Fw: Agreement boosts access for American Indian vets !
- Agreement boosts access for American Indian vets
Native American military veterans will be able to access health care closer to home thanks to an agreement between the U.S. Department of Veteran
Affairs and the Indian Health Service. The agreement allows for Veterans Affairs to reimburse IHS for direct health care services provided to
eligible American Indian and Alaska Native veterans. Health and Human
Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius first announced plans for the new
partnership during Wednesday's tribal summit.
L.A. Mayor Signs Solar Agreement With Tribe
It's official: the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will be buying
all the electricity generated by the first-ever utility-scale
photovoltaic power plant built on tribal land. Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed off on the agreement between the utility and K Road Power, which is building the 250-megawatt Moapa Solar Energy Center on
land owned by the Moapa Band of Paiutes northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.
The agreement, which has been wending its way from DWP through approval
by the Los Angeles City Council and to Villaraigosa's figurative desk
over the past few weeks, also provides future opportunities for DWP to
buy out K Road and acquire the project outright. The project is expected to be delivering power to Los Angeles by 2016. Widely supported by the
Moapa Band, the solar facility will occupy about 1,000 acres of tribal
land in the shadow of the coal-fired, 557-megawatt Reid-Gardner Power
Violence Against Women Act: Eric Cantor, Joe Biden In Talks Amid Stalled Tribal Provision
Vice President Joe Biden is quietly working with House Majority Leader Eric
Cantor (R-Va.) to try to pass an inclusive version of the Violence
Against Women Act in the lame-duck Congress. And so far, sources tell
HuffPost, Cantor is on board as long as one thing is stripped from the
bill: a key protection for Native American women. Staffers for Biden and Cantor have been trying to reach a deal on the bill for at least a
week. Neither camp publicly let on it was talking to the other until
Wednesday, when Cantor said the two are in negotiations and he's feeling hopeful about a deal.
Native activist raises awareness of apology
Navajo activist stopped at Fort Lewis College on Wednesday in an effort to
publicize a little-known apology issued by the federal government to
Native Americans. Mark Charles hosted a public reading and talk about
the 2010 Native American Apology Resolution, included in the 2010
Department of Defense Appropriations Act. The reading at the FLC Native
American Center Conference Room came as part of his effort to raise a
national discussion and awareness of the apology.
Local Archaeologists Uncover Native American Houses
Ohio University students and local archaeologists are excavating the site of a 2,400 year-old tribal village. The village was recently discovered
west of Athens and the outlines of the four structures found are
believed to be Native American houses. Professor of Anthropology Elliot
Abrams said this is a special type of site because it is a domestic
site. Abrams says the site is rare because not a lot of sites have
excavated well-recovered remnants of houses.
California Indian tribe to hold candlelight vigils to honor 5 slain reservation residents
A California Indian tribe said Tuesday it will hold candlelight vigils
for the rest of the week to honor five family members who were slain
over the weekend. Tribal Chairman Neil Peyron of the Tule River Indian
Reservation called the killings “one of the most horrific losses” ever
faced by the tribe that teaches its members that love for family is
Marines deliver food, toys to Havasupai tribe
Two Marine helicopters airlifted toys and food to the Havasupai tribe on
Dec 3. The food and toys are airlifted to the tribe because they live at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Operation Supai, as the tradition is
known, is carried out annually by Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 764, who, despite being based out of Edwards Air Force Base in California,
fly out of Grand Canyon Airport for the special mission.
USA Today: Maya 'end of world' is a mistranslation
Holiday shopping still beckons, even with the ancient Maya supposedly
forecasting the end of the world for 2012. Reluctant shoppers may hate
the news, but the long-awaited, much-hyped and entirely farcical Maya
apocalypse is just that - and archaeologists can't wait until it passes
so they don't have to explain anymore why it was never going to happen.
On Dec. 21, or thereabouts, the ancient Maya calendar rolls over to
start a new 394-year century, or baktun. And that's pretty much it,
despite all efforts by writers and filmmakers to market the notion that
the Maya predicted the crack-up of Earth this year.
Tribe files lawsuit to stop Ala. casino expansion
A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has filed a federal lawsuit to stop
the $246 million expansion of a hotel and casino, saying the
construction desecrates ancestral and ceremonial land. The Montgomery
Advertiser reports (http://on.mgmadv.com/Xe9kMt ) the Muscogee Creek
Nation of Oklahoma filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the Poarch Band
of Creek Indians in Montgomery. Muscogee Creeks say Poarch Creeks
excavated 57 sets of human remains and reburied them to develop a
20-story hotel and casino in Wetumpka. They say the territory was once
the capital of the Creek Nation. Muscogee Creeks say the remains should
be returned to their original places.
How abusers get away with targeting Indian women
“We have serial rapists on the reservation — that are non-Indian — because
they know they can get away with it,” said Charon Asetoyer, executive
director of the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center in Lake Andes, S.D. “Many of these cases just get dropped. Nothing
happens. And they know they’re free to hurt again.” Asetoyer was talking about the loophole that prevents tribal authorities, who have
jurisdiction over crimes committed on Indian territory by Indians, from
having any authority over non-Indian male abusers. That’s despite the
fact that non-Indian men account for an estimated 80 percent of rapes of Indian women, and that the astronomical rate of abuse of Indian women
is well documented by the federal government.
A State of Emergency for American Indian and Native Students
The recent release of Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate data from the U.S.
Department of Education was certainly shocking to the nation. But for
American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities, the
data just confirms that education for our Native students is in a state
of emergency. In nine states -- Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada,
New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington -- the graduation rates for American Indian and Alaska Native students in 2010-2011 are
lower than 60 percent. And just 61 percent of Native students served by
the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education graduate from high school. Meanwhile in three states, one out of every two Native Hawaiian students
graduates on time.
WashPo:What’s in a name? The Redskins’ bad karma
So, Washington football fans, how’s that offensive team name and demeaning
sports mascot working out? Whooping and hollering as RGIII goes on a
“Redskins” warpath only to leave a trail of tears when his wounded knee
gets buried at FedEx Field. In this obscene home team sports fantasy,
the gifted Robert Griffin III was reduced to a “noble savage.” Let the
“Redskin” play hurt. He can take it. Hail to the young brave-hearted
quarterback as he limps into battle on that injured knee. Three cheers
as he fights on his one good leg for Old D.C.
WSJ: Native American Protest Riles Canada
A three-week-long hunger strike by a Native American chief in Canada over alleged abuses of land rights and other grievances is stoking wider
protests that are also spilling over into the U.S. Theresa Spence, chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation in Northern Ontario, was on the 24th
day of a hunger strike Thursday that she says won't end until Prime
Minister Stephen Harper agrees to meet with Native American chiefs to
address the alleged wrongdoings.
AP: Court to review Native American adoption case
The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review a ruling that sent a South
Carolina couple's adopted Native American daughter back to her
biological father in Oklahoma. The high court agreed to hear an appeal
by Matt and Melanie Capobianco over the fate of 3-year-old Veronica. The couple's adoption of the girl was overturned by the South Carolina
Supreme Court, which said the girl must go back to Oklahoma to be with
her biological father, Dusten Brown, a member of the Cherokee Nation.
Feds Indict Ex-Leader, Current Treasurer Of Tribe That Runs Foxwoods Casino
The former head of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, which runs
Foxwoods Resort Casino, and its current treasurer were indicted Friday
by federal authorities on charges that they embezzled money from the
tribe. Michael Thomas and Steven Thomas will appear before U.S.
Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven on Monday. They are
brothers. Michael Thomas was the former chairman of the Mashantucket
Pequot Tribal Council. He is accused of stealing more than $100,000
between October 2007 and April 2009.
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