Arizona Tribe’s Suit Over Research Revived

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PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona appeals court panel ruled Friday that the Havasupai American Indian tribe can proceed with a lawsuit that claims university researchers misused blood samples taken from tribal members.

Overturning a judge’s 2007 dismissal of the case, a split Arizona Court of Appeals panel said Havasupai Native Americans and other plaintiffs had provided enough information to go to trial or at least enough to go forward in trial court pending further proceedings.

The northern Arizona tribe, whose isolated village lies deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon, claims Arizona State University and University of Arizona researchers misused blood samples taken from more than 200 tribal members for diabetes research in the 1990s by also using it for research into schizophrenia, inbreeding and ancient population migration.

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Economic crisis impacts North American mines

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The partners in the Midwest joint venture in Saskatchewan, Canada, have announced their decision to postpone the uranium mine project due to current economic conditions. Denison has also suspended operations at the Tony M mine in Utah, USA.

The partners in the Midwest project – Areva Resources Canada (69.16%), Denison Mines Corp (25.17%) and OURD Canada Co (5.67%) – announced in December 2007 the formal decision to proceed with development of the project.
However, Denison announced that the partners have now decided the postponement the project due to the “current economic climate, delays and uncertainties associated with the regulatory approval process, the increasing capital and operating costs and the current market for uranium.” The company said that, based on current estimates, capital costs have increased by some 50% from the previous estimate of C$435 million ($355 million).

Fishing for a Blessing

Please read article, cited after the quote. Articles open in a new window.The crowd faced south across the turquoise sea. Sage smoke mixed in the salty air as the breeze rushed it toward the fishing ships moored in Trinidad Bay.

”God,” said Axel Lindgren, a sixth-generation Yurok tribal member, “protect these fishermen and women who go out and get the crab.”

Lindgren’s traditional prayer, which originated from the ancient Yurok village of Tsuri, located in what is now Trinidad, was given as part of the 13th annual Blessing of the Fleet, an event that brings hundreds of people to the small fishing community’s anchorage on Thanksgiving morning.

Tribe questions Wagner hog farm’s water use

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MARTY, S.D. (AP) – The Yankton Sioux Tribe is asking whether a big hog farm west of Wagner needs a commercial permit to use ground water.

The state Water Management Board is scheduled to take up the question Dec. 11.

Longview Farm is owned by 11 Iowa farmers. At full production it will turn out 70,000 pigs a year.

Lawyer urges Indian sovereignty review

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— An Oklahoma attorney is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the legal doctrine of sovereign immunity for Indian tribes in light of the increasing expansion of tribes into business operations.

Jonathan Neff, whose clients sued the Seneca-Cayuga tribe’s cigarette company in Grove, Okla., said tribal sovereign immunity leaves companies doing business with tribes with no legal recourse when disputes arise.

He said that is the consequence of a decision last week by a federal appeals court in Denver unless the high court revises the tribal immunity doctrine.

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Judges to hear Native, federal appeals in Interior trust suit

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A U.S. Court of Appeals panel of judges has agreed to grant an appeal made by both Native landowners and the Interior Department as part of a 12-year-long lawsuit supposedly brought to an end by a federal court ruling this summer.

It was announced on Friday that three circuit judges agreed to grant hearings in the Cobell vs. Kempthorne lawsuit.

Elouise Cobell, lead plaintiff from Browning, said she hoped the Court of Appeals would expedite the date for both sides to make oral arguments because “too many people have been dying,” referring to elders represented in the class-action suit who will never receive their share of a monetary award settlement.

An Interior Department spokesman was not available for comment.

Electrical fault shuts down Oyster Creek nuclear plant

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LACEY TOWNSHIP – Oyster Creek Generating Station automatically shut down Friday night, a station official confirmed Saturday.

At 9:05 p.m., the station suffered an electrical fault in one of its two main transformers, which are used to convert Oyster Creek’s output for use on the gird that serves the region.

The automatic shutdown occurred safely and without incident, according to David Benson, a spokesman for the plant.