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FLAG
TRIBAL BLOGGER by Ernie C. Salgado Jr.

Luiseño, Soboba Indian Reservation, Editor, "The Indian Reporter"

NATIVE EDUCATION NEWS ARTICLES by Roy Cook
Opata-Oodham, Mazopiye Wishasha: Writer, Singer, Speaker

NATIONAL INDIAN EDUCATION ASSOCIATION News
Keeping the Commitment to American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians

BREAKING NEWS:

BREAKING NEWS IN INDIAN COUNTRY

Santa Ysabel Casino goes out of business

By J. Harry Jones (U-T San Diego) Feb. 3, 2014

SANTA YSABEL — The Santa Ysabel Casino, which has been struggling financially for years and has debts of more than $50 million, has shut its doors.

Santa Ysabel Tribal Chairman Virgil Perez confirmed the closure early Monday morning but declined to answer further questions. He issued a news release in which he said all 115 casino employees had just been informed of the shutdown... READ THE BREAKING NEWS STORY.

APUS Overhauls Process for Recognizing Indian Tribes

By MICHAEL MELIA Associated Press, August 25, 2013

His tribe once controlled huge swaths of what is now New York and Connecticut, but the shrunken reservation presided over by Alan Russell today hosts little more than four mostly dilapidated homes and a pair of rattlesnake dens.

The Schaghticoke Indian Tribe leader believes its fortunes may soon be improving. As the U.S. Interior Department overhauls its rules for recognizing American Indian tribes, a nod from the federal government appears within reach, potentially bolstering its claims to surrounding land and opening the door to a tribal-owned casino.

"It's the future generations we're fighting for," Russell said....

Source: (AP) google.com | DOWNLOAD PDF

This proposal, if enacted, could help scores of unrecognized American Indian tribes across the United States achieve "federal recognition" by the U.S. Department of the Interior Indian Affairs. Becoming a federally-recognized Native American tribe is important because it can qualify tribal members for increased health and educational benefits, including validating their tribal sovereignty.

Sycuan land, Hallasii eHa Topit and land returns to rightful stewards

Sycuan band triples reservation size in historic land deal for the Kumeyaay


by Roy Cook, edit

Charlene Worrell said, “Haawka, Good morning friends and family. I'm so very excited for the events today. I can't wait. So many people have worked so hard to make this happen and I'm so grateful. Eyay ahan... see you there at hallasii eha topit! Mai'ha peshow! Blessings!”

The “fee to trust” dedication starts at 10 a.m. at 3611 Dehesa Road. It marks the change from the tribe possessing the land as most property owners do, to placing it into a trust, which in this case is the reservation. The tribe is also marking its sale in June of 600 acres for $3.1 million, just south of the reservation, to the Kumeyaay-Diegeño Land Conservancy, a conservation nonprofit.

The Sycuan Band has nearly tripled the size of its reservation and will mark this expansion in a cultural ceremony today that will be open to the public. Using gaming profits, the tribe acquired 2,000 acres over several years and annexed 1,350 acres to the reservation, most of which will be preserved as open space. Another 600 acres will be kept as separate conservation space.

The deal, which took seven years to complete and cost the Sycuan tribe $25 million, will transfer 1,400 acres back to the reservation, according to Chairman of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay, Daniel Tucker. “It did cost us a lot of money, I’m not going to beat around the bush on that,” said Tucker, “but the point is it didn’t matter what it cost us, we wanted to get it back.” READ MORE: AMERICAN INDIAN SOURCE (w/pictures) | U-T SAN DIEGO

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

June 26, 2013

For Immediate Release

Executive Order -- Establishing the White House Council on Native American Affairs | The White House

PRESIDENT OBAMABy the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to promote and sustain prosperous and resilient Native American tribal governments, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. The United States recognizes a government-to-government relationship, as well as a unique legal and political relationship, with federally recognized tribes. This relationship is set forth in the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes, Executive Orders, administrative rules and regulations, and judicial decisions. Honoring these relationships and respecting the sovereignty of tribal nations is critical to advancing tribal self-determination and prosperity.

As we work together to forge a brighter future for all Americans, we cannot ignore a history of mistreatment and destructive policies that have hurt tribal communities. The United States seeks to continue restoring and healing relations with Native Americans and to strengthen its partnership with tribal governments, for our more recent history demonstrates that tribal self-determination -- the ability of tribal governments to determine how to build and sustain their own communities -- is necessary for successful and prospering communities. We further recognize that restoring tribal lands through appropriate means helps foster tribal self-determination... DOWNLOAD PDF.

EMINENT DOMAIN: Tribe moves to seize Wounded Knee

LENDGEND RANDYMay 30, 2013, written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Managing Editor. All content © Native Sun News.

RAPID CITY — When James Czywczynski first announced that he was selling the two forty acre tracts of land; one at Wounded Knee and one at Porcupine Butte, for a total of $4.9 million, many people scoffed at the notion that someone would be willing to pay that much for the land.

Nonetheless as the months have passed and several potential buyers are now negotiating a final deal on the land the Oglala Sioux Tribe has decided to take action and file in federal court under the premise of Eminent Domain to seize the land.... READ FULL BREAKING NEWS STORY.

House Republicans Attempt to Dismantle Vital Education Funding to Indian Country

by Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Challenges
source: nativenewsnetwork.com

WASHINGTON – This week, House Republicans announced their intention to bring to the floor a highly partisan bill that deconstructs the Elementary and Secondary Education Act HR 5. The deeply flawed HR 5 undermines our national commitment to equity in education by consolidating federal funds currently designated for special populations. If HR 5 is enacted, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native students would be greatly harmed by the GOP proposal to dissolve their dedicated funding and the associated educational initiatives that exist under Title VII of the current reauthorization... READ FULL BREAKING NEWS STORY

Congresswoman McCollum issued the following statement:

“I object in the strongest terms to this abandonment of our federal trust responsibility to Native American youth. Students throughout Indian Country are already bearing the brunt of sequestration's cuts to education. Now this partisan bill would strip away the guaranteed funding and the crucial academic and cultural supports that Native students need. I commend Mr. Young, Ms. Gabbard, and Ms. Hanabusa for advancing this amendment to restore and improve the Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Education Title.”

Agua Caliente Water Rights Lawsuit Puts Agencies in Hot Water

by Gale Courey Toensing
source: indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com

July 17, 2013

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has launched a legal battle, based on its aboriginal water rights, for clean water and plenty of it for its citizens and neighboring communities in the Coachella Valley.

The Band filed a federal lawsuit in May asking the court to declare that the tribe has “prior and paramount” rights to ground and surface water in the Coachella Valley, to quantify those rights, and stop the local water authorities from further degrading the quantity and quality of water in the aquifer. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and names the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and Desert Water Agency (DWA) as defendants.

"The failed stewardship of the Coachella Valley's most precious resource by these water districts has to stop," Agua Caliente Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said in a statement. "We do not take this action lightly but as a Sovereign Nation...". READ COMPLETE BREAKING NEWS STORY

Sycuan land, Hallasii eHa Topit and land returns to rightful stewards

Sycuan band triples reservation size in historic land deal for the Kumeyaay


by Roy Cook, edit

Charlene Worrell said, “Haawka, Good morning friends and family. I'm so very excited for the events today. I can't wait. So many people have worked so hard to make this happen and I'm so grateful. Eyay ahan... see you there at hallasii eha topit! Mai'ha peshow! Blessings!”

The “fee to trust” dedication starts at 10 a.m. at 3611 Dehesa Road. It marks the change from the tribe possessing the land as most property owners do, to placing it into a trust, which in this case is the reservation. The tribe is also marking its sale in June of 600 acres for $3.1 million, just south of the reservation, to the Kumeyaay-Diegeño Land Conservancy, a conservation nonprofit.

The Sycuan Band has nearly tripled the size of its reservation and will mark this expansion in a cultural ceremony today that will be open to the public. Using gaming profits, the tribe acquired 2,000 acres over several years and annexed 1,350 acres to the reservation, most of which will be preserved as open space. Another 600 acres will be kept as separate conservation space.

The deal, which took seven years to complete and cost the Sycuan tribe $25 million, will transfer 1,400 acres back to the reservation, according to Chairman of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay, Daniel Tucker. “It did cost us a lot of money, I’m not going to beat around the bush on that,” said Tucker, “but the point is it didn’t matter what it cost us, we wanted to get it back.” READ MORE: AMERICAN INDIAN SOURCE (w/pictures) | U-T SAN DIEGO

EMINENT DOMAIN: Tribe moves to seize Wounded Knee

LENDGEND RANDYMay 30, 2013, written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Managing Editor. All content © Native Sun News.

RAPID CITY — When James Czywczynski first announced that he was selling the two forty acre tracts of land; one at Wounded Knee and one at Porcupine Butte, for a total of $4.9 million, many people scoffed at the notion that someone would be willing to pay that much for the land.

Nonetheless as the months have passed and several potential buyers are now negotiating a final deal on the land the Oglala Sioux Tribe has decided to take action and file in federal court under the premise of Eminent Domain to seize the land.... READ FULL BREAKING NEWS STORY.

LEGEND RANDY

Soaring Eagles at Randy Edmonds: Local Legends Honoring

by Roy Cook, Opata-Oodham, Mazopiye Wishasha

SCAIR Senior Advisor, Randy Edmonds is one of the honored local legends at the San Diego County Library and HHSA Aging & Independence Services new art exhibit - San Diego Legends: Living Well.

This annual recognition is comprised of painted portraits, photographs, and impact statements about six local elders who lead by example. This all took place May 31 at 6 p.m. at the Rancho San Diego Branch.

The exhibit included artist Mona Mills and the San Diego Legends plus refreshments and performances by the San Diego Native American Soaring Eagles Dancers and Ballet Folklorico Aquetzalli of Lemon Grove.

EAGLES RAMDY

Our Native American San Diego Youth Soaring Eagle Dancers in full regalia and with traditional songs by the Green River singers represented each category of pow wow dance with spectacular response. Their attendance was in support of our honored elder and famous Emcee, Randy Edmonds.

Enjoy these images from William Buchanan, American Indian Warriors President. He and Joaquin Sandoval, in Honor Guard regalia, added their support to this worthy event. All attending had a great, Aho time tonight!... MORE PHOTOS.

SOUTHERN CALIF YUCCA FESTIVAL

FIRST ANNUAL VIEJAS YUCCA FESTIVAL 2013

by Roy Cook, Opata-Oodham, Mazopiye Wishasha

On May 18, 2013, from noon to 7pm or so, the first Yucca Harvest celebration was held at the Viejas Tribal Culture grounds.

The Yucca plant is and has been a multi-purpose plant for the Southern California and greater western Native American people for thousands of years. This day the food value of the yucca blossoms are prepared in the traditional way and offered to the many residents of the Viejas reservation and visitors to this worthy event... READ STORY.

NOOZHAWK Education Director for Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Appointed to State Board -- Nicolasa “Niki” Sandoval, Ph.D., education director for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, has been appointed to the California Board of Education. The 11-member State Board of Education is the policy body responsible for approving curriculum frameworks, textbooks, statewide assessments and standards for student performance... READ STORY.

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US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

US Department of Labor announces publication of final tribal consultation policy

News Release
OPA News Release: [12/04/2012]
Contact Name: Adriano Llosa or Laura McGinnis
Phone Number: (202) 693-4686 or x4653
Release Number: 12-2389-NAT

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today published in the Federal Register its finalized tribal consultation policy, which establishes a formal process through which the department will engage in consultation with federally recognized tribes on actions or policies that will have a significant impact on tribal nations. This policy requires that the department's government-to-government consultation with the federally recognized tribes involve appropriate tribal and department officials.

"The finalization of the Department of Labor's tribal consultation policy constitutes an important step in our ongoing efforts to more meaningfully engage with Indian Country," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Implementation of this policy will ensure that the department honors the government-to-government relationship shared between the United States and the federally recognized tribes."

PRESIDENTPresident Obama previously has cited Executive Order 13175, which was issued by President Clinton, tasking executive branch departments and agencies with engaging in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials in the development of federal policies that have tribal implications.

Following the president's charge, the Department of Labor began devising a plan. The Department of Labor held a series of consultative listening sessions, including meetings with representatives of the Native American community, the department's Native American Employment and Training Council, and the National Congress of American Indians, preceding the finalization of the tribal consultation policy. A draft version of the policy was published in the Federal Register on April 18, 2012, followed by a comment period that ended June 18.

The final policy can be viewed in the Federal Register here: federalregister.gov

RUSSELL MEANS dies at 72

by ROBERT D. McFADDEN/The New York Times

Russell C. Means, the charismatic Oglala Sioux who helped revive the warrior image of the American Indian in the 1970s with guerrilla-tactic protests that called attention to the nation’s history of injustices against its indigenous peoples, died on Monday at his ranch in Porcupine, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He was 72... MORE.

Slain ambassador was member of local Chinook Tribe

CHRIS STEVENSChinook Observer, Sept. 13, 2012

CHINOOK — Slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and his family are members of the Chinook Indian Tribe, which has put out a call asking for prayers on their behalf.

Chinook Chairman Ray Gardner said Wednesday, “To all of the Chinook members and all the friends of the Chinook Nation I am hopeful that you will include the family of Chris Stevens the former Ambassador to Libya that lost his life while working towards bringing lasting peace to the region, in your prayers...". MORE

KUMEYAAY FLAG CEREMONY

KUMEYAAY FLAG CEREMONY

SAN DIEGO April 28, 2012 — Kumeyaay tribal members gathered with state park officials and supporters at the Kumeyaay Lake and Campground, Mission Trails Regional Park, in honor of Jane Dumas Day and to hoist the national tribal flag of the Kumeyaay-Diegueño Nation alongside the American and California state flags...MORE.

Cynthia Gomez, 54, appointed Governor Brown's Tribal Advisor and executive secretary for the Native American Heritage Commission:

GOVERNOR BROWN signs Executive Order B-10-11
Southern California tribal chairman Bo Mazzetti (Rincon band) pictured back row, right.

PRESS RELEASE, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

SACRAMENTO, February 7, 2012 – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointment.

Cynthia Gomez, 54, of Sacramento, has been appointed Governor's Tribal Advisor and executive secretary for the Native American Heritage Commission. Gomez has been the chief justice for the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court since 2010. She was assistant secretary of environmental justice and tribal governmental policy for the California Environmental Protection Agency from 2008 to 2010, chief of the Native American Liaison Branch for the California Department of Transportation from 1999 to 2008, and a housing and community development representative for the California Department of Housing and Community Development from 1989 to 1999. Gomez is a member of the Tribal and State Court Forum for the California Administrative Office of the Courts and has served as chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Native American Transportation Issues Committee. Gomez received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Northern California, Lorenzo Patiño School of Law. These positions do not require Senate confirmation and the total compensation is $140,000. Gomez is a Democrat.

Governor Brown established this position by Executive Order to bolster communication and collaboration between California state government and Native American Tribes. The Tribal Advisor will serve as a direct link between the Governor’s Office and tribal governments on matters including legislation, policy and regulation. For more information, DOWNLOAD PDF EXECUTIVE ORDER B-10-11.

Tribe's contract with training center invalid

by J. Harry Jones U-T San Diego, February 3, 2012

INDIAN COUNTRY — A judge has ruled that a lease between the Los Coyotes Indian tribe and a military training business is invalid and ordered the business to remove all its property from the North County reservation within 45 days.

Intertribal Court of Southern California Chief Judge Anthony Brandenburg said in a ruling issued Thursday (Feb. 2, 2012) that the tribe's former chairwoman did not have the authority to enter into a lease on her own and that the evidence shows the tribe as a whole never agreed to the business partnership...READ the breaking U-T San Diego news article.

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Tribal court hears Indians' feud with military training center over evection

by J. Harry Jones U-T San Diego, January 11, 2012

VALLEY CENTER — An acrimonious dispute between members of the Los Coyotes Indian Tribe (sic) and a business that leased part of the North County reservation to operate a military training center and filming business has been unfolding this week in a tiny courtroom near Harrah's Casino in Valley Center.

The dispute became so contentious that it allegedly led two tribal members to burn down a guard shack that then ignited last July's 15,000-acre Eagle fire...MORE.

U.S. and Tribal Leaders to Celebrate Soboba of Luiseño Indians Water Rights Settlement Act Today!

SAN JACINTO, Calif. — On Wednesday, Jan. 11, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle, Counselor to the Deputy Secretary Letty Belin and other U.S. officials will join tribal leaders including Scott Cozart, Chairman of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, for a ceremony in San Jacinto, Calif., to celebrate conclusion of an historic U.S.-tribal water rights settlement.

Federal funding recently released under the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act of 2008 marked the final step in the historic water rights settlement and fulfilled promises made to the Soboba Band and southern California communities when the Act was approved by Congress in 2008...SOURCE | PDF.

DR KATHERINE SIVA SAUBEL

Native American Scholar, Cahuilla Historian Katherine Siva Saubel, 91 (1920-12011)

by Guy McCarthy, Nov. 2, 2011, Banning-Beaumont Patch

Dr. Katherine Siva Saubel, a Native American scholar, Cahuilla historian, co-founder of the Malki Museum, and one California's most respected tribal elders, died Tuesday at her home on the Morongo Indian Reservation..."It is windy today, because the wind is looking for her," Kevin Siva, a lifelong resident of the Morongo Reservation, said in a phone interview. "She always told me stories about the wind when I was younger....".

FULL OBITUARY and study resource.

EVERETT FREEMAN

Everett Freeman receives Eagle Spirit Award, Nov. 12, 2011

by Jennifer Bridgman

Everett Freeman, the longtime tribal chair of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, who led the charge to re-establish his tribe’s sovereign status and then worked to put his tribe on a healthy economic path before he died in 2010, will posthumously receive the Eagle Spirit Award from the American Indian Film Institute. His son, who is the current Nomlaki tribal chair, will accept the award for him at a special ceremony in San Francisco on November 12, Everett Freeman...FULL PRESS RELEASE.

Energy projects spur alarm among Indians

by Guy McCarthy, Nov. 5, 2011, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Alarmed by the growing list of energy projects that are underway or proposed in both counties, three southwestern tribes — including San Diego’s Kumeyaay — are forming the first intertribal group to watchdog the work...SOURCE & FULL BREAKING NEWS ARTICLE.

Burial-Site Battle Pits Kumeyaay Against University

by Dina Gilio-Whitaker August 22, 2011, Indian Country Today Media Network

Ever since the remains of three ancient humans were unearthed in 1976 on property owned by the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), the Kumeyaay people have been engaged in a complex battle to have the remains repatriated to them. This would be against the wishes of many University of California (UC) scientists, who want to keep them for further study, a stance that is now opposed by UCSD administrators. But after decades of wrangling, recent actions by UCSD and the scientists who oppose repatriation have brought the remains once again into the spotlight....

SOURCE & FULL BREAKING NEWS ARTICLE.

LOS COYOTES GOING FOR $160 MILLION CASINO-RESORT DEAL WITH CITY OF BARSTOW

BARSTOW, CALIF, July 1, 2011 — Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians propose off-reservation casino/hotel project, according to a Department of Interior - BIA draft Environmental Impact Statement published in the Federal Register...PRNewswire breaking news article, July 1, 2011. BARSTOW CASINO and RESORT project website.

READ THE BIA ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (PDF) published in the Federal Register, July 1, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 127).

Big Supreme Court Win for Rincon Band

by Michael Gardner, June 27, 2011 (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

SACRAMENTO — The U.S. Supreme Court Monday sided with a North San Diego County Indian tribe that had challenged the state’s bid to exact money from casinos in return for permission to add slot machines.

The court, without comment, declined to hear an appeal of an earlier 9th Circuit Court of Appeal ruling in 2008 that declared the assessment illegal.

The decision is a big win for gaming tribes that had claimed former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s demands for money in return for gambling expansions amounted to an illegal tax.

The Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission Indians led the court challenge...READ THE FULL SAN DIEGO U-T BREAKING NEWS ARTICLE.

Remarks by President Obama at Bill Signing For The Claims Resolution Act — the Cobell v. Salazar Settlement:

"After 123 years of living with what Congress once called the ‘Broken Trust,’ people throughout Indian Country will see Wednesday as a monumental day," said Ms. Cobell, a member of Montana's Blackfeet Nation...MORE.

BEAUMONT, CA – Tribe Unveils The Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon (PDF): A brand new fleet of golf carts accompanies the announcement of a new name for the lush
36-hole golf course that will serve the public as well as guests of the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa...more info: www.tukwetcanyon.com.

Bo Mazzetti
BO MAZZETTI blames the governor not the DOI

The situation we find ourselves in with the California compacts is not the doing of the Rincon Band or DOI. The person to blame is the governor of the State of California....

CONGRATULATIONS! — Rose Vasquez, Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, was crowned Miss Kumeyaay Nation (2010-2011) August 28 at the Viejas Gathering...MORE.

Washington, DC, July 29, 2010: Passage of Tribal Law and Order Act receives praise from NCAI — NCAI News ArchiveNCAI PhotosAUDIO DOWNLOADS: LISTEN NOW.MP3 (8mb)iPHONE/iPAD .m4a (13mb)

NA-FACES CMHC
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO USD Parnters up with SCAIR to provide clinical mental health services for urban and reservation tribal communities in San Diego County — NA-FACES Program
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NIEA Announces Executive Director
July 6, 2010, Washington, DC- Colin Kippen has been selected by the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) board of directors to serve as its new Executive Director. He will undertake the leadership of NIEA, the largest Indian education organization... full PRESS RELEASE.
CIEA E-Newsletter Vol. 2 Issue #5: September 20, 2009
This issue celebrates the success of our friends and colleagues in the success of the Bill on Banning In Stream Dredge Gold Mining! Congratulations and thank you to everyone for your hard work. Press Release and details are below, read on…

Support AB 544 (Coto) Teaching Credential: Native American Indian Languages (a form .doc letter to download and mail)
Dear Governor Schwarzenegger, I write this letter to ask for your support and signature for the Law of AB 544 (Coto): Teaching Credential: American Indian Languages. Across California there are stories of young tribal members decades ago being punished for speaking their native language.  California tribes are working hard to reverse this loss of native languages with after school programs, as a Foreign Language alternative, and on weekends, but this is not enough. Native languages need to be taught as part of the school curriculum.  To do this we need certified Native American Language Teachers...

San Diego American Indian Health Center Loses State Health Funding for American Indians, Closes Doors on Wednesdays
We regret to inform the community that we will be closing the San Diego American Indian Health Center on Wednesdays in order to bridge the budget gap created by the state budget cuts...


Soboba 62-year water struggle not over yet!
Just when the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians thought their water battle was over with the signing of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act by President George W. Bush on July 31, 2008 the Obama administration has decided that it doesn’t have the money to pay the tribe the $11 million dollars the federal government owes the tribe as its part of the settlement with the tribe....

Iipay Nation of Santa ysabel Legislative Branch, petition for Removal
We the undersigned Legislators of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel...hereby petition for the removal of Johnny Hernandez who holds the office of Chairman. The grounds for removal are as follows....

President Obama Announces Native American to Key White House Staff Position
Jodi Archambault Gillette (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) is announced as Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs....

Bobby L. Barrett Re-elected Viejas Tribal Chairman
VIEJAS INDIAN RESERVATION -- Viejas tribal members re-elected Bobby L. Barrett, 44, as Chairman of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians...

Edwin "Thorpe" Romero elected Chairman of Barona Tribe.
Vice Chairwoman Brandie Taylor congratulates Chairman-elect Romero, wishes good relationship with new Barona council.

FEATURE NEWS:

TRIBES FACE ECONOMIC GLOOM
Gaming Tribes react to 2008 world financial crisis, "The new game in town is 'Competition' and it will be brutal..." by Ernie C. Salgado, Jr.

YOUNGSTERS DISCOVER NATIVE CULTURES BY COMPUTER
HUMBOLT STATE UNIVERSITY — Native American youth are discovering their often-lost tribal languages and cultures using the very same global information network that sometimes seems to submerge their traditions in homogenized pop culture. They are also learning how to restore and preserve their heritage with key software programs...

NATIVE AMERICAN NEWS Blogs Newsletters:

FLAG
TRIBAL BLOGGER by Ernie C. Salgado Jr.

Luiseño, Soboba Indian Reservation

NATIVE EDUCATION NEWS ARTICLES by Roy Cook
Opata-Oodham, Mazopiye Wishasha: Writer, Singer, Speaker

NEWS
Richard Bugbee, Luiseño, Editor: The Kumeyaay Nation

KUMEYAAY.COM is an important local, national and worldly news blog for issues that affect California Indians.

KUMEYAAYCOM
KUMEYAAY.COM

Has transformed itself into an important daily news blog blogging current important news stories and newsfeature articles about California Indians in San Diego County, Sourthern California, central and northern California covering federal state city tribal governments, news on the reservations, gambling casinos and generally all news stories that informed Native Americans should read about.


INDIAN VOICES

Multicultural News From an American Indian Perspective
22nd Year in Publication!

AICLS
AICLS.ORG.COM

Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival.
DOWNLOAD PDF December 2009 newsletter
or NEWSLETTER December 2009 (large file .jpg)

INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY
INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY

"The Nation's Leading American Indian News Source"

NATIVE BUSINESS
WWW.NATIVEBIZ.COM

"The nation's Indian Country's Business news and Social Network.

PECHANGA NEWS www.pechanga.net
WWW.PECHANGA.NET

"A top news source for California Indian News in Southern California.

NAVAJO TIMES ONLINE
"The Navajo Times was established by the Navajo Tribal Council in 1959 as a newsletter. The first issue of the Navajo Times newspaper was published in 1960. Its mission is to inform the Navajo people of events, news and issues of importance to them, whether from within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation or throughout the United States...".


TRIBAL CONNECTIONS NEWSLETTERS:
FEBRUARY 2008 (download PDF)

CALIF INDIAN EDUCATION ARCHIVES:

Public Law 280 Forum
Soboba Indian Reservation — August 11, 2008, almost 55 years to the day of August 15, 1953, when Public Law 280 was implemented on all the Indian Reservations in California. It was also the same year Adam Castillo passed away. I mention this only because Mr. Castillo was not only the Tribal Chairman of the Soboba Band of Mission Indians (as it was known in the old days,) he was also the President of the Mission Indian Federation...

Soboba Tribe Settles 62-Year Watter Struggle
On July 31, 2008 President Bush's signature the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act into law ending a sixty two year old Soboba Tribal water rights dispute involving the Eastern Municipal Water District and Metropolitan Water District.  Tribal Chairman Adam Castillo filed the original lawsuit in 1946...

Shirley Murphy Runs for Grossmont Healthcare District Board
Vote November 4, 2008. "I am requesting your support to elect me as your Board representative to the Grossmont Healthcare District. It's a two-year term. I was appointed to the Board six months ago and I want to advocate for your right to be informed on all hospital functions and activities...". See COUNCIL OF AMERICAN INDIAN ORGANIZATIONS OF SAN DIEGO Community letter of Support (pdf)

CHAIRMAN ROBERT SALGADO Receives National Award
The National Indian Gaming Association awarded Chairman Salgado the Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award at the group's annual conference in San Diego....

Judge Blocks New Rentals at Mobile Home Park
RIVERSIDE - A federal judge Monday ordered a crowded trailer park that houses thousands of Riverside County's poorest residents to stop new people from renting space there...

PECHANGA Tribal Councilman Pico Suffers Heart Attack
Gabriel Pico, 41, of Temecula, Calif., between Los Angeles and San Diego, died Monday evening from injuries he suffered about 2 a.m. Saturday, the coroner's office reported...

SCHOOL RECEIVES $100,000 Grant for Scholarships
The Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods has received a $100,000 grant to help graduates complete their college degree....

STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF JACK O’CONNELL RELEASES 2008 STAR PROGRAM RESULTS SHOWING CALIFORNIA STUDENTS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE
LOS ANGELES/SAN JOSE – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell today released the results of the 2008 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program that show California students continue to make steady gains in English-language arts, math, science, and social science.

NOTIFICATION of INDIAN GAMING REVENUE SHARING TRUST FUND REVENUE SHORTFALL for FY 2008-2009
Letter from the state of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gambling Control Commision, Chairman Dean Shelton, Sheryl Schmidt, Stephanie Shimazu, Alexandra Vuksich, addresses to Jody Martim, consultant.

SHOOTOUTS ON SOBOBA INDIAN RESERVATION
SAN JACINTO, California — Authorities are conducting investigations into running gun battles on the reservation in which young Soboba tribal memembers were shot and killed in the second deadly deputy-involved shooting on the Soboba Indian Reservation in as many weeks — BREAKING NEWS! http://www.humboldtbeacon.com/ci_10127920?IADID

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA RIVERSIDE
High school seniors that want to attend college, UC Riverside Indian education programs for qualified students...One-Stop-Admissions Day.

HOW UCSD SPENT OVER $500,000 on a Home that Never Happened
University House is built on historic Kumeyaay Native American burial grounds...feud between the prestigious San Diego university and the Kumeyaay-Digueño Indians persists...

JAMES RAMOS ELECTED CHAIRMAN
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced last week the appointment of James Ramos to the tribe's top position of chairman.

Tribal Government - Tribal Gaming - Indian Casino News - Tribal People - Indian Reservations...information is power through educational news...

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