Reserve votes to allow eviction of gang members

A CTV News report from Alberta, Canada (see the full video report here) details a new bylaw OK’d by voters there that would allow tribal officials to remove gang members from the reserve.

The Samson Cree Nation is a violence-plagued reserve, CTV reports.

    The band agreed to take the issue to a vote after the July death of the chief’s five-year-old grandson in a drive-by shooting, as well as ongoing gang violence.

    There are believed to be about 12 gangs in the four First Nations communities in the Hobbema area.

    “It is considered necessary for the health and welfare of the Samson Cree Nation to regulate the residence of its citizens and other persons on the reserve,” states the bylaw, which also includes a provision requiring prospective new residents to apply to a residency tribunal before moving in.

SBA introduces new course for Indian entrepreneurs
In a press release this week, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced a new program aimed at helping entrepreneurs in Indian Country get their business dreams off the ground and into action.

Native American Small Business Primer: Strategies for Success” is a free, self-paced online business course developed for Native American business owners.

    The new online course: emphasizes business planning and market research as essential steps to take before going into business; informs Native American entrepreneurs about the legal aspects of starting a business, including the type of ownership (legal structure) and licensing; and provides key information on seed money for starting up, raising capital, and borrowing money. In addition, there is a section on how to estimate business start-up costs that can help assess the financial needs of going into business.

Craven appeal of Cobell moves forward
ICTMN’s Rob Capriccioso has the latest on an appeal to the historic Cobell land trust settlement given final approval by the courts last year.

The settlement terms have irked some, such as Kimberly Craven, Capriccioso reports. Craven filed an appeal to the settlement in September and has continued to file documents with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit as objections to her appeals have filed in. The appeals will most likely delay settlement payments to thousands.

    Of note, Craven labels the proposed distribution of the settlement as “upside-down” in that “greatest alleged injuries” would receive “the least amount of money.” The brief also states, “[c]lass members with no hope of recovery have an interest in a settlement that wildly overcompensates them at the expense of class members who do have legitimate claim.”

    Cobell lawyers have previously argued that Craven is speculating that class members suffered different types of individualized damages.

Jenna Cederberg

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Rose Marie Star

Kimberly Craven doesn’t speak for me. In fact she speaks against me, as I am in both classes in the cobell settlement. I received money from royalties or leases since I was a child and so I could very well have been ripped off too! I think she is the one pitting us one against the other. And another thing, she says she isn’t holding up the settlement payments but she is even though she may file her complaints on time and early, she is still holding up our payments. I am sick of hearing the newspapers quote her and speak in favor of her. When us 499,999 class members don’t get a chance to speak our piece – That she should stop putting up obstacles to us receiving the payments or the government may decide not to pay us anything! She should have opted out like the others did, rather she would like to grandstand on somethig that she didn’t have any hand in accomplishing. She just may be the one who helped us lose the cobell case.

June 22nd, 2012 at 11:58 pm

I am not sure where Kimberly is getting her support, but it’s certainly not from anyone that I have seen or heard from. Right or wrong, the current settlement is the nature in which lawuits are handled, especially for past transgressions. This has lingered on for far too long. The emphatic denial by the appeals court should be an indication of the manner in which it will be handled by the Supreme Court. This has all the indications of Craven and the others being led by their counsel to fill their pockets. I wish that I had the resources to start an effort against these appealing parties. Someone create something that we can rally behind to show Kimberly Craven, Carol Eve Good Bear, Mary Aurelia Johns, and Charles Columbe that we don’t want their interference.

August 27th, 2012 at 6:03 am

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