Thursday, October 30, 2008
Since the passage of the Help American Vote Act in 2002, the number of states that require voters to show a photo or non-photo ID has doubled from 11 to 25, according to the Pew's Center on the States. Seven states now require voters to present a government-issued photo ID. They include Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan and South Dakota. Another six have legislation pending that would impose the same requirement.
According to the Center for American Progress, some 20 million Americans do not have a driver’s license. These are generally disabled people, elders, impoverished Americans and folks living in metro areas that have mass transit systems. Minorities, including Native Americans, are also among the do-nots.
Some states will accept a tribal photo ID. If the voter does not have an acceptable photo ID, then other identifying documents, such as a utility bill or bank statement, should do.
When identification documents do not meet the poll worker’s muster and the voter is, indeed, eligible to vote, then provisional ballots are usually available. Though rules vary from state to state, these ballots ensure that no one gets turned away.
Use the Vote411.org widget in the sidebar to learn more about your state’s ID requirements.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
“Voting in 2008: Ten Swing States,” a follow-up to a report published two years ago that found major flaws in the 2004 election, suggests that 2008 could be a repeat of the last presidential election year — or may even be worse.
Based on a survey of 10 battleground states, the report predicted issues with voter registration, and there have been plenty of them. “Many of the most pressing problems from 2006 have gone unaddressed, or have worsened. States are still failing to comply with certain provisions of the National Voting Registration Act designed to make registration forms more accessible to traditionally disenfranchised voters,” the report said.
As we edge closer to Election Day, the report warns of long lines at polling places, a lack of and inadequately trained poll workers, insufficient language assistance, deceptive practices and disenfranchisement due to voter identification laws.
The states reviewed in the report include Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Monday, October 27, 2008
But veterans claim the department unlawfully settled without seeking input from American Indians.
Veterans also claim the state Taxation and Revenue Department acted beyond its authority when it compiled its report. Read more about it in the Farmington Daily Times.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Five High Honors and five Honor recipients were selected from a pool of 110 applications from more than 60 tribes. Programs are judged on their significance to sovereignty, their cultural relevance, their transferability and their sustainability. In addition to the awards -- $20,000 for High Honors and $10,000 for Honors – the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development prepares reports, case studies and instructional materials based on the winning programs. Honoring Nations is funded by the Ford Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation and private donors.
This year’s honorees are:
Archie Hendricks, Sr. Skilled Nursing Facility and Tohono O’odham Hospice
Tohono O’odham Nation
Muscogee Creek Nation Reintegration Program
Muscogee Creek Nation
Pine Hill Health Center
Navajo Nation, Ramah Chapter
Osage Nation Governmental Reform Initiative
Community Council Task Force
Ak-Chin Indian Community
Intercultural Leadership Initiative
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Tsigo bugeh Village
Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Developed in support of Presidential Executive Order (EO) 13410, Promoting Quality and Efficient Health Care in Federal Government Administered or Sponsored Health Care Programs, the site allows IHS patients to compare the performance of the IHS facility where they receive care to the performance of other IHS facilities within their geographical area.
The site also provides information to help patients advocate for their own health care. It offers a checklist with important items to be discussed with the provider to ensure they are receiving the proper care, such as family history of disease, current medications and immunizations and procedures received at other facilities.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
In July OSHA issued six serious safety violations against the company. Total proposed fines were $2,100, but because the company did not respond within 15 days, there were additional fines levied.
Monday, October 20, 2008
The Colville Tribes are suing to stop an auction of U.S. Forest Service property in Twisp, Washington, until it’s determined whether the tribes should be offered the property first.
The property was a traditional fishing and gathering spot for member tribes of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, according to documents the Tribes filed in U.S. District Court in Spokane. The Colville Tribes filed a request Thursday for a temporary injunction. To read more about this click here.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
As reported by Industry Week on Nov. 1, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting, a trade union, has joined forces with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to recruit and train Native Americans. Together, they created a fast-track, 16-week apprenticeship welder program to move more into the field quickly. Late this summer, 19 Natives had enrolled in the program, which is being run by Local 597, the union’s Chicago-area chapter. The program is expected to expand, with one already in the works for the Phoenix area.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The Times had posed the question to the Wisconsin Department of Justice after some citizens raised concerns about their ability to access police and incident records if they were ticketed or arrested in Oneida County by a Lac du Flambeau police department officer. In an Oct. 3 letter to the newspaper, assistant attorney general Mary Burke said tribal police departments could not be compelled to comply with the open records law or to waive tribal immunity from lawsuits to enforce that law.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
“The UAW and the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise agreed to enter into discussions for 30 days to determine if an agreement can be reached to bargain under tribal law,” according to the statement.
In doing so, neither side will waive its rights or legal positions under the National Labor Relations Act, according to the statement. Read more about it in the
Friday, October 10, 2008
The court also disagreed with the trial courts finding that the casino, by not adhering to its own policies which prohibited cashing of checks in excess of $3,000, lost its right to recover. The court ruled that simply not following your own policies it does not mean you lose your right to recover damages under state law.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Hilton Hotels Corporation has developed a targeted outreach program designed to increase awareness, among tribal governments and enterprises, on investment and ownership opportunities in the hotel industry and within the Hilton Family of Brands.
This complimentary program covers all the fundamental considerations when evaluating investment in hotel development. Several entrepreneurs who have developed and/or purchased hotels, with the Hilton Family, will share their experiences and lessons learned.
Attendee lodging, meals and tickets to KA by Cirque du Soleil will be covered by Hilton. For additional information, please contact Tom Wilkins at 800-992-4489, ext. 119.
For additional information about Hilton Franchise Development, please click here.
Loren A. Goldtooth, Sr., 52, of Tuba City, was found guilty by a federal jury in May of two counts of embezzlement/Theft from an Indian Tribal Organization, three counts of failure to File Individual Federal Income Tax Returns, and two counts of Failure to File Corporate Federal Tax Returns.
Goldtooth was also ordered by the Court to make restitution to the Tohono O’Odham housing authority in the amount of $52,239 and was ordered to cooperate with the Internal Revenue Service in resolving his outstanding tax obligations.
Between February 2000 and August 2002, Goldtooth, a certified public accountant (CPA), served as Executive Director of the Ki:Ki Association. During that time, he received $34,831 in overtime payments to which he was not entitled. Goldtooth also used his Ki:Ki Association credit cards for unauthorized personal expenses, totaling $17,861. These unauthorized personal expenses included charges related to 15 trips to Las Vegas and Reno, rock band concert tickets and tickets to a professional baseball game.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
The NLRB had rejected Foxwoods’ argument that it is exempt from NLRB jurisdiction because it is a sovereign nation. It found that by failing and refusing to recognize and bargain with UAW as the exclusive collective-bargaining representative of the employees, the casino-resort has engaged in unfair labor practices, specifically violating Section 8(a)(5) and (1) and Section 2(6) and (7) of the National Labor Relations Act.
Although the suit challenges things such as sales tax and vehicle registration fees, it will ultimately call for defining what lands in the Riverton area are "Indian Country" and, thus, should be included within the boundaries of the tribe’s Wind River Indian Reservation.
Should the court see it the tribe’s way, all of Riverton and some unincorporated areas near the towns of Pavillion, Shoshone and Hudson are within the exterior boundaries of the reservation and, therefore, should be exempt from sales tax and vehicle registration fees.
A 1905 act opened up the area in question to non-Indians for settlement. However, the tribe contends that the act never terminated the reservation or “Indian Country” status of that land.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The plant, the tribe said, is a culmination of development efforts between the tribe, Idatherm, Lotus-Meridian, Shoshone Energy Services and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.
The tribe, headquartered in Brigham City, Utah, has a 30-year agreement with the City of Riverside, Calif., to provide up to 64-MW from the plant, which will supply 20 percent of Riverside's renewable base load energy.
Geothermal power plants use high temperature fluid from the earth (steam), which turns the blades of a turbine to create electricity. Compared to solar or wind generation, which provide intermittent energy sources, geothermal plants are a uniquely suited to deliver base load (24/7) green energy, the tribe said.
Tribal Chairman Bruce Parry sees this project as "renewing and sustaining" the tribe while delivering "green" energy in a culturally consistent and technically advanced way.
Opened in 1984, the facility provides medical services, including specialized services, to more than 100,000 Native Americans in a 4,300-square-mile area. The Cherokee Nation would like to expand it to accommodate increased demand.
5 News reported that Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith said the lawsuit is an attempt by the Keetoowah to claim jurisdiction within Cherokee boundaries.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
In 2001, the 29 original Navajo Code Talkers received congressional gold medals from President Bush, most posthumously, for their service in War World II. An additional 300 Navajos who later served in the same capacity received congressional silver awards.