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the Indian Princesses and Boy Scouts of
Bellecourt said many people go to
colleges, like Florida State University,
University ofIllinois, University of
North Dakota and University of Utah
with mascots, like the Fighting Sioux
and the Seminoles, which are culturally
and spiritually offensive. The fans wear
war paint, which is not true Native
American paint. These are also insensi-
tive to the culture because typically
markings are very spiritual and sacred to
Native Americans.
Bellecourt said the Illinois mascot,
Chief Illiniwek, distorts their beautiful,
traditional and spiritual dance.
Some college students root for teams
like the Cleveland Indians, home of the
mascot they refer to as "Wahoo' which
some say is a racially insensitive.
Fox said people need to be more cul-
turally sensitive. To become more aware,
she said people should "take classes
about Native American issues and edu-
cate yourself. People need to erase all
the cowboy and Indian images that they
grew up with'
At the University of Northern Col-
orado students responded to a local high
school team called the "Fightin' Reds"
by creating the "Fightin' Whites" cam-
paign, which raised Native American
cultural awareness throughout the
nation. Through this campaign they also
raised over $100,000 for scholarships for
Native American students.
"Having Fightin' Whites' is great.
People don't realize how stupid it is to
have Native American mascots, but if
they put another race up as mascots, it
puts things in perspective," Fox said.
The problem with cultural ignorance
goes beyond just sports teams' mascots,
she added.
As a Native American, Fox said she
has encounters people all the time who
are culturally unaware.
She recalls one specific incident
where she felt offended. "There was this
guy that I worked with this summer.
Somehow we got into a conversation on
Native Americans. When I said that I
was a Native American, he asked, 'Are
you?' and said 'You don't have a wide
bridge on your nose. If you were Native
American you'd have it."'
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semester saw a packed chamber
with constituents speaking for and
against the resolution.
Many constituents urged the rep-
resentatives to vote on the resolu-
tion because they said the war on
Iraq affects the students on campus,
addressing some concerns about the
"This resolution is entirely rele-
vant. If we go to war, the money is
going to come from us, the educa-
tion budget," said LSA sophomore
Matt Hollerbach, a member of Anti-
War Action!.
LSA junior Mike Medow said the
resolution is similar to resolutions
passed at other universities.
"We have to do this locally
because they aren't hearing us on
the national scale. That's why other
universities and cities have passed
anti-war resolutions," Medow said.
Some constituents opposed to the
resolution said it does not represent
every student on campus.
"Does the resolution speak for the
entire student body? It's not about pro-
or anti-war. It's about 'are we going to
be able to influence Bush?"' LSA Rep-
resentative Paul Scott said.
LSA representative Pete Woiwode
said MSA should be voting yes on
this resolution.
"We are elected to make deci-
sions on students' behalf. This is
obliviously a student issue because
every student would be affected if a

war should happen," Woiwode said
during the debate.
MSA Election Director Collin
McGlashen, speaking against the
resolution, said passing the resolu-
tion will be detrimental.
"I'm afraid that people will be
asking for a refund if this passes. I
don't want this campus to feel that
their student government isn't tak-
ing care of them as they should,"
McGlashen said.
"In my opinion, the fact that
MSA passed this resolution shows
that MSA should focus on working
on issues that directly affect stu-
dents," LSA representative Sarra
Nazem said.
MSA also elected its new chairs
for various committees, only chaired
by elected representatives, such as
the Budget Priorities Committee and
commissions, which may be chaired
by students at large such as the Peace
and Justice Commission.

Iraq blames U.S. for document alteration
The Iraqi government accused Washington yesterday of taking control of a U.N.
master copy of Baghdad's arms declaration in order to tamper with it and create a
pretext for war.
The White House dismissed Iraq's accusation that it altered the docu-
ments. Specialists at the CIA and other U.S. agencies began poring over the
12,000-page declaration, in which Baghdad is supposed to "tell all" about
its chemical, biological and nuclear programs. American officials said
much of the material appeared to be recycled versions of earlier docu-
U.N. inspectors have said Iraq's earlier declarations were incomplete. The United
Nations was beginning its own analysis of the mammoth declaration, a process offi-
cials say could take weeks.
Inspectors stepped up their search yesterday, fanning across Iraq on surprise mis-
sions to 13 sites - the largest number of inspections since the U.N. operation
resumed two weeks ago. One team moved in on a uranium mining site 250 miles
west of Baghdad.
President Saddam Hussein, meanwhile, spoke of war and sacrifice in a meeting
with top lieutenants, men U.S. strategists hope will abandon the Iraqi strongman in
the event of war.


Appeals court upholds federal death penalty
A federal appeals court upheld the federal death penalty yesterday, firmly
rejecting a lower court's conclusion that it was unconstitutional and declaring that
only the Supreme Court can change "well-settled" law.
The three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reached deep
into history to show that Judge Jed Rakoff found no new legal territory when he
ruled the death penalty amounted to the "state-sponsored murder of innocent
human beings" because so many death row inmates are later exonerated.
Rakoff's July ruling was issued in a case involving two men charged in a drug-
murder conspiracy.
The appeals court noted that European nations from which the United States
derived its laws recognized in the 1700s that capital punishment carries the risk
that innocent people will be executed, which abolitionists have argued since the
1800s was a reason to shelve the death penalty.
Since then, the appeals court said, the Supreme Court has recognized that risk
but repeatedly left the death penalty intact "because our judicial system - indeed,
any judicial system - is fallible."


Settlement fails to
charge abusive priests
The Roman Catholic Diocese of
Manchester reached an unusual set-
tlement with prosecutors yesterday,
avoiding criminal charges and admit-
ting it probably would have been con-
victed of failing to protect children
from sexually abusive priests.
"The church in New Hampshire
fully acknowledges and accepts
responsibility for failures in our sys-
tem that contributed to the endanger-
ment of children," Bishop John B.
McCormack said at a news confer-
ence. "We commit ourselves in a
public and binding way to address
every weakness in our structure."
The church also agreed to the rare
step of giving state prosecutors over-
sight of its policies, including an
annual audit.
Attorney General Philip McLaugh-
lin said he was confident in winning
a conviction had the case gone to
Fed leaves interest
rates untouched
The Federal Reserve, noting
encouraging signs that the economy is
working through a "soft spot," left
interest rates unchanged yesterday
and signaled that November's rate cut

may turn out to be the last one needed
for recovery.
The Fed decision to leave its
benchmark for overnight bank loans
at a 41-year low of 1.25 percent
means that Americans will be able to
keep borrowing at the lowest interest
rates in decades on everything from
auto loans to home equity loans.
Because of the Fed decision, banks'
prime lending rate, the benchmark
for millions of consumer and busi-
ness loans, will remain at 4.25 per-
cent, its lowest point since May 1959.
Palestinian court asks
for official's release.
A Palestinian court ordered the
release yesterday of the alleged cen-
tral figure in an arms shipment
intercepted at sea by Israel, but a
senior Israeli official suggested' the
man would be pursued if freed.
Fuad Shobaki a senior financial offi-
cial in the Palestinian Authority, has been
held in a Palestinian lockup in the desert
oasis of Jericho since May. Israel alleges
he was the mastermind of the arms ship-
ment on board the Karine A, which was
captured by the Israeli navy in the Red
Sea in January
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at
first denied the 50 tons of arms were
meant for the Palestinian Authority,
but he later backtracked on the denial.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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