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  • Romi Elnagar
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 11, 2013
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      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
      Station.
       
      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
      above all.
       
      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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