Yakama Nation Leader Barred From US Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON DC-A Yakima Nation leader was denied entry into the US Supreme Court chambers this week when he refused to remove his head dress. The Tribe has expressed its objections in a news release. Chairman, JoDe Goudy was at the court to attend a hearing concerning fuel taxes and whether the tribe must pay them when fuel is delivered onto the reservation. But when he attempted to enter the court room he was stopped by a security officer. Goudy captured the incident in a video he shared on his Facebook page . . .

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Afterwards Goudy said he refused to take off the traditional regalia. Had he made it inside the hearing room, Goudy would have watched the justices debate a number of issues affecting his people’s way of life. Their questions focused on whether the state of Washington can impose a fuel tax on a business owned by a tribal citizen.

 

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.