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    Shinnecock Indian Nation Disbands Tribal Gaming Authority

    With the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s casino plans shelved and the specter of an FBI investigation and unsolved arson swirling, members of the tribe voted earlier this month to disband the tribe’s Gaming Authority.
    Support for disbanding the five-member Gaming Authority was broad but not unanimous. The vote was 110-41 for the dissolution of the authority, according to tallies shared with The Press by a tribal source. Tribal leaders have not responded to requests for information about the vote.


    Shinnecock Nation gaming partner cut $250K monthly payment

    The Shinnecock Nation of New York was receiving a $250,000 a month from its gaming partner but the relationship has soured and tribal members don’t know what’s going on.
    The tribe partnered with Gateway Casino Resorts of Michigan to pursue gaming. The monthly payments stopped in late 2012, The Southampton Press reported, amid internal disagreements about the firm’s involvement.



    Officials claim Oklahoma owed $30M in Impact Aid for schools

    The federal government owes Oklahoma more than $30 million in Impact Aid funding, officials said at a hearing on Tuesday.
    Impact Aid provides money to public school districts on or near reservations and federal land. The goal is to offset the lack of taxes from Indian and federal lands.

    Obama Admin To Recognize Indian Tribe That Bans Interracial Marriage With African Americans

    Black lawmakers are furious that the Obama administration is in the process of acknowledging a Native American tribe that still has laws prohibiting its members from marrying African Americans.


    African-American lawmakers accuse Pamunkey Tribe of racism

    Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are accusing the Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia of maintaining a racist marriage policy.
    The lawmakers say the tribe does not allow its members to marry African-American people. As a result, they say the Bureau of Indian Affairs should not finalize the tribe’s federal recognition petition.

    CT Delegation Concerned About More Casinos

    The state’s Congressional delegation is unanimously opposing potential changes in federal rules that could allow Indian tribes to build more casinos in Connecticut.
    The delegation, headed by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy, sent a seven-page letter this week to the U.S. Department of the Interior to oppose regulations that would make it easier for Indian tribes to win federal recognition. If any of the tribes gain federal recognition, the chances of more casinos would increase, lawmakers said.



    BIA ends comment period on reform to federal recognition rule

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs has closed the public comment period on Part 83 reforms to the federal recognition process.
    Tuesday was the last day to submit comments. According to news reports, politicians from Connecticut asked Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn, the head of the BIA, to scrap provisions that would allow tribes in the state to resubmit their petitions.

    Interior Transfers Another $1 Million from Land Buy-Back Program to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund

    The U.S. Department of the Interior today announced that an additional $1 million has been transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund, bringing the total transferred in 2014 to more than $4.5 million. The Scholarship Fund was authorized by the historic Cobell Settlement and is funded in part by the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). The Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance through scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students wishing to pursue post-secondary education and training.

    DOI puts another $1M from lands sales into Cobell scholarships

    The Interior Department has transferred another $1 million into the Cobell scholarship fund.
    The $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement established a $1.9 billion land consolidation program. A portion of every sale from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations goes to the scholarship fund.

    2nd Circuit rebuffs tribal online lenders in dispute with New York

    The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has left intact an injunction that prevents two tribally-owned online lenders from doing business in New York.
    The Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma and the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Michigan went to federal court when the New York Department of Financial Services issued a cease and desist order against them. The tribes claimed that the state lacked the authority to regulate their businesses.

    Foods & Tools of the Huron Tribe

    The Huron people, also known as the Wyandot, originally inhabited what is known today as the St. Lawrence Valley in Quebec, Canada. Abundant in agricultural resources, the region provided the Huron with a diverse diet rich in meat and produce. The Huron also used a variety of tools to farm, hunt, process food and travel.

    What Were Some of the Comanche Indians Natural Resources?

    The Comanche Indians resided in present-day Wyoming. They numbered in the thousands by the late 1700s. These Native Americans were benefactors to many natural resources present in the plains and along Wyoming rivers such as the Platte and Shoshone. These natural resources included buffalo, wild horses, freshwater fish and clam and nuts and grains.

    Main Staple Foods of the Pueblo Indians

    The Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest were known for settling down from a herd-following nomadic lifestyle and beginning to sustain themselves with agriculture and more permanent settlement. Most of the main staple foods that the Pueblo Indians were vegetarian foods that came from their crops, but they also sometimes consumed small domestic or hunted game birds and animals.

    Radon: The Invisible Killer In Native Homes Across Indian Country

    When Twa-le Abrahamson-Swan tested her Spokane, Washington, home for radon, she already knew about the dangers of the invisible, odorless radioactive gas.
    The manager of the Spokane Tribe’s Air Quality Program knew radon is the top cause of lung cancer for non-smokers, higher even than second-hand smoke, and the second-highest lung cancer risk over all.

    Radiation Leak Linked to Los Alamos; Do We Really Want Biological Agents There?

    The cause of the radiation leak at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico, is still unresolved, but we know that it started with Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL) and ended at the WIPP, shutting that facility down for a few more years and costing millions of dollars.

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