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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Articles of interest

Janklow-16 stops, no tickets

Terry Woster
Argus Leader
published: 6/30/2004

A state Highway Patrol review indicates troopers gave a break to Bill Janklow repeatedly on the road - some out of fear
PIERRE - Respect for authority - and in some cases fear - created an atmosphere in which South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers felt they should not ticket former Gov. Bill Janklow, according to a report written by the head of the patrol.

The six-page report, released this week to the Argus Leader by current Gov. Mike Rounds, shows that troopers pulled Janklow over 16 times since 1994 but did not issue a ticket or written warning. The former governor received several tickets before returning to office 10 years ago but none since his election.full article


Minnesota's very name comes from a Dakota word meaning "sky-tinted waters." Yet fewer than 30 fully fluent Dakota speakers remain in the state, according to the Dakota Ojibwe Language Revitalization Alliance.

Things are little better for speakers of the Ojibwe language. A 1995 survey of reservations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan found 418 fluent Ojibwemowin speakers, none younger than 45. Most were elders.

Alliance members want the numbers of fluent Dakota and Ojibwemowin speakers to grow.full article

Nick Coleman: Indian museum out of business
June 30, 2004

The dumbing down of Minnesota accelerates today with the closing of the only museum dedicated to understanding the most awful thing that ever happened here.

While we celebrate the "Grand Excursion," enjoying the reenactment of an 1854 historical footnote, our state's much more important story is being sold down the river.full article

Developer wants to build around bones

Staff Writer
A developer is one step closer to building his 9-single family home subdivision on Tremerton Street, where about 100 American Indian remains were recently found.

Michael Johnigean, owner of Empire Development, proposed to the City Commission this week they allow him to preserve one of his lots on Tremerton where Indian bones were found.

Johnigean said he would build his development around the lot.full article

Inquiry to check voting allegations

U.S. attorney's office gets involved
RAPID CITY - South Dakota U.S. Attorney Jim McMahon said his office will check into reports that some American Indian voters were turned away from the polls during the June 1 election.

''We are doing at least some initial inquiry to find out if anything even merits further investigation,'' McMahon said. ''One allegation was that there are some voters out there who did not have an ID and were told they couldn't vote. They were not given the option to sign an affidavit. The other was the issue of a (poll watcher) harassing some of the voters. There wasn't any more specific allegation than that. Without more, it's very difficult to even know where to start.''full article

Glenbow repatriates Blackfoot Nation artifacts

Wed, 30 Jun 2004 08:46:18 EDT
CALGARY - The repatriation of ancient artifacts is a perpetually thorny cultural issue, but one Canadian museum has shown that honouring a request to return artifacts can be beneficial for both parties.

Calgary's Glenbow Museum had hundreds of sacred and ceremonial objects in its collection from the Blackfoot First Nation. About four years ago, the band asked for some of them back.

A number of the items had been at the museum for more than 50 years, but officials consented – leading to a positive outcome.full article

Cheney booed(my title)
There were a couple of reports about Dick Cheney being booed during the 7th inning stretch of Tuesday's Yankees, Red Sox Game in New York. An article on the Espn website has a passage towards the end of the game recap.

"Cheney, who visited both clubhouses after batting practice, watched part of the game from the box of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and part from a first-row seat next to the Yankees dugout, where he sat between New York Gov. George Pataki and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Cheney was booed when he was shown on the right-field videoboard during the seventh-inning stretch."full article


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