The Local Crank

Musings & Sardonic Commentary on Politics, Religion, Culture & Native American Issues. Bringing you the finest in radioactive screeds since 2002! "The Local Crank" newspaper column is distributed by Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.

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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A Rare Victory for Sacred Sites

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a Forestry Service ban on climbing at Cave Rock near Lake Tahoe, a site sacred to the Washoe. It remains to be seen if this ruling will be appealed and can withstand the tender mercies of well-known anti-Indians like Antonin Scalia (author of the notorious Lyng opinion) on the Supreme Court.

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