September 26, 2000 |
Bowing to oral traditions that establish tribal memories as ancient, the U.S. Interior Department on Monday ruled that modern-day Native Americans have "cultural affiliations" entitling them to custody of the 9,000-year-old Kennewick Man skeleton. The decision places the government squarely at odds with scientists who argue that the remains--which could provide important clues about where the earliest North Americans came from--should be available for further study.
July 11, 2000 |
Four months and 3,800 miles after they began their trek in Los Angeles to draw attention to Native American social problems, 17 weary walkers and hundreds of friends, family members and other supporters ended it on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at dawn Monday. The participants were seeking to raise awareness about the twin scourges of substance abuse and domestic violence they say must be addressed in Native American communities.
June 20, 2000 |
American Indians won a rare victory in the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday as the justices allowed the Quechan tribe to pursue its claim to about 25.6 billion gallons of Colorado River water each year. Arizona and California had asked the high court to block the Quechan water claim, saying that the tribe gave up any rights to that water in 1983.
June 10, 2000 |
A federal appeals court on Friday rejected the environmental assessment that allowed the Makah Indian tribe to hunt gray whales off the coast of Washington, ruling that the government's review was "slanted" in favor of allowing the controversial hunt. The 2-to-1 ruling from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals most likely ends the Makah tribe's attempts to land a gray whale during the spring migration off the Pacific Coast, which now is winding down.
May 16, 2000 |
A Colombian high court in Bogota revoked an injunction, granted by a lower tribunal six weeks ago, that banned Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum Corp. from drilling for oil in a northeast region claimed as ancestral lands by the semi-nomadic U'wa Indians, a lawyer said.
April 1, 2000 |
Pope John Paul II on Friday appointed a bishop widely hailed as a conciliator to head the Roman Catholic diocese in central Chiapas state, where his predecessor's perceived support for the leftist Zapatista rebels generated frequent controversies.
January 14, 2000 |
He was probably only a teenager when he got hit with the sharpened stone arrowhead, which struck him so hard it buried itself in his hipbone. But he managed to get away from his attacker, and lived to what was a distinguished old age of 45, maybe 50. The now-fabled Kennewick Man, whose bones were found in 1996 on the banks of the Columbia River, "turned out to be one tough hunter-gatherer," said Francis McManamon, consulting archeologist for the National Park Service.
October 15, 1999 |
A federal judge has given lawyers for the Interior Department and U.S. Treasury and attorneys representing thousands of Native Americans until Nov. 1 to show that they are close to reaching agreement on overhauling the government's long-troubled Indian trust fund system. U.S. District Judge Royce C.
October 7, 1999 |
The Supreme Court on Wednesday took up an unusual ballot restriction in Hawaii that limits voting for a state land trust to only the descendants of aboriginal Hawaiians, but the outcome may have wide impact on the rights of Native Americans and Alaskans--as well as on the national debate over affirmative action. In recent years, the court's conservative majority has ruled that official "racial classifications" are unconstitutional.
September 6, 1999 |
As dark and dreary as the clouds were overhead Sunday, they weren't as ugly as the Orioles' pitching performance. Cleveland received five walks during a seven-run fifth inning, and Jim Thome hit a home run and scored four runs as the Indians defeated the Orioles, 15-7. The start of the game was delayed one hour, 29 minutes by rain. There was also a 17-minute rain delay in the second inning, and dark clouds hovered over the stadium for much of the day.