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#1073579 --- 09/06/09 04:14 PM Re: More Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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Definitely doesnt have the ashley dupree look!

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#1074647 --- 09/09/09 11:41 AM Re: More Tribal News [Re: SFisWonderful]
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Mohawk to sue Canada for border closing?
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#1074652 --- 09/09/09 11:47 AM Re: More Tribal News [Re: SFisWonderful]
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Fort Berthold Reservation rancher Pete Fredericks says he still hasn't recovered from a brutal winter nearly 30 years ago that wiped out half his black Angus herd. White ranchers in the region fared better because they got financial help from the federal government, he says.

"The 1982 winter was the worst thing that ever happened to me," said Fredericks, 73, who still ranches on the reservation in northwest North Dakota. "I lost 400 head of cattle and my tractor broke in half."

George Keepseagle, 69, said he's "had to beg to borrow" and has been denied loans that have been routinely given to his white counterparts.

"I keep chugging along, but I'm struggling," said Keepseagle, who has had a ranch near Fort Yates, south of Bismarck, since 1960. "By rights and by now, I should be sitting pretty good, but I'm not. Probably all the white ranchers around here my age are probably all paid off financially and they're sitting a lot better."


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#1074712 --- 09/09/09 01:47 PM Re: More Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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Go ask your "nations" for assistance and not the USA

Suppose reparations is off your table too?
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#1074719 --- 09/09/09 02:14 PM Re: More Tribal News [Re: Santa_Cruzer]
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Originally Posted By: Santa_Cruzer
Suppose reparations is off your table too?


The British gave the cayuga tribe land in Canada. Not enough then go ask the British for assistance.
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#1077275 --- 09/15/09 05:19 PM Re: More Tribal News [Re: Santa_Cruzer]
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Originally Posted By: Santa_Cruzer
Go ask your "nations" for assistance and not the USA

Suppose reparations is off your table too?


Choose one
You are either part of the USA or you are not
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#1077734 --- 09/16/09 02:05 PM Re: More Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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#1078068 --- 09/17/09 06:54 AM Re: More Tribal News [Re: pixie]
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Paterson lacks a backbone
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#1078180 --- 09/17/09 11:44 AM Re: More Tribal News [Re: pixie]
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The Oneidas think their new plan will work about cigs.
The forgot that they have to transport the cigs over NY land.
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#1080599 --- 09/23/09 06:05 PM Re: More Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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http://www.pactoregon.org/news-090619-ORtriberefuses.html

Casino Tribe refuses to honor agreement with City
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06/19/09
Tribe refuses to pay room tax
By Jessica Musicar, Staff Writer

After a 14-year-long agreement with the city of North Bend to pay a room tax similar to other hoteliers in the city, the Coquille Indian Tribe is withholding a three-month payment.

North Bend City Administrator Jan Willis confirmed that the tribe did not pay the tax for January through March. The payment should have come in on April 15. She wouldn't comment further.

Tribal Attorney Brett Kenney said the tribe wants to renegotiate its contract and is withholding the nearly $44,000 payment. In the meantime it is collecting and setting aside the funds.

"Our conversations with the city are not something that I want to be in the public eye," he said. "The tribe always has and always will pay its fair share for municipal services."

He said the agreement with the city hasn't been renegotiated since it was first signed 14 years ago - about six years after the tribe's restoration.

"Since that time, the tribe has reliably, consistently made payments under the agreement," Kenney said.

He noted that the tribe, like other Indian tribes, isn't obligated to pay property taxes on activities on its reservation. The Mill is considered reservation land, he added.

The agreement with the city stated the tribe would pay two "payments in lieu of taxes," or PILOTs for short. One, a property PILOT, pays for basic municipal services including police and fire protection. The second, an occupancy PILOT, is a replacement for the transient room tax paid by hotels and motels.

But with improvements at The Mill, and the passage of time, the tribe has decided to review the contract.

"We have withheld the money - meaning we have collected and set aside the occupancy PILOT - while this review process is going on," Kenney said. "We would want to pay the same amount that other taxpayers pay for the services they consume."

Additionally, Kenney said he takes issue with the contract's lack of a sunset or review clause.

"I think that it's an agreement that was entered shortly after tribal restoration, at a time when the tribe was still in the throes of recovering from the disastrous federal policy of termination," he said.

In North Bend, the 7 percent hotel/motel tax helps fund the Coos Bay-North Bend Visitor and Convention Bureau, along with some city expenses.

Last month, Katherine Hoppe, director of the Coos Bay-North Bend Visitor and Convention Bureau, learned her organization would get less than usual for its third quarter.

"Normally it's in the $12,000 range, this time it was in the $2,800 range," Hoppe said.

The bureau, which advertises the Bay Area, receives two-sevenths of North Bend and Coos Bay's transient room tax funds.

She received a brief letter from Kenney on June 11, saying the tribe is committed to continue funding the bureau.

"The Tribe recognizes that the Bureau has helped to advance our local hotel and service industries," Kenney wrote.

According to a spreadsheet provided by Hoppe, bureau funds from the North Bend tax were up 30 percent and 25.2 percent for the first and second fiscal quarters as compared to last year. The increase is due to The Mill's recent addition of a 92-room hotel tower.

For January through March, with The Mill's contribution missing, the bureau's share of the North Bend tax dropped 78.3 percent compared with last year.

"Until we have more information I don't think it's time to be concerned, yet," Hoppe said.

Bureau board Chairman Mark Mattecheck said the unexpected loss in the middle of the bureau's budget cycle will mean less advertising to bring tourists into the area.

Kenney said the tribe tried to continue supporting the bureau while withholding the rest of its payment.

"Because it values the VCB and its role in the local economy, the tribe tendered the two-sevenths payment to the city to forward on to the VCB," Kenney said. "They said they didn't want to accept only two-sevenths of the total payment."

He would not say whether he considered the move to be a breach of contract.

"We feel positive and confident this is something we're going to be able to work out with the city."

http://www.theworldlink.com/articles/2009/06/19/news/doc4a3bc898d2849383968939.txt

Also see: Agreement http://www.pactoregon.org/facts-coquilleagrmt.html

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#1080881 --- 09/24/09 12:05 PM Re: More Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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Now who is violating "treaties"?
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#1080951 --- 09/24/09 04:22 PM Re: More Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20090923/NEWS05/309239966

Mad Mohawks suggest closing bridge
SEAWAY INTERNATIONAL: Ongoing dispute with Canadian border patrol could shut down span permanently
By LORI SHULL
TIMES STAFF WRITER
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009

CORNWALL ISLAND, Ontario - Akwesasne Mohawks are getting fed up with the ongoing controversy over the Canadian customs checkpoint at the Seaway International Bridge, and some are suggesting the border crossing should be shut permanently.

This weekend, at least 20 cars were seized upon entering the city of Cornwall for failing to report to the temporary customs booth. It prompted tribal members to protest, and the bridge was shut down for several hours on Saturday.

"They closed it twice and we're thinking they'll probably close it again," said Nona Benedict, one of the women who has been organizing protests for several months. "This time, it may be a long, long time until the bridge opens again. Enough is enough."

"We're just fed up with all this yo-yo stuff back and forth. The next time they close the bridge, we'll just say, 'OK, keep it closed,'" she added.

Tribal officials were scheduled to meet Tuesday with officials from the Canada Border Services Agency, but the meeting was canceled because of this weekend's vehicle seizures, according to a statement by Grand Chief Mike Mitchell in the Cornwall Standard Freeholder.

Tribal officials were unavailable for comment Tuesday.

The bridge closed at the end of May because of a dispute over a Canadian initiative to arm customs officers on Kawehnoke, or Cornwall Island. Because the island is part of the Akwesasne reservation, the tribe contends that arming customs officers violates its sovereignty.

Since the bridge reopened the first time in mid-July, officials with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne have been meeting frequently with the CBSA to negotiate a solution to the battle over the checkpoint location.

Now that one meeting with the CBSA has been canceled, reservation residents are questioning whether they should continue, according to Ms. Benedict.

"They're losing much more confidence within the community. We feel that they are going to the table and they have 11 or 12 points. (CBSA's) only thing is they won't come back without the guns," she said. "What's the use in negotiating? You're banging your head against the wall."

The Mohawk Council spent $20,000 helping people pay the $1,000 fine to get their cars out of the impound lot as of Monday night, according to Ms. Benedict. There is no official record of how many cars were impounded over the weekend.

Since the customs checkpoint moved to the base of the traffic circle in the city of Cornwall, island residents have been warned repeatedly via signs and the media that they would have to report there every time they crossed the bridge from Massena to the island, according to the CBSA. The regulation was not enforced at first, however.

"The CBSA recognized it would take time for frequent travelers and members of the community to become familiar with compliance at the temporary port of entry," CBSA spokeswoman Patrizia Giolti said in an e-mail.

As a result of the threat to impound cars, the council is calling for residents to boycott the city of Cornwall, a request that the community is happy to comply with, Ms. Benedict said.

"Customs has left and they can stay out," she said. "They might as well just start building a permanent station in Cornwall."

[It seems that tribal members don't like to stop at the border check points.]

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#1081049 --- 09/24/09 08:32 PM Re: More Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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I doubt there was a treaty stating that Canada had to supply a bridge for the tribal members to cross at using a car. Swim the river
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#1081228 --- 09/25/09 10:27 AM Re: More Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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http://www.svherald.com/articles/2009/09/22/news/state/doc4ab865139be22814954461.txt
Lawsuit aims to stop expansion of Ariz. ski resort
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Critics of a plan to expand a ski resort on an Arizona mountain are suing the U.S. Forest Service in what has been a yearslong battle to protect a site considered sacred by American Indians.

The lawsuit filed Monday comes more than three months after the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal from tribes that said the use of treated wastewater to make artificial snow on the mountain threatened their religious and cultural survival.

The lawsuit filed by the Save the Peaks Coalition and a group of citizens contends the Forest Service failed to consider the human health risks of ingesting snow made with treated wastewater at the Arizona Snowbowl resort outside Flagstaff.

"By approving treated sewage effluent for snow making without adequate analysis, the government essentially turns the ski area into a test facility with our children as the laboratory rats," said Howard Shanker, an attorney for the plaintiffs. "That is unconscionable."

A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals previously sided with tribes who asserted that drinking water tainted by runoff from the man-made snow could pose health risks. The full court later overturned the decision, saying the plaintiffs never properly raised the issue in the lower court, according to the lawsuit.

The 777-acre resort wants to spray man-made snow, add a fifth chair lift and clear about 100 acres of forest to extend the ski season on the western flank of the San Francisco Peaks that have spiritual and religious significance to 13 Southwest tribes.

The resort operates under a special use permit with the Forest Service. Work to produce artificial snow using reclaimed water piped about 15 miles from Flagstaff is set to begin next spring. Snowbowl officials are hoping for more than 100 days of skiing per season, but the lawsuit is asking for an injunction to delay improvements until the complaint runs its course.

Snowbowl owner Eric Borowsky said the lawsuit appears to be "just more of the same from the Flagstaff activists network."

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#1081229 --- 09/25/09 10:30 AM Re: More Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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http://www.beloitdailynews.com/articles/2009/09/24/news/local_news/news2405.txt
Tribe's legal battle resumes
By Ashley Rhodebeck
September 24, 2009

The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin received notice Wednesday that the tribe will resume their legal battle with the federal government on Nov. 13.

This comes about a year after a U.S. District Court judge first dismissed the tribe’s case. It asserts former Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Carl Artman improperly changed policies set by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

The St. Croix and Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have worked for about 10 years to bring a casino to Beloit. The federal government rejected their application in the final days of the Bush administration.

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#1081234 --- 09/25/09 10:50 AM Re: More Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/sep/24/tribe-sues-void-casino-compact/?metro
Tribe sues to void casino compact
Pauma band's plans to expand have stalled
By Onell R. Soto
Union-Tribune Staff Writer
September 24, 2009

Seeking to expand its casino despite limits on tribal slot machines, the Pauma Band of Mission Indians agreed to a new compact with the state in 2004. The deal allowed unlimited slots but required a much higher payment to the state.

North County's Pauma Indian band says it wants out of a casino deal it struck with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger five years ago because it hasn't been able to build a $300 million resort, yet must still pay millions of dollars to the state.

Pauma's financial partner, a Connecticut tribe with troubled casinos of its own, has backed out and prospects are dim for the resort once envisioned, the tribe said in a lawsuit filed against the state this month.

In addition, Pauma says a recent court order telling the state to issue more than 10,000 slot machine licenses to Indian tribes is proof that the governor tricked it into entering into a compact requiring onerous payments.

[OOOooohhh - we were tricked. Is that one in the law books?]

The tribe is asking a San Diego federal judge to declare its 2004 deal void and reinstate a 1999 deal it struck with the state, plus order the state to return the money the tribe has paid and give it additional slots.

The lawsuit against the state, the California Gambling Control Commission and Schwarzenegger makes Pauma the third North County tribe - after Rincon and San Pasqual - to go to court over slot machine licenses.

Federal law requires tribes wanting to operate Las Vegas-style casinos to make deals, or compacts, with states.

In October, Connecticut's Mashantucket Pequot tribe deemed the $300 million resort it planned to build in partnership with Pauma "not feasible," according to the lawsuit filed this month.

The Pequots, who bill their Foxwoods casinos between New York and Boston as the largest in North America, have had financial difficulties and are looking to restructure $1.45 billion in debt.

[The real truth, the Pequots bailed and the Pauma got left holding the bag. We want what we want when we want it until we get it or we'll sue. And when we get it and don't want it we'll sue claiming we were tricked. ]

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#1081238 --- 09/25/09 11:22 AM Re: More Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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It appears our Governor and our federal representatives are intent on securing casinos in NY. There has to be some deep pockets behind this recent endorsement. Instead of attempting to change State law prohibiting casinos they are backing Indian Tribes. If casinos are to be allowed, change state law and allow all to compete. Monoplies are more profitable obviously. That is where the "negotiations" are taking place, with cigarette sales taxes being used as a bargaining chip, That leaves Seneca and Cayuga Co hung out to dry. NYC attempts to curtail illegal sales and evasion of taxes in their area must be giving Patterson a headache.

Read the attached article and judge for yourself where Patterson stands in all of this:

The following can be found in the New York Times.

Paterson Endorses Shinnecock Tribe’s Bid for Recognition

Published: September 24, 2009
ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson has endorsed an Indian tribe’s bid for federal recognition, an important step for a tribe that wants to build the first casino in New York City or its suburbs.

Mr. Paterson is the first governor to make such a public embrace of the marathon effort by the Shinnecock Indian Nation to gain recognition. In a Sept. 22 letter to Ken Salazar, the secretary of the interior, the governor wrote, “to say federal recognition of the Shinnecock is long overdue would be an understatement” and called for the Obama administration to recognize the tribe, which is based in Southampton, N.Y.

Tribal leaders hailed his move as a key victory, because the federal government is in the final stages of considering the tribe’s application and might have been deterred without support from the governor.

“There have been a lot of things said about Governor Paterson in the media,” said Randy King, the chairman of the tribe. “Politics is a rough business. To us, he’s a man of principle.”

In May, the Shinnecock cleared a major hurdle toward its goal when it entered into a settlement with the Interior Department that requires a preliminary ruling on its tribal status by Dec. 15. After a court fight of more than three decades, the Shinnecocks believe that federal recognition is at hand. A final decision will be made by the spring, after a public comment period that will follow the preliminary ruling.

If they are federally recognized, the tribe members could build a Class II gaming center on their 800-acre reservation, a designation meaning they could have thousands of video slot machines, but no table games.

The tribe would prefer to negotiate with the state to build a full-blown casino somewhere else in the region, and Long Island political leaders generally agree that the idea of any gambling facility in the Hamptons would create a traffic headache.

The tribe, which has about 1,000 members, has expressed interest in the past in the Aqueduct racetrack in Queens, but the state appears poised to select an established gambling operator to build a Class II gaming facility there.

Federal recognition would most likely lead to negotiations with the state. The tribe hopes to resolve over $1 billion worth of land claims in the Hamptons. The state would insist on revenue-sharing as part of a casino deal and may try to resolve a dispute over sales of untaxed cigarettes on the reservation.

“We are guardedly optimistic,” Mr. King said, adding that the governor is “taking a stand where others have remained silent.”

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#1081299 --- 09/25/09 03:43 PM Re: More Tribal News [Re: grinch]
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Mr. Paterson ...the governor wrote, “to say federal recognition of the Shinnecock is long overdue would be an understatement”


To collect the long overdue tribal taxes would be an understatement. Will Paterson go work for the Shinnecock tribe after he is booted from the governors post. Reward those that abuse the laws.
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#1082351 --- 09/28/09 02:58 PM Re: More Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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http://www.newsok.com/former-tribal-member-lee-ann-ragains-calls-for-end-to-system/article/3404334

Former tribal member Lee Ann Ragains calls for end to system
TribesShe wants American Indian dependence on federal funds to stop

BY RON JACKSON
Published: September 27, 2009

KINGFISHER - Lee Ann Ragains realizes she won't be invited any time soon to tribal functions celebrating her Choctaw or Northern Arapaho ancestry.

And if she had her way, those tribes would exist in name only.

So would the other 560 federally recognized tribes in the United States.

Ragains, a former tribal member of the Northern Arapaho of Wyoming, said Thursday she wants to abolish all tribal nations and cut off the flow of federal subsidies "to liberate" American Indians.

The Kingfisher small business owner is so passionate about her cause, she said she has spent almost $10,000 for advertisements in Oklahoma City, Edmond and Kingfisher newspapers since Aug. 21.

"Indian people are all wards of the government" under the Bureau of Indian Affairs' trust system, said Ragains, 42. "The government sees us as nothing more than incompetent, domestic dependents. There's really no difference between us and the prisoners of war in World War II. There just isn't a fence."

Compares to slavery

Ragains is encouraging Oklahomans - regardless of race - to contact their local, state and federal representatives to abolish the tribal system.

She also is calling for the return of all money and land presently being held in BIA trust to American Indian individuals.

"President (Barack) Obama needs to issue an executive order immediately," Ragains said. "If he truly wants to be like (President Abraham) Lincoln, then he’ll issue an Emancipation Proclamation for all Indian people. Yes, I liken this to slavery."

Two tribal officials contacted Thursday said they did not want to comment until they had read her proposals.

Ragains first began to question the existence of tribal governments in 1996 when her husband, Brad, wanted to adopt her son, Travis. During the legal process, Ragains claims she had to "receive permission" from the Northern Arapaho Tribal Nation.

"The tribe should have had nothing to do with my personal business, but under the present system, they did," Ragains said. "That's when I asked for my name to be taken off the tribal rolls."

The Northern Arapaho obliged in March 2006, taking her $200-a-month-per-capita check for oil and gas royalties in the process. Ragains didn't care. Her feeling: "We're all Americans."

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#1082378 --- 09/28/09 05:09 PM Re: More Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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