News From Indian County 12 01 2017 E Edition Page 1

DECEMBER 2017 NEWS FROM INDIAN COUNTRY: www.IndianCountryNews.com PAGE 1 The Black Snake Chronicles, by Winona LaDuke, Page 18 Haudensonaunee Confederacy Chief Powless passes, Page 20 Canada $3/U.S. $2.00 www.IndianCountryNews.com December 2017 - Vol. XXXI No. 12 Trump angers tribes on Code Talkers, opening monuments to mining/oil fracking Trump opens monuments to mining, oil By MICHELLE L. PRICE and BRADY McCOMBS SALT LAKE CITY (AP/NFIC) P resident Donald Trumps rare move to shrink two large national monuments in Utah triggered another round of outrage among Native American leaders who vowed to take the ight to court to preserve protections for land they consider sacred. Environmental and conservation groups and a coalition of tribes began filing lawsuits Dec. 4th that ensure that Trumps announcement is far from the final chapter in the yearlong battle over public lands. The court cases are likely to drag on for years, maybe even into a new presidency. Trump decided to reduce Bears Ears National Monument by about 85 percent News From Indian Country 8558N County Road K Hayward, WI 54843-5800 Tribe wary of monument in Montana as others reduced by Trump By MATTHEW BROWN BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) E ven as it clashes with American Indians over reductions to national monuments in the Southwest, the Trump administration is pursuing creation of a new monument on the border of a Montana reservation where tribal officials remain wary of the idea. The Blackfeet have long fought oil and gas drilling and other development within the Badger-Two Medicine area a mountainous expanse bordering Glacier National Park thats sacred to the tribe. Blackfeet Chairman Harry Barnes told The Associated Press that protection of that 200-square-mile area is paramount. He sees a workable solution in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinkes proposal to co-manage the area with the tribe, but stressed that the Blackfeet have never sought a national monument designation for the land. We want total return to Blackfeet ownership, Barnes said December 9 adding that the idea of a monument has been proffered and advanced by others. Zinke says hed seek co-congressional approval for the co-management proposal, part of his recommendation to create national monuments at Badger-Two Medicine and two other sites a Civil War camp in Kentucky and the Mississippi home of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. Barnes cautioned that the tribe would be unwilling to surrender treaty rights dating to the 1800s that let its members hunt, fish and gather timber from the Badger-Two Medicine. The Blackfeet Tribes interest has always been protection of the Badger- Two Medicine, Barnes said in an emailed response to questions from The AP. We have fought a long time and we see it not being over yet. The Badger Two-Medicine has deep cultural significance for the Blackfeet as the site of the tribes creation story and a place where traditional plants are still Blackfeet want land back, not a monument We want total return to Blackfeet ownership, Barnes said December 9 adding that the idea of a monument has been proffered and advanced by others. Tribal Governments and local communities who are determined to protect these sacred places in their entirety. The Bears Ears National Monument was decreased by 85% removing protections from 1,148,000 acres. Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument was reduced by 47% removing protections from 896,000 acres. With the two Presidential Proclamations signed, National Monument protections were removed from over 2 million acres of land. The original intent of the Antiquities Act was to protect our tribal sacred sites Sgt. Pascal Poolaw: Vietnam Veteran Documentary highlights most decorated Native soldier By SANDRA HALE SCHULMAN News From Indian Country T he engrossing, horrific, exhaustive PBS documentary series, Vietnam, by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the Vietnam war in greater depth than has ever been told before. One of the important facts it has unearthed is that 42,000 American Indians served, the highest minority presence in the war which lasted from the early 1960s to the mid- 1970s. See Sgt. Pascal Poolaw, Page 10 Sgt. Pascal Poolaw Indian Creek in front, with the famous Six Shooter Peaks in the background are just part of the Bears Ears National Monument. Photo by US Bureau of Land Managment and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by nearly half. It earned him cheers from Republican leaders in Utah who lobbied him to undo protections by presidents that they considered overly broad. Conservation groups called it the largest elimination of protected land in American history. The move came a week after tribal leaders decried Trumps use of the name of a historical Native American The move came a week after tribal leaders decried Trumps use of the name of a historical Native American igure as a slur. WASHINGTON, D.C. (ICC) T he National Congress of American Indians opposes President Trumps efforts to reduce two monuments that hold tribal sacred places. On Dec. 4th, President Trump issued Presidential Proclamations reducing the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments in Utah. These monuments were initially designated as monuments to ensure that tribal and American citizens would have use of these significant landscapes for generations to come. The National Congress of American Indians stands by the efforts of all effected National Congress of American Indians opposes Trump action on monuments See Trump opens, Page 5 See National Congress, Page 6 See Blackfeet want land back, Page 9

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