News Stories for Mon., Oct. 9, 2017 - KWSO 91.9

News Stories for Mon., Oct. 9, 2017

Today is Indigenous People’s day in Warm Springs. Warm Springs Tribal Council passed a resolution last month officially recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day. Warm Springs joins a growing number of cities, tribes and states that now recognize the day as Indigenous People’s Day rather than the federally observed Columbus Day. Instead of honoring Christopher Columbus, the Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes Native Americans, who were the first inhabitants of the land that later became the United States of America. For decades, Native American activists have advocated abolishing Columbus Day, which became a federal holiday in 1937.

Judges are making changes after two recent 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rulings said judges must evaluate defendants before they enter a courtroom in handcuffs and other restraints. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the rulings led to dramatic changes in Oregon and the eight other states bound by the appeals court.

President Donald Trump says his hard-line immigration priorities must be enacted in exchange for extending protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. Trump’s list of demands includes overhauling the country’s green-card system, a crackdown on unaccompanied minors entering the country, and building his promised wall along the southern border. Many are policies Democrats have said explicitly are off the table.

The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation has reacquired 640 acres of ancestral territory, The Preston Citizen reports. The acreage includes the site of the Bear River Massacre, the paper said. On January 29, 1863, the U.S. Army attacked a Shoshone encampment and killed as many as 500 men, women and children. The property acquired by the tribe is near Preston, Idaho, not far from the border with Utah. The tribe’s small reservation is located on the Utah side.