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Could You Soon Buy Pot on Oklahoma Tribal Lands?
North East News
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Sunday, 01 February 2015
Could You Soon Buy Pot on Oklahoma Tribal Lands?
Posted: Jan 30, 2015
Posted by: Charles Ely


The U.S. Department of Justice has ruled that Indian nations can grow and sell recreational marijuana on tribal land, but will we soon see Indian pot shops in Oklahoma?

The policy was created after several western states legalized pot.

While some Oklahoma tribes are studying their options, the nation's in the Tulsa area, aren't interested.

Marijuana is still against the law and they're not comfortable with the subject.

“I don't think as a nation we would even look into it right now because abuse is abuse - whether its alcohol or drugs and that's not part of our history our culture,” said George Tiger, Muscogee Creek Nation Principal Chief

While the Oklahoma tribes are reluctant, many Indian leaders also acknowledge that in the decades ahead the laws and attitudes may be different.
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Senate passes Keystone XL pipeline bill despite Obama promise to veto
North East News
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Sunday, 01 February 2015
Senate passes Keystone XL pipeline bill despite Obama promise to veto
By Paul Kane
January 29 2015


The Senate approved legislation Thursday mandating construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, setting the stage for a veto showdown with President Obama.

In a 62-to-36 vote, 53 Republicans and nine Democrats approved a bill seeking to force completion of the 840-mile pipeline, a measure Obama has vowed to veto while federal environmental reviews continue.

After years of legislative jostling, the Keystone legislation had taken on a political life of its own, gaining far more significance on the right and left than the actual output from the proposed pipeline through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.
 
Several years ago, when a gallon of gas cost nearly $4 and the unemployment rate was near 10 percent, Republicans began clamoring for Obama to approve the pipeline so the additional 830,000 daily barrels of oil flowing through the 36-inch-diameter pipeline would help lower gasoline prices and create thousands of jobs in the heartland.
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Cheyenne, Arapaho Launching Anti-Methamphetamine Campaign
North East News
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Sunday, 01 February 2015
Cheyenne, Arapaho Launching Anti-Methamphetamine Campaign
By Associated Press & KGOU Staff
1.29.15


The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes are launching a new anti-methamphetamine campaign in Oklahoma.

The tribe, along with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Bureau of Indian Affairs, local law enforcement and area leaders, announced the new initiative Thursday at Concho Community Hall.

The public service campaign is called Meth: Not On Our Land.

From the web site, Governor Eddie Hamilton of the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribe says, “As Governor of the Cheyenne and Arapaho people, I am calling upon you to join me in the fight against methamphetamine use on tribal lands and in our communities. This crippling drug has affected so many of our people that we must no longer stand idly by and allow this travesty to go on. Meth abuse is becoming more prevalent each day as it destroys the lives of our families and loved ones. This website is intended to educate our people about this addictive drug so that we know more about our enemy. We must declare war on that which would destroy us. This is a cause that we must stand against together and conquer as a Nation. Please join me in this campaign against this deadly drug and declare, “NOT ON OUR LAND.” Together, we can save our children, families, and our way of life.”

http://kgou.org/post/cheyenne-arapaho-launching-anti-methamphetamine-campaign
 
Seneca lawyer sponsors conference to tap into legal marijuana sales
North East News
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Sunday, 01 February 2015
Seneca lawyer sponsors conference to tap into legal marijuana sales
By Dan Herbeck | News Staff Reporter | Google+
January 29, 2015


Now that the federal government says it no longer will prosecute marijuana sales on Indian lands as long as tribes take steps to control the sales, some tribes are contemplating how to cash in on the marijuana business.

That is why a former president of the Seneca Nation of Indians is sponsoring a national conference for Indian tribes that hope to someday cash in on the legalized marijuana business.

The Tribal Marijuana Conference is scheduled for Feb. 27 at the Tulatip Resort Casino, near Seattle. Robert Odawi Porter, a Salamanca lawyer who served as Seneca president from 2008 until November 2010, is the co-sponsor and organizer of the event.

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Hard Rock gets preliminary OK to enter NJ market
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Sunday, 01 February 2015
Hard Rock gets preliminary OK to enter NJ market
Wayne Parry
January 29, 2015

ATLANTIC CITY – The company that has populated the globe with Hard Rock casinos and restaurants received preliminary approval to enter the Atlantic City casino market — or one at the Meadowlands, if that market ever materializes.

Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment received a statement of compliance Thursday from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. That is a preliminary step in becoming licensed to own a casino in New Jersey.

It applies not only to Atlantic City, but also elsewhere in the state, including the northern New Jersey Meadowlands, where the company owns 16 percent of the Meadowlands Racetrack and has been given the right by its majority owner to be the gambling operator there.

That would require an amendment to the state Constitution allowing casino gambling to expand beyond Atlantic City, but popular and legislative support for such a move has been growing in recent years.
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Hate Crime Charges Possible After Incident At Rush Game
North East News
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Sunday, 01 February 2015
Hate Crime Charges Possible After Incident At Rush Game
1.28.15
 By Charles Michael Ray


An incident at Saturday night’s Rush hockey game in Rapid City may result in hate crime and assault charges.

57 students from American Horse School were on a trip from Pine Ridge to attend the game as reward for good behavior and academic achievement.  
 
But in the third period a group of white men in a rented suite above the children’s seating area allegedly poured beer down on to the students and shouted racial slurs.   

The school group left the game early out of concern for student safety.

http://listen.sdpb.org/post/hate-crime-charges-possible-after-incident-rush-game
 
Wabanaki Confederacy Conference 2015
North East News
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Friday, 30 January 2015

 PRESS RELEASE

Historic International Native American Conference coming to Vermont in 2015

DATES: August 19th through Aug 22nd

LOCATION: Shelburne Farms,1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT 05482


On August 19th of this year, ancient traditional alliances will meet new modern day issues facing native people today. Tribal leaders and delegates from all over New England and Canada will converge on Shelburne Farms for a 4 day conference to discuss issues like the environment, international trade relations, and other important topics to strengthen old tribal relationships. The conference will end on the last day with a public celebration on Aug 22nd.

Chief Don Stevens, from the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe, was contacted by the Wabanaki Chiefs in late 2014 with a request for the Vermont Abenaki to host the next conference. What makes this event so significant is that the last Wabanaki Confederacy Conference held in the United States by the Western Abenaki people was over 200 years ago. The last conference held below the Canadian border was in 2008 by the Penobscot Nation in Maine.

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Vermont Indian Commission Agenda - 6.11.14
Commission Agenda
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Sunday, 08 June 2014

Vermont Indian Commission Agenda - 6.11.14
Posted 6.8.14

 
Vermont Indian Commission Minutes - 5.14.14
Commission Meeting Minutes
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Sunday, 08 June 2014

Vermont Indian Commission Minutes - 5.14.14
Posted 6.8.14

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Vermont Indian Commission Minutes - 4.9.14
Commission Meeting Minutes
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Sunday, 08 June 2014

Vermont Indian Commission Minutes - 4.9.14
Posted 6.8.14


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Abenaki Artifacts to Return to Original Burial Ground
St. Francis/Sokoki Abenaki
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Thursday, 03 April 2014
Abenaki Artifacts to Return to Original Burial Ground
Posted by Alicia Freese
Mar 28, 2014


Seven stone relics unearthed in the 1980s from an ancient Missisquoi Abenaki burial ground in Swanton will be returned to tribal members, the Preservation Trust of Vermont announced Friday.  

The relics surfaced in early March when the people who used to own the land put them up for auction. Upon discovering that they were listed on Duane Merrill & Company's auction website, members of the Abenaki community — as well as state employees in the Division of Historic Preservation — scrambled to stop the sale scheduled for March 30.

Seven Days covered the story in this week's paper , but the artifacts' fate remained in limbo at the time it was published. Ethan Merrill, who co-owns the Williston-based auction company, had agreed to take the items off the auction block — in deference to the Abenakis' beliefs — and he said he was working to broker a compromise between the consignors, John and Anita Boucher, and tribal representatives. Another plan, in which a private benefactor would purchase the artifacts and donate them to UVM's Fleming Museum, fell through last week. 
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