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Thursday, November 11, 2004

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Our gloom: American Indians lost out as Bush won on that dark Tuesday

Eddie Chuculate
Color Nov. 2 black. Just about every ballot issue or candidate who could have benefited American Indians was beaten down convincingly, after brainwashed Bible thumpers and rubes had their way.

Consider:

In Albuquerque, voters overwhelmingly passed a bond issue that approves millions of dollars of funding to build a road through Petroglyph National Monument, on land considered sacred to American Indians. Because such a measure failed last October, it's only fair to stage a special election in October 2005 to reconsider.

In South Dakota, Sen. Minority Leader Tom Daschle, who worked hard for Indians and lobbied President Bush personally for more money for the Indian Health Service, was sent packing in an upset by fresh-face John Thune, who has no clout in Washington. full article

Saskatoon police near 'mutiny' over Stonechild report
Last Updated Wed, 10 Nov 2004 12:41:37 EST
SASKATOON - Faced with what some fear could become a mutiny in the ranks, the police chief in Saskatoon has apparently again put off a decision on firing two officers involved in the death of Neil Stonechild.

Police Chief Russell Sabo was to make an announcement on Wednesday about the fates of constables Bradley Senger and Lawrence Hartwig. The announcement has been put off indefinitely.

The officers had 17-year-old Stonechild in their custody on the night he disappeared in November 1990, an inquiry concluded last month. His frozen body was found days later on the outskirts of Saskatoon. full article

Controversy over Squaw Peak
By Annie Reynolds Daily Universe Staff Reporter - 11 Nov 2004

Kyle Morgan
Squaw Peak is lit up as the sun goes down. To the average Provo resident, the word "squaw" in the name of Provo Canyon's Squaw Peak is not offensive. But the Native-American word directly translates to the female reproductive organ.

To the average Provo resident, the word "squaw" in the name of Provo Canyon's Squaw Peak is not offensive. But Venita Taveapont, language program coordinator for the Ute Tribe, said for Native Americans the word directly translates to the female reproductive organ, making the name Squaw Peak undoubtedly crude and offensive.

Many states are changing geographic names of places that have the word "squaw" to be more sensitive to Native Americans.

In Phoenix, their Squaw Peak mountain was changed to Piestewa Peak in 2003 to honor Lori Piestewa, a Hopi Tribe member who was the first woman soldier to be killed in Iraq. Other states changing names include Minnesota, Montana, Maine, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Oregon. full article

Indian vote draws Clinton, top Democrats to airwaves

DIRK LAMMERS
Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Democratic Party superstars, including former President Bill Clinton, called a small FM station on a South Dakota Indian reservation in a last-ditch, Election Day attempt to save their party leader's job.

Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and the Rev. Jesse Jackson also called KILI radio on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to tell residents there still was time to get out and vote.

Most of them mentioned their support of Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, who despite the effort lost to Republican John Thune by about 4,500 votes. full article

North Kitsap tribe expands its reservation with multimillion-dollar bid

By Suzie L. Oh, SUN Staff
November 10, 2004

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe successfully bid $4.4 million on 390 acres of state land adjacent to its North Kitsap reservation in a public auction Wednesday afternoon. The acquisition will increase the tribe’s 1,300-acre reservation by almost a third.

The auction ended a heated controversy over the property, which is held by the Department of Natural Resources for a school trust fund. full article

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