Native American News - Feb 1, 2009

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Local and national news of interest to the Native American community

OBAMA REACHING OUT TO NATIVE AMERICANS

February 9, 2009 (CNN)--President Barack Obama intends to add a senior policy adviser for Native American affairs to his White House staff shortly, first lady Michelle Obama revealed Monday.
The first lady made the announcement while speaking to employees at the Interior Department--the latest stop in her ongoing meet-and-greet tour of federal departments and agencies.
http://cnnwire.blogs.cnn.com/2009/02/09/obama-reaching-out-to-native-ame...

ECONOMIC RECOVERY INCLUDES $2.8 BILLION FOR INDIAN COUNTRY

January 28, 2009 (Kumeyaay.com) -- Indian Country could benefit from a $2.8 billion boost as part of a national economic stimulus package making its way through Capitol Hill.
The amount is only a small part of the $825 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that is heading to the Senate floor. It's also far less than the $6.12 billion that the National Congress of American Indians sought in Congressional testimony on January 15.

But key Senators hailed the inclusion as a positive step in ensuring American Indians and Alaska Natives aren't left out of the nation's economic stimulus. "Nowhere in this nation are jobs and construction improvements more needed than on American Indian reservations,"said Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.
"Tribal communities suffer 50% unemployment rates and longstanding construction needs," added Dorgan, whose committee had recommended $3.8 billion for Indian Country.

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SILVANNA OSUNA HEART FUNDRAISER DINNER

January 30, 2009 Kumeyaay.com)--Silvanna Osuna was recently dianosed with heart failure. She has a pacemaker installed to make her strong enough for a bypass. Silvanna has lived her life for Indian people by serving as an ICWA Caseworker for over 25 years and now is serving her own Tribe as a Gaming Commissioner. The family is very grateful to you for attending and for all donations.

February 7th at Santa Ysabel
Bird Singers and Blessing at 6 pm
Dinner - $12.00 Per Person

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SURVIVAL HOPEFULS ROLL THE DICE DURING AUDITIONS AT CASINO

January 25, 2009 (San Diego Union-Tribune) -- At Sycuan Casino yesterday, amid the whir of video cameras, a star was born.
Or not.

About 500 people, included some who had been in line as long as 32 hours, auditioned for an upcoming installment of "Survivor," the CBS reality show and ratings juggernaut.
Many of the aspiring contestants tried to look jungle-ready, or at least TV-ready.

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http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jan/25/1m25survivor2371-surv...

SALAZAR SEEKS TO RESTORE TRUST AT DOI

January 28, 200 (Kumeyaay.com)--Interior Secretary Ken Salazar identified Indian Country as one of his top priorities on Wednesday as he seeks to reform a department plagued by ethical scandals and corruption.

In his first media roundtable since joining the new administration of President Barack Obama, Salazar vowed to "restore" the federal government's relationship with tribes. He referred to the Interior Department as a "trustee" in his remarks to reports in Washington, D.C.

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