Monday, March 03, 2003

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From tribal sovereignty to Indian gaming to Mary Youngblood, the top news is all here in the Week in Review. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next month in a case tribal leader feel will diminish their sovereignty. The case, Inyo County v....

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Tribal leaders are paying close attention to a land use case that is up for review by the Supreme Court this week. A unanimous 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last September rejected an "unprecedented" attempt by a Washington county to assert jurisdiction over land on the Tulalip Reservation....


"Children will miss the soft-spoken, gentle Fred Rogers of Public Television's "Mister Rogers Neighborhood." He will be missed because he provided millions of children with a parentlike figure who gently helped children understand their own neighborhoods....


Connecticut's two senators say their federal recognition reform bill will not impose a moratorium on pending decisions. Sens....


"District Judge John Conway has passed sentence on Santa Fe art dealer Joshua Baer for six charges of violating the Migratory Bird Act (selling prohibited eagle feathers) and three Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act violations (selling objects of cultural and religious patrimony). As Judge Conway stated when the case broke months ago, he did not think that Baer would do any jail time because the judge was not fond of NAGPRA laws....


An estimated $100,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from Native artist Nelda Schrupp sometime last week. Nelda Schrupp, a Nakota from North Dakota, was in Phoenix, Arizona, for the Heard Museum's annual Indian Fair and Market....


The Navajo Code Talkers Association is investigating plans to build a monument and cemetery on land in New Mexico. A New Mexico man donated 50 acres to the association for a possible project....


Gloria Whitefeather-Spears received the Award of Honor at the Women of Color Recognition in St....


Federal officials are reviewing an $80 million loan the Seneca Nation of New York obtained from Malaysian financiers but might not be able to do much about it. The tribe secured the loan to build a new casino facility in Buffalo....


Tex Hall, the chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota, testified against a bill to rename a bridge on the reservation. A state lawmaker known for her support of Indian issues introduced a bill to change the Four Bears Memorial Bridge -- named for Mandan and Hidatsa chiefs -- to the Medal of Honor Bridge....


A Connecticut man is asking the Supreme Court to reinstate his lawsuit against the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Joseph Chayoon says he was wrongfully fired from his job at the tribe's casino....


Leonisa Lewis is one of three Indian girls on her high school tennis team but that's not the only reason she may stand out from her peers. Lewis left her home on the Tohono O'odham Reservation in Arizona to go to school in Tucson....


The Farmington Daily Times in an editorial backs Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley's campaign to "go after Navajos who drink and drive on the reservation." Shirley lost a daughter in a drunk driving accident and has promised to strengthen DWI laws on the reservation....


The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe has donated at least $3 million a year to community organizations, in addition to the millions in annual payments the city of Milwaukee, the local county and the state. Some of the tribe's benefactors include an HIV/AIDS program, a family homeless center, a drug abuse program for women and children and more than a dozen children's charities....


An official of the Mississippi Band of Choctaws will receive an award for her work to promote tribal culture. Thallis Lewis, the tribe's director of the Cultural Affairs Program, is one of eight recipients of the 2003 Governors Awards for Excellence in the Arts....


Navajo farmers in the Four Corners are meeting today to discuss a proposal that would limit their water use. The Navajo Agricultural Products Industry, a Navajo Nation-owned enterprise, is asking for more water from the San Juan River....


Native American students have the highest dropout rate at Arizona State University. The dropout rate for Native students is 78 percent....


The worst fire in Arizona history destroyed more than half of the Fort Apache Reservation last summer but for members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, the effects are more than just economic and environmental. Tribal members say they face regular discrimination in the nearby town of Show Low, whose white families received most of the media attention....


Two activist groups held a march and panel discussion to protest the sale of liquor in Whiteclay, Nebraska. The American Indian Movement and Nebraskans for Peace say the state isn't enforcing liquor laws in the town....