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(en) America, Native Americas Update--January 30, 2001

From Native Americas Journal <bfw2@cornell.edu>
Date Tue, 30 Jan 2001 16:59:08 -0500 (EST)


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January 30, 2001
Native Americas Journal
Winter 2000--Hemispheric Digest

The following articles are provided as a service of Native
Americas Journal, published by Akwe:kon Press at Cornell
University's American Indian Program. For information on
how to stay informed of emerging trends that impact Native
peoples visit our website at http://www.nativeamericas.com.
For subscriptions call (800) 9-NATIVE.

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IN THIS ISSUE:

--NATIVE PEOPLE AT THE POLLS
--ELECTION VIOLENCE ON MISKITO COAST
--COLOMBIA: KILLINGS OF INDIANS CONTINUE
--STANDING ROCK SIOUX DEFEND BURIAL GROUNDS

--DIOXIN AFFLICTING INUIT TRACED TO THE U.S.,
CANADA AND MEXICO
--QUEBEC ALGONQUIN BLACK CLEAR-CUTTING
--YANOMAMI IN NEW VICTORY, BATTLE

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NATIVE PEOPLE AT THE POLLS

On November 7, 2000, Native people went to the polls in
record numbers, encouraged as never before by targeted "get
out the vote" campaigns-many on reservations in key
battleground states. A nonprofit public education effort in
Washington State, the First American Education Project,
played a critical role in the senatorial race by informing the
general public about issues affecting American Indians and the
environment-in the end contributing to the defeat of longtime
Republican Senator Slade Gorton in favor of Democrat Maria
Cantwell (by just 2,229 votes or 0.1 percent).

[http://nativeamericas.aip.cornell.edu/win00/win00hd.html#anchor404217
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ELECTION VIOLENCE ON MISKITO COAST

Army troops and police occupied Puerto Cabezas on
Nicaragua's Caribbean coast on November 1, 2000, following
angry demonstrations by Miskito Indians protesting the
exclusion of their candidates from upcoming municipal
elections.

[http://nativeamericas.aip.cornell.edu/win00/win00hd.html#anchor404530
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COLOMBIA: KILLINGS OF INDIANS CONTINUE

Members of the Embera Katio Reservation in Colombia's Alto
Sinu region charge that on October 29, 2000, two residents of
Kachichi village on the Rio Esmeralda were abducted and
executed by guerrillas of the Colombian Revolutionary Armed
Forces (FARC). The attackers said they had a list of 60
indigenous people targeted for assassination, and they warned
the community not to report the murders.

[http://nativeamericas.aip.cornell.edu/win00/win00hd.html#anchor404756
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STANDING ROCK SIOUX DEFEND BURIAL GROUNDS

In November 2000, a federal court issued a temporary
restraining order that shut down operations at an Army Corps
of Engineers hydroelectric plant on the Missouri River in an
effort to safeguard Indian graves that had been exposed by
record-low water levels.

[http://nativeamericas.aip.cornell.edu/win00/win00hd.html#anchor405075
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DIOXIN AFFLICTING INUIT TRACED TO THE U.S.,
CANADA AND MEXICO

High concentrations of dioxin in the Arctic, a cause of health
problems among the Inuit, have now been traced to specific
sources in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

[http://nativeamericas.aip.cornell.edu/win00/win00hd.html#anchor405606
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QUEBEC ALGONQUIN BLOCK CLEAR-CUTTING

An Algonquin man and a French Canadian supporter in
Quebec face prison terms for blocking logging trucks in La
Verendrye Wildlife Reserve. Algonquin Jacob Wawatie and
supporter Benoit Noel De Telli were charged with public
mischief in August when provincial police raided a checkpoint
they had erected on a road through the reserve.

[http://nativeamericas.aip.cornell.edu/win00/win00hd.html#anchor405853
]

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YANOMAMI IN NEW VICTORY, BATTLE

A panel of Brazil's Higher Court of Justice (STJ) upheld a
sentence issued by a lower court declaring a group of outlaw
gold miners guilty of genocide against 16 Yanomami in the
1993 Haximu massacre, in the state of Roraima. In December
1996, federal judge Itagiba Catta Preta declared five of the 22
defendants guilty of genocide, with penalties ranging from 19
to 22 years in prison.

[http://nativeamericas.aip.cornell.edu/win00/win00hd.html#anchor406161
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