News Collection Diary for Posting on Sunday March 28th

Please post your news items in the comments. Thanx.

I’ll start:…

“OVERSIGHT HEARING on The Preventable Epidemic: Youth Suicides and the Urgent Need for Mental Health Care Resources in Indian Country”

From the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Thursday, March 25, 2010

9:30 AM

[from translatorpro]

Program aims to find American Indian victims of radiation exposure

The Associated Press…

Updated: 03/22/2010 07:27:51 AM MDT

the U.S. Department of Justice

Flagstaff, Ariz. » The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking the help of students to identify American Indians who might be victims of radiation exposure.

Congress passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act in 1990, authorizing funding for people who worked in the uranium mining industry or nuclear weapons testing between 1942 and 1971 and contracted cancer or other diseases from radon exposure.

Most applications are filed by people living in the Four Corners region, but American Indian tradition and customs can make successful claims difficult.

Students can hear more about the part-time internships at Northern Arizona University on March 29, the University of New Mexico in Gallup on March 30 and at Dine College in Shiprock, N.M., on March 31.

[From Martha Ture]


  1. … desscribes construction of a new Nursing Home:

    the new facility would house 60 to 70 residents only minutes away from downtown Pine Ridge Village. The facility will sit on 40 acres of tribal land, provide 100 jobs with a variety of skill sets and create jobs for Native Americans.

    most reservation residents who go to nursing homes wind up in Rapid City, which is more than 100 miles from the village of Pine Ridge.

    SD had banned new NHs due to the increased Medicaid costs for the state.  This NH will be built on tribal land in Nebraska to circumvent the rule, but is still closer to the reservation. Today there was another exception:

    Gov. Mike Rounds has signed into law a measure allowing construction of a nursing home for military veterans in eastern South Dakota…The bill was needed to create an exception to a 1988 law that banned new construction of nursing home beds.

  2. ….

    In terms of Indian health, the legislation permanently reauthorizes IHCIA, a law which provides an array of support to IHS and other programs that aid Native American health. It was first made law in 1976… (T)he legislation permanently reauthorizes IHCIA, a law which provides an array of support to IHS and other programs that aid Native American health. It was first made law in 1976.

  3. “War Dances” by novelist Sherman Alexie has won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the organizers announced Tuesday.

    The prestigious annual award, presented by the Washington-based PEN/Faulkner Foundation, was given to Alexie because of his book’s breadth of topics and innovative style, judges said. “War Dances” consists of short stories interspersed with poems…

    The author is a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian.

  4. ….

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Where do Indian nations go when United States’ courts have failed them, and justice is unattainable?


    Though it claims to be a defender of human rights around the world, the United States is among the worst offenders of Native peoples’ rights, judging by statistics that indicate Indian women are the most raped and abused in the nation, while rampant poverty, disease, crime and unemployment are a way of life on reservations.


    The Black Hills

    Chairwoman Theresa Two Bulls of the Oglala Sioux, accompanied by Lakota attorney Mario Gonzalez, recounted the many treaty violations that led up to the “legalized theft” of more than 48 million acres of their homeland under the Indian Claims Commission.

    She cited one example of how the federal government would not allow the tribes to fire their attorneys and – without the knowledge or consent of Sioux tribes – the claims attorneys signed a stipulated settlement to accept $40 million for more than 48 million acres of land rich in timber and minerals.

  5. ….

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. – More than 16 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives aged 20 and older have diagnosed diabetes, compared to a national average of seven percent.

    That’s the startling information contained in a newly released study from the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP).

    … snip

    “People who survived to reproduce many years ago were able to use food very efficiently. There were times of feast and times of famine. One of the things that happened was that people whose bodies used food very efficiently had a better chance of survival.”

    A few paragraphs on the “thrifty gene” theory and a study of the Pima Indians, who have a diabetes incidence of 50 % in their adult population.

  6. Hey all…

    I want to do an article on Native Americans in AZ for a magazine I am starting. Can someone point me in the best direction of who to contact? What is the protocol? Good places to research realities of Native American life (other than here of course which I shall be frequenting a lot more) .

    I would greatly appreciate it.

    I am thinking of starting a magazine (print on demand) that highlights issues that are not covered elsewhere, new and up and coming models, designers, local Mom and Pop businesses in AZ and covers AZ politics. Any ideas/help would be appreciated on marketing etc.



  7. Source:

    Fed up with growing gang violence, Montana tribal leaders this weekend will start the first-ever American Indian reservation chapter of the Guardian Angels.

    The new chapter of the citizens’ crime-watch group – whose members are known by their red berets in New York, Chicago and other U.S. cities – will begin training about 50 recruits on the rural Fort Peck Indian Reservation. The sprawling reservation on the plains of eastern Montana is home to 6,000 of the approximately 10,000 enrolled members of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes.

  8. Source:

    Hundreds of prime acres are up for grabs in this waterfront city and its neighboring towns, valuable commodity on an island known for prized beaches, lavish homes and natural beauty.

    The 260 acres on Aquidneck Island were for decades owned by the U.S. Navy, which says it no longer needs the land and is moving to unload it. The island communities envision the property as untapped economic potential for sweeping new development.

    But another suitor – the Narragansett Indian Tribe – says the land falls under its ancestral footprint and is mounting a bid that may conflict with local development plans.

    The Narragansett, Rhode Island’s only federally recognized American Indian tribe, say getting the land would allow it to expand far beyond its existing reservation and would create room for a hotel complex, shopping, a cultural center, park space and public housing.

    The tribe and its supporters see an unprecedented opportunity for a population that’s grappled with poverty and whose past efforts at development, including a tax-free smoke shop and proposed casino, have been rejected by the state.

  9. …

    Looks as if this hellhole may finally be put to some positive use for a change.

    Lawmakers in Nebraska voted 25-15 to advance a bill that would create a $100,000 fund to address problems in and around Whiteclay.

    Four liquor stores in the town sell 4.1 million cans of beer a year. Most of the customers are from the nearby Oglala Sioux Tribe.

    The fund represents a portion of tax revenues generated by liquor sales at Whiteclay. According to KELO-TV, the stores make $3 million a year.

  10. ….

    A nice, cheerful story about a lost craft found again…

    KEARNEY, Neb. – When the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma returns to Kearney for a powwow in June, its members will be getting building lessons from their long lost cousins, the Arikara of North Dakota.


    The lodges were a part of Pawnee life along the North Loup and Platte rivers of south-central Nebraska, but after their forced exit in 1875, the Pawnees lost their knowledge of earth lodge construction.

  11. ….

    HONG KONG – Samian came to China to share the story of his people. His people are the Abitibiwinni (Algonquin) of Canada’s Quebec Province.

    Samian – aka Samuel Tremblay – joined a group of musicians for a whirlwind tour of seven Chinese cities. The International Organization of the Francophonie sponsored La Fête de la Francophonie, a roving festival showcasing the French-speaking world’s shared linguistic culture. Samian represents Canada.


    “Maybe I’m an ambassador for Canada, though I’d prefer to be an ambassador for First Nations; French is okay, but my pride is when I rap in Algonquin.”

  12. Grant to fund high-speed Internet on Navajo Nation

    The Associated Press

    The federal government is investing more than $32 million in stimulus funds to help the nation’s largest American Indian reservation, the Navajo Nation, build a high-speed Internet highway that will connect thousands of homes and businesses across the sprawling reservation.


    Once all the fiber optic cables are in place, officials say affordable broadband service will be accessible to 30,000 homes, 1,000 businesses and 1,100 community institutions.

  13. Indian Country Today

    “He was a real hero for his tireless fight for justice for the many Navajo and other tribal members who were contaminated by uranium mill tailings. …


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