Monthly Archives: December 2008

!Feliz ano nuevo! and Happy New Year!

Thanks to all of you who read and comment on my blog. It is now just over two years since I began blogging on American Indian and international indigenous issues. I have enjoyed doing this work and selecting for you … Continue reading

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Revival of Lakota language

Check out Tim Giago’s latest editoral about reviving tribal language on Indianz.com Here’s part of what he wrote: “A young Lakota man, maybe seventeen years old, approached me as I waited in line at a local fast food joint to … Continue reading

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Kempthorne's "reign of error" at Dept. of Interior

An editorial in the Twin Falls Idaho newspaper criticizes ex-Idaho Governor and Senator Dick Kempthorne for ruling over a problematic U.S. Department of Interior. Here’s part of the editorial: “The former Idaho governor and U.S. senator and his predecessor, Gale … Continue reading

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Dec. 24 court order in New York-Tribal cigarette tax dispute escalation

The day after Gov. David Paterson signed a cigarette tax bill in the state’s latest attempt to get tax revenues from the Indian tobacco trade, tribal leaders said they will fight the proposal in every way they can. Harry Wallace, … Continue reading

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BIA ruling reinstates tribal family

Indian Country Today reports on a ruling by the BIA that appears to have decided the outcome of a tribal rift. On Dec. 1, for the second time, the BIA ruled that the enrollment committee of the San Pasqual Band … Continue reading

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Senator Dorgan to continue chairing Senate Indian Affairs Committee

Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., will be reappointed to a second term as chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. But committee membership and ratios have yet to be resolved, according to a Senate press release. Dorgan offered his thoughts on … Continue reading

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Politics intruded on scientific decisions at Dept. of Interior?

An editorial in a Connecticut newspaper highlights one federal employee’s role in allegedly politicizing the Department of Interior’s Fish & Wildlife Service. “Julie MacDonald’s reign of malfeasance at the Interior Department ended 1½ years ago. But her legacy of politically … Continue reading

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