Protection of O'odham Lands

May 6, 2009

International Day of Action: "No Toxic Dump or Border Wall on O'odham Lands!"

Protests in San Francisco, Tuscon, Phoenix, and Mexico.



This Week from Indian Country Today

Plot to assassinate Morales foiled

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia – In the city of Santa Cruz, Bolivian Police killed three and arrested two suspected terrorists April 16, foiling a plot that, according to Bolivian authorities, included the assassination of President Evo Morales, Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and other officials. Bolivian authorities believe the attempt was part of a plan for the secession of the state of Santa Cruz, known as the bastion of anti-Morales opposition. Read more »


Miss Oglala Lakota Nation embraces NEC
Black Eagle elected Crow chairman
Rosebud tribal court worker must repay $4,000
The Henry James business plan
White Earth delegates ratify new constitution
Clean Air Act
Denver March Powwow begins the season
Wanapum Heritage Center honors the River People
PNE completes second Native convenience store, gas station
Tigua leader’s past could hamper gaming bid
Navajo Nation advocates for veterans healthcare facility
Nottoway Indian tribe of Virginia asserts unfair treatment in bid for state recognition
Coast Salish say ferry is an important link
Artist’s statues honor Indians in all 50 states
CORD aims to bridge cultural gap
Religious freedom in prison
King Cove gets approval from House and Senate
Federal judge finds issues with King William County, Va. reservoir permits
Cheyenne-Arapaho culture and language recalled and revived
Speaker Morgan thanks Katosha Nakai for services to the Navajo Nation
8th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention set for August
E-Snag: American Indian answer to online dating
University group opposes Fighting Sioux nickname
Alaska elder Katherine Wade passes on
Celebrating a rich, creative tradition


Great Lakes


Trimble: Lakota language and proud names
Back in the early 1970s when we were setting up the American Indian Press Association, we held several regional gatherings to meet with editors of tribal newspapers and other Native news publications to promote the idea of a national association. One meeting in Albuquerque was especially well-attended, including several young men who were the new wave of Indian radicals. This was before the American Indian Movement was well known, and many of the angry young people had formed their own student organizations, patterned after other white, black and Latino radical youth movements of the times. Read more »

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25 Apr 2009: Native News from

U.S. district court upholds previous decision on Pictou-Aquash trial (SOUTH DAKOTA) -- A U.S. District Court judge has upheld a magistrate judge's decision that two men charged with the 1975 slaying of a fellow American Indian Movement (AIM) member can be tried together.

Owner Harvey Duro takes stand in Duroville trial (CALIFORNIA) -- The owner of a Thermal-area mobile home park the federal government is seeking to shut down over health and safety concerns testified on Thursday that he received little guidance from authorities about how to address the problems until it was “too late.”

Tribal ex-governor gets 5 years for misusing funds (MAINE) -- A former Passamaquoddy governor has been sentenced to five years in prison for misusing more than $1.8 million in tribal and federal funds.

Former Passamaquoddy governor sentenced to 5 years for misusing tribal funds (MAINE) -- Robert L. Newell, the former governor of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township was sentenced today to five years in federal prison.

New tribal netting regulations (MINNESOTA) -- Changes made for tribal netting are effective immediately by a Tribal Department of Natural Resources commissioner’s order in an effort to prevent mishaps during the current netting season and in the future.

Tearful gathering at Poorman funeral (SASKATCHEWAN) -- A sacred fire has been burning on the Kawacatoose First Nation, north of Regina, as family and friends gather for the funeral of Tara-lyn Poorman, the 17-year-old whose body was discovered a week ago.

Elders honored as Native Youth Olympics open (ALASKA) -- One by one, banner-wielding teams in this year's Native Youth Olympics paraded into the Dena'ina Center's first-floor exhibit hall Thursday morning, sporting matching T-shirts and workout suits, grins big and small, some members with eyes locked on their shoes, some riding high upon their teammates' shoulders.

Northcoast Environmental Center steps away from Klamath agreement (CALIFORNIA) -- The Northcoast Environmental Center has bowed out of multi-party talks aimed at resolving some of the Klamath River basin's thorniest controversies.

Winnemem Wintu Tribe Holds War Dance Before Launching Federal Lawsuit (CALIFORNIA) -- Arrayed in traditional regalia, over two dozen members of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe recently held a war dance along the banks of the American River to bring attention to decades of injustice and destruction of their cultural sites by the federal government.

Tribes get extension to make Navy-land proposals (RHODE ISLAND) -- The Navy has approved a request from the Narragansett Indian Tribe and Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head for an extension to file expressions of interest in the Tank Farm land that spans Portsmouth and Middletown.

Southern Utes may allow additional gas wells (COLORADO) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe reservation could see as many as 770 additional coal-bed methane wells in the next two decades as operators seek to extract the last remnants of the gas from the prolific Fruitland Formation.

Wolf-Dog Hybrid Escapes Captor (NEW YORK) -- An unusual animal that was destined for a sanctuary has disappeared. A wolf-hybrid found on the St. Regis Mohawk reservation in Akwesasne should have been headed to an Indiana sanctuary this weekend, but instead officials are searching for him and suspect foul play.

Industry Ignored Its Scientists on Climate (WASHINGTON, DC) -- For more than a decade the Global Climate Coalition, a group representing industries with profits tied to fossil fuels, led an aggressive lobbying and public relations campaign against the idea that emissions of heat-trapping gases could lead to global warming.

Western Shoshone gather at NV mountain being mined (NEVADA) -- Dozens of Western Shoshone tribal members and activists held an annual ceremonial event on the flank of a northern Nevada mountain that is at the heart of their legal battle against the world’s biggest gold mining company.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

News from Indianz.Com

Charles Trimble: Taking pride in traditional names (4/24)

Indian leaders recall work of S. Timothy Wapato (4/24)

Dorgan expects vote on IHS nominee on April 30 (4/24)

Interior nominee talks of finding Navajo roots (4/24)

Oglala Sioux Tribe pays off $1.5M in immunity case (4/24)

Judge to rule in reservation trailer park case (4/24)

Family of Fort Peck teen suspects foul play (4/24)

Column: A perspective on 'Fighting Sioux' vote (4/24)

Public Radio: Michigan tribes and repatriation (4/24)

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe looking for escaped wolf-dog (4/24)

California tribes the only donors to official's fund (4/24)

First Nations hit hard by flooding in Manitoba (4/24)

Editorial: Don't cut Native American studies (4/24)

Editorial: Political correctness and Columbus Day (4/24)

New Republic: Tribes in Peru battle for forest (4/24)

Florida governor touts new Seminole gaming deal (4/24)

Opinion: Seminole gaming deal bad in the long run (4/24)

County approves Seneca off-reservation casino deal (4/24)

Auburn Community restarts casino expansion (4/24)

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Church Committee’s Investigation into CIA, FBI Misuse of Power

Flashback: A Look Back at the Church Committee’s Investigation into CIA, FBI Misuse of Power

Democracy Now! takes a look at one of the most famous special Senate investigations of government misconduct. In the mid-1970s, a US Senate committee chaired by Democratic Senator Frank Church of Idaho conducted a massive investigation of the CIA and FBI’s misuse of power at home and abroad. The multi-year investigation examined domestic spying, the CIA’s attempts to assassinate foreign leaders, the FBI and CIA’s efforts to infiltrate and disrupt leftist organizations, and more. Guests: Sen. Frank Church’s widow, Bethine Church, and Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr., who served as chief counsel to the Church Committee.

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24 Apr 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Flashback: A Look Back at the Church Committee's Investigation into CIA, FBI Misuse of Power
We take a look at one of the most famous special Senate investigations of government misconduct. In the mid-1970s, a US Senate committee chaired by Democratic Senator Frank Church of Idaho conducted a massive investigation of the CIA and FBI’s misuse of power at home and abroad. The multi-year investigation examined domestic spying, the CIA’s attempts to assassinate foreign leaders, the FBI and CIA’s efforts to infiltrate and disrupt leftist organizations, and more. We speak with Sen. Frank Church’s widow, Bethine Church, and Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr., who served as chief counsel to the Church Committee. [includes rush transcript–partial]

Rise of Right-Wing Extremism Linked to Recession
The Department of Homeland Security released a report last week that warned right-wing extremist groups are gaining new recruits by exploiting fears about the economy and the election of the nation’s first black president. We speak with Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

On Anniversary of 1937 Guernica Bombing, Basque Community in Idaho Looks Back
Seventy-two years ago this Sunday, in the midst of the Spanish Civil War, on April 26th, 1937, the Basque town of Guernica was carpet bombed by Fascist Italian and Nazi German forces. Three-quarters of Guernica was destroyed, and as many as 1,600 civilians were killed. Boise, Idaho is home to one of the largest Basque populations in the United States. We speak with a survivor of the Guernica bombing and with the director Basque Museum and Cultural Center in Boise.

White House, Senate Dems Oppose Torture Commission
Ex-CIA, Gitmo Prisoner Sues US for Torture
Over 100 Killed in Iraq Suicide Bombings
Iraqi Tally: 87,000 Dead Since 2005
Sri Lanka Rejects Passage for Aid Workers
Report: US Prepares for Chrysler Bankruptcy
Obama Meets with Credit Card Execs
Holocaust Memorial Speakers Back Attacking Iran
NY Resident Gets Nearly 6-Year Sentence for Airing Hezbollah Channel
Energy Lobbyists Tried to Debunk Global Warming Despite Own Scientists’ Findings
Canadian Court Orders Khadr Return
Activists Conclude Indigenous Climate Summit

Thursday, April 23, 2009

News from Indianz.Com

'Native Nation Revival' in April issue of Monocle (4/23)

USET to host forum on land-into-trust decision (4/23)

Confirmation hearing for Roubideaux at IHS (4/23)

Confirmation hearing for Tompkins at Interior (4/23)

Salazar to visit tribes and UTTC in North Dakota (4/23)

Native girl finally being buried after four years (4/23)

Lumbee Tribe hopeful for House vote on recognition (4/23)

Documentary on Whiteclay making the rounds (4/23)

Lawsuit seeks distribution of Black Hills trust fund (4/23)

'Fighting Sioux' suporters eye Standing Rock vote (4/23)

ACLU files complaint for Indian inmates in Montana (4/23)

Mining company weighs move in Indian Country case (4/23)

Navajo Nation Council bans cell phones while driving (4/23)

New England tribes upset with PBS 'We Shall Remain' (4/23)

Traditional justice at issue in Mexico assault case (4/23)

Seminole Tribe proposes revisions to compact (4/23)

Supreme Court won't hear gaming compact cases (4/23)

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Graton Rancheria casino (4/23)

Muscogee judge sides with chief in gaming dispute (4/23)

Quechan president cites economy in benefit flap (4/23)

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23 Apr 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Campaign in Montana Seeks to Establish Healthcare as a Human Right
We broadcast from Montana, where a vibrant movement is seeking to recognize healthcare as a universal human right. Last December, the Health Board of Lewis and Clark County, which includes the state capital Helena, adopted a resolution that recognizes the human right to health and healthcare. In February of this year, the Montana State Senate held a hearing on establishing the right to healthcare in the state. We speak with State Senator Christine Kaufmann, director of the Montana Human Rights Network. [includes rush transcript]

Doug & Andrea Peacock on Montana's Grizzly Bears, the Late Edward Abbey and the Fight to Save the Wilderness
We speak with environmentalists Doug and Andrea Peacock. Doug Peacock is a longtime naturalist, adventurer and writer. His books include Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness. He was a close friend of the late writer Edward Abbey. One of Abbey’s most famous characters, Hayduke, from his book The Monkey Wrench Gang, was based partly on Doug Peacock. Andrea Peacock is an independent journalist who has covered Montana politics and western environmental news for several years. [includes rush transcript–partial]

Rice, Ashcroft Approved Torture in July 2002
Report: Obama Rejected Investigative Commission on Torture
Report: CIA Prisoners Still Missing
Judge Upholds Habeus Corpus for Gitmo Prisoner
Obama: Days of US Inaction on Energy Crisis “Now Over”
White House Withholds Endorsement on Bill Capping Emissions
IMF: Global Economy to Shrink 1.3%
Freddie Mac CFO Found Dead in Apparent Suicide
Red Cross: “Hundreds” Killed or Wounded in Sri Lanka Fighting
Taliban Fighters Seize Control of Pakistani District
Israeli Military Finds No Fault in Gaza Attack
Clinton Vows Continued US Boycott of Palestinians
Internal Displacements Rise in Colombia