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"Appeals Court Won't Re-Hear Yankton Reservation Case," The Associated
Press State & Local Wire, December 11, 1999, Saturday, BC cycle.

["SIOUX FALLS, S.D.: The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided not
to reconsider a ruling that diminishes the size of the Yankton Sioux Indian
Reservation. In late August, the appeals court returned 220,000 acres to
state jurisdiction. In a ruling dated Wednesday, the court turned down
requests to rehear the matter. The August decision was a blow to the
Yankton Sioux Tribe and a victory for state officials. The state had argued
that criminal and civil jurisdiction in most of the area belongs to the
state and Charles Mix County. Much of the original 400,000-plus acres of
the reservation has been under state and local authority for the past
century."]
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Aubry, Jack. "Proposed Act Puts Borders on the Table: Partition of Quebec
An Emotional Hot Button in Separation Debate," The Ottawa Citizen, December
11, 1999, A4.

["The borders of Quebec could be redrawn if there is a Yes vote in the next
referendum, the proposed federal bill on secession says. The partition of
the province, one of the most emotional hot-buttons in the Quebec
separation debate, is listed in the last paragraph of the draft bill as a
topic for negotiation, along with the division of assets and the national
debt, aboriginal claims and minority rights . . . During the 1995
referendum, the issue was virtually ignored by federalist forces except
Quebec's aboriginal communities. The Cree and Inuit voted overwhelmingly in
their own referendums to stay in Canada with their northern territories,
which make up about 40 per cent of the province's land mass."]
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/
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Baca, Kim. "Pueblo Defends Plan to Close N.M. 4," The Santa Fe New Mexican,
December 11, 1999, B-1.

["WHITE ROCK -- San Ildefonso Pueblo tribal officials pleaded for sympathy
with White Rock residents on Friday, saying they are just asserting control
over their land after decades of being ignored. The pueblo, which owns the
land that N.M. 4 runs through, has decided to close the highway the main
route to White Rock after negotiations with the state failed. State Highway
and Transportation Department officials continued to refuse the tribe's
offer of a limited-term lease on N.M. 4. "The state didn't care about you.
It's not fair to you all for the state to say let the tribe have (the road)
and we don't care about you all," Gov. Terry Aguilar said about the state's
refusal to negotiate a 20-year right-of-way agreement for a portion of N.M.
4 that lies on pueblo land. The current agreement expires Dec. 31, and the
2.5-mile portion under lease will reverted to the pueblo. "I shouldn't be
here, the one telling you all about this. Maybe it's time to say to the
state, 'Stop using the White Rock people as pawns and start treating us
like humans,"' Aguilar added. San Ildefonso Pueblo and the state have
reached an impasse in easement negotiations for the stretch of N.M. 4 on
tribal land. The state wanted a permanent easement, but tribal officials
will only accept a termed-lease agreement because they want to protect a
sacred pueblo ruin along the road and maintain a voice in the road's future."]
http://www.sfnewmexican.com/
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Baenen, Laura. "Bands Awarded Nearly $4 Million for Costs of Arguing Treaty
Rights Case," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, December 11, 1999,
Saturday, PM cycle.

["Minneapolis: Money would likely come from Minnesota's general fund to pay
a nearly $4 million award to seven of eight Minnesota and Wisconsin Indian
bands for the cost of proving their treaty rights all the way to the U.S.
Supreme Court. Minnesota officials, including Attorney General Mike Hatch
and Gov. Jesse Ventura, are expected to decide soon whether to appeal
Friday's court award because interest is accruing, said Dennis Stauffer, a
spokesman for the state's Department of Natural Resources. If the state
decides against appealing, the DNR will likely ask the Legislature for
permission to tap the state's general fund to pay the award. "Anyway you
cut it, this is taxpayers' money. There's no way around that," Stauffer
said. The Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa filed a lawsuit in 1990, contending
that an 1837 treaty still allowed the tribe to hunt and fish without state
regulation on non-reservation land. The other bands later joined the
lawsuit. The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 earlier this year that those
rights continue to exist."]
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Baker, Deborah. "U.S. Attorney Warns Federal Court Action Would Be Uphill
Battle," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, December 11, 1999,
Saturday, BC cycle.

["SANTA FE: The state will have an uphill battle if it takes Indian tribes
to federal court over not making their casino payments, U.S. Attorney John
Kelly warned Friday. Kelly, in an unusual appearance before a legislative
committee, said it's unlikely the state could successfully defend the 16
percent revenue sharing rate the state and tribes agreed to in 1997. He
said, however, new compacts negotiated by the tribes and Gov. Gary Johnson
appear to be "quite close" to something that would win approval from the
U.S. secretary of Interior and resolve the payments dispute. A legislative
committee begins considering those new agreements next week, and the
Legislature could vote on them in the 30-day session that begins Jan. 18.
But some lawmakers, frustrated by most tribes' refusal to pay in full after
agreeing to do so, indicated the compacts may not be approved."]
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Bruner, Betsey. "Tuba City Dog Overpopulation Prompts Mobile Clinic," The
Associated Press State & Local Wire,  December 11, 1999, Saturday, BC cycle.

["FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.: You can't miss them, the timid, lonesome-looking dogs
that wander the dusty back roads of Tuba City and the outer reaches of the
Navajo Reservation. Many of the animals have mange, ticks and other
assorted ailments. Before recent cuts in personnel, animal control officers
were rounding up 25 strays a week in Tuba City alone. Most were put to
sleep. Now, an army of volunteers, medical practitioners, teachers,
preachers and kids are rallying to pool their efforts to try to take care
of these dogs, in one way or the other. The problem is immense. According
to officials with Plateauland, a mobile veterinary clinic serving northern
Arizona, the dog and cat population on the western Navajo Reservation is
46,000 and growing. That figure does not include the large population of
largely uncounted strays. Plateauland, a grassroots non-profit organization
started by Flagstaff residents Jean and Dick Wilson in 1995, is one of the
leaders in the fight to spay, neuter, vaccinate, medicate and find homes
for the growing ranks of unwanted animals on the reservation."]
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Dorr, Robert. "Ruling: Tap Tribe Accounts[;] Judge Orders Banks to Turn
Over Santee Sioux Funds to Pay Fines for Refusing to Close Casino," Omaha
World-Herald, December 11, 1999, 49.

["A federal judge ruled Friday that banks must surrender $ 183,000 in
Santee Sioux Tribe accounts to partly pay court-ordered fines for the
tribe's refusal to shut down its casino. U.S. District Judge William
Cambridge permitted federal authorities to seize Santee bank accounts that
don't consist of money deposited into the accounts by the U.S. Bureau of
Indian Affairs and by other federal and state agencies. A lawyer for the
tribe said the seized funds include proceeds from the tribe's grocery store
as well as money raised in bake sales to help youngsters in the
reservation's school. "I'm disappointed," the attorney, Maurice Johnson,
said. U.S. Attorney Tom Monaghan said that he isn't trying to make life
harder for the Santees on their northeast Nebraska reservation but that he
needs to keep trying to persuade the tribe to close its casino. The Santee
tribe is mainly supported by the federal government, and bank accounts
maintained for various tribal programs hold $ 2 million, Monaghan said. "It
is very hypocritical of them to claim poverty," he said."]
http://www.omaha.com/Omaha/
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Eckart, Kim. "Relocation of Smoke Shop May Proceed . . . ," The News
Tribune, December 11,1999, B1.

["The long-planned relocation of a Northeast Tacoma smoke shop may move
forward after City Council action Tuesday. The council will consider a
resolution that follows through on a 1997 commitment to swap city-owned
land on the East Side and in Fife for property that has housed the Running
Wolf Smoke Shop since 1995. The shop is owned by members of the Puyallup
Tribe of Indians . . . Randy Lewis, the city's government relations
officer, said the project finally is ready to advance. Closing on the
properties is scheduled early next year. "I have every confidence the
owners will follow through on this," Lewis said. "The council told us to
negotiate this deal, and that's exactly what we've done.""]
http://www.tribnet.com/
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Eggertson, Laura. "Treaty Offers New Beginning for B.C.'s Nisga'a Nation,"
The Toronto Star, December 10, 1999.

["OTTAWA - The Nisga'a Treaty means just one thing for Harry Nyce: Hope.
Hope that the Nisga'a chief's people will never again endure the sexual
abuse, the denial of their language and their culture at residential
schools, like the ones he attended. Hope that his children - Harry,
Angeline and Allison - will be able to support themselves from resources
under the Nisga'a control, instead of facing the 60 per cent unemployment
his communities endure. Hope that his nation will be treated as an equal
government, instead of a dominated people. ''We're very proud of our
children and we know that this treaty will have a better future for them
than where we came from,'' Nyce testified recently before a parliamentary
committee. For the Liberal government, the treaty was intended as a
landmark precedent on how to forge a new, more equal relationship with
First Nations. The Nisga'a, like most of the First Nations in British
Columbia, never signed treaties surrendering their claim to territory and
resources. This was supposed to right old wrongs. But the treaty's historic
nature has been marred by a nasty political fight with the Reform party,
which has questioned Ottawa's motives in signing a treaty they believe will
elevate the Nisga'a to a special status within Canada . . . For the Nyces,
the treaty means when their daughter Angeline, graduates from forestry at
the University of British Columbia this year, she will be able to work in a
Nisga'a owned and operated logging industry. The industry will also try to
reforest land logged for years by non-native companies - without
compensation. The treaty means son Harry Jr., now a village administrator,
will be working for a government of Nisga'a origin and design, not one
constrained by the Indian Act. And daughter Allison, a graduate of the
University of British Columbia in anthropology, will play an even more
pivotal role in protecting Nisga'a culture with the knowledge that the
treaty enshrines Nisga'a control of their heritage."]
http://www.thestar.com/
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"Forest Service Taking New Look at Telescope Rejection," The Associated
Press State & Local Wire, December 10, 1999, Friday, BC cycle.

["TUCSON, Ariz.: The Smithsonian Institution may have a chance to build a
telescope system it wants despite concern about a nearby Navajo-style sweat
lodge. The U.S. Forest Service says it is willing to take another look at
the proposal despite having rejected it in September. The Smithsonian's
first application was rejected because it was incomplete, Forest Service
spokeswoman Gail Aschenbrenner said. "Their application wasn't adequate,
and that's why we have asked them - if they are still interested in the
gamma ray project - to reapply," Aschenbrenner said Thursday. "People can
submit as many applications as they like." Smithsonian astronomer Trevor
Weekes said a new plan will be submitted to the Forest Service within a
week. "It's really not finalized yet, so we'll have no comment until we
actually make an application," he said. Sweat lodge operator Cayce Boone, a
Navajo, said he feels betrayed. "I thought they made a ruling and they
couldn't re-appeal it," he said. "But somehow it went through the loophole"
. . . Boone, a Navajo, is the founder and president of To All Our
Relations, a Tucson-based organization whose primary mission is to
"revitalize indigenous culture and to protect the Earth." In February,
after Boone expressed opposition to the project, the Tohono O'odham Nation
asked the Forest Service to block the Smithsonian request. Boone also
received support from Hopi, Navajo, Yaqui and other tribes."]
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