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New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 4, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico SANTA FE r owned and independent Serving Nevv Mexico 356 years SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4 2005 Chief justice By JAN CRAWFORD GREENBURG Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON Justice William Rehnquist who served on a Supreme Court that spanned Water gate impeachment and the presiden tial election of 2000 died Saturday at his home in Arlington following complications of thyroid cancer A statement from the spokeswoman said he was surrounded by his three children when he died shortly before 9 MDT according to The Associ ated Press The chief justice battledthyroid cancer since being diagnosed last October and continued to perform his duties on the court until a decline in his health the last couple of days she said His death comes almost literally on the eve of thenomination hearings for John Roberts who was named by President Bush to replace Justice Sandra Day OConnor and it throws the process into unexpected turbulence just a month before the start of the new court term Rehnquist taciturn in public and engaging in private served on a court that had been intact longer than any ninemember panel in history Nomi hated by President Nixon Rehnquist helped define conservatism through the courtas the nation moved to the fight in the last generation Along with Justices Antonin Sca lia and Clarence Thomas Rehnquist helped shape the boundaries of issues Please see JUSTICE Page A5 The Associated Press ONE D O L L A R at 80 William H Rehnquist Career Named to Supreme Court by Presi dent Nixon in 1972 elevated to chief justice by President Reagan in 1986 Major cases Bush v Gore making George VV Bush president in 2000 cases allowing the use of public money for religious institutions boosting authority of the states and greater government powers for police searches INSIDE B Journey from Opinions brand to measured excerpted leader Page A4 Page C5 I Standing up for Indian trust rights Fight over governments mismanagement of Native accounts relies on millions from Lannan Foundation j Photos by Natalie New Mexican Ryan Valdez the youngest member of Sam and Esther Valdezs family climbs on a naturalgas well less than 100 feet from the front door of their house An oil well about the same distance from the house has been pumping oil since the 1950s By ANNE CONSTABLE The New Mexican BLOOMFIELD Sam and Esther Valdez got run ning water at their green cinderblock house in Blanco Canyon 40 miles from Farmington only a year ago And they still have no telephone line But less than iOO feet from their front door are wells that have been pumping oil and gas for decades The couple each inherited inter ests in land allotted to their ances tors by the government in 1887 through the General Allotment Act also known as the Dawes Act For more than 40 years energy compa nies have leased the land to mine oil and gas from some 15 wells Although an American flag flies in the front yard the Valdezes believe government has betrayed them their accounts since the Individual Indian Trust system began During this time crudeoil prices have averaged a barrel But the family doesnt know how much has been produced or how much they should have been paid The Valdezes are among some Indian trustaccount holders who stand to benefit from a class action suit filed nine years ago to force the government to account for billions of dollars in lost revenues from oil and gas timber and grazing leases on Indian allotments and to reform the trust system Please see TRUST Page A7 INSIDE Lead plain tiff wont shy away from her battle with the gov ernment Page A6 Timeline of events surrounding Indian trusts Page A7 Synopsis of the long running trial Page A7 Elouise Cobell is the lead plaintiff in a nineyearold lawsuit filed to force the government to account for billions of dollars lost from revenues from leases on Indian allotments Trustees hear progress report By SHANNON SHAW The New Mexican BLOOMFIELD Outrage tears and confusion filled the Huer Chapter house Thursday morn ing as Elouise Cobell and her lawyers updated Navajo tribal membersvori the progress of nineyearold lawsuit seeking reform of the governments system for managing revenues from leases on Indian allotments It really makes me angry and upset the way they treat us like were noth said Rbsie Sandoval a Navajo tribal member and a local pastor who in the past has received sporadic checks ranging from a month to At one time we were getting a month and we just want to know what hap pened with the said For two or three years they just stopped sending us checks and I just wonder what happened to that money too Many of the other ISOplus Navajo allotment trustees who crowded into the small chapter house told the story For five hours they sat patiently listening to a Navajo trans lator repeat accounts of corruption arid mishandling of their trust money from Cobell the lead plaintiff in the case and three lawyers Please see PROGRESS Page A6 Race to save the living in city of death By ALLEN G BREED The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS Thousands more bedraggled refugees were bused and air lifted to salvation Saturday leaving the heart of New Orleans to the dead and dying the elderly and frail stranded toomany days without food water or medical care No one knows how many were killed by Hurricane Katrinas floods and how many more succumbed waiting to be rescued But the bodies are everywhere hidden in attics floating in the ruined city crumpled on wheelchairs abandoned on highways And the dying goes on at the convention center and an airport triage center where bodies were kept in a refrigerated truck Gov Kathleen Blanco said Saturday that she expected the death toll to reach the thousands And Craig Vanderwagen rear admiral of the Public Health Service said one morgue alone at a St Gabriel Please see LIVING Page A3 Rebuilding could threaten the soul of New Orleans Chicago Tribune BATON ROUGE La It took centu ries to transform New Orleans from a mosquitoinfested swamp into one of the worlds unique cities In a daylong ram page Hurricane Katrina demolished it Rebuilding New Orleans and preserv ing the citys jazzy gritty essence will be grueling complex and controversial Add to that a cost pegged by experts at billion or more and the reconstruc tion of the Crescent City becomes a chal lenge on the scale of the epics like the rebuilding of Chicago after the fire or San Francisco following the 1906 earthquake Resurrecting New Orleans a city below sea level means more than holding the waters at bay though A city that mixes bright Mardi Gras beads with stately pre Civil War mansions may physically be Please see REBUILD Page A3 KATRINAS AFTERMATH Major develop ments Saturday Planes trains and buses con tinue the evacu ation with more than resi dents moved since National Guard arrived Friday President Bush orders another soldiers and Marines to Gulf Coast An extra Guard troops are to be sent as well the total to about Labor Depart ment announces a grant of up to million that could provide jobs Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says the Coast Guard has res cued peo pie and have received humanitarian aid National Guard says troops have served more than meals outside the con vention center The Associated Press INSIDE New Mexicans give aid in wake of Hurricane Katrina Page C4 Pace of relief raises questions for the Page C6 Hurricane news in brief Page C6 Images shake the worlds view of the United States Page C7 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Annies Mailbox B6 Business Dl Classifieds Gl Crossword B6 Neighbors El Movies C2 Muluals D2 Opinion Fl Horoscope B6 Police notes C2 Local news Cl Lotteries C2 123 Scoreboard B2 Bl Nation 4 WoiId Hl Sports TheWesfs Oldest Newspaper 11 sections 112pages 156th year Issue No 247 Publication No 596440 Richard Frank 81 Albuquerque Aug 31 Isaac Rael 92 Santa Fe Aug 31 Shirley Herrera 40 Gilbert S Lopez 83 Las Vegas Aug 31 Page C2 Todays forecast An afternoon Tstorm in spots High 80 low 55 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