Posted by Ros on August 22, 1999 at 22:21:38:
In Reply to: Now that's exciting!!! posted by Petra on August 22, 1999 at 20:07:27:
Russell has no intention of ducking the matter. It is I who have asked him to cool it. But I know it will come up anyway so I just decided to provide a forum and get it over with. As the arrangements are now, the press conference will be around 4 or 5 pm followed by a book signing reception and then his presentation at around 7.
The case is very complicated. Between Indian law and Federal law (the trust issues) it well may be a civil rights issue. By the way, Russell's ex-father in law isn't Navajo either, so neither one is.
Mr. Yazzie is very well respected here on the Navajo Nation. He comes to NAU frequently and will certainly be invited to Russell's presentation.
Anyway, I hope I have gotten you excited enough to come. Bring lots of friends. The more the merrier.
: : Petra:
: : I know that issue is going to come up so, I am arranging a special press conference time so he can answer these types of questions. Although much of what he thinks about it is on his Web page. It is very interesting.
: : Please let me know if you'll be coming up. Two hours.....that's a piece of cake, just 'round the corner, up here!
: : Ros
: Hi Ros!
: Wow, now that gives the event a totally different aspect, if he is going to face that issue heads on in a press conference! Then I'm definitely putting that on my calendar, maybe I can take off work a little earlier to drive up there. Any idea what time it will be? I've got to ask around here, friends and family might be interested too. By the way, just a month ago we visited Wounded Knee, saw the destroyed church that Russell Means describes in his book as their stronghold during the events in '73 and also came through Whiteclay days after the protests there.
: I just went to his page and read his response to the sovereignty issue (link below for those who haven't seen it yet), interesting! I'm curious to research what he says about the Navajo Nation's Treaty, whether it explicitly denies jurisdiction over non-member Indians. Also, what he says about Chief Justice Yazzie's initial excuse, that's interesting to say the least, and I'm curious to find out what responses to that allegation can be found on the web. From what I've heard so far, Justice Yazzie has an excellent reputation. Will also have to keep reading what's on Russell Means' page.
: In case someone hasn't heard about this case yet and would like to do so, this is the page by the Harvard Law School with all the background info: http://www.law.harvard.edu/News/navajo.html
: Thanks again for the information!
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