News Collection Diary for Monday, August 30th

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  1. If you’re Native American medicine man, one with experience conducting Native American ceremonies and familiar with medicine wheels, sweat lodges, sacred pipes and eagle feathers, the U.S. Department of Justice may require your services.

    According to a piece published by The Smoking Gun on Aug. 19, the DOJ posted an announcement on web site with that title, though it was later changed to “Native American Services/Spiritual Guide” (after Drudge Report published a link to the announcement).

    However the agency words it, the services are needed for Native American inmates at the federal prison in Duluth, Minn.


  2. The Oneida Indian Nation is moving its cigarette manufacturing plant from Buffalo to Oneida, N.Y., according to a press release issued by the tribe on Aug. 25.

    In addition to creating 15 jobs in central New York, the relocation will ensure that customers of the tribe’s enterprises can still buy Oneida Indian Nation-manufactured cigarettes free of New York State taxes, the release said.

    “By moving the plant to the Oneida homelands, the Nation is availing itself of a long-settled law that recognizes the right of Indian tribes to sell products they manufacture on their own reservations without interference from state tax laws. When an Indian nation manufactures its own products on its reservation, and sells those products on its reservation, federal law preempts state efforts to tax those products,” the tribe stated in the release.

    The tribe purchased Sovereign Tobacco, its tobacco company, about two years ago. The cigarettes manufactured in the Oneida plant are the Niagara and Bishop brands, which are sold at the tribe’s chain of SavOn stores in Oneida and Madison counties and at select retail shops at its Turning Stone Resort and Casino state tax-free.



    The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe is calling into question the legality of a proposal that would redevelop the historic mill town of Port Gamble and set aside thousands of acres of North Kitsap timberland.

    The tribe argues that the proposed North Kitsap Legacy Partnership would permanently harm Port Gamble Bay and may not be legal under the state law that directs growth to urban areas. The tribe favors pursuing alternatives that would place the development elsewhere.

    “We don’t agree with the legality of some of the things they’re proposing,” Chairman Jeromy Sullivan said.

    Kitsap County and the Pope Resources subsidiary that owns Port Gamble are nearing an agreement on a broad framework for a development plan for the legacy project.

    Read more at the . The comments from a few ndn responders to earlier racist comments are informative (and right on).

    Steve Bauer is a Democratic county commissioner from the northernmost area in Kitsap County, one of three county commissioners (all of whom are Democrats). Bauer’s quite possibly the least progressive of them all and the S’klallam raise some excellent points, especially about fishing with a huge marina and overwater development (the scope of which is discussed in a comment, not in the article). Pope Resources is a timber company and owns a great deal of land on the Olympic Peninsula as well as a good-sized tract here on the Kitsap Peninsula. It does indeed look like they’re trying to stick the county with a significant part of what would otherwise be their tab for infrastructure, and they already have a track record of ruining the fishing at another development site of theirs, not all that far away.

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