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PAGE 2 NEWS FROM INDIAN COUNTRY: www.IndianCountryNews.com AUGUST 2015 Begaye signs bill to tax alcohol at casinos WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has signed into law a proposal to tax alcoholic beverages sold in the tribes casinos. The 3.25 percent tax is expected to raise $73,000 a year. The revenue would go into a fund administered by the tribes Division of Public Safety to combat drunken driving on the reservation. People legally can buy alcohol and drink it only in tribal casinos and at a tribal marina at Lake Powell in Page. Obama declares disaster on Pine Ridge Reservation PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - President Barack Obama has declared a disaster for the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation, which suffered severe damage from storms, straight-line winds and flooding in May. The move makes federal aid available to members of the tribe on the reservation affected by the storms that hit the area between May 8 and May 29. Assistance can include frants for temporary housing and home repairs. Members can also seek low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses. Other programs can help business owners recover from the damage caused by the storms. Tlingit language Immersive program SITKA, Alaska (AP) - The first Tlingit language immersion program has ended after a week of activities in Sitka during August. The Sitka Sentinel reports that things wrapped up for the 63 language speakers that traveled from across Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 to attend the workshops. Program organizer Heather Powell says there are only about 100 Tlingit speakers total. Participants made traditional drums, performed plays and puppet shows of Tlingit legends and discussed correct pronunciation, vocabulary and structure. The group played bingo entirely in the Tlingit language on one evening. The Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Sealaska Heritage and Sitka Native Education Program have helped create the immersion pgromram. Cherokee chief and councilors sworn in TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - The Cherokee Nations chief and deputy chief were sworn in for their second terms during August, along with eight other tribal councilors. The Tahlequah- based tribe announced the inauguration for Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden was held in the Sequoyah High School gym. Baker handily won re-election in June, defeating ex-chief Chad Smith and two others to avoid a runoff after picking up 55 percent of the vote. Tribal councilors Rex Jordan, David Walkingstick, Shawn Crittenden, Dick Lay, Buel Anglen, Bryan Warner, Keith Austin and Wanda Hatfield were also sworn in. Baker leads a tribe of 320,000 people, a workforce of 9,000 and controls a budget approaching $1 billion. Lawsuit: Native Hawaiian election would be unconstitutional By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER HONOLULU (AP) A lawsuit filed August 13th is chal- lenging an election solely for Na- tive Hawaiians, saying its uncon- stitutional to restrict voting to those who have Native Hawaiian ancestry. The lawsuit filed in federal court wants to stop a vote planned for Novem- ber to elect delegates for a convention to determine self-governance for Native Ha- waiians. There are a wide range of opin- ions and options for Hawaiian self-deter- mination, and next years convention will allow Native Hawaiians to participate in that process, according to Nai Aupuni, the organization guiding the election, conven- tion and ratification process. The Native Hawaiian Roll Commis- sion was launched in 2012 as part of a state law recognizing Native Hawaiians as the only indigenous people of the islands. The roll is a list of Native Hawaiians interested in participating in their own government. The state shouldnt be involved in a race-based election, the lawsuit said: Voting is a fundamental right subject to equal protection guarantees under the 14th Amendment. The state attorney general's office is reviewing the lawsuit, a spokesman said. The plaintiffs include two non-Hawai- ians who arent eligible for the roll, two Native Hawaiians who say their names ap- pear on the roll without their consent and two Native Hawaiians who dont agree with a declaration to affirm the un-relin- quished sovereignty of the Native Hawai- ian people, and my intent to participate in the process of self-determination. Thousands of people on the roll were RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) T he incoming superintendent of Bad- lands National Park says hes open to a languishing plan to create a tribal national park in the Badlands. Recently named Superintendent Mike Pflaum tells the Rapid City Journal that he wants to help repair relationships with trib- al officials on issues including the plan. The proposal would establish on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation the coun- try's first tribal national park. The Oglala Sioux Tribe halted its par- ticipation in the plan in February. The park had been withholding gate receipts from the tribe because the tribe hadnt been pro- viding necessary financial reports. The National Park Service has also created a regional office for Indian affairs to help improve relationships with tribal officials. Pflaum says he wants to learn more once he arrives to lead the park. Corps of Engineers to the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, which would return them to the tribes. After nearly two decades of legal wrangling and scientific studying, it's well past time to return these prehistoric remains to their rightful place, Murray said. This is simply the right thing to do. Several area tribes have joined together in calling for Kennewick Mans return to his descendants. They include the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Nez Perce Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, and Wanapum Band of Priest Rapids. As indigenous people, our relationship to these lands goes back Sen. Murray submits bill to return ancient bones of Kennewick Man to tribes listed without their consent when their names were transferred from other lists containing Native Hawaiians, the lawsuit said. Kelii Akina, president of public policy think-tank Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, is one of the plaintiffs who is Native Ha- waiian but is prevented from registering as a voter because of he won't affirm the declaration requirement. The requirement amounts to viewpoint discrimination, the lawsuit said. Requiring roll registrants to agree with the statement will stack the electoral deck, guaranteeing that roll registrants will support the outcome favored by defendants in any subsequent vote, the lawsuit said. The lawsuit was filed with help from conservative group Judicial Watch in Washington, D.C. AUGUST 2015 - VOL. XXIX NO. 8 New Badlands National Park leader open to tribal park plan By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) T he ancient skeleton of Kennewick Man should be returned to a group of Columbia Basin tribes, according to a bill introduced during August by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. Experts believe the remains, discovered in 1996 near the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington, are at least 8,400 years old. That makes Kennewick Man one of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in North America, said Murray, D-Washington. In June, new genetic evidence determined the remains were closer to modern Native Americans than any other population in the world. Murrays bill would transfer control of the remains from the U.S. Army to time immemorial, JoDe Goudy, chairman of the Yakama Nation, said in a news release. What more can be revealed through additional studies that hasn't already been identified through existing studies? While federal officials earlier concluded that Kennewick Man was Native American and had cultural affiliations with Columbia Basin tribes, a federal judge ruled in 2004 in favor of a group of scientists who wanted to continue studying the skeleton. The bones since 1998 have been stored at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. In June, a new analysis concluded that the bones of Kennewick Man were Native American and that he had a direct link to Columbia Basin tribes.

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