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National Briefs: April 2014
Friday, April 04 2014
 
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SCHIMMELS PROFILED IN HBO SPECIAL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” profiled the much-vaunted Native American women's college basketball sisters Jude and Shoni Schimmel on March 25.

In the hour-long special, the pair, called “a force in women's basketball,” talked about their journey from the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon to the college basketball court.

HBO correspondent John Frankel went to the sisters’ home in Oregon where got a lesson in “rez ball” and learned that basketball is the tribe's national pastime.


SOUTH DAKOTA TRIBES' KXL PROTEST DRAWS NATIONAL INTEREST

WITTEN, S.D. – Delegations from several Dakota, Lakota and Nakota tribes – known collectively as the Oceti Sakowin – founded a spiritual camp on March 29 in the path of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, drawing national attention to their cause.

The encampment is located in rural south central South Dakota on land owned by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and will serve as a cultural and spiritual rallying point in the ongoing fight against the pipeline, which still awaits approval from the Obama administration.

If approved, TransCanada's pipeline would carry tar sands from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. It would run through South Dakota, west of the Missouri River, on land guaranteed for tribal use under the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty.

MSNBC's Ed Schultz featured the camp on “The Ed Show” over the March 29 weekend, interviewing tribal leaders from the Oglala, Rosebud and Crow Creek Sioux Tribes.

"We're going to be here at least a month, at which point, we're expecting President Obama and the administration will be making a decision. If the decision is no, we will pick up camp and go home and continue to be vigilant about the issue. If he says yes to the route, we're going to be here for an additional two months, plus we have more camps that we're planning to set up along the route," Rosebud Sioux Tribal citizen Wizipan Little Elk said to media.

The camp near Witten has tipis representing the Oceti Sakowin - the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation. In the center is a council tent, which serves as a meeting place. In addition to serving as ground zero for South Dakota's resistance to the Keystone XL Pipeline, the camp will serve as a teaching too to educate youth and community members in traditional living.

Washington State: Collect Your Own Taxes - That's Where the Money Is
Saturday, August 13 2011
 
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I grew up Longview, Washington. A small town on the banks of the Columbia River, on the Washington-Oregon border, Longview had a few small stores, mostly catering to the logging industry that inundates all small towns in the Pacific Northwest. For Christmas shopping, or, come to think of it, for any big-ticket purchases, my family would hit the I-5 South to Portland, Oregon.

When I turned sixteen, I got a job and a driver's license, and it was time to do my own Christmas shopping. By this time, Longview had a mall - complete with a Bon March? and a Nordstrom's - but I still drove to Portland. Probably for the same reason my parents did. Probably for the same reason a large number of Washingtonians did. Oregon does not impose a sales tax.

According to the Washington State Revenue Department, local governments lose an estimated $50 million in tax revenue annually to Oregon-Washington cross-border shopping.

Apparently, We Were Breaking the Law
White House launchs Native Youth Challenge
Saturday, August 13 2011
 
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In a video message, President Obama announced the challenge at the 2011 UNITY Youth Conference, calling for young American Indian and Alaska Native leaders to submit their stories of leadership and service in their communities.
The stories submitted will be considered and evaluated based on a demonstrated record of service to one's tribe, nation, village, or community. Young leaders who have sought to improve their communities are encouraged to submit stories in one or more of the following areas:
Native youth play Lacrosse on the White House lawn
Saturday, August 13 2011
 
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The White House hosted its first-ever lacrosse clinic on July 11 on the South Lawn featuring some of the nation's best lacrosse players and showcasing the health benefits of the nation's fastest growing sport to 100 youth as part of the First Lady's Let's Move! in Indian Country (LMIC) initiative.
The  clinic, organized by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Department of the Interior, brought players from the Iroquois Nationals Team, Major League Lacrosse, the National Lacrosse League, MetroLacrosse and representatives from New Balance to introduce local and Native American youth to the sport and its cultural traditions.  The event also kicked off national commitments made between LMIC and major lacrosse leagues and equipment firms to expand Native youths' access to, and participation in the sport.
Claim forms due in Sept. for Cobell fund settlement
Saturday, August 13 2011
 
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Judge Thomas Hogan issued an order on July 27 granting final approval to the $3.4 billion
       settlement for the Cobell trust fund lawsuit.
The order follows the decision he issued from the bench at the June 20 fairness hearing. He awarded $99 million in attorneys fees and approved incentive payments for Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, and three other named plaintiffs.
Every beneficiary will automatically receive a $1,000 payment as part of the Historical Accounting Class. The order does not indicate when the money will be disbursed but it will likely occur after the appeal period for Hogan's order ends on September 26.
The order sets out another important deadline for the settlement. Beneficiaries who want a payment from the Trust Administration Class must file a claim form by September 16.

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