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Broadband coverage still missing in Indian country

I reported recently, http://lawlib.lclark.edu/blog/native_america/?p=5293 , that the Warm Springs Reservation in central Oregon just received broadband coverage and consistent cell phone coverage on the entire reservation. This is one example of the lack of infrastructure in Indian country that is needed to support economic development and modern-day life.

Showing its awareness of this issue and the importance of this issue, the White House has issued a new policy initiative to promote broadband development throughout Indian country. The new Broadband  Deployment on Federal Property Working Group is designed to "implement a strategy to facilitate the timely and efficient appointment of broadband facilities on . . .  tribal lands."

 You can read the policy at http://tinyurl.com/7uw8782

Archaeologists Search for Missing Cross

While reading the Irish Central website to look at a different story, I found this brief article about the search for a missing cross. Until around sixty years ago a granite cross stood in Wicklow, when it vanished. Archaeologists are now planning to look for where it might be, believing it been buried. The blame for its movement seems to be on Father Matthew Blake, a local priest, who objected to what he considered obscene carvings, possibly of the folk characters Sheela Na Gig.

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1600 Folders of Documents Missing from British Archives?

According to this article from the Telegraph, which appears to be drawing on a freedom of information request, there are 1,600 folders of documents missing from Britain’s National Archives. Documents relating to Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Churchill and D-Day are all reported absent, many having not been seen since the early 1990s. Now, we’re probably not talking about theft here, as an Archives spokesmen said most of the papers are probably still in the Archives but on the wrong shelves or on loan somewhere.

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Roanoke Missing

Schoolchildren across the United States wish they could solve the mystery of ‘Croatoan’. This mysterous word was found …

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Infrastructure missing in Indian country

A Montana newspaper reports that almost three-quarters of the roads on American Indian reservations are unpaved.

Even worse, US Senator Tester was told on Friday that too much of the federal money meant to rectify that issues goes to states and urban tribes that do not need it.

The testimony on this issue was heard at KwaTaqNuk Resort (which belongs to the Confederated Tribes of the Flathead Reservation) – the first time a U.S. senator has convened a committee hearing on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

The Rocky Mountain region, with the largest land-based tribes and most miles of roadways, has actually lost money under the current system, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Chairman E.T. “Bud” Moran charged. His Flathead Reservation has seen federal money for roads decline, from $1.3 million in 2006, to $750,000 this year, Moran said.

“For far too long, infrastructure most Americans take for granted has been overlooked on reservations,” Moran said. From clean drinking water to cell phone service, he added, such things are “not possible without basic infrastructure” such as decent roads.

“The term ‘Indian Reservation Roads Program’ is not the proper name,” said CSKT Tribal Council member James Steele Jr., appearing as the chairman of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council.
In some places in the U.S., Steele said, the BIA is allowing some tribes to count “interstate highways, roads that don’t exist and proposed roads” in determining how big a share of the limited pie they’ll get.

Roads on reservations are considered federal roads, because Indian reservations are considered federal lands, and the federal government is responsible for constructing and maintaining those roads.
However, current law allows transportation funds to be used for non-federal roads that “access” reservations – even though those state and county roads have separate funding sources.

More than 100 people attended the hearing, including representatives from tribes in California and Arizona. Tester noted the turnout was more than the full committee has seen at a hearing in Washington, D.C., in “quite a while.”

Civil War Letters: Wife Writes of Missing Husband

Through out the years I have come across Civil War letters that I thought were excellent content wise, but just never fell in with the research I was doing. Therefore I want to start sharing these letters with you here, from time to time. The first one:

Albert P. Wright was a 44 year old carpenter when he enlisted as a private on May 13, 1864. He was mustered into Co. I of the 58th Massachusetts Infantry. Albert was captured less than a month later, on June 7, 1864, at Cold Harbor, Va., and was sent to Andersonville Prison, Ga., on June 21, 1864. There is no further information known about Private Wright other than he never returned home from the war. Wright undoubtedly died at Andersonville and is one of many unknown Union soldiers who died there, a fact unknown to his wife Nancy at the time she wrote this letter.

Gilsum, June 23, 1865

Dear Sir,

I beg leave to address you hoping to obtain some advice and council from you in regard to my state aid to which the city of Roxbury talks of discontinuing on account of not being able to learn anything of my husband who was taken prisoner one year ago this month. When he wrote me on the 19 of June/64 he was well but was a prisoner of war and have been able to learn nothing of him since. In case that he should not be living at this present time should I not be entitled to state aid for one year according to the new law? If so, will not the government stand by and defend and maintain the laws she makes? If not, I do not see the use of making laws. A lawyer in Keene told me the other day that I should be entitled to one year’s state aid together with a pension should he not be living. I wish you would be so kind as to tell me whether this is so and if true inform me what can be done to make the Treasurer of Roxbury do his duty. My state aid for Feb. I never rec’d at all. He says he sent it to me by mail and as he did not have it registered I must lose it. I wish you would tell me whether I can recover it of him or not, and if so I wish you would compel him to do his duty in that respect. I have a family of small children to maintain and by his aid is all I have to depend upon. I am unable to earn anything for my health is not good and I want all the law will allow me, and if he is not honest he ought to be looked after. I wrote to my husband’s Captain in May. He wrote me he had not been able to learn anything of him as yet but would inform me as soon as he did. He may be so emaciated that he is not able to come home quite yet and I think it not right to stop my aid until something definite is known at least. I suppose you have no means of ascertaining anything of him at any rate. I will tell you his name and Co., and Regt. He enlisted last May in Readville, Mass. in the Army of the Potomac, belonged in the 58 Regt., Co. I, Mass. Vols., his name Albert P. Wright of Gilsum, N.H. I hope you will excuse the liberty I take in writing you for I think Mr. Dudley not acting according to the laws of the state. Someone ought to apprise you of it. I hope you will be so kind as to favor me with a reply soon.

Yours with respect,

Mrs. Nancy Wright