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FYI: News Items of Interest, 4.7.00 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  Anderson, Dennis. "Outdoors: Sando Is Singing Different Tune Now," Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), 7 April 2000, 7C. ["Rod Sando, former Minnesota Department of Natural Resources commissioner, surfaced the other day in an opinion piece published in the Pioneer Press. Writing, presumably, from his new home in Idaho, where he is director of the Idaho Fish and Game Department, Sando took time from his busy schedule to inform Minnesotans, particularly Minnesota hunters and anglers, that they are a racist bunch. The former commissioner's little missive, though bearing some truth, nevertheless seemed overmuch, and not a little bit disingenuous, given that during eight years as head of the DNR, Sando failed to make any such assertions. Yet Sando's point now is that white Minnesotans' racist attitudes underscored their opposition to treaty rights claims voiced throughout the 1990s by the Mille Lacs and seven other bands of Chippewa. The Chippewa last year won a nearly decade-long court battle over off-reservation hunting and fishing rights in a 12-county region of east-central Minnesota. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the rights were preserved in an 1837 treaty."] http://www.startribune.com/  Ashton, Linda. "Business Owners Fear Alcohol Ban Will Hurt Tribal Economy," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 7 April 2000, AM cycle. ["Yakima, WA -- It's a decision tribal officials felt they had to make. The Yakama Nation has decided to go dry, a first step toward addressing alcohol problems on the sprawling Washington reservation. Some say the move was necessary to send a message about the ills of alcohol. But opponents fear the ban could shut down businesses, cause a decline in tourism and increase unemployment, with non-Indians boycotting tribal interests such as the Legends Casino. "The ban will definitely close us down," said Joe White, owner of Joe's Place in Wapato. "Of course, we all have bills and mortgages to pay on our places ... there will be some bankruptcies and businesses folding.""] http://www.ap.org/  "Axworthy to Attend UN Commission on Human Rights," Canadian Corporate Newswire, 7 April 2000. ["Ottawa, Ontario -- Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy today announced that he will be in Geneva, April 12 and 13, to attend the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR). Minister Axworthy will address the Commission on April 13. "Respect for human rights and freedoms is fundamental to human security," said Mr. Axworthy. "The Commission plays an important role in examining serious and widespread human rights violations and in furthering international human rights standards. As such, it is an important vehicle for Canada in promoting human rights - in particular for those most vulnerable, such as women, children and Indigenous people.""] http://www.newswire.ca/  Barnard, Jeff. "Council Boosts Sport Fishery Quota Over Kitzhaber's Objections," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 7 April 2000, PM cycle. ["Portland, OR -- Federal fisheries managers gave a little boost to the quota of hatchery coho salmon that sport fishermen can catch this summer off the central Oregon Coast, despite the Oregon governor's fears that the season will hurt returns of threatened wild fish. With the support of representatives from California, Idaho and Indian tribes, the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted 7-5 Thursday to boost last year's quota of 15,000 fish to 20,000 during a five-day-per week season this July between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain. Oregon and the National Marine Fisheries Service voted against the increase."] http://www.ap.org/  Bartelli, Don, and Martin Beck. "A Closer Look: A Spirited Race: Mountain Bike Pow Wow Brings Riders Close to Nature During a Grueling Journey in Cleveland National Forest," Los Angeles Times, 7 April 2000, B6. ["It was just after daybreak Saturday on Blackstar Canyon Road and 135 mountain bikers awaited the signal to start a very tough ride on Saddleback Mountain. Before race director Chris Vargas gave that signal, he blessed the gathering with a sheaf of burning white sage while Mac Lopez, a Shoshone Indian and Rancho Santa Margarita resident, played a lilting tune on his wooden flute. Vargas urged the bikers to respect Mother Earth and do their part to help preserve the mountainous ground they were about to ride over. After going over checkpoints and safety precautions, Vargas stepped aside and beckoned the riders to begin their challenge. It was a reverential start for the fifth Mountain Bike Pow Wow, a brutal endurance test organized annually by the Warrior's Society of the Santa Ana Mountains (http://www.warriorssociety.org/)."] http://www.latimes.com/  Buffalo, Mel H., President - Indian Association of Alberta, "Letters to the Editor," The Edmonton Sun, 7 April 2000, 1. ["RE: "NATIVES to open casinos." I have some thoughts on the issue. In my travels across Canada and the United States in the past few years to native casinos, I discovered some interesting developments for native people. In Arizona, the casino industry brought into the economy over $ 5 billion last year. Several native communities in Arizona are now beneficiaries of that casino windfall ... I believe that establishing Indian-controlled casinos on reserves by using the American model would be the best solution. We need leadership on this issue not only by natives but as well by the premier, prime minister and the public."] http://www.canoe.ca/EdmontonSun/home.html  Cannizaro St. Bernard, Steve. "Seminoles Honored by National Guard; Tribe's Members Were at Barracks in 1800s," The Times-Picayune, 7 April 2000, B1. ["For James E. Billie, chief of the Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida, going to the Jackson Barracks National Guard post in New Orleans on Thursday was like a history lesson about his people. Billie was among more than 100 Seminoles from Florida and Oklahoma honored by the Louisiana National Guard in ceremonies at the Barracks. The tribute, including a monument dedication and an exchange of gifts, was in remembrance of the forced relocation of about 3,000 Seminoles from their native Florida to Oklahoma from the 1830s to the 1850s ... "We (Seminole people) have heard legends and stories over the years of something that seems like it never happened," Billie said of the forced move of his people. "I wanted to come here and retrace it myself. We wanted to see where the emigration took place."] http://www.timespicayune.com/  "Clinton to Make Stop on Navajo Reservation," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 7 April 2000, BC cycle. ["Phoenix -- President Clinton, the first sitting president to tour an Indian reservation since Franklin D. Roosevelt did it in 1936, is returning to Indian country. Clinton is scheduled to visit the Navajo Nation on April 18 in Shiprock, N.M., as part of a longer trip designed to help bridge the so-called digital divide - the technology gap between rich and poor."] http://www.ap.org/  "Colville Council Delays Approving Deal," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 7 April 2000, AM cycle. ["Omak, WA -- Hold your horses! The return of the Suicide Race to the Omak Stampede is not yet a done deal. The Colville Confederated Tribes' governing Business Council on Thursday delayed voting on a deal that would return the race and Indian encampment to the Stampede. Council members wanted clarification on three issues, said Fred Winningham, president of the Omak Stampede Board ... Winningham said the council was concerned about wording in the agreement involving a Stampede board representative who would attend tribal meetings. There were also questions about the supply of city water to the encampment, and about city ownership of Eastside Park, where the encampment has traditionally been held."] http://www.ap.org/  "Conoco Officials Want to Open 'Dialogue' with Flatbed Reservation Tribes," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 7 April 2000, BC cycle. ["Pablo -- Conoco Pipeline Co. officials apologized to the tribes of the Flathead Reservation recently for the disrespect shown tribal members and their land in the past. They also offered to open discussions on problems that led the tribes to kick the Yellowstone Pipeline off the reservation. "We were real grateful for the opportunity to talk with them," Tom Wanzeck, a vice president of Conoco Pipeline Co. in Englewood, Colo., told the Missoulian newspaper. "There was some good sharing. We wanted to rebridge our connection with an important constituent." The meeting was "just talk" and not an invitation for the pipeline company to return to the reservation, said Sonny Morigeau, a tribal council member from Dixon."] http://www.ap.org/  Cranston, Valerie. "Desert Spring Keeps Guard Over Traces of Long History," The Denver Post, 7 April 2000, A-28. ["Carlsbad, NM -- Where water flows, there's often history to be told. On property south of Black River Village Road owned by W.D. Bounds and his son, Cecil, the crystal clear headwaters of Blue Springs percolate from the earth and appear out of the hillside as if from nowhere ... 'All I thought about years ago was how am I ever going to own Blue Springs,' Bounds added. It's not just the astonishing sight of Bounds' beloved Blue Springs in the midst of the hot, arid desert that makes this area so intriguing, it's the historic evidence of early human inhabitants. On top of a hill not far from the headwaters of Blue Springs are massive rocks with numerous Indian grinding holes ... Scattered around another area of the property are several earthen dugouts. Early inhabitants lived in those dwellings, arranged as though to form a small community. Although the ravages of time and weather have taken their toll, the imagery of a primitive existence is apparent."] http://www.denverpost.com/  "Crees Receive Canada-Wide Support in Their Case to Reinstate Judge in Forestry Case," Canada NewsWire, 7 April 2000. ["Montreal -- Aboriginal and environmental groups from across Canada have weighed in to support the James Bay Crees in their effort to have Justice Croteau reinstated in their forestry case. Early last month, Justice Croteau became the first Judge in Canadian history to be forcibly removed from a constitutional case through an official motion sponsored by a government. National Chief Phil Fontaine, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Chief Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations for Quebec and Labrador, Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton, Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, Grand Chief Michael Mitchell (Kanentakeron), Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Grand Chief James Gabriel, Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake ... have all signed declarations in support of the Crees' attempt to have the Court of Appeal overturn the judgment of Chief Justice Lyse Lemieux. In her decision, Justice Lemieux ordered that Justice Croteau be removed from hearing the ongoing court battle which has pitted the Crees against Canada, Quebec and 27 forestry companies."] http://www.newswire.ca/  "Dhaliwal Announces Marshall Fishing Agreements Coming into Place," Canadian Corporate Newswire, 7 April 2000. ["Halifax, NS -- The conditions are coming into place for a successful, orderly, and regulated Aboriginal fishery in the Maritimes and Quebec, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Herb Dhaliwal said today. "We have already made interim fishing agreements or agreements in principle with more than a third of the Aboriginal communities, and we are optimistic that most will be in place before the end of May," Mr. Dhaliwal said. "We will work with all groups towards ensuring a successful commercial fishery." Last fall the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a historic decision affecting Mi'kmaq and Maliseet peoples in the Maritimes and Quebec. They have a clear communal right to fish commercially towards a moderate livelihood."] http://www.newswire.ca/  "Diavik and Dobribs Sign Participation Agreement," Canada NewsWire, 7 April 2000. ["Yellowknife, NT -- Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. (DDMI) is pleased to announce that yesterday, at a formal ceremony in the Dogrib community of Wha Ti, they signed a Participation Agreement with the Dogrib Treaty 11 Council for the Diavik Diamonds Project ... The Dogrib Participation Agreement reflects and reinforces the principles of mutual respect, active partnership, and long term commitment that have guided the working relationship between the Dogribs and DDMI since the Project's inception."] http://www.newswire.ca/  Egbert, Bill, and Maki Becker. "Feds Roll the Dice on Catskills Casino," Daily News (New York), 7 April 2000, 4. ["An Indian-run casino is in the cards for the Catskills, the federal government decided yesterday. Now all the St. Regis Mohawk tribe needs is the state's stamp of approval to build a $500 million, 700,000-square-foot casino and convention center in Monticello, 75 miles from New York City. "For the first time, there was hope in the area," said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) who lobbied the Bureau of Indian Affairs for approval of the casino. Gov. Pataki generally has supported casinos in resort areas of the state. But spokesman Michael McKeon said last night the governor wanted to hear more details before making any decisions."] http://www.mostnewyork.com/ SEE ALSO: Bagu, Charles V. "Tribe Wins Federal Approval for Casino in the Borscht Belt," The New York Times, 7 April 2000, B1. http://www.nytimes.com/ Lovett, Kenneth. "Catskills Casino Clears Hurdle," The New York Post, 7 April 2000, 002. http://www.nypostonline.com/  Egelko, Bob. "Dissenters Day Rich Should Have Had Ceremony Before Execution," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 7 April 2000, BC cycle. ["San Francisco -- Four federal appeals court judges took issue with their colleagues and criticized the state Friday for refusing to let Darrell Rich take part in an Indian sweat lodge ceremony before his execution March 15. Rich was put to death by lethal injection at San Quentin for murdering three women and an 11-year-old girl in ... 1978. Rich, who claimed Cherokee heritage, asked to undergo last rites in a sweat lodge on the prison grounds that is used by other Indian prisoners. Prison officials refused, saying the lodge is off-limits to death row inmates because of security concerns. A federal judge ruled in the state's favor, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to intervene on the day before the execution ... "Neither the Constitution nor human decency permits us to deny a condemned man his last rites based on the implausible security concerns advanced by the state," said Judge Stephen Reinhardt."] http://www.ap.org/  "Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que Opens New Location in Addison, Illinois," Business Wire, 7 April 2000. ["Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que, opened Thursday, March 30, 2000 ... in Addison, marks the company's fourth location in Illinois and 32nd unit overall with locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska and Virginia ... "Famous" Dave Anderson is a member of the Choctaw, Chippewa and Ojibwa Indian tribes and in celebration of his Native American heritage, continued his opening tradition with the "Passing of the Fire" ceremony. With each restaurant opening, a ceremonial fire that originally began at the first Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que in Hayward, Wisconsin, is brought from the last opened restaurant and passed on to the newest location. The "Passing of the Fire" ceremony took place at the restaurant during the official opening and ribbon cutting festivities with Village of Addison and Chamber of Commerce officials on Thursday."] http://www.businesswire.com/  Friday, Cindy. "Buffalo Bill's Wild Wild West: Everything You Wanted to Know About a Frontier Legend in Artifacts, Photos, and Film," The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA.), 7 April 2000, AA03. ["The unprecedented collection [the 350-piece Buffalo Bill's Wild West exhibit at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles] includes such attention-grabbers as an 1867 Concord stage coach, Annie Oakley's gold-plated single-shot rifle and the war bonnet of Iron Tail, head of the show's Indian contingent for at least 10 years. For more than 30 years in the United States and in Europe, Buffalo Bill's Wild West extravaganza -- part melodrama, part circus -- exposed millions of people to images of the West that would later become staples of movie westerns ... [Buffalo Bill] returned to the U.S. Army as a scout from 1868 to 1877, participated in the Indian Wars of 1876, and received a Congressional Medal of Honor for trailing a group of Indians who had stolen Army horses. These frontier experiences became fodder for his Wild West show, which he started in 1884 in St. Louis. The show re-enacted the more dramatic aspects of frontier life including battles with American Indians, most famously a reenactment of Custer's last stand at the battle of Little Big Horn. Sitting Bull, perhaps the most famous of the frontier Indians, participated briefly in the show in 1885."] http://www.inlandempireonline.com/  "Full House Resorts, Inc. Announces 1999 Results, Dismissal of LS Capital Litigation, and Business Update," PR Newswire, 7 April 2000. ["Full House Resorts, Inc. announced today that it reported a net loss of $1,499,500, or $0.17 per share for 1999, compared to net income of $724,309 or $0.05 per share for 1998. Earnings for 1999 were negatively impacted by development costs for the Hard Rock-Biloxi of $1,644,542, joint venture pre-opening costs of $515,802, and a change in accounting for start-up costs of $543,870, net of tax. The Company's joint venture revenues increased slightly as a result of improved performance at both Midway Slots & Simulcast and The Mill Casino, the company's joint ventures in Delaware and Oregon, respectively. Joint venture pre-opening costs reflect the increased activity to assist the Huron Potawatomi Tribe in Battle Creek, Michigan, and the Torres Martinez Tribe in Thermal, California as they move forward in their pursuit of developing gaming enterprises."] http://www.prnewswire.com/  Graettinger, Diana. "Tribe Claims Authority Over Fishing: Passamaquoddy Action Angers Down East Guides, Sporting Camp Owners," Bangor Daily News (Bangor, Maine), 7 April 2000. ["Grand Lake Stream -- The Passamaquoddy Tribe has left anglers dangling as they try to determine if tribal wardens can impose fines on fishermen who stray into reservation waters. In Passamaquoddy Fishing Regulations released this week, the tribe makes far-reaching claims of jurisdiction over most of the bodies of water in eastern Washington County, including all of the St. Croix River and several lakes and brooks. The regulations indicate the tribe will charge $ 20 for a seven-day Passamaquoddy fishing license, or $ 40 for a seasonal license. Anglers fishing without a license would face heavy penalties, with fines ranging as high as $ 1,000 and including seizure and loss of all equipment such as boats and motors."] http://www.bangornews.com/  "Lamberth Threatens Babbitt With Second Contempt Finding," The Bulletin's Frontrunner, 7 April 2000. ["The Wall Street Journal (4/7) reported in its Washington Wire column, " Federal Judge Royce Lamberth threatens to find Interior Secretary Babbitt in contempt for a second time over handling Indian trust funds, for delays in a computer system to fix the problems."] http://www.freerepublic.com/  "Learning to Play the Game," [Editorials], The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA.), 7 April 2000, A08. ["Ask most people who were of motoring age in the '70s what gas lines were like, and they will probably remember in vivid detail ... In the same way, the 1,200 or so drivers who bought gas this week at the Morongo Shell on I-10 in Cabazon are likely to remember the experience, too. Most of them waited an hour-and-a-half in line to buy $ 1-a-gallon gas in a $ 1.70-a-gallon economy. However, few of them might have been aware that they were witnessing something even more memorable. This gasoline was being sold at a steep loss by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. The sale was a gesture of thanks -- worth about $ 80,000 -- to Californians whose two successive votes have ensured that gambling, complete with modern slot machines, will continue in Indian casinos."] http://www.inlandempireonline.com/  Meara, Emmet. "House Approves Bill Adding to Indian Territory," Bangor Daily News (Bangor, Maine), 7 April 2000. ["Augusta -- By a vote of 78-68, the House approved a bill in first reading Thursday to make Albany Township part of Passamaquoddy Indian territory. Opponents said the bill could open the way for a large bingo hall or gambling casino in the area, but tribal representatives said the bill would simply clarify the 1980 Indian Land Claims Settlement Act ... The bill was about much more than bingo halls, according to sponsor Rep. Donald Soctomah, the Passamaquoddy tribal representative. "For me and my tribe, this is about turning your back on the commitment made in 1992 regarding the 1980 land settlement. This will complete the job," he said."] http://www.bangornews.com/  "More New Yorkers Purchasing Gas and Cigarettes on Native Reservations to Avoid Paying the State Cigarette Tax," Morning Edition, National Public Radio (NPR), 7 April 2000. ["Bob Edwards, host: On March 1st, New York raised its tax on cigarettes again, making it the highest in the nation. The increase has exacerbated the competition that exists between American Indian vendors who do not have to collect state sales tax and merchants off the reservation who do. Mike McKay of member station WBFO reports from Buffalo. Mike McKay reporting: On the Cadaragas Indian Reservation just south of Buffalo, non-native customers regularly visit the smoke shops and gas stations. Karen Wofile(ph) lives four miles from the nearest native smoke shop. Ms. Karen Wofile: I'm saving at least $ 15 to $ 18 a carton by buying the cartons at the reservation, and also gas. Gas, I'm saving probably 10 to 15, almost 20 cents a gallon by buying my gas at the reservation. McKay: An organization of 3,000 mom-and-pop stores and independent gas stations across the state reports a 30- to 50-percent drop in cigarette sales since March 1st, not counting the loss of related purchases of milk and bread that smokers would make. Jim Calvin of the New York State Association of Convenience Stores says his members pump $ 1 billion into the western New York economy each year and unless something is done to even the playing field, much of the revenue will disappear ... McKay: The dispute has been simmering for quite some time. The law says state tax can be collected from non-Indian customers making purchases on reservation land. But last summer a state Supreme Court justice said Governor George Pataki was justified in not enforcing the state's tax collection laws on the reservation. The justice cited the difficulty in dealing with divided tribal governments and the inflammatory nature of the issue. In 1997, Native Americans and state police squared off over taxes. Violence broke out when Indians blocked the interstate. Marilyn Anderson operates three Seneca Nation gas stations and mini-marts. Anderson says native businesses have found a loophole in the state's own tax law and they're going to continue using it to their advantage. Ms. Marilyn Anderson: People always say, 'Yeah, if that's a business person off reservation, that's called shrewd,' you know, 'they found a way to make it work.' But we do it and we're a criminal. And that's not fair. Because we're not criminals, we're just trying to make a living."] http://www.npr.org/  "Officer Who Shot Woman Resigns," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 7 April 2000, PM cycle. ["Carnegie, OK -- A Carnegie police officer has resigned, three weeks after being involved in a fatal shooting that local Indian leaders suggested was racially motivated. Officer Russell Williams said he has received death threats since the March 21 shooting of Carmen Ybarra. He shot the woman three times after she failed to stop charging at him with a broken shovel. Ybarra was Kiowa-Apache, and the shooting raised questions of racism by local American Indian leaders. On Thursday, nearly 200 angry Kiowa tribal members marched on City Hall to demand the town council fire Williams and Police Chief Randall Hileman. They carried 692 signatures and racial accusations against the Carnegie Police Department."] http://www.ap.org/  O'Neil, Peter. "Ottawa to Hike Native Land-Claims Funding: The Increase Is Aimed at Accelerating Dozens of Treaty Talks in B.C.," The Vancouver Sun, 7 April 2000, A11. ["The federal government will announce today a substantial hike in funding in order to accelerate dozens of aboriginal land-claim and self-government treaty negotiations in B.C. Annual funding for the B.C. Treaty Commission, which averaged $28 million over the past four years, will soar to $40 million this year and for the subsequent three years ... The Treasury Board decision Thursday sets the stage for a series of agreements in coming years patterned after the controversial $487-million Nisga'a treaty that is about to become law following a final vote in the Senate. Critics say the precedent-setting Nisga'a deal, which includes $253 million in federal cash and 2,000 square kilometres of land, violates the Constitution by giving the northwestern B.C. band powers in areas like language and culture that take precedence over federal and provincial law."] http://www.vancouversun.com/  "One Year Later, New Territory Facing Same Old Problems," The Associated Press, 7 April 2000, PM cycle. ["Iqaluit, Nunavut -- No one expected miracles a year ago when a fifth of Canada became the Inuit homeland called Nunavut. Widespread poverty, unemployment, crime, substance abuse and a high suicide rate continue to beset the Arctic region as large as Western Europe with a population of 25,000. Yet the head of Nunavut's 19-seat legislature, the first in Canada or the United States to be dominated by native Americans, says tiny steps toward growth and development have occurred. "I saw my first group of Japanese tourists in Rankin Inlet this year," Premier Paul Okalik said. "That's a good sign." Nunavut lobbyists argue in the United States to ease restrictions on seal exports and in Ottawa to increase the territory's share of the turbot off its coasts. Projects to exploit natural resources - an exploratory crab fishery up the coast of Baffin Island and a commercial caribou harvest in Rankin Inlet, off Hudson Bay - have begun."] http://www.ap.org/  "Panel Focus Attention on Use of Indians for School Mascots," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 7 April 2000, AM cycle. ["Portland, ME -- Indians are continuing to protest symbols that they find offensive following the signing of a bill that restricts the use of the word "squaw" at public sites. Attendees at a forum Thursday at the University of Southern Maine expressed their anger over school mascots named for Indian stereotypes that they said degrade and demean Indian Culture. Panelists said one school team's name, the Scarborough Redskins, recalled the days when European settlers were paid a bounty for Indians' bloody scalps. "Something like that is represented in our school, and my kids have to walk by it every day," said J.B. Whipple, a Micmac woman from Scarborough who once came home to find that a group of kids had dropped by to beat up her son because he was a "redskin.""] http://www.ap.org/  Pearson, Michael. "Police Promise Stepped-Up Patrols, Arrests if ATV Damage to Mounds Continues," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 7 April 2000, AM cycle. ["Cahokia Mounds State Historical Site III -- The word went out Friday to ATV users who have been using this prehistoric Indian site as their personal playground: knock it off or face fines, jail time, even forfeiture of the pricey vehicles. Authorities say a dramatic increase in illegal all-terrain vehicle use in recent months is causing irreparable damage to the nearly 1,000-year-old mounds - considered one of the nation's archaeological treasures - prompting authorities to appeal for public help. "We are requesting their help in spreading the word that the Cahokia Mounds is a unique archaeological site and it is an area we need to protect, not destroy with off-road vehicles," said Lt. Mark Koelker of the Illinois State Police."] http://www.ap.org/  Quan, Douglas. "Inuit Tragedy Going Hollywood: Oscar-Winner Wants to Film Story of Boy Exhibited by Museum," The Ottawa Citizen, 7 April 2000, A5. ["Northern Canadian writer Kenn Harper has won praise from Academy Award- winning actor Kevin Spacey for his account of the 100-year-old story of Minik, a young Inuit child who was exploited by a New York museum. This month, Mr. Harper, who lives in Iqaluit, is releasing the first commercial edition of his book, Give Me My Father's Body: The Life of Minik, The New York Eskimo, with a foreword from Mr. Spacey, who has also secured the movie rights to the story of the boy who was brought to the U.S. with his father and three other Inuit. In an interview with the Citizen last night, Mr. Harper said recognition of the mistreatment the Inuit faced at the hands of the Americans -- they were put on display at the museum and gawked at by thousands of visitors as if they were zoo animals -- is overdue."] http://www.ottawacitizen.com/  Reed, Leslie, and Robynn Tysver. "In the Legislature," Omaha World-Herald, 7 April 2000, 18. ["Lincoln, NE -- Indian Schools A bill (LB 1401) that would free up money for American Indian schools has been approved by the Legislature and sent to the governor. The change was expected to result in at least $ 1 million in additional aid. The bill would increase state aid to the Omaha and Winnebago reservations. Three other school districts in Santee, Walthill and Minatare could potentially qualify."] http://www.omaha.com/OWH/  "Report: Trump Organization Has Option on Possible Casino Site," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 7 April 2000, BC cycle. ["Stonington, Conn. -- Should the Paucatuck Eastern Pequots receive federal recognition, Donald Trump apparently has a location for their casino. Trump has a development deal with the tribe, and according to a report in The Hartford Courant, options on 40 acres of land at the intersection of I-95 and Route 2 in Stonington. The Paucatuck Eastern Pequots and the Eastern Pequots, who share a 224-acre reservation in North Stonington, were recommended for federal recognition last month by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. Final approval could come this summer. Recognition would allow the tribes to negotiate with the state to build casinos."] http://www.ap.org/  Snow, Tony. "Memo Prompts the Rise of New Jim Crow," [Opinion], The Detroit News, 7 April 2000, 13. ["Love, it turns out, truly is blind -- unless you work for the Clinton White House. Let me explain: In recent years, Americans have become increasingly multicultural in matters of the heart. Nearly one-tenth of new marriages with a black partner involve a white mate; as many as a fifth include a nonblack mate. The mixed-marriage figure rises to more than 25 percent among Filipino-Americans and 50 percent among native Americans. Furthermore, the rate of such unions is skyrocketing. Douglas Besharov and Timothy Sullivan four years ago reported a strong, unambiguous trend toward integration within American families -- at a time when so many public figures are bemoaning a deterioration of race relations and a further separation of the races."] http://www.detnews.com/  "Seminole Tribe's Purchase of Land Raises Concerns About Casino," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 7 April 2000, BC cycle. ["Kissimmee, FL -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida has purchased land in Osceola County, raising local concerns that the tribe will build a casino on the site. The tribe, using the name S.T.O.F. Holdings Ltd., has quietly bought nearly 130 acres west of Florida's Turnpike and east of Lake Tohopekaliga. The area is about 15 miles east of Walt Disney World. Eric Dorsky, a lawyer for the tribe, said Thursday that the tribe paid $1.9 million. Dorsky refused to answer questions about plans for the land but said no one should assume gambling is on the way to Osceola County."] http://www.ap.org/  "State and Regional," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 7 April 2000, PM cycle. ["Klamath Falls, OR -- The Klamath Tribes have settled a lawsuit over Indian burial sites at the River's End Ranch in Lake County ... The complex legal dispute began in 1994 when human bones were found at an earthen dam at the River's End Ranch, located near Valley Falls about 25 miles north of Lakeview. The dam was built as part of a wetlands restoration project by Klamath Falls auto dealer Oliver Spires, Ducks Unlimited and various state and federal agencies. It was later revealed that federal agencies were aware the area had been an Indian village site that dated back 5,000 years. Spires was indicted in 1996 by a federal grand jury on various charges. In 1997, following a "global" settlement with the Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs, Paiute spiritual leader Wilson Wewa Jr., and the Fort Bidwell Tribe, Spires was sentenced to four years probation on misdemeanor charges of damaging an archeological site. U.S. District Judge Malcolm Marsh, who heard the case, dismissed claims against Spires, Mountain Pacific Construction Co., the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Marsh later ordered the Klamath Tribes to pay about $40,000 in legal fees to Spires and Mountain Pacific after determining the tribes were "unreasonable" because they failed to abide by the settlement. The tribes filed an appeal asking for a review of Marsh's rulings. The recent settlement, whose details was not disclosed, ends the dispute between the tribes and Spires and Mountain Pacific."] http://www.ap.org/  "State and Regional," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 7 April 2000, BC cycle. ["Yuma, AZ -- Yuma is ready to begin shipping its garbage to a landfill in the eastern part of the county as soon as the city can cancel a contract with the Cocopah Indian Nation. The city's contract to use the Cocopah Landfill runs until September 2001, but the tribal council decided it wanted the landfill closed early in order to minimize closing costs. Consequently, the city negotiated a 20-year contract with Waste Management Inc. to use a different landfill. It's only waiting now for the tribe to sign off on the cancelation. The tribe wants its attorneys to have more time to study the language of the contract, Tribal Resource Planner Paul Soto said."] http://www.ap.org/  Sullivan, Pat. "Begay Breaks New Ground Shooting 74 at Augusta," The San Francisco Chronicle, 7 April 2000, E10. ["Notah Begay III, the first full-blooded American Indian to win on the PGA Tour, yesterday became the first of his race to compete in the Masters Tournament. He conquered some early butterflies for a 2-over-par 74, not a bad score under the conditions. After his round, Begay offered a tribute to Lee Elder, who became the first black golfer to play in the Masters Tournament 25 years ago. "I owe a lot to Lee," the 1995 Stanford graduate said. "He had to come down here after enduring a lot of racism, people yelling outside the gates. I just met him for the first time two weeks ago." Begay said his experiences with bigotry have been relatively mild. But there was that one time he'll always remember, he said, when he played in a prestigious amateur event "in the Northeast somewhere" and, upon approaching the clubhouse door, was asked to use the service entrance."]  "Tribe Plans $100 Million Casino on Small Reservation," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 7 April 2000, BC cycle. ["San Diego -- The Jamul Indians want to build a $100 million high-rise hotel and casino that would cover nearly five of their reservation's six acres. Tribal leaders and their developer announced the project this week, despite opposition from neighbors rankled over the prospect. The tribe plans to move the homes for its 56 members onto an adjacent parcel of land to make way for the casino and eventually make that property part of an expanded reservation. The casino plan is the fourth announced in the region since 11 local tribes signed gambling compacts with Gov. Gray Davis in September."] http://www.ap.org/  "UAF Gets Grant to Help Preserve Old Films Documenting Alaska Natives," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 7 April 2000, BC cycle. ["Fairbanks -- The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the University of Alaska Fairbanks a $70,000 grant to help preserve old films documenting Alaska Natives, their activities and their settings ... The federal agency said [that 295] grants were given to preserve America's cultural heritage, expand scholar knowledge and disperse it via museums, libraries, public radio and television."] http://www.ap.org/  "UI Library Releases Book About Treaty," Lewiston Morning Tribune, 7 April 2000, 6C. ["Moscow -- The University of Idaho Library has just published a book highlighting the historical events that took place following the signing of the 1863 Nez Perce Treaty. The book, "The Reports in the Aftermath of the 1863 Nez Perce Treaty by Chief Lawyer, Governor Caleb Lyon, General Benjamin Alvord and Indian Agent James O'Neill," features seven letters written by Rev. Henry Harmon Spalding, who originally arrived in Lapwai in 1836 as a missionary. The letters appeared in an obscure San Francisco religious newspaper, The Pacific, in 1865. They have never been reprinted and no one in Idaho owns holdings of this rare newspaper, according to UI Librarian Dennis Baird. The 1863 treaty is one of two the Nez Perce people signed in the mid-19th century. Both treaties address issues, including fishing rights and wildlife, which are prevalent topics in today's society."] http://www.lmtribune.com/  "University of North Dakota UND Multicultural Student Services Presents ALANA Student Leadership Conference," M2 Presswire, 7 April 2000. [""Promoting a Diverse Environment Through Objectivity, Enlightenment and Acceptance" is the theme for the First Annual African Latino Asian Native American (ALANA) Student Leadership Conference sponsored by the University of North Dakota's Multicultural Student Services ... A variety of topics will be covered during the conference including: ... Fort Berthold and the Garrison Dam ... [and] Mock Tribal Court Hearing."] http://www.m2.com/M2_PressWIRE/index.html  "Victoria Offers Funding to Help BCTF Recruit Aboriginals," The Vancouver Sun, 7 April 2000, B7. ["The provincial government will spend $12,500 to help the B.C. Teachers' Federation in its drive to get more aboriginal teachers into the public school system. The funds were to be announced today by Sue Hammell, minister responsible for the public service. The money is intended to help the BCTF create an employment equity council, establish a registry of aboriginal teachers and encourage aboriginal support workers in schools to become teachers."] http://www.vancouversun.com/  Yaffe, Barbara. "Grits Play Race Card to Deflect Aboriginal Funding Critics: Both First Nations Grassroots and Taxpayers Stand to Lose by the Fiscal Mismanagement by Band Councils on Some Reserves," The Vancouver Sun, April 2000, A19. ["Canadians are growing increasingly cynical about the billions being transferred annually to native people. They wonder why, after so many years and so much subsidization, conditions on so many reserves remain so pathetic. Reports about overcrowded housing, lack of sewage treatment or access to potable water, and widespread unemployment are as regular as the spring rain. But any questioning of the way cash gets spent on the reserves is considered politically incorrect by both the Assembly of First Nations, representing Canada's aboriginal leadership, and the federal government. Canadians, who in the coming year will allocate $4.8 billion to aboriginal people through the department of Indian affairs and northern development, essentially have been told by Ottawa that they do not have a right to demand accountability."] http://www.vancouversun.com/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - This feature is compiled daily by the H-AMINDIAN project housed in the Department of History, Arizona State University, and includes news items appearing in a wide range of regional, national, and international newspapers, newswires, and other media outlets. It is not comprehensive, but it is a representative reference to mainstream media coverage for the previous day. 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