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- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - News Items of Interest, 5.3.99 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - "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> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  Asseo, Laurie. "Court Gives Federal Courts, Not Indian Tribal Courts, to Decide Certain Cases," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 3 May 1999, PM Cycle. ["Federal courts, not Indian tribal courts, get to decide whether federal limits apply to claims that nuclear-industry activities caused harm on Indian land, the Supreme Court said today. Ruling unanimously in a case involving uranium mining on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, the court said federal law pre-empts tribal courts from ruling on such cases. The case involves the 1988 Price-Anderson Act, which limits the liability of companies involved in the nuclear industry. When companies are sued in state court, they are allowed to have the case moved to federal court."] http://www.ap.org/  "Babbitt Got Bum Rap In Compact Criticism," Albuquerque Journal, 3 May 1999, A8. ["Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt got a bum rap when U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth sharply criticized Babbitt's allowing New Mexico's Indian gambling compacts to go into effect without approving them or excising the controversially high 6 percent revenue sharing and regulatory fee provisions. The criticism of Babbitt was a bum rap because his action or inaction allowed the gambling tribes to avoid almost certain closing of their casinos had the compacts with the high revenue sharing been disapproved. At that time, the gambling tribes had exhausted their appeals contesting the illegality of their casinos. The compacts, onerous revenue sharing and all, were their last chance for getting legal and staying open."] http://www.abqjournal.com/  "Chief Joseph Gosnell Takes Nisga'a Treaty to Parliament Hill," Canada NewsWire, 3 May 1999. ["Nisga'a Chief Joseph Gosnell will travel to Ottawa today to present the landmark Nisga'a Treaty to Indian Affairs Minister Jane Stewart for her signature. The Treaty was passed by the B.C. Legislature on April 22, 1999."] http://www.newswire.ca/  "Chugachmiut Gets $ 60,000 Child Protection Grant," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 3 May 1999, BC Cycle. ["The Chugachmiut Tribal Organization has been awarded a $ 60,000 grant from the U.S. Justice Department to improve child protection. The money is being awarded by the federal Office for Victims of Crime as part of a demonstration program to help tribes improve their response to child abuse cases."] http://www.ap.org/  Delson, Sam. "Tribes Flexing Political Muscle; After Their Success at the Polls on the Gaming Issue, Indians have Discovered They can have an Impact in Other Areas as Well," The Press-Enterprise, 3 May 1999, A03. ["California's Indian tribes are using the political clout they gained from last year's elections to promote legislation this year on issues that extend beyond gaming. "The tribes are taking our political involvement to a whole new level," said Mary Ann Martin Andreas, chairwoman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. "We want to move beyond the gaming issue to become a factor in every issue that affects Californians. " Although the tribes became major political players during the 1990s, they focused political activity on fighting off threats to close their casinos. This year, they are using their clout, garnered from millions of dollars in campaign contributions, to promote legislation on a much wider range of topics. More than a dozen lawmakers, lobbyists and tribal leaders interviewed agreed that more bills dealing with Indian issues unrelated to gambling have been introduced this year than in previous years. Bills now pending would authorize tribes to issue tax-free bonds, guarantee that state courts recognize tribes' sovereignty in child-custody disputes, and require state and local agencies to negotiate with tribes before performing construction that affects tribes' water supplies."] http://www.inlandempireonline.com/  "Diabetes Epidemic in James Bay Cree Communities," Canada NewsWire, 3 May 1999. ["A paper just published in Canadian Medical Association Journal is further evidence that the James Bay Crees face a diabetes epidemic of unprecedented proportions. This is the most serious health problem ever to face a First Nation in Canada. The paper, "Prevalence of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Among James Bay Cree Women in Northern Quebec" (Canadian Medical Association Journal, vol. 160, No. 9, 4 May 1999), authored by Shaila Rodrigues, Elizabeth Robinson, and Katherine Gray-Donald, documents diabetes amongst pregnant Crees as 13%, double that of the general population and the second highest Aboriginal level worldwide. The Province of Quebec refuses to acknowledge the extent and severity of the problem."] http://www.newswire.ca/  Foote, Ruth. "American Indian Uses Stories for Healing," The Advocate, 3 May 1999, 3-B, 1-B. ["When Johnny Moses was young, he heard a voice during the one and a half minutes his heart stopped. "You can encourage people or die," he recalled. Moses, whose body had been ravaged by cancer, defied his doctors predictions that he had only weeks to live. The 37-year-old American Indian medicine man followed the footsteps of his grandparents who reared him and has been encouraging and healing people since. The Washington state resident born in the remote Nootka village on the west coast of Vancouver Island was in New Iberia recently to share the stories of his elders. They included favorites from his grandmother, who lived to 113, and his grandfather, who lived to 108. His grandparents, along with other family members and friends, nursed him back to health through prayers, herbs, song and laughter and plenty of stories, and love after medical doctors sent him home to die."] http://www.theadvocate.com/  Greene, Larry. "[Editorial]: All Crime, It Seems to Me, is Hate Crime," The Providence Journal-Bulletin, 3 May 1999, 6B. ["Regarding "Wampanoag's death a hate crime, friends insists" (News, April 1): The article reeked of politically correct nonsense. The article confusingly bounced back and forth between calling certain individuals Indians and then calling them Native Americans. I'm a Native American with no American Indian ancestry. What's more, the term American, native or otherwise, is more applicable when referring to those born in this country and especially to those who support the ideals of America. Those who need a government-recognized ethnic/racial identity do not support the ideals of America and therefore are far less worthy of the term American than supporters of this one nation. Secondly, the idea of a hate crime is ridiculous. All crime is hate crime. That a crime is more serious when committed with a racial motivation insults the victims of all other types of motivated crimes."] http://www.projo.com/  Kelley, Matt. "Lawmaker Denies Making Disparaging Comments about Blacks, Indians," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 3 May 1999, AM Cycle. ["A state lawmaker who apologized for an insensitive comment to a Jewish colleague on Monday denied making disparaging comments about blacks and American Indians. Rep. Barbara Blewster, R-Dewey, said her latest remarks were "mischaracterized" by Rep. Leah Landrum, a Phoenix Democrat who is one of two blacks in the Arizona House. Landrum told The Arizona Republic on Friday that during a conversation about a school breakfast program, Blewster said that American Indians "were not smart enough to do what they need to do to get ahead, and that even African-Americans are more advanced than Native Americans."] http://www.ap.org/  Lowe, Sam. "Jerseyite Follows Dream to Indian Country," The Arizona Republic, 3 May 1999, D1. ["Ro Haddon's office is a hideaway on the first floor of Northern Arizona University's department of nursing. It is small and cluttered. Bookshelves occupy half of one wall; many of the books deal with Native American culture. The rest of the wall is covered with Native American paintings, prints, artifacts and souvenirs. The screen saver on her computer is a photo montage of movie actor Wes Studi, a Cherokee who played the villainous Magua in the 1992 remake of James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans. A black-and-white publicity photo of Sioux activist-actor Russell Means hangs off to her right. Photos of other Native Americans occupy places of prominence on other walls, alongside Indian beadwork and jewelry - and a personalized New Jersey license plate that reads "Magua." Haddon wears a Navajo claw foot necklace, and her Arizona license plate also reads "Magua." Her real name is Rosalinda, but she goes by many others. Grandmother Rainbow. Harley Mama. Ro. The Phantom Hallway Putter. She answers to all, but the name she really wanted was Mrs. Tonto. That desire, although expressed many years ago, is a major reason she went into nursing and moved to Arizona. And why she has been adopted by two Native American families. Ro Haddon is 54, White, divorced and living the dream she envisioned for herself a half-century ago."] http://www.azcentral.com/  Mallott, Byron I. "It's Not a Good Time to be a Native Alaskan; Compass," Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 1999, 8B. ["I have come to the point of despair. Having been born a Native, raised in my village and having lived my life in Alaska, I can say with conviction that there has not been a worse moment in Alaska's recent history for Alaska's Native peoples than now. In spite of all of the gains Natives have made for themselves in virtually every area of private and public endeavor, the result is a society in Alaska that only dimly comprehends their existence and seems more and more unwilling to accept -- let alone celebrate -- the Native place in Alaska. Blame can be assigned widely, including to Natives themselves, and we have seen much of that, but the reality is this: Alaska's Native peoples are coming more and more to believe that the right course for their future is to disassociate from the rest of Alaska. If not physically with a northern territory then within themselves by moving away from building the kind of societal relationships that they envisioned (for example, at the time of statehood) would result from their full participation and endeavor."] http://www.adn.com/  "Marked Rock Near Bonney Lake Thought to be Indian Artifact," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 3 May 1999, B2. ["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 location of the rock, near Bonney Lake in eastern Pierce County, is marked for possible development."] http://www.seattle-pi.com/  Mayer, Bonnie E. "We Must Get Rid of Offensive 'Indian' Mascots, Logos," Capital Times (Madison, WI.), 3 May 1999, 9A. [". . . . Wisconsin Rep. Frank Boyle has sponsored a bill to eliminate ''Indian'' mascots and logos from Wisconsin public schools. Wisconsin can take this opportunity to lead the nation in eradicating offensive mascots and logos. This would place Wisconsin ahead of those who have not provided substantive action to eradicate ALL racism. I urge all citizens to contact their legislators to encourage support of this bill."] http://www.thecapitaltimes.com/  "Menominee County in Need of Additional State Aid, Committee Says Report Recommends State Pay $500,000 for 5 Years to Provide Public Services," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 May 1999, 2. [" A county that was swallowed by the Menominee Indian Reservation needs state aid and economic investment to resolve its budget pinch, a study group says. Menominee County became the state's 72nd county in 1961 with boundaries the same as those of the reservation when the Menominee tribe began an experiment of independence from the federal government. The tribe restored reservation status in 1973. As a federal entity again, the reservation was no longer obligated to pay property taxes on its real estate toward support of the county government. State law requires the county to provide certain services, but only 1% of the county is now taxable. A study committee report recommends the state pay the county $500,000 annually for at least five years for commercial development, law enforcement, health and other public services."] http://www.journalsentinel.com/  "N.B. Indian Activist's Career is in Limbo," The Gazette (Montreal), 3 May 1999, A9. ["Noah Augustine's trial for murder is over, but the jury is still out on whether he can pick up the pieces and restart a promising career."] http://www.montrealgazette.com/  Paskind, Martin. "Taxing of Projects on Indian Reservations," Albuquerque Journal, 3 May 1999, 10. ["The United States finances highway construction and improvements under the Federal Lands Highways Program. This program builds many federal public roads, including those on Indian reservations, where the Bureau of Indian Affairs takes care of design and contracting. This setup led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision on applying state tax laws to federally-funded on-reservation projects. There is, said the court, a "bright line" test. Such tests supposedly are easy for even tax lawyers to understand. We'll see. Blaze Construction Co. contracted with the BIA for on-reservation road work. At the end of the contracting period, the Arizona Dept. of Revenue assessed Blaze for failure to pay the transaction privilege tax on proceeds from the BIA contract. This levy is much like New Mexico's gross receipts tax. Blaze, of course, didn't think it should have to pay because all the roads were on Indian land."] http://www.abqjournal.com/  Rinehart, Dianne. "Battle Looms over Indian Band Union Issue," The Vancouver Sun, 3 May 1999, A1. ["Beneath the surface of the quiet move by unions to organize Indian band employees are seething conflicts over human rights, self-government, and cultural protection. And the colliding views are threatening to erupt in lengthy, expensive court battles or militant acts of defiance. Native leaders view the union movement's effort to organize band workers as one more attempt by non-native government to control them. And the chiefs see as a threat to their right to self-government the insistence by Ottawa that labour codes are strictly a federal jurisdiction and that bands must adhere to those federal codes."] http://www.vancouversun.com/  "Tribal Leaders Move to Curb Drug Dealing on Reservation," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 3 May 1999, PM Cycle. ["A major drug sweep at the Passamaquoddy Indian reservation at Pleasant Point has been accompanied by a warning from tribal officials that there will be zero tolerance for drugs."] http://www.ap.org/  "Tribes Pullout Money for Dental Clinic," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 3 May 1999, BC Cycle. ["More than 30,000 tribal members may be left without dental service when several pueblos withdraw funding from a communal clinic to start their own clinics. The 15-chair dental clinic, located at the Indian Polytechnic Institute and managed by the Indian Health Service, is financed by the tribes, which pool together about $ 1 million in federal funding. The Alamo Navajo Band has already taken its $ 230,000 and started its own clinic. Isleta Pueblo and Jemez Pueblo, which together receive about $ 550,000, will run their own clinics beginning in October. The pull out will leave the Albuquerque clinic with about $ 200,000 - enough to run a traveling clinic that serves Sandia, Santa Ana and Zia pueblos, clinic officials say."] http://www.ap.org/  "Ute Tribe Planning Bottled Water Plant," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 3 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/  "Whaling Protesters Withdraw as Makah Mourn Elders," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 3 May 1999, AM Cycle. ["Anti-whaling protesters have moved their boats out of Neah Bay while Makah natives mourn the deaths of two elders, a Canadian protest leader says. Protesters had been anchored in the bay on the northwest tip of Washington state, hoping to prevent the tribe from hunting gray whales. "We want to show respect," said Anna Hall, president of the West Coast Anti-Whaling Society. "We've pulled out for the time being, at least until the funerals are over."] http://www.ap.org/  Witte, Brian. "Federal Judge Dismisses Case Against Tribal Government," The Associated Press State & Local Wire 3 May 1999, BC Cycle. ["A federal judge has dismissed a complaint against the tribal government on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in a case that has disrupted the Three Affiliated Tribes for months. The complaint was filed by four tribal members Jan. 15 against the tribal judiciary, tribal council members and secretary of the interior. It sought an order to call an election for the Mandaree representative position on the tribal council. It also alleged that rulings by the tribal council were invalid because judges on the reservation obtained their seats illegally. A third count alleged breach of trust by the Interior Department in monitoring tribal spending activities."] http://www.ap.org/ - - - H-AMINDIAN will not reproduce and redistribute current articles, files, or images from newspapers, magazines, journals and news wires. We believe doing so exceeds academic fair use and violates copyright.