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Mesa Pipeline Fined for Slurry Spill - Arizona Daily
Sun - 17 OCT 2004
A company operating a 273-mile-long pipeline
transporting coal slurry from Kayenta to Laughlin, Nev., again
faces hefty fines for spilling 2,300 wet tons of slurry.
latest fine of $27,500 is the amount stipulated in a consent
decree between the state and the pipeline company reached in 2001
to pay for previous spills....
Gets $20M for Power Plant: New facility near Grants to employ as
many as 250
Gallup Independent - 15 OCT 2004
WINDOW ROCK — The federal Energy Department
announced in Santa Fe Thursday afternoon a grant of almost $20
million to Peabody Energy for a new ultra-low emissions
coal-fired power plant near Grants.
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announced the
$19.7 million Clean Coal Power Initiative grant will be to
demonstrate for the first time on a commercial scale new
technology to achieve the super-low emissions of nitrogen oxide
and sulfur dioxide....
Energy is Already Established in Grants Area - Gallup
Independent - 15 OCT 2004
WINDOW ROCK — Peabody Energy, the world's largest
private coal company, already has a major presence in the Grants
area with the Lee Ranch Mine, about 35 miles northwest of
The mine employs about 250 workers and injects more
than $70 million a year into the local economy through wages,
benefits, taxes and vendor contracts, according to the company's
Flagstaff-based press officer, Beth Sutton....
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Bill Amendment 'Breaks Promise' - Indian Country
Today - 15 OCT 2004
Calif.—The United States House of Representatives
approved a Republican- sponsored amendment that would
waive the laws protecting American Indian sacred sites
in the construction of a security barrier just south of
San Diego on the U.S./Mexico border.
amendment passed the House of Representatives by a 256
to 160 vote and seeks to waive several federal laws
governing construction along the last three miles of the
proposed 14-mile security barrier including the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
and the National Historic Preservation Act. In all 215
of 221 Republicans in the House voted for the amendment....
Homecoming: Wounded Navajo Soldier Faces New Challenges with Army
Navajo Times - 15 OCT 2004
ALBUQUERQUE - After Army Sgt. Terrell Dawes, 22,
settled into a wheelchair, he looked around, smiled and said it
was great to see Indians again.
Dawes and his mother, Vesta James, returned from San
Antonio, Texas, Oct. 6, where Dawes was treated for wounds at the
Brooks Military Army Hospital from Sept. 10 to 17.
The Army awarded Dawes a Purple Heart on Sept. 8 but
failed to arrange for wheelchair assistance or give him pain
Paid Firm Faces Voter Fraud Charge - The San Jose
Mercury News - 14 OCT 2004
says he saw Demos' forms trashed.
in Nevada charged in a lawsuit Wednesday that a company paid by
the Republican National Committee destroyed voter-registration
forms they had collected from Democratic voters.
Similar allegations have surfaced in Oregon and West
Virginia, where the group has been active.
The Nevada allegations were reported Tuesday night by
KLAS-TV in Las Vegas about Eric Russell, a former employee of the
Republican-funded group, Voters Outreach of America, which also
goes by the names America Votes and Project America Votes....
Fraud Alleged - Las Vegas Review Journal - 14 OCT
accused of trashing Democrats' registration forms.
and state authorities are looking into Democratic Party
allegations that a voter registration group hired by the
Republican Party tossed out registration forms signed by
The FBI and state officials are reviewing comments by
Eric Russell, a former employee of Voter Outreach of America, who
claims to have witnessed supervisors throwing away Democrats'
voter registration forms....
Report Prompts Oregon Voter Fraud Investigation - KGW News
& AP - 14 OCT 2004
Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury and Attorney
General Hardy Myers said Wednesday they plan to investigate
allegations uncovered by KGW that paid canvassers in Portland may
have destroyed voter registration forms.
"I have never in my five years as secretary of
state ever seen an allegation like the one that came up tonight -
ever," Bradbury said of a KGW report that aired Tuesday night
on NewsChannel 8 at 11. "I mean, frankly, it just totally
offends me that someone would take someone else's registration and
throw it out."
KGW interviewed Mike Johnson, 20, a canvasser
collecting signatures in downtown Portland, who said he was
instructed to only accept Republican registration forms. He told a
KGW reporter that he "might" destroy forms turned in by
Democrats since he was being paid by the Republican party....
County Elections: Builder Money Floods Dana Point - LA
Times - 13 OCT 2004
Developers form spending committees to back council
candidates. The tactic is legal, but critics say local politics
has been hijacked.
For the second time in two years, developers
are pouring money into the city elections in Dana Point, where
low-key campaigning and modest political war chests had been the
This year, two South County developers have formed
independent expenditure committees to buy campaign signs and
banners in support of two incumbent council candidates and mail
brochures attacking a third....
Police Arrest 245 for Blocking Columbus Day Parade
- Brenda Norrell - 14 OCT 2004
DENVER—Calling it a ''Convoy of Conquest,'' American Indian Movement members and their allies, including Western Shoshone Carrie Dann, blocked the Columbus Day Parade in a protest of the Colorado holiday that represents genocide and the theft of homelands for indigenous people in the Americas.
continues to fight the 'Indian wars' and one expression of
that is Columbus Day," AIM organizer Glenn Morris
told Indian Country Today.
focused on exposing the root of genocide in America as
they were arrested for blocking the path of the Sons of
Italy's Columbus Day Parade of
bikers, limos, and
semi-trucks. Denver police arrested 245 people, including 44 juveniles....
|Columbus Day: Celebrating a
Holocaust - Indian Country Today - 14 OCT 2004
DENVER—While Americans celebrate Columbus Day, American
Indians remember one little toddler who played on
the quiet banks of Sand Creek, until the morning
in 1864 when the American soldiers came.
as one of the cavalrymen later told it, while his
compatriots were slaughtering and mutilating the
bodies of all the women and all the children they
could catch, he spotted the boy trying to flee,''
wrote David Stannard in ''American Holocaust.''
was one little child, probably three years old,
just big enough to walk through the sand,'' wrote
a Calvary man....
Columbus Day Protest on International Terror Watch List
- Brenda Norrell - 14 OCT 2004
Where is Marlon Brando when you need him?
DENVER - The Denver Columbus Day protest and an
article from Indian Country Today were placed on an
international terrorist watch list, just one day after American
Indians and supporters blocked the Columbus Day parade.
The global terrorist ''Security Watch'' listed the
Afghan vote, Iraq rebels, Pakistan violence, Bosnian Serbs and
Australian politics as the top five risks for Oct. 10.
''Native Americans Protest Columbus Day,'' was
number six and even beat out ''Russia, Iran close to deal on
spent nuclear fuel.''
The terrorist security watch article appeared after
American Indians and their supporters held a peaceful protest in
downtown Denver and blocked the Columbus Day Parade on Oct. 9.
Denver police arrested, charged and released 205 adults and 25
children, with no incidences of violence....
Revived to Save Black Mesa [Mine]:
Agreement May Come by February
Gallup Independent - 14 OCT 2004
Peabody-BIA propaganda to justify its endless greed and total disregard for
the lives and welfare of
Indigenous Americans. —Al
Swilling, SENAA International....
Must Fix Indian Trust Fiasco - Albuquerque
Journal Editorial - 14 OCT 2004
Lawyers representing half a million American Indians
in a class-action lawsuit against the federal government paid a
visit to Navajo country last week.
Their case, Cobell v. Norton, seeks to untangle the
monumental disgrace that the federal government's trust obligation
to American Indians has become. The litigation aims to force the
government to repay those who have been cheated, and equally
significant, reform the system for good.
Beyond rallying the Nageezi beneficiaries who stand
to collect if this 8-year-old lawsuit ultimately succeeds, lead
lawyer Dennis Gingold and co-counsel Keith Harper carried with
them a political message....
Whoever takes office next year should resolve to
pursue reform, preferably one that gives tribes the option of
assuming this obligation from a government that has made mockery
of the notion of trust....
to Be Counted in Florida - Washington Post -
13 OCT 2004
say that blacks may not be heard at polls.
Fla. - Nearly a dozen African American ministers and civil rights
leaders walked into the Duval County election office here,
television cameras in tow, with a list of questions: How come
there were not more early voting sites closer to black
neighborhoods? How come so many blacks were not being allowed to
redo incomplete voter registrations? Who was deciding all this?
Standing across the office counter under a banner
that read "Partners in Democracy" was the man who made
those decisions, election chief Dick Carlberg. Visibly angry, the
Republican explained why he decided the way he had: "We call
it the law."...
Looks at Low-grade Coal - Billings Gazette - 13 OCT 2004
Western coal can play a major role in the country's
energy future, a Department of Energy (DOE) official told a
gathering at a coal conference Tuesday in Billings.
need Western coal,'' said Rita Bajura, director of DOE's National
Energy Technology Laboratory.
Bajura was the opening speaker at the "Western
Fuels Symposium: 19th International Conference on Lignite, Brown
and Subbituminous Coals" being held at the Holiday Inn Grand
Montana. The conference runs through Thursday.
Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., was the luncheon speaker.
The conference is examining the role of low-rank
coals - like lignite, brown and subbituminous coals - which have a
lower heat content because they have less carbon, higher moisture
and greater impurities than other types of coals. Lignite coals
are widespread in Eastern Montana and western North Dakota....
Water Settlement Gets Senate OK - Arizona Daily Star
- 12 OCT 2004
The U.S. Senate has approved legislation to resolve a
long-standing dispute over how much Arizona owes the federal
government for construction of the enormous canal system that
moves Colorado River water to the state's thirsty central and
The bill also settles Indian water rights, some of
which have been in dispute for decades.
"It's the biggest water settlement in the
history of the United States," Sen. Jon Kyl said Monday of
the bill passed by the Senate on Sunday. The House is expected to
vote on the measure after the November election....
Played in Burial-Site Fight - L.A. TImes -
11 OCT 2004
Boosters of a San
Juan school say Juaneños oppose an expansion plan so a casino can be built. One faction calls the move a
question has been lurking for years: Do Juaneño Indians
want to build a casino on land leased by a Roman
Catholic high school in San Juan Capistrano?
would have to negotiate difficult bureaucratic hoops to
develop a casino â€" assuming they want to get
into the gambling business.
the casino possibility is being raised by boosters of
Junipero Serra High School to call into question
Juaneño Indians' opposition to the school's expansion
of the tribe are fighting the $75-million plans to build
athletic fields and a performing arts complex on their
ancestors' graves. The 29-acre site, the Indians say, is
better suited for a cultural center....
Opposes Nuclear Waste Storage - Deseret Morning News - 10
SKULL VALLEY, Tooele County — Fighting sandstorms,
wind and rain, representatives of environmental groups from Utah
and other states gathered this weekend on the Goshute Indian
Reservation here to oppose plans to store nuclear waste.
Private Fuel Storage (PFS), a corporation that
represents eight nuclear utilities, has contracted with the
Goshutes to store 40,000 tons of nuclear waste in above ground
canisters on the reservation, located about 75 miles southwest of
Salt Lake City.
But some tribe members and dozens of environmental
groups vehemently oppose bringing waste into the state....
Splits Navajos, Domenici - Farmington Daily-Times - 10 OCT
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.—The Navajo Nation Council’s
Resources Committee appears headed for a showdown with U.S. Sen.
Pete Domenici, R-N.M., over the cost of the $1.2 billion proposed
Navajo water rights settlement agreement on the San Juan Basin.
The committee, headed by Chairman Delegate George
Arthur, wants to keep $372.8 million in federal funding for the
Navajo Indian Irrigation Project in the settlement.
Domenici and U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.,
however, want NIIP taken out of the settlement to help lower its
- Kimberly Teehee - PRESS RELEASE - 08 OCT 2004
sponsored amendment passes house–waives federal
requirements that protect Native American human remains,
cultural items, and sacred sites
D.C.—Today, the House of Representatives passed an
amendment by a vote of 256-160, with 215 of 221
Republicans voting for the amendment that could lead to
the desecration and destruction of Native American human
remains, cultural items and sacred sites in the San
Diego, California area. This provision will be included
in the H.R. 10 - 9/11 Recommendations Implementation
| Bush Thinks America has Nailed the Final Nail on the Coffin of Indigenous History in the US
UAP - N. AZ - 10 OCT 2004
The deadline for the Navajo-Hopi Indian
Relocation Commission to evict all remaining Dineh residents
of the so called, "HPL," was to have taken
place in July of 1986. In April of that year, the Big
Mountain resistance movement held the 6th Annual Spring
Survival Gathering where the late matriarch, Roberta
Blackgoat, spoke to the Women's circle. She said, "I
don't know what our future holds. We will certainly
stay on our lands but someday the federal government
will declare Us history. They will take all the elements
of our history and put them in a glass case. We must
not let that happen. Our religion and ways should never
be locked up in some museum and that the indigenous
world is declared something of the past."...
to Corporations, Drilling Sacred Lands of the West -
Brenda Norrell - 01 OCT 2004
ALBUQUERQUE – Sacred lands of the West became further
endangered as the Bush administration pressed for approval of a record
number of new oil and gas drilling permits in the West, targeting unspoiled
pristine wildernesses, including the Rocky Mountain region.
The Environmental Working Group, a consumer watchdog group,
released a comprehensive report of oil and gas leases in the West, showing
many American Indian sacred places have been targeted.
Other sites, never been reclaimed from mining, already
have trails of uranium tailings, scarred lands, tainted waterways and
Bill Will Give Tribes More Protection Over Sacred Sites -
01 OCT 2004
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday signed a bill
that will give American Indian tribes more protection over their
sacred sites on public land, allowing them to buy property and
shield it from development.
praised the decision and said it was a victory in a battle to
preserve cultural resources.
bill, which becomes effective March 1 and extends to both
federally recognized and unrecognized tribes, also requires local
governments to notify tribes about possible future development....
WASTE: Congress Stuck on Yucca Mountain - Las Vegas
Review-Journal - 01 OCT 2004
WASHINGTON -- Unable to break a stalemate over Yucca
Mountain funding for next year, Congress has decided to put off
the fight until after Election Day.
Lawmakers might receive a signal from voters whether
to continue developing a nuclear waste repository in Nevada or to
scrap the project, depending on who they elect as president,
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LETTER TO ALL CONCERNED RE: PUTIIDHEM SACRED SITE - SENAA
West- 30 SEP 2004
There have been a lot of developments lately
regarding Putiidhem. I'm going to try to summarize all that has
For those who don't know, Putiidhem is a sacred site
in San Juan Capistrano. The Catholic high school, which is located
nearby (JSERRA), wants to build a sports center on this land, not
recognizing it to be what it is, the Mother Village of the
Acjachemen, the original inhabitants of Orange County. There are
also ancestors buried there....
Coal Mine Timeline - Arizona Daily Sun - 28 MAR
1970 -- Southern California Edison and Peabody
Energy sign 35-year coal supply agreement, set to expire Dec.
1998 -- Grand Canyon Trust leads environmental
groups in lawsuit against Southern California Edison over
emissions problems at Mohave Generating Station.
1999 -- The Trust and Edison reach an out-of-court
settlement, Edison agrees to have emissions controls in place by
Jan. 1, 2006.
2001 -- Amid concerns over Peabody's use of the
N-aquifer for providing to the coal slurry line, the company
releases a study that shows no significant harm to the