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- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - News Items of Interest, 5.1-2.99 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - "H-AMINDIAN's FYI: News Items of Interest" website: <http://www.public.asu.edu/~wendel/fyi/> "Today's News" webpage: <http://www.public.asu.edu/~wendel/fyi/today.htm> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  Abbe, Mary. "Minnesotan George Morrison is Program's First 'Master Artist'; Work of Indians Gets National Recognition," Star Tribune, 1 May 1999, 1B. ["One of Minnesota's most revered artists, George Morrison of Grand Portage, has been named the first master artist in a new grant and exhibition program honoring American Indian artists. Sponsored by the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, the program will distribute $500,000 in biennial fellowships of $20,000 each to Indian artists during the next decade. It also honors "master artists," who do not receive cash awards but whose work will be featured in an Eiteljorg show and publication. The money comes in part from the Lilly Endowment Inc., a foundation in Indianapolis."] http://www.startribune.com/  "Appropriate the Funds For Indian Program," Albuquerque Journal, 1 May 1999, A8. ["Many Indian students who graduate from the University of New Mexico would have been lost without the support of the Native American Studies program. For years, the program has been a campus home-away-from-home for Indian students, offering up classes, tutoring and small loans to Indian students. After more than 10 years, the special appropriation Native American Studies has been receiving from the Legislature is no longer guaranteed. Sen. Leonard Tsosie, D-Crownpoint, would like to see the program funded in the university's regular budget."] http://www.abqjournal.com/  Aronson, Rich. "Christians' Duty Clear on Wahoo Issue," The Plain Dealer, 1 May 1999, 1F. ["If you work in the Cuyahoga Country Library system, you are no longer allowed to wear clothing with Indians team mascot Chief Wahoo. The edict came from executive director John Lonsak, who feels, "Wahoo is a caricature that is demeaning to Indians and Americans interested in diversity." As a result of Lonsak's effort to use his position to promote diversity, State Rep. James Trakas, an Independence Republican, has called for legislation that protects the constitutional rights of public servants to wear whatever they choose, regardless of whom it might offend. In responding to the position that some American Indians might feel denigrated by the logo, Trakas stated, "America certainly has a scattered history when it comes to Indians, but we're talking about a sports team here. Get over it.""] http://www.cleveland.com/  Beard, Betty. "Indian Peace Day Celebrated; Five Tribes Treaty of 1863 Commemorated in Today's Events," The Arizona Republic, 1 May 1999, B2. ["For decades, Pima and Maricopa Indians raised money for one of their historic celebrations by showing people some precious bits of paper. The papers were all that remained of an 1863 treaty that not only stopped intertribal fighting among the Pimas, Maricopas and three other tribes but brought protection for settlers trudging through Arizona on their way to California gold mines. The treaty was missing for 77 years and resurfaced in 1940, when a group of Maricopas and Pimas decided to raise money for an annual Five Tribes Treaty of Peace Day by letting people see what was left of the historic document."] http://www.azcentral.com/  Brisendine, Steve. "Human Rights Activist Supports Imprisoned Indian Activist," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 2 May 1999, PM Cycle. ["American Indian activist Leonard Peltier has been in prison since 1977, convicted of the murders of two FBI agents during a shootout on a South Dakota reservation. But continued attention to his case makes it increasingly likely that Peltier will someday be freed, one of his newest supporters said. "My efforts are joined by so many others in America who are working for the same goal," said Danielle Mitterrand, widow of former French president Francois Mitterand. "I hope we will obtain something positive from this." Mme. Mitterand was in Leavenworth Friday to meet with Peltier at the U.S. Penitentiary, where he is serving two life sentences."] http://www.ap.org/  Brooks, Nancy Rivera. "Oxy's Plans to Drill on Tribal Land Protested," Los Angeles Times, 1 May 1999, C2. ["With drums, indigenous songs and signs, about 50 supporters of a semi-nomadic people from the remote cloud forest of northern Colombia demanded Friday that Occidental Petroleum Corp. abandon plans to drill in the tribe's homeland. This miniature drama has played outside Oxy's annual stockholders' meeting in Santa Monica for the last three years. L.A.-based Oxy has a deal to drill for petroleum in an area claimed by the U'wa, a 5,000-member tribe that has vowed to commit mass suicide if oil ever flows from their ancestral lands. But the confrontation took on added poignancy this year because of the recent slayings, allegedly by Colombian rebels, of three Americans who were working with the U'wa. And the activists contend there is new urgency because they believe Occidental is moving forward with drilling plans."] http://www.latimes.com/  Carl, Julie. "Sarnia Natives Considering Appeal of Land Ruling," The London Free Press, 1 May 1999, A3 ["A Sarnia native band is considering appealing a court ruling that failed to return a large parcel of land -- about 10 per cent of urban Sarnia -- despite finding it was wrongly taken from the band. "By this judgment, an historic wrong has been recognized and remedied," said Earl Cherniak, a lawyer for the Chippewas of Sarnia First Nation. But "the Sarnia First Nation is disappointed the judge did not award it possession . . . (and) will consider an appeal of that part of the decision." Justice Archie Campbell ruled the band never surrendered the land to the federal government, so it never had the right to grant a patent on the roughly 10 square kilometres to a Sarnia developer, Malcolm Cameron, in about 1850."] http://www.canoe.ca/LondonFreePress/home.html  Chavez, Tim. "U.S. Ignores its Ethnic Cleansing," The Des Moines Register, 1 May 1999, 13. ["By the account of one person on the scene, "Women were dragged from their homes by soldiers. . . . Children were often separated from their parents and driven into stockades with the sky for a blanket and the earth for a pillow," said U.S. Pvt. John G. Burnett. "And often the old and infirm were prodded with bayonets. . . . In one home, death had come during the night. A little sad-faced child had died and women were preparing the little body for burial. All were arrested and driven out, leaving the child in the cabin. I don't know who buried the body." The past month, the news media have often reported this kind of story from Kosovo and the refugee camps on its borders. But the above tragedy is about the atrocities of U.S. troops -151 years ago -when they ransacked Cherokee Nation homes to begin the Trail of Tears."] http://www.dmregister.com/  "Fort McDowell Police Chief Dismissed," The Arizona Republic, 1 May 1999, B5. ["Nearly 18 months after he was suspended with pay, the controversial police chief of the Fort McDowell Indian Community has been dismissed. The Tribal Council recently refused to renew the contract of Ralph Griffith, a former Phoenix police captain. Griffith was hired in January 1997 to oversee the tribe's new 23-member police force. His two-year contract amounted to about $120,000."] http://www.azcentral.com/  "George Morrison Named First Master Artist in New Program," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 2 May 1999, PM Cycle. ["Artist George Morrison has been named the first master artist in a new grant and exhibition program honoring American Indian artists. Sponsored by the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, the program will distribute $500,000 in biennial fellowships of $ 20,000 each to Indian artists during the next decade. The program also honors "master artists," who do not receive cash awards but whose work will be featured in an Eiteljorg show and publication. The money comes in part from the Lilly Endowment Inc., a foundation in Indianapolis."] http://www.ap.org/  Heil, Diana. "Navajo Moves Beyond Acting into Directing," The Denver Post, 2 May 1999, B-06. ["When Norman Patrick Brown was 13, he listened to the words of John Trudell and Sioux medicine man Leonard Crow Dog in White Oak, Okla. He was awakened. On a whim, he had run away with a friend after a baseball game in his northeastern Arizona hometown. Little did he know he would wind up in White Oak at an American Indian Movement camp. Later, after he'd returned home to the town of Chinle - and while other kids were playing the sports he loved - Brown spent much of his adolescence thinking hard about treaty rights, sovereignty and justice for American Indians. Soon he would fight his own battles for these ideals."] http://www.denverpost.com/  Hume, Stephen. "'Soul Food' Fish of Native Indians is All but Off Menu: The Oolichan Run has Almost Disappeared and So Far Help from Government is Absent," The Vancouver Sun, 1 May 1999, B3. ["Yet another environmental tragedy stalks this benighted province where everything is up for plunder and politicians prefer capering for 30-second sound bites to working together to solve real problems. From the Nass to the Fraser, I'm hearing about the collapse of oolichan runs that once turned our rivers into seething carpets of silver. Even normally cautious federal fisheries scientists like Doug Hay, an oolichan researcher at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, are describing these coast-wide declines as "drastic."] http://www.vancouversun.com/  "Jicarilla President Invalidates Land Swap Deal," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 1 May 1999. ["The president of the Jicarilla Apache Tribe has invalidated a land swap that would have turned over a rest area in exchange for two parcels of tribal land the state planned to use as construction storage sites. President Arnold Cassador notified the state Highway and Transportation Department in a letter Thursday that he had voided the contract, which was approved by the tribe and the state in November. The letter, written to transportation secretary Pete Rahn and others, lists several reasons why Cassador voided the deal. According to the letter, tribal councilman Ron Julian signed the agreement on behalf of tribal vice president Rodger Vicenti. The tribal constitution only authorizes the president or vice president to sign such agreements, the letter states."] http://www.ap.org/  Linthicum, Leslie. "Dental Clinic for Indians Faces Pinch When Tribes Pull Funds," Albuquerque Journal, 2 May 1999, B1. ["Several tribes that fund an Indian dental clinic in Albuquerque are pulling out, leaving the Indian Health Service in danger of cutting off dental care for as many as 30,000 tribal members who live in Albuquerque. The tribes, which receive about $1 million in federal funds that are pooled to finance a 15-chair dental clinic at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, have indicated they will pull their shares to fund individual clinics as of Oct. 1."] http://www.abqjournal.com/  "Native Leader's Career in Limbo: Questions Linger for Micmac Acquitted of Murder," The Ottawa Citizen, 2 May 1999, A8. ["Miramichi, N.B. -- Noah Augustine's trial for murder is over, but the jury is still out on whether he can pick up the pieces and restart his promising career. At only 28 years of age, few people have had as much attention and publicity focused on them as this young Micmac from the Red Bank First Nation. Ambition and intelligence catapulted him onto the public stage a couple of years ago where he grabbed the spotlight in a conflict over aboriginal logging on New Brunswick Crown land. Then, in the early morning hours last Sept. 19, he shot and killed a native man on a neighbouring reserve. He fled the scene, eventually surrendering to police in Florida." http://www.ottawacitizen.com/  Morris, Chris. "Activist Cleared in N.B. Killing," The London Free Press, 1 May 1999, A16. ["Noah Augustine gambled that telling his story his way would prove him innocent of murder -- and he won. Augustine, 28, a prominent native rights activist, was found not guilty yesterday of second-degree murder in the shooting of Bruce Barnaby of the nearby Eel Ground First Nation. Although the trial lasted two weeks, it took the jury just two hours to reach its decision. Augustine hung his head and looked relieved as the verdict, which drew cries of shock and surprise throughout the courtroom, was announced."] http://www.canoe.ca/LondonFreePress/home.html  Marriott, Karin. "Ramona Star's Audition Chant Adds to Drama; Ramona Pageant Officials have Vince Whipple's Prayer, Which He Wrote in the Lakota Language of his Father, Translated into Cahuilla for the Show," The Press-Enterprise, 2 May 1999, B05. ["The personal prayer-chant Vince Whipple sang for his audition to play Alessandro in the Ramona Pageant was so haunting that officials decided to use it in the play. But it was in the wrong language. Whipple, a Native American who plays Alessandro in the 76th production of the Ramona Pageant, wrote the prayer in Lakota, the language of his father. He and pageant organizers agreed that translating the four-line prayer into Cahuilla, one of the languages used by Indians in Southern California, would be appropriate for the semi-historical drama."] http://www.inlandempireonline.com/  Memminger, Charles. "In Hawaii, Scandal Scars Princess' Charity; Political Power Abuse Linked to Land Trust," The Boston Globe, 2 May 1999, A18. ["When police were called in early March to an upscale neighborhood on the windward side of Oahu, they found a woman who had committed suicide by closing herself in her garage with the car running. Within days, the death of Rene Ojiri Kitaoka would become the public face of a complex scandal involving sex, drugs, indictments, and some of Hawaii's best-known political figures. Kitaoka, it turns out, was an attorney with the Bishop Estate, a $5 billion public trust established solely to promote the private education of native Hawaiian children."] http://www.globe.com/  Moeser, Chris. "Lawmaker Offends Again; Remarks on Races 'Embarrassing," The Arizona Republic, 1 May 1999, A1. ["Slavery wasn't that bad; Native Americans aren't very smart. Just another day at the office for Rep. Barbara Blewster. The Dewey Republican's latest gaffe came in a recent conversation in the House with fellow Rep. Leah Landrum, D-Phoenix, one of two elected African-Americans in the Arizona Legislature. Landrum says she was offended by Blewster's remarks but not surprised. This, after all, is the woman who earlier this year compared homosexuality to "bestiality, human sacrifice and cannibalism" and told another colleague she didn't look Jewish because she doesn't have a hooked nose. Those comments have drawn notice around the nation, including jokes on Howard Stern's radio show. And the hits just keep coming."] http://www.azcentral.com/  Morris, Chris. "Jury Finds Indian Leader not Guilty of Murder," The Gazette, 1 May 1999, A7. ["Indian-rights activist Noah Augustine, 28, was found not guilty yesterday of second-degree murder in the shooting of Bruce Barnaby of the Eel Ground First Nation. Although the trial lasted two weeks, the jury of seven men and five women reached their decision in two hours. Augustine's lawyer, Gary Miller, said Augustine would not comment because of the coming trial of his friend, Thomas Haddad, who has been charged as an accessory in the killing."] http://www.montrealgazette.com/  O'Neil, Peter and Craig McInnes. "Ottawa Blames B.C. for Delay in Nisga'a Debate: The Federal Indian Affairs Minister Says Ratification of the Deal Took too Long," The Vancouver Sun, 1 May 1999, A1. ["The federal government is blaming B.C. for Ottawa's decision to delay ratifying the Nisga'a treaty until autumn. Federal Indian Affairs Minister Jane Stewart said Friday the B.C. legislature took too long to ratify the landmark agreement. But she denied reports the federal delay is also an attempt to distance her government from B.C.'s controversial use of closure to end the treaty debate last week. Given the importance of the Nisga'a legislation, it is appropriate to introduce it when the House of Commons resumes sitting in the fall to allow for fuller debate rather than rush it through in the few remaining weeks of the session," Stewart said in a statement Friday. Sources say the government thinking was that because native issues are a major concern to British Columbians and Reform appears to have gained momentum on the issue, it was better to put the issue off and hope there will be a calmer atmosphere in the fall."] http://www.vancouversun.com/  "Native Youth Olympics Wrap up after Three Days of Competition," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 2 May 1999, BC Cycle. ["There were tears, aching bodies and bloody knuckles as the Native Youth Olympics wrapped up with the final - and most painful - event, the seal hop. The brutal endurance contest originated from hunters who imitated the movement of a seal during a hunt. The wooden floor at the University of Alaska Anchorage Sports Center showed no mercy to the contestants Saturday. Forty-nine boys and girls hunted for medals while rigidly hopping their prone bodies up and down. Both the boys and girls started in push-up positions, with the girls hopping on the palms of their hands and the boys hopping on their knuckles. Everyone hopped as far as they could. Truong Phan, a senior from Nome, sported a few bloody knuckles and a second-place medal for the second straight year after moving 117 feet, 8 inches."] http://www.ap.org/  Palazzetti, Agnes. "Betting on Bingo; Some Seneca Indians, Despairing of Getting Approval for Casino; Gambling in Western New York, Have a New Idea for Their Bingo Halls; They Want to Add Video Games that Look and Act like Slot Machines -- Except They're Legal," The Buffalo News, 2 May 1999, 1A. ["They look like slot machines and play like slot machines, but in a state where slots are illegal, they are not slot machines. And the Seneca Nation of Indians, still torn over whether to proceed with casino gambling, has unanimously approved a three-month trial run of 50 of these video pull machines at its bingo halls. Backers feel these wannabe slot machines, expected to start taking in money by June 1, could lead to an expansion of their hugely successful bingo halls. They could look more like a casino than a bingo parlor. As a result, the odds against the Seneca Indians building a high-stakes casino in Western New York get higher with every passing day."] http://www.buffnews.com/  Precious, Tom. "Homeowners Drive Home Protest of Indian Land Claims," 2 May 1999, The Buffalo News, 2 May 1999, 5C. ["Homeowners from Grand Island to near Central New York Saturday joined in a Thruway convoy that ended at the state Capitol where they protested against Indian land claims. In a rally that featured as many anti-Indian sovereignty signs as it did U.S. flags and yellow ribbons, about 400 protesters railed against land claims lawsuits by the Seneca, Cayuga and Oneida nations that they say are hurting the economy of their communities. At least 300 vehicles participated in the motorcade, which stretched for miles along the Thruway, organizers said. Though dealing with different Indian nations and at far different points in their legal battles, the Upstate Citizens for Equality, which represents homeowners in the regions, used the day to criticize Washington for its involvement in the Indian land claims lawsuits. They urged Congress to act to protect homeowners from threats of eviction."] http://www.buffnews.com/  Peterson, Karen. "Jicarilla President Calls Contract for Rest Stop Invalid," The Santa Fe New Mexican, 1 May 1999, B1. ["Jicarilla Apache tribal President Arnold Cassador has told the state highway department to take back its rest stop on N.M. 44 near the tribe's new casino. In a letter to department Secretary Pete Rahn dated Thursday, Cassador said an agreement transferring the rest area to the tribe in November was never signed by the appropriate tribal officials. The agreement gave the 8-acre area, with its distinctive teepee-shaped shelters, to the tribe in exchange for a 10-year management agreement and some services in connection with construction along N.M. 44, scheduled to begin later this month. Cassador said in his letter that he does not think the terms of the agreement which also requires that the tribe build a highway interchange if casino traffic warrants one are fair to the tribe."] http://www.sfnewmexican.com/  Propp, Wren. "Tribe Says Rest-Area Pact 'Void,'" Albuquerque Journal, 1 May 1999, E3. ["The Jicarilla Apache Tribe's agreement to take over the Apache Flats rest area on N.M. 44 is invalid and unfair to the tribe, the tribe's president has decided. President Arnold Cassador declared in a letter dated Thursday the agreement is "null and void" because tribal representatives who signed the contract in November had no authority to do so. "Furthermore, I have a problem with the terms of the agreement," Cassador wrote. "I do not believe that the exchange is fair to the tribe." Pete Rahn, secretary of the state Highway and Transportation Department, said Cassador's letter, received Friday, was his first indication the tribe was unhappy with the agreement. "My interpretation of the letter is that we got too good of a deal," Rahn said. "We'll have to review the legality of it." The tribe is building a casino, its second, near the rest area north of Cuba and has closed the site during construction. The tribe has refused to share gambling revenues with the state from its Apache Nugget casino in Dulce, as required by state law."] http://www.abqjournal.com/  "Puyallup Tribe Wonders if Rock with Markings is Sacred Site," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 2 May 1999, AM Cycle. ["Is a flat rock with mysterious markings an ancient artifact of American Indian life? That's what some Puyallup tribe members want to find out. They're asking the Tribal Council to investigate the rock and, if appropriate, preserve it. But they may have to act fast. Neighbors say the site near Bonney Lake in eastern Pierce County is marked for possible development. "It's one of our sacred places," tribal member Connie McCloud said. "We need a plan. We would want it identified as one of our cultural sites." McCloud and others believe the rock was the centerpiece of an ancient Salish village. So far, the hilly meadow where the rock sits has been relatively undisturbed. But Alice Kuenzli, who grew up at the site, said her stepfather owns the land and is considering developing it. County planners say they've received no notice of development there, and the owner, Fred Van Horn, declined to comment."] http://www.ap.org/  Scott, Michael. "Looking at Running Shoe Art: Native Masks with a Certain Air: Brian Jungen Dismantles Nike Sneakers and Creates a Slam Dunk Critique of the Commodification of First Nations Art," The Vancouver Sun, 1 May 1999, E3. ["Brian Jungen was in Banff, alone with a hundred thousand Japanese tourists, when he found himself in a souvenir shop thinking about how tourism reduces authentic native art to the level of knick-knack. What after all do little totem poles made out of popsicle sticks and ashtrays in the shape of teepees have to say about aboriginal culture? Jungen -- who is native himself, a member of the Dunne-za nation in north-eastern British Columbia -- was pondering the mingling of pop and First Nations culture when he noticed that his Nike Air Jordan athletic shoes were black, red and white, the same colours as Northwest Coast native art. Before you could say dimestore Indian, Jungen had scissored his shoes apart and reassembled the pieces into versions of Northwest Coast ceremonial masks."] http://www.vancouversun.com/  "Senecas, Thruway Authority Battle Over Strip of Toll Road," The Buffalo News, 1 May 1999, 13B. ["Lawyers for the Seneca Nation of Indians and the state Thruway Authority squared off in U.S. District Court Friday over a four-mile strip of the toll road that runs through the Cattaraugus Reservation near Brant. Magistrate Carole Heckman heard oral arguments in a suit the Senecas filed in 1993 to reclaim the land, saying the federal government never approved the transfer as required. Peter B. Sullivan, an assistant state attorney general, said the Senecas were represented by an attorney during the 1954 negotiations, that the Seneca council approved the right of way and the nation was paid $ 75,000. Individual Seneca landowners were also paid, he said."] http://www.buffnews.com/  Shah, Allie. "School Revival is at the Heart of Test Success; Commitment and Big Plans Have Put an American Indian School at the Top in Skills-test Improvement," Star Tribune, 1B. ["Who are you?" the principal asked some first-graders. "We're heart of the earth," they chorused. "Why are you here?" he grilled them. They answered in unison: "To learn!" Things haven't always been this smooth at Heart of the Earth Survival School, which in recent years has been embroiled in infighting and budget cuts that threatened to close it down. Teachers came and went. So did students _ during the school day. And with poor performances on state tests, the school developed a reputation as a place of little real learning."] http://www.startribune.com/  "Tapia Sentenced for Embezzlement," Albuquerque Journal, 1 May 1999, 4. ["A Santa Fe man serving time on a federal conviction for embezzling more than $300,000 from the Institute of American Indian Arts was sentenced to five years in a state prison on another felony embezzlement charge Thursday. Rosendo Tapia, 33, pleaded guilty in December to one count of second-degree embezzlement for stealing thousands of dollars from Dominguez Carpet and Tile in Santa Fe. Prosecutors allege Tapia stole more than $60,000 from the company over a two-month period in 1996 when he was employed there. However, they could link only about $22,000 in missing money directly to Tapia."] http://www.abqjournal.com/  Toughill, Kelly. "Jury Clears Native Leader of Murder," The Toronto Star, 1 May 1999. ["Miramichi, N.B. - A prominent native activist was cleared of murder charges here yesterday, but the angry legacy of the night he killed another man is likely to live on for years. The jury of seven men and five women took less than two hours to decide Noah Augustine was only trying to save his own life when he shot a man twice last fall. There was a gasp and then sobs throughout the packed courtroom yesterday as the jury foreman read the verdict, ''Not guilty.''] http://www.thestar.ca/  Trahant, Mark. "Discovering America -- (As the Indians Knew It)," The Seattle Times, 2 May 1999, M10. ["A group of 17th-century missionaries traveled to a small American Indian village and eagerly shared notions about the gospel of Jesus Christ. They testified how God created the world in seven days and how Jesus sacrificed his life for their souls. What a wonderful message, the Indians said. Then they told an equally marvelous tale, a story about how the world was created on the back of a turtle. The missionaries were offended. We brought you sacred truths, they said, and you tell us myths. I don't understand, an Indian elder replied. I believed your stories. Why don't you believe ours? Of course, most histories of American Indians don't start with the belief in, or even confer respect on, creation stories told by aboriginal inhabitants of this continent. Instead, the stories start with Columbus, the coming of the Europeans, and end up as a narrative of the relations between Europeans and Indians. James Wilson's new book, "The Earth Shall Weep; A History of Native America," counters with the idea that these stories matter."] http://www.seattletimes.com/  "Tribes Fight Back," Topeka Capital Journal, 1 May 1999. ["At long last, Native Americans are finding some measure of justice in American courts. The Indians declared war on the surrounding white man's society last week -- and won. On Monday U.S. Judge Sam A. Crow agreed that under the Kansas Enabling Act (creating the state), Brown County authorities appear to have no authority on the Kickapoo Indian Reservation. He issued a temporary injunction restraining the county authorities from repossessing vehicles and delivering wage garnishments. The case stems from an April 12 incident in which a sheriff's deputy repossessed a tribe member's minivan without notifying Kickapoo authorities."] http://www.capitaljournal.com/  "Ute Tribe Planning Bottled Water Plant," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 2 May 1999, BC Cycle. ["The Northern Ute Indian Tribe is taking the initial steps toward wading into the lucrative bottled water business, one of the fastest-growing markets in the country. Over the next five years the water bottling industry is expected to grow by 70 percent, with a gallon of bottled water selling for more than a gallon of gas. So the Ute Tribe has hired a company to conduct an environmental assessment and recently met with tribal elders to make sure the chosen site for the bottling plant in Whiterocks in the northern portion of the sprawling reservation, has no special historical or sacred significance, said tribal Economic Development Director Max Adams."] http://www.ap.org/  Tucker, Rob. "Rock a Door to Their Past, Some Puyallups Say; They Believe Rock with Odd Markings is on Site of Ancient Salish Village," The News Tribune, 2 May 1999, A1. ["Some members of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians say a large flat rock with mysterious markings has religious and historical significance and sits on what they believe is the site of an ancient Salish village. But the site, on the fringes of Bonney Lake near Rhodes Lake Road East, may be developed soon, and tribal members hope their Tribal Council pursues an investigation of the site and, if appropriate, preserves it. "It's one of our sacred places," said tribal member Connie McCloud. "We need a plan. We would want it identified as one of our cultural sites. We want the council to set aside resources to investigate."] http://www.tribnet.com/  Vanden Brook, Tom. "Fifteen Years Later: The State of Spearing: Slowly, Grudgingly, Tradition Gains Acceptance," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 May 1999, 1. ["As Joe Bates flashes his headlamp toward the rocky shore of an island on High Lake, hundreds of white eyes smolder and glow and return his gaze. The incandescent orbs belong to walleye. They're drawn each spring to the shallows wh ere they drop countless eggs and fertilizing milt -- the seed stock for a new generation. At 1 a.m., it's soot black outside, save for Bates' powerful beam and a waxing moon that glints through gossamer clouds. About the only sounds are frogs trilling, loons whooping and laughing and a northeast wind thrashing pine tops. It's cold, too, with the temperature hovering in the 30s. Bates, a member of the Bad River band of Chippewa Indians who reside near Lake Superior, has spent the last four hours spearing the limit of 40 walleye allotted to his boat. Yet you can tell that this genial, rotund 42-year-old is weighing a return to shore for more permits."] http://www.journalsentinel.com/  Wiebe, Mark. "Free Peltier, French Activist Says at Prison," The Kansas City Star, 1 May 1999, B4. ["With the dome-capped U.S. Penitentiary as a backdrop, the widow of former French President Francois Mitterrand said Friday in Leavenworth that the United States should release Leonard Peltier from the prison. Danielle Mitterrand, president of the human rights organization France Libertes, spoke at a 30-minute news conference after visiting with Peltier. She was there in part to investigate Peltier's claims that the prison is not providing adequate medical treatment for his tetanus infection. But Mitterrand also said the American Indian activist deserved his freedom. She emphasized that she had not determined whether Peltier was guilty of killing two FBI agents on a South Dakota reservation in 1975."] http://www.kcstar.com/  Whitney, David. "Hope Blooms in Canada's Vast, Bleak New Territory," Sacramento Bee, 1 May 1999, A19. ["Just downhill from the modern legislative building under construction, the snow machine trails fan out across ice-locked Frobisher Bay, out to where hunters seek their timeless quarry of seal, caribou, polar bear and walrus. Old and new live side by side here in the capital of the new Canadian territory of Nunavut, where a computer jockey in sealskin boots may send e-mail in syllabic Inuktitut, the ancient language of the Inuit people whose written form is not much older than this town. Five decades ago, there wasn't much here except a small air base guarding the front lines of North America in the early days of the Cold War. It wasn't until the Hudson Bay Co. opened a trading post in 1956 that native people began to settle here. Now it is the commercial and governmental hub of Nunavut, which in Inuktitut means "our home." This Inuit homeland was carved out of the Northwest Territories on April 1 as part of a 1993 land claims settlement. It is a bleak, rugged territory."] http://www.sacbee.com/  Williamson, Linda. "Court Ruling Reveals Chasm Native Case a Colossal Insult that Shows How Far Parliament is from Citizens," The Calgary Sun, 2 May 1999, C8. ["Anyone who has ever puzzled over our justice system today -- in other words, just about all of us -- should get a copy of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision last week known as R. v. Gladue. The case made the news because the court used it to bemoan the sadly disproportionate number of aboriginals in our jails. But it says much more than that. It lays bare the chasm between us, the public, and the people we entrust to dispense justice -- ie., judges and Parliament. Have you ever wondered why the courts seem overly concerned about an accused person's troubled background? Has it ever seemed to you that our politicians and judges simply don't like to put people in jail or keep them there? Bingo. This case confirms all that, and then some. Jamie Tanis Gladue, you may have read, was 19 and pregnant when she stabbed her 20-year-old fiance to death in a jealous, drunken rage. She pleaded guilty and got three years for manslaughter. The Supreme Court disagreed with her lawyers' arguments that the sentence for this "near murder" was too harsh (especially since she got out on day parole after six months), but still found the judge in her case erred because she failed to consider the fact that Gladue is Cree." 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