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Forum calls for
indigenous rule i

Panelists: Improve
equality in schools:;

by Crystal Gilmore
Native Americans challenged
democracy in North America in a
symposium sponsored by the
University's Institute of Public
Policy Studies yesterday.
The panel focussed on Native
American institutions and how
U.S. and Canadian policies both
help and harm their democratic
David Lester, director of the
Counsel for Energy Resources
Tribes, said all European govern-
ments are bureaucratic, adding,
"The failure of the Soviet Union is
largely a failure of the theory of
bureaucracy." Lester said tribal na-
tions' construction of the funily as
a political unit conflicts with
European thinking.
Explainng the relations be-
tween' U.S. government and Native
American, Lester said, "We use the
same words, but there is no con-
mon understanding."
Sharon Venne, an attorney for
the Cree nation in Canada, agreed.

Her nation refuses to accept citi-
zenship in Canada because they pre-
fer their own system of govern-
ment. Venne said, "We doni't want
to be equal to non-indigenous peo-
ple, I don't want to drive a
Mercedes-Benz or make $I100,0(X).
"Does that make us backward,
or more civilized?" she asked.
Describing the realities of his
tribe, David B aldwiii, project direc-
tor for the Oklahoma Indian
Business Development Center, said,
"The culture is gone, the native
church disappeared - I have to
hunt to find someone who can
speak my own language.",
Baldwin attributed the deterio-
ration of his tribe's culture to the
discovery of oil on its reservation
in Oklahoma.
Students were impressed with
the symposium.
"The symposium made some
important points about
sovereignty and things that aren't
working within our Government,"
Rackham student Carol Clements

by Rachel Freedman
Improving the quality of educa-
tion and promoting equality in pub-
lic schools are the goals of the edu-
cational reforms discussed at yester-
day's panel discussion titled
"Democratic Education and
Educational Reform."
The panel is part of the 1992
Neil Staebler Symposium,
"Definitions of Democracy: The
Democratic Ideal in Public Policy."
The symposium is presented by the
Institute of Public Policy.
Panelists discussed current edu-
cational reforms and their effect on
democracy and equality, including
school restructuring and the school
choice initiative.
"School restructuring is to
change the experience of teachers
and students," said Valerie Lee, as-
sistant professor in the School of
Education. "There will be more ex-
changing of ideas and the emphasis
will be on group work rather than
competitional learning."
Lee said that research has shown
this type of communal school sys-
tem has been successful in terms of
student exchange and output.
Lee also spoke about the school
choice initiative that would allow
parents to choose their children's
schools. Lee said there is widespread
support for this initiative, including
support by the governor and the
"In Detroit we have a pattern of
economic and racially segregated
schools," said Lee. She said that even
though not much research has been

done on this, the school choke
initiative might help lessen this
wide gap.
Others stressed teaching demsv- 4
cratic values in public schools. -
"The idea of democracy should-j
be alive in schools in Detroit like&it
is in Prague," said Jay Featherstone,
professor of education at Michigar.i
State IIniversity. "The problem %:,,
making democracy real rather thaw:
just a name."
Panelist Richard llmore, a pro-
fessor of education at larvara''i
Iniversity, spoke of the need'i b,
make education more accessible "
all students and the need to attrJLt ',
more qualified teachers.
"Teaching is hard work'",
Elmore said. "We need more
investment in programs aid
Panelist Joseph Blanding, a
member-at-large of the Detrqit,
Board of Education, also expressed;
concerned over inequalities in public
schools, particularly in Detrgi,>.3
Blanding said the whole system;o,:1
education needs to be improved. 1Ie, .
said one of the main problems is k,.
tracting highly qualified teachers.14,
Detroit so that all students Wrll
have equal access to high-qualty-
"We are not attracting the bds{
and brightest teachers where aue
need them," Blanding said. "H1
do we encourage future teachers tha,
Detroit is a prime place to go when
they can walk across to the suburbs
and get twice as much money?''

David Lester speaks at last night's symposiuim on democracy and Native

Pentagon wants to cut Detroit-area plant

Pentagon again is taking aim at the
beleaguered Army tank manufactur-
ing plant in suburban Detroit. And
its defenders in the Michigan con-
gressional delegation are rallying to
the rescue.
The proposal to kill the M 1 tank
prodiction program is contained in

President Bush's proposed 1993
budget. The budget also requests a
new program to preserve national
parks, including several in
It's the third consecutive year
the administration has put the tank
on the chopping block, setting up
another fight with its defenders on

Capitol Hill.
"We've stopped them every time
before. We hope we can do it again,"
Willie Blacklow, spokesperson for
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said yes-
The Army has long contended
that it has enough tanks. Last year,
the military budget included funds

to shut down the General Dyn,,unics
plant in Warren by 1993 and shift
its operations to a sister facility in
Lima, Ohio.
But Congress thwarted the plan,
inserting $225 million into the
budget for upgrading the oldest MI1
tanks to the new M I-A2 version.

U.S. hopes to find serendipity in solving budget
woes as key indicators show recession continues

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ocrats promised yesterday to speed
through Congress an economic reco-
very package, but vowed to re-ar-
range President Bush's budget pro-
posal to, benefit middle-income
Americans; not the rich.
"Democrats will not obstruct,
but we will try to improve the
president's package," said House
Majority Leader Richard Gephardt
(D-Mo. as the Budget Committee
began hearings on the spending plan
Bush presented Wednesday.
White 4ouse budget director
Richard Darman told the panel that
the $1.52 trillion spending blue-
print is "clearly a serious plan" for
shoving the economy out of the
recession it has been mired in since
July 1990.

He defended the president's de-
mand that Congress enact by March
20 tax breaks foi property owners,
businesses, home buyers and others,
saying, "The country needs it."
The session signaled rough sail-
ing ahead as Bush and Democrats em-
bark on a presidential campaign year.
Bush advanced a budget with no
federal program that directly cre-
ates jobs and no broad, immediate
tax cut for middle-income workers.
Democrats are pressing for both.
Bush himself took the offensive
yesterday, telling the Greater Phila-
delphia Chamber of Commerce that
rival anti-recession proposals were
"thick with feel-good gimmicks
that have nothing to do with pro-

Earlier in the day the govern-
ment released a rash of discouraging
economic news, with the Commerce
Department announcing that orders
to factories for durable goods drop-
ped sharply in December and the La-
bor Department reporting that bus-
iness layoffs were continuing to rise
through the middle of this month.
A separate report said consu-
mers' spending was up only slightly
last month. Americans' personal in-
come was up, but that was partly
due to rising jobless payments.
It was the second straight in-
crease in jobless claims and more
than erased the improvements seen
around the first of January, when

holiday-shortened work weeks spur-
red a decline in the number of people
reporting layoffs.
Military orders soared 86 per-
cent and without that gain the over-
all orders decline would have been a
staggering 8.9 percent. Military
hardware orders are expected to de-
cline in coming months because of
cutbacks in the Pentagon budget.
President Bush did not comment
on the new reports during his speech
but saw reason for hope in other
economic signs. "Inflation is down;
inventories are down; the market
has been expressing optimism in the
future; interest rates are down and
this is no time for gloom and
doom," he said.

Taecan of our !Dailyg..'r
Best of fuck, to our successors: Henry Gofd& fatt, .
'Bethany Robertson, Ken 'Wafker, Stefanie 'vines,
andDavid Rheingofd.
.fondfarezweff to our staff.'Travis, Andrew,
Barry, Mona, karen S., Gwen, Lari, 'Erin, Karen
'', Vavd? '/ennjfer, Mehssa, Lauren, 'Purvi, 'Ben,
Renee, Chastity, Robin, Josh, andRo6.
Thanksfor agreat year!
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What's happening in Ann Arbor today

From the Editor...

Alpha Phi Omega, pledge mtg, 6 p.m.;
chapter mtg, 7 p.m., Michigan Union,
Kuenzel Rn.
Huron}Valley Greens, action
planniig intg about Detroit summer,
Guild House, 802 Monroe St., 6:30 p.m.
U of M Chess Club, weekly mtg,
Michigan League, 1 p.m.
The Gargoyle Magazine, mass mtg,
Michigan Union, Kuenzel Rm, ground
floor office in the Student Publications
Bldg, 2p.m.
Student Alumni Council,
membership mtg, Alumni Center, 4
p .m.
"Large Silicic Magma Systems: A
Two-Parameter Model Based on Nd
Isotopic Systematics," Donald
DePaolo. 1640 Chemistry Bldg, 4 p.m.
Safewalk, night-time safety walking
service. Sun-Thurs 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.,
Fri-Sat, 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Stop by 102
UGLi or call 936-1000. Also, extended
hours: Sun-Thurs 1-3 a.m. Stop by
Angell Hall Computing Center or call
Northwalk, North Campus nighttime
team walking service. Sun-Thur 8
p.m.-11:30 p.m. Stop by 2333 Bursley
or call 763-WALK.
ECB Peer Writing Tutors,
Angell/Mason Hall Computing Center,
7-11 p.m.
Registration , for "Uncommon
Campus Courses", North Campus
Ann Arhor fanartment of Parks

Day Camp, and Spring Pioneer Living
Day Camp.
Film Series, Do the Right Thing,
Chrysler Center Aud, North Campus,
free, 5 p.m.
Robin Hood, free movie, International
Center, Rm 9, 8 p.m.
U of M Bridge Club, weekly duplicate
bridge game, Michigan Union, Tap Rm,
7:15 p.m.
U of M Ninjitsu Club, practice, I-M
Bldg, wrestling rm, 7-8:30 p.m.
Michigan Ultima Team, practice, 9:30
U-M Taekwondo Club. Friday work-
out. 1200 CCRB, 6-8 p.m. Beginners
U-M Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
practice. CCRB Martial Arts Rm, 6-7
Career Planning and Placement,
Resumes and C.V.s, CP&P Program
Rm, 12:10-1 p.m.
Great Writers Series, T o n y
Hillerman, Irwin Green Auditorium,
Hillel, 7:30 p.m.
Gym America Gymnastics, 1992
Wolverine Classic, women gymnasts
from all over the mid-west and
Canada, today and tomorrow, Cliff
Keen Arena, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Silver Wings Society, odd jobs at
Ingalls House, meet in North Hall
lobby 12:40 p.m.
ECB Peer Writing Tutors. 219 UGLi,
1-5 p.m.
Seventh Israel Conference Day,
Rackham, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
United Jewish Appeal Campaign for
Freedom, JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr.,
7-11 p.m.
Israeli Dancing, instruction followed
by open dancing, Hillel, 8-10 p.m.
Peanmle whm havetraveloi Ireal

Today mnarks the last day for
many of The Michigan Daily's 1991-
92 senior editors.
Leaving the staff will be: my-
self; Managing Editor Josh
Mitnick; News Editors Philip
Cohen, Christine Kloostra, Sarah
Schweitzer and Donna Woodwell;
Opinion Editor Stephen Henderson;
Sports Editors Theodore Cox, Phil
Green and Jeff Sheran; Weekend
Editor Gil Renberg; and Arts
Editor Mark Bineli.
Replacing us are: Editor in Chief
Matt Rennie; Managing Editor
Henry Goldblat t; News Editors
David Rheingold, Bethany
Robertson, Stefanie Vines and Ken
Walker; Opinion Editors Yael
Citro, Geoff Earle and Amitava
Mazumndar; Managing Sports
Editor John Niyo; Sports Editors
Josh Dubow, Al Lin and Jeff

Williams; and Arts Editor Michael
John Wilson.
I would like to wish the outgo-
ing editors good luck in their future
endeavors and the incoming editors
the best of luck during the comning
year in Ann Arbor. Take care of our
- Andy Gottesman
Editor in Chief
Relig ious
(A campus ministry of the
Christian Reformed Church)
1236 Washtenaw Ct..9 668-7421/662-2404
Rev. Don Postema, Pastor
"Hope for the New Year"-10 a.m.
Service of Praise and Song-6 p.m.
Undergrad Group-Join us for conversation,
fun, refreshments-9-10 p.m.
(The Chaplaincy of the Episcopal Church
of the U-M Community)
218 N. Division St. " 665-0606
Eucharist-5 p.m. at St. Andrew's Church
(across the street)
Supper-6 p.m. at Canterbury House
WEEKDAYS (except Thursday):
Evening Prayer-5:30 p.m.
The Rev. Dr. Virginia Peacock, Chaplain
801 South Forest (at Hill Street), 668-7622
SUNDAY: Worship-10 a.m.
WEDNESDAY: Bible Study-6 p.m.
Evening Prayer-7 p.m.
(A Roman Catholic Parish at U-M)
331 Thompson Street
SL: Weekend Liturgies-5 p.m., and
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