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- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FYI: News Items of Interest, 2/15/2004 (3 items) Compiled by Jay Precht Additional information about sources available at the end of the message. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  “Feds to Give Refuge Jobs to 10 Tribes,” Joel Gay, The Associated Press State & Local Wire, February 16, 2004. [“ANCHORAGE: Federal officials are poised to give a noncompetitive bid to 10 northeastern Alaska tribes for work in the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, ranging from moose population surveys to changing oil in refuge vehicles. If the $59,000, one-year contract is approved, it would be the first in the nation in which a tribal organization used the Indian Self-determination and Education Assistance Act to take over activities on Department of the Interior lands, refuge manager Ted Heuer said. The refuge proposes to have the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments, whose members live in and around the 8.5 million-acre refuge north of Fairbanks, perform tasks that had been done by other contractors, or not been done, Heuer said. No refuge employees will lose their jobs, he said.”]  “Debate Over Tribal Jurisdiction at Standstill Police on the Omaha Reservation Want the Authority to Arrest non-Indians,” Paul Hammel, Omaha World Herald (Nebraska), February 15, 2004, 3b. Copyright 2004, The Omaha World-Herald Company. [“LINCOLN: Months of negotiations between the state and the Omaha Tribe over allowing tribal police to gain jurisdiction over non-Indians appear to have left the parties about where they started. No agreement has been signed. A major issue - the boundary of the Omaha Reservation and thus where tribal police could patrol - is still a matter of disagreement. . . . The issue has been an emotional one in Thurston County, where white farmers have purchased or leased thousands of acres of reservation land over the years. County officials maintain that the reservation ends at a railroad right of way just east of Pender, the county seat, citing a 1999 state court ruling. Tribal leaders, however, say the state cannot change the boundary Congress set in an 1865 treaty, which is the western border of the county.”]  “Virginia Tribes Link Recognition, Jamestown 'Celebration,'” The Associated Press State & Local Wire, February 15, 2004. [“JAMESTOWN, Va.: From the start, planners of the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement wanted the participation of Virginia's eight American Indian tribes. But after the chiefs pointed out that Virginia's Indians had no reason to celebrate the founding of the first permanent English settlement on their ancestral land, the yearlong series of events was swiftly renamed a ‘commemoration’ instead of a celebration. Now, however, several tribal chiefs say they may use the opportunity of the commemoration to boycott or stage alternative events if Congress does not soon pass a law approving federal recognition of the tribes. The recognition would open the door to federal grants and give them legal standing to retrieve their ancestors' remains from museum shelves.”] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FYI: News Items of Interest is a daily resource compiled by the H-AMINDIAN staff. It features a sampling of news stories concerning Native issues in Canada, the United States and Mexico. In order to comply with Academic Fair Use and copyright laws, only a summary of the news articles is offered here. We will not reproduce articles in whole. Only stories from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) offer a direct link to the article in question (the link follows immediately after the summary). However, online links to all of our sources are available at our website: http://www.asu.edu/clas/history/h-amindian/list.html. Your college, university, or public library may provide access to online data bases and services (such as Lexis-Nexis, ProQuest, or Dialog) with full-text versions of these and other stories. H-AMINDIAN is part of the H-NET family and is housed in the Department of History, Arizona State University.