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In The Hoop
FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2001

Welcome to In The Hoop, Indianz.Com's occasional column about assorted Indian issues.

In The Hoop: The Scorecard
Is it Friday already? That means its time for the weekly list of who were the movers and shakers in Indian Country and beyond.

The Winners
Indianz.Com - For breaking the trust fund statistical sampling story faster than you could say court monitor. Where's our Pulitzer Prize? We suppose we'll settle for a NAJA $5,000 t-shirt.

Divas 2001 - For being true to the game. Don't diva hate, congratulate! Indian Country loves a controversy.

Court Monitor Joseph S. Kieffer III - It turns out $250 an hour is worth it.

Blackie's House of Beef - You know why.

The Senate - For confirming all those Interior nominees. Now Neal McCaleb has playmates.

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) - For never failing to ask political and judicial nominees for their views on tribal sovereignty. And for getting on the Indian Affairs Committee. Now will you return our phone calls?

Seminole / Mvscogee / Navajo photographer Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie - For all those lovely photos.

The Losers
The Department of Interior - For waiting so long to scrap a statistical sampling plan that court monitor Joseph S. Kieffer III raked you over the coals for it. Where's our $25?

Former Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt - For delaying action on Indian account holders. But will you come out of hiding long enough to be held in contempt? How about for a guest appearance on Oz?

Former Assistant Secretary Kevin Gover / Former project manager Dom Nessi - It turns out TAAMS doesn't work. Really? Really.

The White House - For "forgetting" to tell the Salvation Army they couldn't discriminate against gays. Is this part of Bush's new "don't ask, don't tell" policy? How convenient.

New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid - For settling the anti-trust lawsuit with Microsoft. How is it you can resolve your differences with the world's richest man but not with tribes? Tsk, tsk.

Wannabe Divas - For being so vain, you probably think this column is about you, don't you? Don't you?

In The Middle
The Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska - For trying really hard. Why can't the feds lay off? Maybe you should fire up some electronic or electromechanical facsimiles and see what happens. D'oh!

Custer - For not being scary enough to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. We knew the hoopla over the anniversary of Little Bighorn was kind of fishy.

Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) - First, he was an insult to American Indians. Now, he deserves to be on a coin. When did you switch teams?

In Your Hoop
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