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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A new hotline has launched in New Mexico to assist Native American women who have experienced domestic violence or sexual abuse.

Fifty-six percent of Native American women are physically abused by an intimate partner, KRQE-TV reported. Native Americans make up 10 percent of New Mexico's population, and the service is needed in the state, said Cheyenne Antonio with the Red Nation activist group.

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) – Leaders of the Red Lake Indian Reservation hope to feed the roughly 5,000 tribal citizens who live there with fresh, organic produce grown on the northern Minnesota reservation.

The tribe has expanded their garden to a 4-acre patch of farmland on the southwestern border of the reservation, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The garden has many vegetables including pepper, kale and tomatoes.

MANHEIM, Pa. (AP) — More than 100 descendants of Christian and Adelheide Hershey — nee Hirschi, from Switzerland via Germany — disembarked from two tour buses Friday morning and trudged through a cornfield near Manheim to visit a sacred site.

They gathered at the graves of Michael and Mary, last surviving members of the Conestoga Indian tribe that was wiped out in two unprovoked massacres — one in a village near Millersville, the other while in protective custody at the Lancaster jail on Prince Street — in 1763.

Michael and Mary survived the attacks because they were living on the Hershey farm along Doe Run Road in Penn Township, Craig Stark — a Hershey descendant and family historian — explained.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (R-SD) writes occasional columns for the state-wide newspapers. He never sends a copy for us at Native Sun News Today to publish because it appears he believes that South Dakota’s Indian population isn’t interested in the functions of state government or maybe it because he writes things that are apparently of no interest to us.

On Saturday he started his latest column for our local daily with, “On Friday morning, Sept. 29, a few dozen cowboys will put on their boots and saddle their horses. Custer State Park employees will arise before dawn. And thousands from across the state, country and world will gather, all to continue a 52-year tradition.”

The Governor is of course referring to the annual Buffalo Roundup held at Custer State Park and if he knew his history he would know that rounding up the buffalo is an event that has taken place in South Dakota for thousands of years, not just 52.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut judge is considering whether to dismiss a lawsuit against the state by the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, which is seeking $610 million for land it says the state seized from 1801 to 1918.

The state has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit based on government immunity. State officials also are questioning the tribe's standing to file the lawsuit because at least two other factions of the tribe claim leadership authority.

The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that Hartford Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher held a hearing on the motion to dismiss last week and is now mulling whether to approve it.

The tribe alleges the state took 2,000 of the 2,400 acres in the tribe's reservation in western Connecticut and sold the land, but never compensated the tribe.

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Tribal leaders might move ahead with their own plan to tax carbon emissions in Washington state after another group working on a statewide carbon-tax initiative for the November 2018 ballot failed to include the tribes when developing a proposal.

The News Tribune reported Saturday that Fawn Sharp, president of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, says "there is a very high likelihood" that tribal leaders will end up sending their own initiative to voters next year. The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is working on the statewide initiative.

Aiko Schaefer, who co-chairs the steering committee for the Alliance, acknowledges that the group hasn't done a good job of engaging the tribes, but says the Alliance want to change that by working together to unify the initiatives.

GARDINER, Mont. (AP) - Leaders of Native American tribes gathered this weekend to urge the U.S. government to rename a valley and a mountain in Yellowstone National Park.

They say the names are associated with a man who advocated killing Native Americans and another who did just that.

The Billings Gazette reports the tribal leaders delivered a petition Saturday to park officials noting their opposition to the names of Hayden Valley and Mount Doane.