What's Up/ Aug. 7 '06

    Comedian Charlie Hill gets Letterman date

    Los Angeles, California (NFIC)

    Native comedian Charlie Hill, appearing last year on David Letterman, apparently got a new date by popular demand. The well known Oneida Nation of Wisconsin comedian has been invited to return to the Letterman show on Friday, August 25th.

    Stevens joins Wellstone Institute as Director

    St. Paul, Minnesota (ICC)

    Lonna Stevens has joined the Sheila Wellstone Institute, a program of Wellstone Action, as the organization’s new Director. Stevens replaces former Director Julianna Koob, who is moving on to pursue a law degree. Lonna Stevens brings extensive experience in and knowledge of the movement to end domestic and sexual violence. Stevens has worked in the battered women’s movement since 1996 moving to St. Paul, Minnesota, and began her work at the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) as the training program coordinator. Ms. Stevens is from the Tlingit and Dakota tribes.

    Shakopee grant to finance Upper Sioux Community

    Prior Lake, Minnesota (ICC)

    The Upper Sioux Community has been awarded a $250,000 grant for capital improvements to the Prairies Edge Casino Resort near Granite Falls, Minnesota. “We want to thank you for your generous support to the Upper Sioux Community. Without your help, many of our needed projects would not have come to fruition,” wrote Upper Sioux Community Chairman Kevin Jensvold in a letter to the Shakopee Mdewankanton Business Council. Upper Sioux Vice-Chairman Teresa Peterson said, “These are improvements which we need to continue to grow and to enhance our property to better serve our customers and ultimately benefit the Upper Sioux Community.”

    Swagger selected for Great Plains leadership project

    Bismarck, North Dakota (ICC)

    Russell Swagger, Dean of Student and Campus Services at United Tribes Technical College, is one of 26 leaders from a five-state region in the northern Great Plains invited to participate in the Meadowlark Project: A Leadership Laboratory on the Future of the Northern Great Plains. The project is an intensive 18-month social change effort designed to find new ways to address long-standing, systemic problems in

    the region. Selected members of the team represent a range of community interests (industry, agriculture, media, arts, government, religion and non-profit), the states in the NGP region (North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska), as well as the growing diversity of the region. Each participant has committed 30 full days of time over the next 18 months. “I’m honored to be selected to serve on such an important project,” said Swagger. “To have a voice in the future of our state and the region is a rare opportunity. I plan to be a strong advocate and positive role model for all people.”

    Peneaux charged

    in reservation slaying

    Omaha, Nebraska (AP)

    A South Dakota man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing a man to death on the Omaha Reservation. Tyler Peneaux, 19, of St. Francis, S.D., was arrested and charged with second-degree murder by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Omaha. He is suspected of stabbing Terrell John Wolfe, 21, during July outside a mobile home at the edge of the reservation near Macy. A witness says Peneaux stabbed Wolfe while Wolfe sat in the front passenger seat of a car, according to court documents.

    Lente pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

    Albuquerque, New Mexico (AP)

    An Isleta Pueblo woman who prosecutors say was driving drunk when her car crashed, killing three people, has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors. Camille Lente, 22, pleaded guilty during July before Magistrate Richard Puglisi to three counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of serious bodily injury. She could face up to 28 years in prison when she is sentenced within the next 70 days. Police said Lente admitted to officers she had been drinking the night of the crash last December and might have had as many as 19 beers.

    Jourdain wins runoff

    for Red Lake chairman

    Red Lake, Minnesota (AP)

    Floyd “Buck” Jourdain is set to continue as chairman of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa after defeating Judy Roy in a runoff election. Unofficial results posted during late July showed Jourdain with 1,724 votes to 1,653 for Roy. “It was a hard campaign,” Jourdain told the Bemidji Pioneer. “We worked very hard, both camps, both good candidates. She ran a heck of a campaign. She almost did it.” Jourdain had finished with 47 percent of the vote among four candidates in the May general election. He needed 50 percent of the vote to avoid the runoff. Roy finished second with 29 percent.

    Praire Band Potawatomi elects Stanhoff as chair

    Mayetta, Kansas (ICC)

    Results were announced July 28 for the 2006 council election of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Tracy Stanhoff, who was appointed Interim Tribal Chair in January, was elected Tribal Chair. Stanhoff received 55 percent of the nearly 1,100 votes that were cast. The two other candidates for the tribal chair position were Mamie Rupnicki and George Wahquahboshkuk, who each received 26 percent and 19 percent of the votes respectively. James Potter, who had been serving on the Tribal Council, was elected to the position of Tribal Council Secretary and Warren A. Wahweotten, Jr. was elected as a representative to the Tribal Council. The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is a tribe that originated in the Great Lakes region thousands of years ago.

    Red Lake News Flash

    Another Red Lake election ordered after alleged vote buying

    Red Lake, Minnesota (AP)

    There will be yet another run-off election for chairman of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa after allegations that Floyd Jourdain Jr. tried to buy votes and misused tribal funds and privileges.

    The Red Lake General Election Board announced July 25 that it overturned the results of the July 19 run-off election between Jourdain and current Tribal Secretary Judy Roy. A date for a runoff election wasn’t immediately set.

    Standing Rock fires fully contained after four days

    Fort Yates, North Dakota (AP)

    Wildfires on the Standing Rock Reservation were fully contained on July 21, the Bureau of Indian Affairs said. The fires were on both sides of the North Dakota-South Dakota border. The Lund Fire to the north and the Stone Church Fire to the south burned an estimated 20,073 acres, or about 31 square miles, the BIA said. No structures were destroyed on either side of the border. The fires were started by lightning four days earlier. Tribal officials were set to begin damage assessments. Fire crews also were working with tribal archaeologists to identify historical sites that might have been discovered or disturbed during the firefighting effort.

    Funding may come for Indians Into Medicine

    Grand Forks, North Dakota (AP)

    The University of North Dakota’s Indians Into Medicine program may not lose half its budget, after all. A little more than two weeks after the program was projected to lose almost $1.4 million from federal budget cuts, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved more than $1 million in funding for it, in two bills, Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., said. The UND program works to increase the number of American Indian medical students. If both funding bills are passed as written, the program’s budget shortfall would be reduced to $300,000.

    Kilpatrick Stockton adds Harper to Native Affairs staff

    Washington, D.C. (ICC)

    Kilpatrick Stockton announced during July the addition of prominent attorney Keith Harper to lead the firm’s Native American Affairs Team. Mr. Harper is joining the firm’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the Litigation Department. His practice will focus on litigation, property and infrastructure development opportunities, and the area of financing. “Keith Harper is a significant addition to Kilpatrick Stockton,” said Bill Brewster, Managing Partner, Kilpatrick Stockton. “We are excited to have one of the country’s leading Native American Affairs attorneys join the firm. Keith’s depth of experience will only enhance an already outstanding and well-recognized team. The Native American Affairs Team includes partners Bill Austin, Bill Dorris, Elliott Levitas, Mark Levy, David Smith, Earle Taylor and David Zacks. “Keith has been an instrumental force in representing over a half a million Native Americans in our landmark case – Cobell v. Kempthorne,” said Elouise Cobell, Plaintiff and member of the Blackfeet Nation. “Keith’s hard work in this great struggle since the day it was filed over 10 years ago is a testament to his commitment and dedication. I look forward to continuing to work with him as part of Kilpatrick Stockton’s team.” Mr. Harper is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He received a B.A. in sociology and psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from New York University (NYU) School of Law.

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