Uranium mine now under native title

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THE largest native title claim in South Australia, covering a uranium mine and the iconic Wilpena Pound rock basin, will be signed off today by the Federal Court in Adelaide, in a move welcomed by state and federal governments.

The court is expected to formally recognise claims made by the Adnyamathanha Aboriginal people to more than 41,000sqkm of land in the Flinders and Gammon Ranges and surrounding areas, about 350km north of Adelaide.

The claim by the Adnyamathanha people was lodged in 1994 after the landmark Mabo judgment in the High Court, recognising the existence of native title.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25260874-5013871,00.html

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Marshall attorney seeks information on witnesses ‘Improper relationship’

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The attorney for a man charged in the 1975 slaying of Annie Mae Aquash wants to know whether the federal government investigated what he says was an improper and unethical relationship between the supervising investigator and a government informant in the case.

Richard “Dickie” Marshall, 57, and John Graham, 52, are to stand trial beginning May 12 in U.S. District Court on charges they killed Aquash, a fellow American Indian Movement activist. Her body was found on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in February 1976.

http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2009/03/31/news/top/doc49d2d43fcc80f444277122.txt

The attorney for a man charged in the 1975 slaying of Annie Mae Aquash wants to know whether the federal government investigated what he says was an improper and unethical relationship between the supervising investigator and a government informant in the case.

Richard “Dickie” Marshall, 57, and John Graham, 52, are to stand trial beginning May 12 in U.S. District Court on charges they killed Aquash, a fellow American Indian Movement activist. Her body was found on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in February 1976.

http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2009/03/31/news/top/doc49d2d43fcc80f444277122.txt

Navajo water rights settlement signed into law

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The Navajo Nation celebrated on Monday as President Barack Obama signed the tribe’s water rights settlement into law as part of a public lands bill.

After decades of work, the tribe reached the agreement with the state of New Mexico five years ago. But the Bush administration balked at the cost of the deal, which authorizes an $870 million water pipeline in addition to securing the tribe’s rights to the San Juan River. The political landscape changed this year with Democrats in control of Washington, D.C. Though there were some hiccups, the 1,218-page Omnibus Public Land Management Act cleared the 111th Congress in record time.

http://64.62.196.98/News/2009/013840.asp

Hawaii wins land dispute at Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a congressional resolution apologizing for the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893 did not strip the state of its authority to sell or transfer about 1.2 million acres of land.

The court’s unanimous decision overturns a ruling by the Hawaii Supreme Court that blocked the sale of land conveyed to Hawaii when it became the 50th state. Many Native Hawaiians remain frustrated over how their islands were taken and divvied up by outsiders.

After years of legal wrangling, the state court last year halted sales of the “ceded lands” until Native Hawaiian claims to those lands are put to rest. The acreage represents more than a quarter of the islands.

http://www.buffalonews.com/260/story/624784.html

THE DIRTY DOZEN

THE DIRTY DOZEN

ONLY YOU CAN STOP THEM

April 1, 2009

Below is a list of 12 Senators: the Dirty Dozen.

These 12 Senators are the ones who are leading the charge to force new nuclear reactors on the American public, regardless of the costs, regardless of the dangers, regardless of the lethal radioactive waste these reactors would create, regardless of the plentiful safer, cleaner, cheaper energy sources available.

They are the ones who are this week pushing amendments to President Obama’s FY 2010 budget, trying to pave the way for more taxpayer subsidies for new nuclear reactors later this year.

They are the ones who tried to get $50 billion in taxpayer loan guarantees for new reactors in February–but they were defeated then.

And they can be defeated now–with your help.

Pick up the phone and call your Senators, and tell them to vote against any and all amendments (and there are a number of them) to the budget bill that would provide subsidies for nuclear power. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121.

And if your Senator is listed below, you might want to call him (this list is all men) and give him a piece of your mind:  tell him to try representing his constituents for once instead of the nuclear power industry!

If you haven’t yet sent an e-mail to your Senators, please do so here.

If you have sent your e-mail, forward this Alert to five of your friends and ask them to contact their Senators as well.

Votes on these amendments are likely to begin tonight (appropriately, April Fool’s Day, in honor of the fools pushing nuclear technology), and continue throughout the day Thursday and perhaps Friday.

We know we’ve been asking a lot of you already this year. That’s because the nuclear industry is getting desperate, and they’re doing everything they can to get more of your money, since they can’t raise any of their own. We thank you for all your activism and action, and we hope you’ll keep it up now and throughout the year.

And we also thank you for your contributions to support this campaign to stop taxpayer subsidies for new nuclear reactors. We’re only able to do this with your help: if you haven’t made a small donation yet, please do so now. Your support is very gratefully appreciated.

Thanks for all you do,

Michael Mariotte

Executive Director

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

nirsnet@nirs.org

www.nirs.org

THE DIRTY DOZEN

Sen Barrasso, John [R-WY]
Sen Bennett, Robert F. [R-UT]
Sen Brownback, Sam [R-KS]
Sen Cornyn, John [R-TX]
Sen Enzi, Michael B. [R-WY]
Sen Graham, Lindsey [R-SC]
Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT]
Sen Inhofe, James M. [R-OK]
Sen Risch, James E. [R-ID]
Sen Vitter, David [R-LA]
Sen Voinovich, George V. [R-OH]
Sen McCain, John, [R-AZ]

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N. Korea will retaliate against any attempt to intercept rocket: military

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SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) — North Korea’s military warned Thursday it will attack “major targets” in Japan should Tokyo shoot down a satellite it plans to orbit as early as this weekend.

The warning comes as leaders of South Korea, the United States and Japan are meeting at the G-20 summit in London, with North Korea’s rocket launch high on the agenda of their bilateral talks. The three have threatened to bring Pyongyang to the U.N. Security Council for sanctions if it goes ahead with the launch announced as scheduled between Saturday and Wednesday.

Government sources in Seoul said on Thursday that North Korea has sent a fleet of fighter jets to the east coast near Musudan-ri, the launch site in North Hamgyong Province.

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2009/04/02/41/0401000000AEN20090402005700315F.HTML

Feds OK new license for NJ nuclear power plant

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MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) — Federal regulators agreed Wednesday to extend the license of the nation’s oldest nuclear power plant to 2029.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 3-1 to deny an appeal from environmental groups opposing a new license for the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Lacey Township, N.J.

NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said the license is likely to be granted by April 9. While that’s a separate decision, he said it’s largely a formality now that the opponents’ appeals have been denied.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jZq8-ntYHqHjtQ6QY7FWoye9hXDQD979UBMG0