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- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FYI: News Items of Interest, December 30, 2006 (3 items) Compiled by Joanne Robertson Additional information about sources available at the end of the message. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  "Agency Will Re-establish Relationship With Tribes on Bison Range," Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press State & Local Wire, Decemer 29, 2006. Copyright 2006, Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. ["Federal wildlife managers have reversed their decision to cut off tribal involvement in management of the National Bison Range.Earlier this month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service abruptly canceled an interim plan that had allowed the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes a role in managing the range, on tribal land in northwestern Montana. The department said Friday that it will re-establish that relationship in January, under certain conditions. The agreement was announced by Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall and Associate Deputy Interior Secretary Jim Cason. The three said they have agreed to draft a five-year range operations plan and retain an ombudsman to work at the range to assist in resolving any problems with range management...Tribal chairman James Steele Jr. said Friday that members were surprised and pleased about the department's reversal.....The Salish-Kootenai maintain that they should manage the land to which they have historical ties, and that they are best prepared to tell visitors about the bison and American Indians. The range lies within the Flathead Indian Reservation..."]  "Lawmakers Address Funding For Reservation School," Mead Gruver, The Associated Press State & Local Wire, December 29, 2006. Copyright 2006, Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. ["Lawmakers are discussing how Wyoming can help the St. Stephens Bureau of Indian Affairs school, which school officials say has faced steep decreases in federal funding for three years now. The Legislature's Select Committee on Tribal Relations on Friday endorsed two bills and a proposed constitutional amendment that are aimed at helping the St. Stephens Indian School south of Riverton...The K-12 school, the only BIA school in the state, has around 225 students. It gets about $3 million a year...from the BIA. Judy Lorenz, the school's business manager, told the video- and teleconference meeting of state Department of Education officials in Cheyenne and state lawmakers in Riverton that St. Stephens has lost $400,000 in federal funding each of the past three years....One bill the committee endorsed would have the state and BIA run the school through a partnership. The other bill would continue to have the state supplement the school's federal funding. But it would link the amount of state funding to the amount of funding the school gets from the federal government.The bill would also increase state funding for St. Stephens from about $370,000 a year to a little over $1 million a year...The legislative session is scheduled to begin Jan. 9."]  "Cherokee Chief Delays Election to March 3," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, December 29, 2006. Copyright 2006, Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. ["A vote on whether descendants of freed Cherokee Nation slaves can be members of the tribe now will be held March 3...After receiving a signature petition, Cherokee Principal Chief Chad Smith had set the election for Oct. 6, but a freedmen descendent, Vicki Baker of Chelsea, sued, contending the petition contained numerous instances of fraud. Last week...the Cherokee Supreme Court ruled that the petition was valid and said Smith acted within his authority to call for a special election...Voters will decide on whether to amend the tribal constitution to make Indian blood a requirement for citizenship. The tribal Supreme Court ruled in March that freedmen did qualify for citizenship, noting that 'the Cherokee citizenry has the ultimate authority to define tribal membership.' The court suggested then that the tribal constitution could be amended to require tribal members to have Cherokee blood. The proposed amendment would limit tribal membership to those who have a Cherokee, Delaware or Shawnee tribal ancestor on the Dawes Commission rolls..."] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FYI: News Items of Interest is a daily resource compiled by the H-AMINDIAN staff. It features a sampling of news stories concerning Native issues in Canada, the United States and Mexico. In order to comply with Academic Fair Use and copyright laws, only a summary of the news articles is offered here. We will not reproduce articles in whole. Only stories from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) offer a direct link to the article in question (the link follows immediately after the summary). However, online links to all of our sources are available at our website: http://www.asu.edu/clas/history/h-amindian/list.html. Your college, university, or public library may provide access to online data bases and services (such as Lexis-Nexis, ProQuest, or Dialog) with full-text versions of these and other stories. H-AMINDIAN is part of the H-NET family and is housed in the Department of History, Arizona State University. Visit our website at http://www.asu.edu/clas/history/h-amindian/