NYDailyNews: Native Americans to new Pope: Recant the ‘Discovery Doctrine,’ which gave Catholics dominion over New World
A 15th century Catholic decree permitting Europeans to seize Indian land in the New World is a load of papal bull. That was the message Tuesday from the Onondaga Nation, which is calling on the new Pope to revoke the so-called Discovery Doctrine, which evolved from a papal decree written by Pope Nicholas V in 1455. “Now is the time for the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church to extend a hand and talk about these issues,” said Tonya Frichner, the president of the American Indian Law Alliance.
The Oklahoma Senate has approved legislation that would transfer management of the unfinished American Indian Museum from the museum's board to another agency. The Senate voted 26-20 for the measure Tuesday and sent it to the state House for consideration. As written, the measure by Republican Sen. Greg Treat of Oklahoma City would make the incomplete Oklahoma City museum a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. But Treat says the bill is likely to be amended to authorize the facility's transfer to the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation.
Three members of an American Indian gang known for terrorizing people in the Upper Midwest used witness retaliation and other tactics to maintain the gang's violent reputation as it operated as a criminal enterprise, a prosecutor said during closing arguments Tuesday at the men's Minnesota trial. But defense attorneys told jurors that prosecutors were overblowing the case, saying gang members may have committed individual crimes, but that there was no evidence to support racketeering charges that alleged the trio was part of a large, organized criminal group.