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  1. I’ll be away from the computer for a few days but wanted to send some ideas for Oke’s next digest. Have a good week everyone.

    “$3.4B tribal land plan stuck after OK
    Congress yet to sign off on pact”

    Kimberly Craven, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe in South Dakota, said she respects the fight Cobell has waged but too many questions remain unanswered.

    “The proposed settlement goes far beyond the original lawsuit raising and resolving major issues of public policy related to rights of tribes and Indian peoples,” she recently wrote. “If it was worth battling 14 years to get a proper accounting, it is certainly worth taking the time to fully understand what this settlement really means so Congress can hear from an informed cross-section of Indian Country on the implications of this settlement from our perspective.”

    “Chamberlain tries to broaden racial awareness after ‘White Pride’ T-shirts”

    Chamberlain’s school board will work with Native Americans and other minorities within its district to address institutional racism, its president promised Monday evening. The issue is surfacing two weeks after six students wore “White Pride” T-shirts to school and four of them went home after refusing to change into something else…(S)chool board president Susan Knippling said it’s clear that racial issues exist in her district. “We all closed our eyes and didn’t look at the elephant in the room,” Knippling said at Monday’s school board meeting…(S)he predicted the board will pass some form of the resolution by its June 14 meeting.

    (T)eachers are going to spend a day on cultural awareness May 24. And they will be part of a South Dakota Indian Education Conference in Chamberlain next year.

    “Schools handle issue of Native garb at graduation differently”

    “American Indian must wear cap, gown at graduation”  

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    “Quebec says it will endorse aboriginal rights declaration”

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    “Environmentalists join ranchers in opposing Keystone XL oil pipeline”

    Deadline for comments is June 16, 2010
    To submit electronic comments: http://www.keystonepipeline-XL.state.gov
    Written comments:
    Elizabeth Orlando
    OES/ENV Room 2657
    U.S. Department of State
    Washington, DC 20520 (Reference “Keystone XL Pipeline Project” on the envelope)

    “Reliance on Oil Sands Grows Despite Environmental Risks” including:

    One big question is whether TransCanada should get waivers to use thinner pipes on Keystone XL than is normally required in the United States…TransCanada says the thinner pipes have been allowed in Canada for decades and pose no extra risk. But Cesar de Leon… who is now an independent pipeline safety engineer, said the thinner standard is appropriate only if pipelines are being aggressively monitored for deterioration… In a report in March on the agency’s broader permitting practices, the Transportation Department’s inspector general found that, in many cases, the agency had failed to check the safety records of permit applicants and had not checked to verify that permit terms were being followed.

    “ENGOs Do Not Speak for CSTC”

    Vice Tribal Chief Terry Teegee said, “Recently we’ve learned that the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) accepted $2.5 million dollars from Enbridge to plant trees the company removes from its projects. This happened in spite of objections from First Nations to the Enbridge Gateway pipeline project…”The oil that would flow through the pipeline is the dirtiest oil there is. It comes from the Alberta Tar Sands and is Canada’s largest contributor to greenhouse gases,” noted Teegee.

    “Denver Art Museum’s “Real” Indians exhibit nearing closure”

    “Turner Classic Movies to Look at NATIVE AMERICAN IMAGES ON FILM, Latest Edition of Network’s Acclaimed RACE AND HOLLYWOOD  Professor Hanay Geiogamah, Director of UCLA American Indian Studies Center, To Co-Host May Festival”

    for what’s left of May –

    Tuesday, May 25
    Indians as Actors and Filmmakers
    8 p.m.            The Squaw Man (1914)
    9:30 p.m.            Lakota Woman (1994)
    11:30 p.m.            Smoke Signals (1998)
    1:15 a.m.            Naturally Native(1999)

    Thursday, May 27
    Images from Outside Hollywood
    8 p.m.            Nanook of the North (1922)
    9:15 p.m.            The Exiles(1961)
    11 p.m.            Incident at Oglala(1992)
    1 a.m.            Broken Rainbow(1985)

    “Worst beat: Gamblers remain angered over denied jackpot”

    The group of gamblers included an eye doctor, a hotel housekeeper and a farmer, all brought to the poker table by their common quest to claim a jackpot… Natalie Turnquist of the Janklow Law Firm argued for the card players in both the lower and appellate court. She said the matter was properly heard in tribal courts rather than in civil court, and the appellate court, especially, “did a nice job understanding it. It didn’t come out in our favor, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t fair.”

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