Friday, May 02, 2003

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Is it Friday already? That means it's time for the weekly list of the movers and shakers in Indian Country and beyond....

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A former Department of Interior official gave the Bush administration's trust reform plans a "flunking grade" on Thursday and said they would not fulfill the federal government's obligations to Indian beneficiaries....


At least 30 communities in Alaska, including Native villages, have banned plastic bags....


Democrats successfully blocked the nomination of Priscilla Owen, a Texas state judge, to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals....


A bill under consideration in the South Carolina Senate would authorize the state to recognize tribes....


Connecticut's two tribal casinos are exempt from a bill making its way through the state Legislature....


The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming says a federal appeals court decision will help expand their gaming facility....


The Department of Interior is now responsible for management of a former bombing range on the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico....


A federal judge in Florida is holding an emergency hearing today on status of the $8 billion Everglades cleanup....


The state of Michigan doesn't recognize off-reservation tribal hunting and fishing rights, according to the state Department of Natural Resources....


The state of Montana hazed more than 280 bison back into Yellowstone National Park this week....


The Federal Communications Commission announced a strategic plan to review the impact of cell towers on historic and sacred sites....


The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History denies bowing to political pressure over an exhibit featuring photos of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge....


Senator Rick Santorum, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, tripped over a chair after a heated meeting with parents of gay and lesbian children who were offended by his recent remarks comparing gays to criminals, The New York Times reports Santorum met with the parents for 30 minutes, the parents said....


Factions of the Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California are battling over a proposed casino....


Representative Brad Carson (D-Oklahoma) proposed legislation to buy out homeowners in the Tar Creek Superfund site....


A vote is scheduled today on a bill that would require Indian businesses to remit gas and cigarette tax, The Syracuse Post-Standard reports....


The Idaho House on Thursday voted 52-18 to kill a tribal cigarette tax....


The chairman of the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe of Utah says the ongoing scrutiny over the tribe's activities is harmful....


The leaders of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs urged the Bush administration to approve a controversial compact between the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe and the state of Wisconsin, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports....


Trial 1.5 in the Indian trust fund class action opened in federal court in Washington DC on Thursday....


Republican lawmakers in Arizona are seeking a criminal probe into the actions an aide to Governor Janet Napolitano (D) took in pressing for the renaming of Squaw Peak....


The Arizona Transportation Board voted 5-2 on Thursday to immediately rename Squaw Peak Freeway in honor of Lori Piestewa, the Hopi woman killed in action in Iraq....


The overwhelming majority, 81 percent, of bills sponsored by Indian lawmakers in Montana were killed this past legislative session, The Helena Independent Record reports....