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Singer speaks on
BY MARK SWARTZ
As living proof that everyone who
was political in the sixties hasn't set-
tled into leather-upholstered BMW
-lethargy, Native American folksinger
ttnd activist Buffy Sainte Marie talked
yesterday about the progress her peo-
ple have made - and the long way to
go before they get a fair shake.
Sainte Marie spoke urgently and in-
formatively to an audience of about
50 at the Michigan Union, giving an
update on the state of Native Ameri-
cans in the United States and Canada.
She addressed the plight of artist and
writer Leonard Peltier, a Native
American currently serving two con-
secutive life terms for the murder of
two FBI agents. "It's not an issue of
Indian vs. Non-Indian," she said, "It's
an issue of justice."
Peltier has become an internation-
ally celebrated figure because of the
apparent miscarriage of justice and
murkiness surrounding his arrest and
conviction. "They got the wrong
guy," Sainte Marie said.
Sainte Marie said Soviet Premier
Mikhael Gorbachev made reference to
Peltier's case in a recent dialogue with
President Reagan. The President was
unaware of the controversy, she said,
but confided to Gorbachev that
"perhaps it's time for us to welcome
them as citizens." Reagan, laughed
Sainte Marie, apparently hadn't been
told about the Indian Citizenship
Law, passed by this country in 1924.
The diminuitive songwriter went
on to dispel the notion that colonial-
era Native Americans were poor
negotiators, that they "sold out" their
descendants by giving away lands for
"Our native people did not sell us r
out," she said. "The American Revo-
lution could not have been without'
the Cree (tribe)."
She backed this claim by citing a
letter from George Washington that Native American folk singe
praised the Cree's invaluable assis- autograph for Greg Mazurek,
tance in the form of reconaissance Room of the Union.
missions and provisions, as well as
Benjamin Franklin's assertion that the"
U.S. Constitution was based on the0
Sainte Marie, author of the Officer
and Gentleman theme song, "Up
Where We Belong," played two shows
at the Ark last night. She is currentlyBY KRISTIN HOFFMAN
working on recording her first album Bleary-eyed and groggy students
in 12 years. waiting for CRISP's 8 a.m. appoint-
ments were told yesterday that the
system would be down until about
9:30, making the anticipated wait
But experienced seniors sprawled on
the floor were not fazed by the delay.
"As a whole, the students were really
good about it," CRISP operators said.
CRISP was also out of operation
for 45 minutes on Monday, the first
day of registration. A power failure
during Thanksgiving break resulted in
a loss of electricity to printers and
Yesterday's failure was due to
problems with computer software that
PE N I N G controls data and programs. Data
Systems Center, responsible for run-
ning the University's administrative
L SPORTS systems, ran into problems with dis-
Buffy St. Marie signs an
LSA junior, in the Michigan
organization of the CRISP data needed
to register students.
Even with the hour-and-a-half delay:,
CRISP was caught up by noon.
Many students waited out the delay,
but those who could not had the op-
tion of leaving their worksheet with
CRISP workers, who processed the
student's schedule. Any problems had
to be handled with a separate appoint-
ment that could be scheduled any time
during regular registration.
Students have also been inconve-
nienced by the late mailing of the re-
quired student verification forms.
Those who have not received the form
can pick one up at the LSA Building,
CRISP has been in existence since
1975, and has rarely experienced sys-
tem failures, said Chuck Wallis,
director of the Data Systems Center.
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Gorbachev to work with critics
MOSCOW- President Mikhail Gorbachev bowed to criticism of his
constitutional reforms yesterday, saying he will accept tighter limits on
presidential power and try to accommodate republics clamoring for more
Gorbachev acknowledged the political give-and-take forming in the
freer atmosphere he has fostered when he told the Supreme Soviet, or
parliament; "Our own socialist system of 'checks and balances' is taking
shape in this country, designed to protect society from any violations of
socialist legality at the highest state level."
The Supreme Soviet is considering during its three-day session a
package of almost 120 articles of legislation first published five weeks
ago that Gorbachev says are the first major step toward a political system
based on law, not central dictate.
The draft laws faced stiff criticism that they actually strengthen the
presidency against the legislature and the 15 Soviet republics.
Chemical explosion kills six
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Construction trailers loaded with 45,000
pounds of a chemical used in dynamite exploded yesterday, killing six
firefighters, ripping large craters in the ground, and shattering windows up
to 10 miles away.
The first trailer was filled with an estimated 30,000 pounds of
ammonium nitrate, which is used to make dynamite explode more evenly,
authorities said. The second trailer was storing about 15,000 pounds of
the material. A third explosion occurred moments later in what was
believed to be a portion of the first trailer that had been blown apart.
Debris was scattered over several acres around the construction site and
onto nearby U.S. 71, said police spokesperson Sgt. Greg Mills.
- The blasts left two very large craters, 30 to 40 feet wide and 6 or 7 feet
deep, and a smaller one about 15 feet across and 4 feet deep.
Investigators believe the fires might have been intentionally set, said
Fire Department spokesperson Harold Knabe.
FAA to require additional
takeoff safety equipment
WASHINGTON- The Federal Aviation Administration told the
airlines yesterday it wants an additional warning device in the cockpits of
all U.S. commercial jetliners to tell pilots whether the critical takeoff
alarm system is working.
The proposed directive, which is expected to go into effect early next
year and give airlines another year to comply, would affect about 3,700
large commercial jets, according to the FAA.
Commercial jetliners have alarm systems that are supposed to warn
pilots if the plane's critical control devices such as wing flaps are not in
the proper position for a takeoff.
But in at least two recent crashes it is suspected that the alarms failed
to sound because of a malfunction. A spot check earlier this year of
Boeing 727 aircraft showed 35 cases in which the alarms either failed or
did not operate properly, according to the FAA.
Shuttle countdown continues
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.- NASA forged ahead yesterday with the
countdown for the secret mission of space shuttle Atlantis despite a
forecast for unacceptably high wind at launch time.
The forecast, which contained clouds and isolated showers, was
examined closely by shuttle managers as they met to decide whether to
launch Atlantis on Thursday on a flight carrying five astronauts and a spy
"All countdown activities are on schedule," the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration said in a five-paragraph status report.
That statement and the management team's decision were the
announcements expected from the usually open space agency. Air Force
rules prevented the civilian agency from holding its usual pre-launch
The Air Force has said only that the launch is scheduled for Thursday
between 6:32 a.m. and 9:32 a.m. EST.
Beverly Hills considering
designer sidewalk proposal
BEVERLY HILLS, California - In a city where image is everything,
city planners are prescribing a face lift.
They're recommending "designer" sidewalks, flower planters, and novel
street lamps to counter fears that cracked sidewalks and traffic-clogged
streets will send shoppers elsewhere.
"It's a critical step forward in giving a face lift to a city which is in
desperate need to maintain its beauty and attractiveness and keep its kind
of garden-spot-of-the-world atmosphere," Mayor Robert Tanenbaum said.
The entire revitalization plan for the 30-block business district could
run $80 million. City Council said it would study the proposal.
"Are we slipping? Not a bit," said Karl Shurz, Chamber of Commerce
president. "But to maintain our present position of total excellence we
have to keep our guard up. That's what, basically, the city is very
concerned about - maintaining the image."
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