Monthly Archives: October 2008

Tribe votes to ban abortion

A citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians is questioning a tribal council resolution that seeks to ban abortions on the North Dakota reservation. Andy Laverdure said the resolution was passed without public notice and discussion. “It goes … Continue reading

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Alaska halts Native voter assistance

Just in time for the election, Alaska is halting assistance to Natives in their own language. Alaska is halting part of its Native voter language assistance program because it has not been approved by the federal government. The Division of … Continue reading

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Sen. Stevens of Alaska found guilty

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was found guilty on all seven counts in his corruption trial. “Stevens said his conviction on seven charges of making false statements was the result of “prosecutorial misconduct” by the Department of Justice He will remain … Continue reading

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Yakama treaty rights and cigarettes

Indianz.com reports today: “In May 2007, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals . . . ruled that the Yakama Treaty of 1855 bars tribal members from being charged under the federal Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act. The unanimous decision said the … Continue reading

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Abortion rider prevented passage of Indian health bill?

The Indian Health Care Improvement Act failed to be reauthorized again this year. Some “Native leaders [are] saying that fault partially lies with the political decision-making of the National Congress of American Indians. . . . As Indian Country Today … Continue reading

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Alaska's largest newspaper endorses Obama

Yahoo news reports that: “The Anchorage Daily News, Alaska’s largest newspaper, endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Sunday after declaring Gov. Sarah Palin “too risky” to be one step away from the Oval Office.”

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Two tribes not selected to develop NY City casino

Officials in New York passed over two tribal partnerships in awarding a license for a racetrack casino in New York City. The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut and the Seminole Tribe of Florida were among three finalists for the Aqueduct Racetrack … Continue reading

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