Native News, Views And Cues
Tribal President Joe Shirley Jr. made the announcement on January 23rd in his state of the Nation address at Window Rock that the Nation’s first casino will be off Interstate 40 in eastern Arizona.
“This is an excellent location,’ he said citing studies that indicate it has potential for generating revenues for the Navajo Nation which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah and is scheduled to open before the end of 2006.
Shirley added his office and the Navajo Gaming Regulatory Office are working with a southern Arizona tribe to lease gaming machines for the planned casino. His office is also working on a revenue sharing plan that would benefit each of the 110 Navajo chapters, the central government and Nahata Dziil.
New Bolivian President Vows Justice For Indigenous People
La Paz – Aymara Indian Evo Morales has been sworn in as Bolivia’s new president vowing to end what he describes as centuries of humiliation and abuse towards the country’s racial minority
Morales, a radical leftist and long time protest leader, focused his nearly two-hour inauguration speech on describing how he would bring justice to the country’s indigenous majority.
Stressing how Bolivian Indians made up 62 percent of the nation’s population. He said, “We have been condemned, humiliated. . . and never recognized as human beings.”
He added,“500 years of campaigning and popular resistance by indigenous people has not been in vain. We are here and we say we have achieved power to end the injustice, the inequality and oppression that we have lived under.”
Tribe Wants Abramoff Contributions Back
Washington - The Tigua tribe of El Paso wants campaign contributions while employing disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff returned to the tribe and not given to charity.
Arturo Senclair, governor of the tribe officially known as the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, has said the tribe isn’t demanding its donations back but that anyone returning the money should check with the Tiguas first.
“It’s up to them and their conscience. They’ve got to live with it, “ Senclair said. “But if they are going to donate it back to charity. I’m sure the tribe would rather have it back because we could use the money now.”
The tribe operated the Speaking Rock casino for nearly nine years before it was shut down in 2002 by a ruling in a lawsuit filed three years earlier by then–Texas Attorney General John Cornyn, now a U.S. Senator.
At the time. lobbyist Jack Abramoff was a party to the closure of the casino and later approached the Tiguas with his partner, Michael Scanlon, with a deal for $4.2 million to lobby lawmakers and allow them to reopen their casino.
Abramoff pleaded guilty to federal charges in a bribery investigation that is now focusing on members of Congress and their aides. Since his plea deal, lawmakers have been ridding themselves of donations from Abramoff, his clients, former employers and associates.
Tribal Leaders Reject Senator's Donation Of Abramoff Money
Washington – Senator Conrad Burns (R-Mont) is redirecting an $111,000 donation he had given to the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leader Council after members said the money was tainted because it originally came from lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his clients.
James Steele, Jr., the council’s vice-chairman, said the organization voted not to accept the donation. Julia Doney, president of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council and a member of the tribal leaders council, said that some of the tribes are ”tired of being used” and do not want to appear as if they are helping Sen. Burns with his political problems.
Arturo Senclair of the Tigua tribe said Burn should have donated $20,000 of the money to a charity that benefits the Tiguas, who hired Abramoff to help to reopen a casino that he had helped to close down in the first place.
Senclair argued if they (politicians) feel they have to give the money back, they should give it back to the Tiguas where the money originally came from.
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Dates: March 2-3, 2006
Location: Washington, D.C.
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Seeking to expand the emergence of Indian voices and Indian self-representation, a number of important Indian and non-Indian organizations have enthusiastically joined a symposium called for by the Friends Service on National Legislation (FCNL), a group with a long historyof involvement with Indian causes.
The event is intended as an educational symposium aimed at engaging a wide circle of Indian opinion-makers to dialogue with journalists, legislators, scholars, religious organizations and others with issues affecting American Indian peoples.
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