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- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - News Items of Interest, 4.30.99 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - "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> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  Bettinski, Lori. "Portraits of the Shoalwater Bay Indians: A People at the Edge," The Columbian (Vancouver, WA), 30 April 1999, A1. ["Cradled in her mother's arms, Sophia Anderson smiles as the sun reflects off Willapa Bay into their small coastal home. As the second-youngest child on the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, the 3-month-old looks healthy and happy. She is an inspiration to women here who dream of having their own children. Sadly, the odds seem to be against those women and the future of the 202-member tribe. A 1992 survey indicated that the Shoalwaters suffered 29 times the national rate for stillbirths and 24 times the infant mortality rate. Little has changed. Eight of nine births ended tragically last year; two miscarriages have already occurred in 1999."] http://www.columbian.com/  Bettinski, Lori. "Trust Land Conflict Not New for Shoalwaters," The Columbian (Vancouver, WA.), April 30, 1999, A9. ["Turn back the clock five years in this small coastal community and you'd hear many of the same concerns now being aired in Ridgefield. Uncertainty surrounding the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe's plans to build houses on two small parcels a mile from their reservation in Tokeland had citizens asking, "Why here? Why us?" Before long, locals under the name "Concerned Citizens of Tokeland" took issue with the tribe's plans to convert the parcels to trust status and remove the land from property tax rolls. They feared tribal members wouldn't have to follow local laws and that property values would drop with Indian housing nearby. But the tribe had an even bigger problem that still exists. The Shoalwater's one-square-mile reservation is half saltwater tidelands; the remainder is freshwater wetlands. Unpredictable conditions along Willapa Bay make it nearly impossible to build houses there. In 1995, the tribe gave up trying to resolves differences with Tokeland residents and went ahead and built three government-subsidized houses on one of the parcels."] http://www.columbian.com/  Brunswick, Mark. "Hwy 55 Study Finds No Sacred Sites; Reroute Work Could Start on Time; Indian Activists Vow to Protest," Minneapolis Star Tribune, 30 April 1999, 1B. ["A government-funded study shows no evidence to support claims that human remains or sacred American Indian sites lie in the path of the proposed reroute of Hwy. 55. In addition, the study, released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, says that four burr oak trees identified as sacred by Indian activists are too young to be of historic significance. Opponents of the reroute had hoped to show that construction would disturb sacred sites. They have asked that the planned road's path be changed, and they vowed Thursday to continue to protest. But Transportation Department officials said that barring additional legal action, construction is likely to begin on schedule. Bids are expected to be let in June, and construction on the $37.1 million project is set to begin in July. The project, in and near south Minneapolis, is scheduled to be completed by 2002."] http://www.startribune.com/  Cevallos, Diego. "Mayan Find Rewrites History," Inter Press Service, 30 April 1999. ["An archaeological find in the ancient Mexican city of Palenque, a key historical site of the Mayan people, promises to rewrite the history of the ethnic group, which developed one of Latin America's leading indigenous cultures. An altar found in Palenque shows that the Mayans reached that part of the southern state of Chiapas 3,309 years before the birth of Christ -- or 200 years earlier than thought, according to archaeologists. Other discoveries include inscriptions that speak of previously unknown "governors" of Palenque, which could shed light on the decline and fall of the Mayas and the unexplained reason why they abandoned cities where they had constructed large buildings aligned with the stars. Officials at Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology describe the discovery as the most important Mayan find since 1949."]  "Cherokee Nation Justice to Stay on Byrd's Case," Tulsa World, 30 April 1999. ["A Cherokee Nation justice, whose fairness has been questioned in a case against Chief Joe Byrd and the tribe's general counsel, refused to remove himself from the case Thursday. Philip Viles Jr., chief justice of the tribe's Judicial Appeals Tribunal, said his removal would have left the court with only one member. The other member of the court is Darrell Dowty, who was appointed by Byrd to fill one of two vacancies on the tribunal. Byrd and attorney Rex Earl Starr have been accused of contempt of the court by paying tribal district court judges, who Viles previously had said were on suspension without pay."] http://www.tulsaworld.com/  "Court Rules against Devil's Tower Climbers," The Denver Post, 30 April 1999, B02. ["American Indian religious ceremonies can continue at Devils Tower National Monument without disruption from hordes of rock climbers as a result of a U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued this week. The court ruled the National Park Service can accommodate Indian religious practices at Devils Tower by discouraging climbers during June. June is the month that 20 Great Plains Indian tribes traditionally hold sacred ceremonies at the 600-foot-tall butte in northeast Wyoming."] http://www.denverpost.com/  "Ex-chief of Cherokee Tribe Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 30 April 1999, AM Cycle. ["The former principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians pleaded guilty Friday to federal tax evasion after an indictment last fall accused him of accepting bribes while leading the 11,000-member tribe. Jonathan Taylor, 58, pleaded guilty to one one count of income tax evasion before U.S. Magistrate Max Cogburn in Asheville."] http://www.ap.org/  "Fed Judge Dismisses Tribes' Gaming Suit," Albuquerque Journal, 30 April 1999, B3. ["A federal district court judge threw out a lawsuit brought by two New Mexico tribes with casinos against Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. In dismissing the case against Babbitt, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth sharply criticized the Interior secretary. Royce said Babbitt believed revenue-sharing and regulatory-fee provisions of New Mexico's 1997 gambling compacts with Sandia and Isleta pueblos were illegal under federal law but he declined to disapprove them in an attempt to "evade responsibility." The pueblos claimed in the lawsuit that Babbitt failed to protect their interests by allowing regulatory-fee and revenue-sharing provisions in the compacts. The tribes brought the lawsuit in an attempt to remove the compacts' regulatory fees and 16 percent revenue sharing on net proceeds from slot machines. They claimed the provisions violated the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which prohibits states from profiting from Indian gambling."] http://www.abqjournal.com/  Gamble, David. "Treaty Rights 'Overlooked:' Mohawk Dissidents Ask Ottawa to Void Tax Deal with Quebec," The Gazette (Montreal), 30 April 1999, A12. ["Dissident Mohawks from Kahnawake presented the federal government with a 450-name petition yesterday calling for the annulment of the historic taxation deal reached between their First Nation council and the Quebec government one month ago. Delegates Stuart Myiow, a Mohawk traditionalist, and businessman John Stacey came to Parliament Hill to present their protest to Liberal MP David Iftody, parliamentary secretary to Indian Affairs Minister Jane Stewart. Stacey also delivered a second petition signed by 60 reserve business-owners. Both petitions argue the deal should be killed because residents were not properly consulted before the deal was signed. The two men argue the deal inked with much fanfare by Kahnawake chief Joe Norton and Deputy Premier Bernard Landry a month ago forfeits historic Mohawk treaty rights and will kill the reserve's economy and cost hundreds of Mohawks their jobs."] http://www.montrealgazette.com/  "Hawaiian Agency Lines up Dole, Mitchell for Supreme Court Case," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 30 April 1999, AM Cycle. ["Former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole has been hired by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to help defend against a U.S. Supreme Court challenge of the office's Hawaiians-only elections. Dole will be joined by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell of Maine, who helped broker Northern Ireland's Good Friday peace accords, and former Gov. John Waihee, who helped create OHA through a 1978 state constitutional amendment. All three work for the Washington law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand. OHA said Dole, Mitchell and Waihee will provide political and legal representation at the federal level and in Congress. At issue is a state law saying only Hawaiians can vote for and run for OHA's board of trustees. The agency was created to benefit the more than 200,000 island residents of Hawaiian descent."] http://www.ap.org/  Liberman, Ellen. "Tribe Offers New Details on Proposed Casino in Rhode Island," Providence Journal-Bulletin, 30 April 1999. ["Patrons of a proposed Narragansett Indian casino would shoot off Route 95 and land in the heart of one of the town's most comfortable suburbs. In its second meeting with the Town Council last night, the tribe presented more specific information about the casino's location and access, and its predicted impact on local traffic and crime rates. The picture was rosy: motorists would barely notice the influx of 10,000 more people a day to the town's southwestern corner and the per-capita crime rate might actually decrease. For residents of Nottingham Drive, a main thoroughfare in a tangle of suburban streets off Green Bush Road, the tribe's latest proposal confirmed their worst fears -- the casino itself would be an immediate neighbor, sited in a residentially zoned section, separated from the subdivisions around it by 50 feet."] http://www.projo.com/  Morris, Chris. "Defendant Pleads Self-defence in Shooting," Calgary Herald, 30 April 1999, A9. ["Noah Augustine told the jury at his murder trial on Thursday that it was fear for his life that made him take the life of Bruce Barnaby. Augustine, 28, an articulate spokesman for aboriginal rights in New Brunswick, said he had no choice but to shoot Barnaby, 41, during an argument last year at Barnaby's home on the Eel Ground First Nation." Appears under the same byline as: "Native Leader Pleads Self-defence in Murder Trial," The London Free Press, 30 April 1999, A14.] http://www.calgaryherald.com/  "N.B.'s Augustine Found Not Guilty," CBC Newsworld Online, 30 April 1999. ["New Brunswick native activist Noah Augustine has been acquitted of murder charges. Augustine was on trial in connection with last year's murder of Eel Ground native Bruce Barnaby."] http://newsworld.cbc.ca/cgi-bin/go.pl?1999/04/30/verdict990430  Pynn, Larry. "Gravel Moved to Cut Erosion, Flood Risk, Natives Say," The Vancouver Sun, 30 April 1999, A1. ["The Cheam Indian band claimed Thursday it acted within its aboriginal rights when it excavated at least 100,000 tonnes of gravel from a Fraser River island. The band says the gravel was taken to reduce riverbank erosion and the risk of flooding this spring. And while band officials say flooding and not profit was the overriding concern, they insist they have every right to sell the gravel. They say they planned to excavate the site soon anyway, regardless of the current flood risk."] http://www.vancouversun.com/  Snyder, George. "Novato Museum's Appraisal Day Teaches Value of Indian Culture," The San Francisco Chronicle, 30 April 1999, 3. ["Centuries of shattered tribes and cultures have left millions of pieces of Native American art and artifacts in the hands of America's non-Indian society. As diffused and removed in time and place as fragments from an exploded star, the value and significance of these artifacts are often unknown to their owners. Enter the Marin Museum of the American Indian in Novato. It's one of a growing number of institutions trying to put back together the living cultures of these communities and to celebrate a Native American renaissance. As part of that mission, the museum is holding its 17th annual Appraisal Day for Native American artifacts tomorrow. The event will feature Gary Spratt, who for 33 years has been an international consultant to museums and private collectors of North American and Oceanic art. People curious about the history or value of Native American artifacts they own can have them appraised during the event for a fee, which goes to the museum."] http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/  "Treaty Delay Worries Nisga'a," CBC Newsworld Online, 30 April 1999. ["Passage of the controversial Nisga'a treaty has been delayed again. This time, Ottawa is putting on the brakes."] http://newsworld.cbc.ca/cgi-bin/go.pl?1999/04/30/nisgaa990430  "Tribe Speaking Out against DOT Bridge Detour," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 30 April 1999, BC Cycle. ["Members of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe are worried about how a detour will affect ambulance service when a $ 1.32 million bridge reconstruction project starts later this summer. The proposed detour would add at least a half-hour to the trip from Fort Thompson to Chamberlain, said Randy Marks, director of transportation for the tribe. "We're worried that in a case of dire emergency, somebody might not make it to the hospital in time," Marks said. Fort Thompson is on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation."] http://www.ap.org/  "Tribes' Quest for Cascade Locks Casino Faces Kitzhaber's Opposition," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 30 April 1999, PM Cycle. [Gov. John Kitzhaber opposes an attempt by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to build a tribal casino on an island near this small city in the Columbia Gorge. Kitzhaber spokesman Bob Applegate said this week that the governor will not consider approving the casino because it would be on land newly acquired by the tribes and off their reservation. The federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act gives the Secretary of the Interior limited authority to take newly acquired, off-reservation lands into trust for gaming purposes, but a state's governor has what amounts to veto power on casinos proposed for such land. Applegate said the governor won't negotiate building a casino on tribal lands acquired after 1988, when the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act became law."] http://www.ap.org/  Wiebe, Mark. "Poor Medical Treatment Alleged at Leavenworth Mitterrand's Widow to Meet with Ailing Inmate Peltier," The Kansas City Star, 30 April 1999, B1. ["American Indian activist Leonard Peltier sat Thursday in the paneled visiting room of the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth and pondered what might come from his visit today with the widow of a late president of France. Danielle Mitterrand, human rights activist and widow of Francois Mitterrand, is president of the human rights organization France Libertes, in Paris. She is coming to investigate Peltier's allegations that the prison has not adequately treated health problems that have stemmed from a tetanus infection. A press conference in Leavenworth is scheduled to follow her visit."] http://www.kcstar.com/  "Woman Opposing Incumbent Tribal Governor Dismissed," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 30 April 1999, PM Cycle. ["A woman running on an election ticket against the Chickasaw Nation governor is no longer employed by the tribe. Beverly Tallbird was dismissed Monday by tribal Gov. Bill Anoatubby. Ms. Tallbird is running for lieutenant governor on the ticket with David Brown, the current lieutenant governor. Brown decided earlier this month to break ranks with Anoatubby and face him in the August election. Anoatubby said Ms. Tallbird was part of his administrative staff and took part in executive department decisions. He said they had a good working relationship, but that she could not serve as an administrator and seek office against him. He said he would consider rehiring Ms. Tallbird if she decided not to run for lieutenant governor."] 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.