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- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FYI: News Items of Interest, 3/4/2006 (5 items) Compiled by Azusa Ono Additional information about sources available at the end of the message. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  "Third Challenge Filed to Tribal Gay Marriage," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, March 4, 2006. Copyright 2006 Associated Press, All Rights Reserved. ["Tahlequah, OK: For the third time, a challenge has been filed against a lesbian couple whose marriage certificate was issued by the Cherokee Nation. Tribal court administrator Lisa Fields filed a petition for declaratory judgment from the tribe's Judicial Appeals Tribunal. The tribunal hasn't set a hearing, but the couple's lawyer said she will file a motion to dismiss the petition next week. Fields' suit is the third to be brought before the tribunal challenging the marriage of tribal citizens Kathy E. Reynolds and Dawn McKinley. Fields' petition contends that Cherokee laws never intended to recognize marriage between two people of the same gender.... The tribal council clarified the tribe's marriage laws on gender after the couple's certificate was issued in 2004."]  "Choctaw Casino Set to Debut in Durant," S.E. Ruckman, Tulsa World, March 4, 2006. Copyright 2006, Tulsa World. ["Durant, OK: The Choctaw Nation offered a sneak peek Friday at its new megacasino, showcasing its largest gaming expansion to date. The 150,000-member tribe will officially open the new gaming site to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, officials said. Situated along U.S. 69, the new casino appears like a mirage on a heavily traveled path to Dallas. The casino is part of a 50-acre development that includes a rodeo arena, coliseum and hotel. "Every day this week, we've had people trying to come in because they see the cars here and they think we're open," said Judy Allen, a tribal spokeswoman. The new 108,844-square-foot casino contains 1,426 gaming machines, some compacted and some older machine varieties. A total of 32 blackjack tables and a poker room with 18 poker tables are also in place."]  "Many Believe Rural-to-Urban Trend is Linked to High Fuel Prices," Alex DeMarban Eddie, March 4, 2006. The Associated Press State & Local Wire, March 4, 2006. Copyright 2006 Associated Press, All Rights Reserved. ["Anchorage: Val Warzewick never thought she would leave rural Alaska, but rising prices forced her out. She and her family moved last fall from Bethel to Wasilla. Charlie Johnson left his tiny Bristol Bay village last year. The school shut down because there weren't enough kids. He and his family moved to Anchorage. Valerie Davidson came to the city too. She left Bethel for a prominent job at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage. All three are among a growing number of Alaskans leaving villages and rural hubs such as Bethel for the state's more populated urban areas. The trend goes back at least to the 1990s when the timber and salmon fishing industries crashed, leading many rural residents to search elsewhere for jobs. But many people think the trend has accelerated in recent months, in large part because the high cost of gas and heating fuel more than $6 a gallon in some villages is pushing up the price of all goods. The number of Alaska Natives in Anchorage essentially doubled between 1980 and 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau from 8,482 to 16,565. An additional 7,238 people in the city told the census they were Native mixed with another race. (2000 was the first year respondents could report more than one primary race.) The latest state population estimates show the rural-to-urban movement has continued, said state demographer Greg Williams. More than 2,000 people left Alaska's off-road communities between 2004 and 2005. That includes 695 people from the Barrow, Nome and Kotzebue areas, 639 from Southeast Alaska, and 467 from Southwest Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. An additional 246 people left the Yukon-Koyukuk census area in the western Interior…. While the numbers aren't huge, the movement is thinning the population of some villages and is stressing urban services. It's forcing new city Natives to leave family members behind and adjust to a life that doesn't revolve around subsistence and traditional village lifestyles."]  "Tribe ‘Has a Place on the Map’: Casino Coming - As Snoqualmies Celebrate, Neighbors Voice Worries," Sonia Krishnan, The Seattle Times, March 4, 2006. Copyright 2006, The Seattle Times Company. ["Snoqualmie Tribe members gathered near their headquarters in Carnation on Friday to celebrate a long-awaited victory getting the nod this week from federal officials to move forward with plans to build a casino off Interstate 90 near North Bend. Meanwhile, residents in the neighborhood adjacent to the site voiced disappointment. ‘This is going to change the whole flavor of Snoqualmie,’ said Betty McJunkin, who has lived on Southeast 92nd Street for nearly 20 years. Construction is expected to start on Casino Snoqualmie in June and finish by fall 2007. The $90 million, 150,000-square-foot gaming center will include high-end restaurants, a cigar bar and areas for live entertainment…. In February 2001, tribal officials submitted an application to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to build a casino on a 56-acre parcel off Southeast North Bend Way. The land was granted federal reservation status Thursday. The designation means the parcel falls under tribal authority and paves the way for Snoqualmie to enter the multibillion-dollar gaming industry. ‘This is just the beginning,’ said Ray Mullen, tribal council member. ‘The work really starts now.’ The tribe is working with developer Jerry Moyes, owner of the Arizona-based companies MGU and MGU Development."]  "Tribe Angry over Flood Repair Delay," Suzanne Wilton, The Calgary Herald (Alberta), March 4, 2006, B3. Copyright 2006, The Calgary Herald, a division of Canwest MediaWorks Publication Inc., All Rights Reserved. ["Federal government foot-dragging has left Blood Tribe residents living in ‘deplorable’ housing conditions nine months after the devastating floods of 2005, says the band's chief. Chief Charles Weasel Head said Canada's largest reserve is facing a critical housing situation because it doesn't have the funds to make repairs to residences that were damaged in the devastating southern Alberta floods last year. ‘It's inexcusable for a government that has certain responsibilities to delay their response to an emergency,’ Weasel Head said Friday. The Blood Tribe estimates the total damage to roads, houses and buildings and infrastructure at more than $6.4 million. Many of the reserve's less than 1,400 homes were still in need of repairs from the previous flood, in 2002. Some remain unhabitable because of the added damage from a second water wave. An already dire housing situation is now even more critical, said Weasel Head, adding there were 282 applications this year for 10 new homes to be built on the sprawling reserve 200 kilometres south of Calgary. To date, the band has received just $200,000 from the federal government to make repairs. An additional $1.4 million is to come, and possibly another $500,000 after that. But Weasel Head said the delay has meant the band has had to divert revenues from other programs in order to front the costs. And when they do receive the additional cash, it won't nearly cover what's needed. ‘Our people have had to go through the winter season . . . not being able to address their situations,’ he said."] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 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.