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Tuesday, August 12th, 2003
11:59 am - American Indian Skater Takes A Break

On August 7th, Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev notified the US Figure Skating Association that they will be taking a break from competition. Naomi, a member of the Karuk Tribe in California, was the first Native American woman to participate in the Winter Olympic Games, where the pair finished 11th overall.

The figure skating pair have won a record five consecutive US National titles for ice dancing. In May, the Native American Sports Council named her one of 14 “warriors” and her bio is displayed along with such notable sports legends as Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills.

“For the last 7 years I have been giving everything I have to competitive figure skating, and I feel that I need to take a break,” Lang said in a press release of the announcement. “Competing has been stressful and intense for me, and I would like to take a little time to explore other opportunities in skating. I am grateful for all the support we have received from our fans and the federation throughout the years, and I look forward to continuing performing with Peter."

Weblinks: http://www.figureskatersonline.com/lang-tchernyshev/

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11:58 am - Native Racer Cory Witherill Finishes 2nd

Cory Witherill raced to a second place finish in the Infinity Pro 100 at Gateway International Raceway, held August 9th. With the finish, he’s now 7th in the points standing with four more races to go in the 12 race series.

“It just started coming around this morning in the warm-up session,” said Cory during the post race press conference. “We were fourth quickest. Then during the race, I knew we were going to have a fast car, a potential car to win. And, I mean, during the race, you know, I figure we probably would have been fourth or better. But, obviously, there was a crash at the end there, and we took second place. Can't argue with that, especially with th[is] year. We've been kind of struggling to get the good luck and the good finishing position. I guess this is kind of a payback.”

Cory exploded onto the national scene being the first full blooded Native American to compete in the Indy 500. The Santa Monica, CA, driver is a of the Diné Nation.

Websites: http://www.corywitherill.com (out of date)

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10:00 am - New Statue of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Dedicated in Santa Fe

Preview of upcoming OCB Tracker Article, do not republish - (c) 2003 OCB Tracker

Dedication of a statue created by Estella Loretto was made during the annual Native American Mass in Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 16th, 2003. The statue, displayed in front of St. Francis Cathedral, was created by the Jemez Pueblo sculptor to be part of the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the cathedral.

The bronze honors the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, a woman born in 1656 and brought up in the Mohawk community of Ossernenon, now Auriesville, New York. A part of the turtle clan, she was orphaned at age 4 when both parents and a brother died in a small pox epidemic. The disease affected her eyesight and her health. Her name, Tekakwitha, is described as meaning "putting things in order."

She was baptized in 1676 and died four years later at the gate of 24. After her death, she was to become known as the Lily of the Mohawks. Pope Pius XII declared her venerable in 1943 and Pope John Paul II beatified her in 1980, the second of the three steps needed to name someone a saint.

Kateri Tekakwitha was designated the patroness for World Youth Day 2002 in Canada.

Web links: http://www.estellaloretto.com/ -- Website of the sculpter
http://www.archdiocesesantafe.org/ Archdiocese of Santa Fe

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9:58 am - Notah Begay III Tops $400,000 in PGA Tour

Pre-Release article for the OCB Tracker, please do not re-publish or redistrubute.

Native American golfer, Notah Begay III, toped the $400,000 mark with a couple under-par finishes in July. Nearly half of his income on this tour so far came from the fifth place tie back in March at the Honda Classic.

His youngest brother was last reported being deployed in Iraq with the 1st Division, Company D, and Notah said in an interview that he thinks about his brother every day. He also said in the interview on PGATOUR.COM, "The job he is doing is gigantic in comparison to what I have to do. He is fighting for his life, fighting for our country. I'm just fighting for a good score."

Also during a recent break in the tour, Notah chose the winners of scholarships from a fund established by Begay when he began on the PGA Tour. The 2003 recipients are Lisa Arviso (Crownpoint High School), Brandi Cron (Gallup HS), Ashley Curley (Tohatchi HS), Ryan Dodson (Gallup HS) and Alvena Largo (Wingate HS).

Weblinks: www.notahbegay3.com

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Monday, August 11th, 2003
6:54 pm - Guns Not Allowed

Yupik town's police not allowed to be armed
by Lori Fuller
Article pre-released from the upcoming issue of the OCB Tracker
Please do not reprint without permission.

HOOPER BAY, ALASKA: Town leaders in the rural Yupik community of Hooper Bay have a quandary on their hands. Their town is the only municipality in the United States where the police officers are forbidden to carry guns.

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6:15 pm - Maidu Interpretive Center Announces Fall Class Schedule

The Maidu Interpretive Center, located in Roseville, CA, has released the fall schedule of cultural classes.

Carving Soapstone Pendants: Saturday, October 4th or November 15th, 10am to noon, class fees are $14.
Bead Making the Maidu Way: Saturday October 11th, 9am - noon. Class fees are $21.
Dance Whistles: Saturday November 1st, 9am - noon, fees are $21.
Creating Soaproot Brushes: Saturday, November 22nd, 9am - noon. Class fees are $21.

All classes require pre-registration which may be done by calling the center at (916) 772-4242. The center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to 4pm. Admission rates are $4 for adults, $3 for children, with a special rate for a family of four of $12. The center is located at 1960 Johnson Ranch Drive in Roseville.

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6:05 pm - The Native American Music Awards (NAMMY) Announces Record Submissions

Over 145 recordings were submitted for consideration for this year’s NAMMY awards to be held sometime before the spring next year. To qualify, a recording had to have been released between April 2002 and March 2003.

The number of recordings submitted has increased each year for the last four years. In 1999, a dark year for the Native music industry, just 97 titles were submitted for review. The increase in releases represents a growing interest in traditional and modern music from American Indian musicians.

Unlike the burst of releases in the middle 1990’s, the newest wave is being fed by the increased financial status of many Native Americans. The mainstream music industry has felt the impact of file sharing networks and music pirates, decreasing the number of new albums hitting the market. Native listeners, on the other hand, are buying more albums, and increasing their listening technology.

Just one year ago, most new releases for Native American music was done on both audio cassette and on CD. Today, one in five is being released only on CD, representing the trend.

The sixth annual production has in the past honored Crystal Gayle, Robbie Robertson, Rita Coolidge, Bill Miller, Joanne Shenandoah, R. Carlos Nakai, Robert Mirabal, Indigenous, Lightfoot, Tom Bee, John Trudell, the Navajo Codetalkers (Living Legend Award), the late Jimi Hendrix, Hank Williams and Native professional golfer Notah Begaye III (Thorpe Sports Award.)

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Saturday, August 9th, 2003
11:25 pm - Courts To Decide Fate of Redskins

Courts to decide fate of Redskins team name
by Lori Fuller
Pre-release of article from the upcoming issue of the OCB Tracker
Please do not reprint this article without permission.

WASHINGTON D.C.: A federal district judge for the District of Columbia said that she is moving to resolve whether the Washington Redskins team name and logo are insulting to Native Americans. A hearing, held July 23rd by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, addressed summary judgment motions filed by the corporation that owns the Redskins (Pro-Football Inc.), and a group of Native defendants led by Suzan Shown Harjo.

The case has been ongoing since 1992, when Harjo and six other people, including legal scholar Vine Deloria Jr., initially contacted the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. They cited a 1946 federal law preventing the registration of marks that disparage any race, religion, or group, and asked that the trademarks be cancelled for the Redskins.

In 1999, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board sided with Harjo and ruled that the name and logo were "disparaging" and subjected Native Americans to "contempt" and "disrepute".

"They've changed their coach, their uniforms, their owners -- everything," Harjo said in an interview with the Washington Post. "We just need them to change one more thing."

The attorney for the team owner claimed during the hearing that the board relied on faulty evidence, given by activists who do not represent the views of Indian Country. "The record is devoid of substantial evidence that a substantial composite of Native Americans are disparaged," attorney Robert Raskopf told the court. "What is ridiculous is the claim that the Redskins' [trademark] ridicules anyone. Do some groups think that our famous football team's name is disparaging? Apparently. Fine. They're entitled to their opinion... But it has to be a high level of Native Americans. It can't be 7, or 70, or even 1,000."

Raskopf argued that the complaints have come too late, and that the challenges to the Redskins logo and name should have come in 1967 when the mark was approved.

Michael A. Lindsay, attorney for the Native American complainants, stated that the harm to Native Americans still continues. He noted that one of the complainants, Mateo Romero, was born in 1968 - a year after the approval of the Redskins logo. "You are depriving everyone else who becomes disparaged later on," Lindsay said.

Many of the complaints are also centered around team memorabilia and merchandise. Pro-Football, Inc. claims that they would lose substantial income from the sale of their merchandise, but Indian activists do not agree. Suzan Shown Harjo, whose name is primary on the list of defendants in this case, stated "You’d make a fortune off the sale of memorabilia alone."

The principal owner of the Redskins, Daniel Snyder, has repeatedly stated that he would not change the team’s name. He has been forced to testify twice in the case. His most recent deposition was in May, as he refused to answer questions in the first deposition. His testimony remains under seal.

Kollar-Kotelly had questions for both sides in the debate, and asked for additional arguments to be sent to her office. She did not indicate when the ruling would be given.

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2003
4:02 am - Correction to last entry

Having just talked to our webmaster, I appear to be jumping the gun slightly; the reprints of our older articles and our newer news pieces aren't yet accessible to the main viewing public. But wait, there's more!

I /did/ manage to get the infomation for where you, too, can view what the newspaper's website might look like in the future as a little sneak preview.

If you'd like to see, click right here, which will take you to the new variation of the Tracker. Please, keep in mind that it's just in the working stages, but feel free to create an account if you would like to, and/or comment on things as they come up. If all tests work well, this will transfer over to the front page of our website possibly within the next 2-3 weeks, and we'll be up and running again.

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3:56 am - Update: OCB Tracker News

Well, it's decided; the newspaper will likely restart in somewhere around June of this year. (Yeah, I know, this particular LJ community has been horribly quiet on the subject, but I'm sure that will be remedied eventually.)

It likely will restart as simply "The Tracker", although that has not yet been officially determined.

For more information (and a few reprints of earlier articles, as well as some newer news and information), please visit the paper's website - ocbtracker.com. This will, over the course of the next few weeks, grow and change a lot; we're in flux at the moment, so bear with us.

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2003
11:12 pm - Article: Senator's Solution To Forest Fires

Senator's Solution To Forest Fires: A Rain Dance?
by Lori Fuller

Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) recommended, during a hearing March 20th on forest firefighting budgets, that one way to avoid serious forest fires in the drought-ridden southwest was to have the only Native American senator perform a rain dance.
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10:43 pm - Welcome to the Tracker!

Welcome to the OCB Tracker LJ community!

First off, let me say that I'm Lori Fuller, assistant editor of the former OCB Tracker. You may occasionally hear from other Tracker staffers, although it will generally be myself or our Editor-In-Chief, Gary Fuller.

The OCB Tracker was originally in publication from late 1998 through 2000. We're considering going back into publication with a slightly altered name (The Tracker), possibly as early as June of 2003, if the feedback is good. But we need /your/ feedback on this, because without the interest of the public, there is no need for us to restart publication.

Our publication is one of general community interest, mingled with Native American news from across the US and Canada. We have one of the most in-depth listings of powwows and gatherings based in the southwest US, updated as more information reaches us. Stories range from hard-hitting news from the Nations to reviews of new and upcoming indigenous-themed movies and music, stories of interest to tribal peoples, and even Indian humor.

This LiveJournal will serve as one of many ways we're looking for a community voice in our possible republication. It will also be a place where we can share some of the more interesting tidbits of Native American-oriented news that comes across the wire in the interrim, because, well, we're media junkies, and perhaps you are too.

So feel free to speak out and discuss! We're looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

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