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In The Hoop
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2001

Welcome to In The Hoop, Indianz.Com's occasional column about assorted Indian issues.

In The Hoop: The Scorecard
Is it Friday already? That means it's time for the weekly list of who were the movers and shakers in Indian Country and beyond.

The Winners
Al-Jazeera Television - Everybody wants to watch you, although some might want to shut you down. We wish we could understand your web site, but we love the pretty pictures. More!

Native Hawaiians - For getting the U.S. Army to agree to most of your concerns about bombing of sacred sites. And for being nice about it.

The Eastern Pequot Tribe - For finding out the names of former Bureau of Indian Affairs researchers now working against your interests. Even if the state of Connecticut said you weren't entitled to the information.

The Puyallup Tribe and Friends - For seeing a challenge to your fishing rights rejected by the Supreme Court. Judge Boldt lives on.

The Losers
The Department of Interior - For fighting so much that you can't even code web pages correctly. Or provide a trust fund report to the media, and to the court, on time. Or hide alleged intimidation like you used to back in the good 'ole days, allegedly

Anti-Pequot Towns - For dropping out of talks with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of Connecticut. And for joining a national anti-treaty rights group known for violent encounters. And for screwing up your allegory.

Bureau of Acknowledgment and Research staff - For drawing the ire of just about everyone. Back to the henhouse!

Indian Country health - For not improving over the years. Will you stop dying already?

In The Middle
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - Will you be sacrificed for national security, as the Republicans so desire? Only time, and a special session of Congress, will tell.

Preston, Connecticut - For living up to your promise and continuing to talk with the Mashantucket Tribe. Will you lose sway with your amigos?

BIA Law Enforcement Services Director Robert Ecoffey - For sending fresh eyes to Pine Ridge to try and solve the deaths of Lakota men. We'll see if anything comes out of it.

New Mexico Tribes - Your compacts are now before Assistant Secretary Neal McCaleb. But will he approve them? Or be hindered by your fellow tribes?

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