December 23, 1995 |
Setting the stage for a historic clash in court--or possibly on American Indian lands--the 10 tribes operating casinos in New Mexico on Friday rejected a federal order that they close the lucrative operations by Jan. 15 or face forfeiture of their gambling devices.
December 26, 1987 |
Stanley Paytiamo, 63, governor of the Acoma Nation, population 4,200, stood on a bluff overlooking a rugged wilderness of prehistoric lava beds, fumbling for words and looking shamed as he described aspects of the Acomas' sacred fall Corn Dance to bring rain, an ancient religious ceremony that the tribe has always held in fiercest secrecy from the prying eyes of outsiders. "We place, uh, certain articles, religious items out there (at distances of several miles) in a certain pattern . . .
May 28, 1994 |
Wendell Chino does much of his important work while he lingers over his coffee in the cafeteria at headquarters of the Mescalero Apache tribe. A jovial, supremely confidant man with white hair, he is a formidable politician whose laid-back style has endeared him to constituents for a generation and re-elected him tribal president more than a dozen times.
May 19, 1999 |
The bones of nearly 2,000 American Indians were handed over to a New Mexico tribe by Harvard University for proper burial. It was the largest transfer under the 1990 federal law that requires the return of Indian artifacts, the university said. The bones and other artifacts were excavated from the site of an abandoned Pueblo Indian community in the upper Pecos Valley of New Mexico between 1915 and 1929.
January 11, 1997 |
A federal appeals court ruled that New Mexico's Indian casinos are illegal but may remain open temporarily. The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver affirmed the ruling of a lower court that the 1995 state-tribal compacts that authorized the casinos were invalid. But the 32-page order included a stay "pending final resolution of this matter, either in this court or the United States Supreme Court" that would allow the 11 casinos to remain open.
November 2, 1992 |
WORKING THE WEST: The little-noticed endorsement Clinton got last week from New Mexico's All Indian Pueblo Council not only may boost his prospects in a hotly contested state, but it provided a glimpse of a wider tactical effort. . . . Throughout the interior West, Clinton operatives have sought to rally support for their cause among American Indians. The campaign printed bumper stickers that declare: "Discover the Indian vote." And when Clinton appeared at a rally in Missoula, Mont.