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  • Washington hatchery gives away salmon October 21, 2014 POULSBO, Wash. — People lined up with coolers Monday to wait for free fish as coho and chum salmon returned to spawn at a hatchery on Washington’s Kitsap Peninsula. Workers at Grovers Creek Hatchery, northwest of Seattle, netted several dozen fish from the pond and harvested eggs from female chum salmon. Each fish was scanned for electronic tags, measured and counted. The hatchery then gave away the salmon, with a limit of one per person due to ...
  • Enough Already! Too Many Tweaks to the Right-of-Way Proposal October 21, 2014 Perusing Facebook recently, I found a group of folks who are adamantly opposing the currently published “Proposed Rule Change for Rights-of-Way Across Indian Lands.” Their rationale? They weren’t the decision makers and the proposed rules are detrimental and one-sided in implementation and use. On October 1, assistant secretary, Indian affairs, Kevin Washburn, announced he was extending the comment period for proposed rights-of-way rule to November 3. The NEW deadline allows individual tribal members to write concerns and ...
  • Tribal factions’ fight over central California casino set for federal court hearing – Daily Journal October 15, 2014 FRESNO, California — A dispute at a central California casino between tribal factions that erupted in an armed showdown last week is scheduled for a hearing in federal court. U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill on Wednesday is expected to consider what’s next for the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, about 40 miles northeast of Fresno. The judge on Friday ordered the casino closed, acting on an emergency request by the state attorney general, after a ...
  • Arapaho say BIA statement contradicts agency actions, local BIA officials October 14, 2014 (Ethete, Wyo.)—A Washington, D.C., spokeswoman for the Bureau of Indian Affairs was misinformed or mistaken when she told a reporter that the BIA did not acknowledge Northern Arapaho authority to withdraw from the former joint powers board known as the JBC, Northern Arapaho Business Council (NABC) Chairman Darrell O’Neal, Sr., said. “The BIA spokeswoman quoted is a public information officer in Washington, D.C., who may not have had all of the facts needed to make such a statement,” O’Neal said. “I ...
  • Eleventh Circuit Refuses To Compel Arbitration In Dispute Between Loan Servicer and Borrower October 14, 2014 On October 2, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision refusing to compel arbitration sought by a servicer in a dispute with a borrower over the terms of a loan agreement. Inetianbor v. Cashcall, Inc. No. 13-13822 (11th Cir. 2014). In Inetianbor, the plaintiff and the servicer had a dispute as to whether the borrower had satisfied his obligations under the terms of the loan agreement. When the borrower refused to pay amounts the servicer believed it was due, the ...
  • Ivan Star Comes Out: The Indian Reorganization Act at 80 years October 14, 2014 Here on the Pine Ridge we encounter daily a controversy regarding the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) of 1934. Essentially, among the growing younger generations, the IRA is readily accepted. Among the decreasing older populations though, the system is viewed as immoral and corrupt. This oppositional state or disorder originates from the long-standing lack of formal schooling on this congressional law. I am referring to the absence of appropriate and relevant history and government science data in social ...
  • Coarsegold: Chukchansi casino remains closed, tribal factions chafe over lost revenues October 14, 2014 COARSEGOLD — Walking through a lobby devoid of guests at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino on Saturday, televisions still blared sporting matches above empty bars and nearby slot machines gave off an eerie glow. “It’s like the twilight zone,” said Reggie Lewis, co-chairman of one feuding tribal faction as he rode the elevator to the 11th floor. Although the casino was shut down Friday afternoon by a federal judge following an armed infiltration of the casino by ...
  • California casino is closed after armed standoff October 14, 2014 COARSEGOLD, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has closed a Central California casino after an armed standoff between tribal factions caused many gamblers to flee with chips left on the tables. U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill, acting on a request by the state attorney general, set no date for possible reopening of the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, about 40 miles north of Fresno. The Fresno Bee reports that the National Indian Gaming Commission ...
  • Oglala Sioux Tribe to vote on tribal national park plan October 14, 2014 PINE RIDGE, S.D. | The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council has decided to allow tribal members to vote on a proposed tribal national park in southwestern South Dakota, after months of controversy. Tribal officials have been working with the National Park Service on a plan to turn the South Unit of Badlands National Park and surrounding grassland into the nation’s first tribal national park, and to introduce a herd of buffalo. Opponents have argued that the plan threatens ...
  • New York salt mine gets OK for rail line extension October 13, 2014 GROVELAND, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York company has received permission to extend a rail line at its massive salt mine, a move that was opposed by two Seneca Indian nations. The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports (http://on.rocne.ws/1tF0RBL ) that the required permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been authorized. American Rock Salt had been seeking approval to extend its rail siding in the Livingston County town of Groveland, 35 miles south ...
  • Commission to decide on relocating bison October 13, 2014 The relocation of 145 brucellosis free bison to four potential locations will be voted on by Montana’s Fish and Wildlife Commission when it meets on Thursday in Bozeman. A work session will begin at 8 a.m. and the meeting at 10 a.m. at the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 3 headquarters at 1400 S. 19th. FWP staff has recommended transferring 70 of the bison to the Fort Peck Tribes, 30 to the Utah Division of Wildlife, 35 ...
  • Northern Arapaho granted 20-year gaming extension October 13, 2014 The U.S. Department of the Interior extended the Northern Arapaho tribe’s authority to operate a casino on the Wind River Reservation by an additional 20 years early last week. Interior Department officials extended the tribe’s authority to conduct Las Vegas-style gambling on the reservation to the year 2040. The tribe operates three casinos in accordance with federal guidelines, including the Wind River Hotel and Casino south of Riverton. The extension satisfies financial requirements for the tribes’ lenders ...
  • Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino losing about $1 million a day during shutdown October 13, 2014 COARSEGOLD, Calif. (KFSN) – This Sunday was a busy one for tribal leaders working to reopen the Chukchansi Gold resort and Casino. The building has been under a federal shutdown since a violent takeover that led to a lockdown on Thursday. Every day the resort is shut down, they’re losing roughly $1 million in revenue; that’s revenue that many people depend on. A legal team and Chukchansi tribal leaders worked well into the night Sunday. Action News ...
  • BIA says it did not sign off on NABC’s decision to dissolve the Joint Business Council October 13, 2014 (Wind River Indian Reservation) – A Bureau of Indian Affairs spokesperson has announced that the agency has not signed off on the Northern Arapaho Business Council’s ability to dissolve the Joint Business Council. Earlier last week, the NABC announced that the BIA had agreed that the tribe had the authority to end the JBC with the Eastern Shoshone Tribe. BIA spokeswoman Nedra Darling says that’s not true. “The Bureau of Indian Affairs has not acknowledged the Northern ...
  • Foes of uranium mine make case at hearing October 13, 2014 SUNDANCE, Wyo. – Five people testified against proposed northern Black Hills uranium mining in view of sacred Mato Tipila (aka Bear’s Lodge or Devils Tower) at a public hearing on Sept. 28, before a panel of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. Two spoke in favor. The Australian corporation Strata Energy Inc. received a permit from the staff of the NRC earlier this year to undertake the Ross Project, an in-situ leach operation ...
  • Walker’s casino decision will come after election Political Beat October 13, 2014 Three major casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., closed last month. Thousands of jobs were eliminated in a city that already has substantial unemployment. Competition from gambling outlets in nearby Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York was cited for declining Atlantic City casino revenues. The gamblers can play the electronic slots in their home states. Potential competition and the impact on revenues are issues in Wisconsin as Gov. Scott Walker ponders a proposal by the Menominee Indian Tribe of ...
  • Feds pay final installments of $3.4 million settlement to Native Americans October 13, 2014 Backstory In 1996, Elouise Cobell, a member of Montana’s Blackfeet Tribe, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 500,000 Native landowners. Cobell’s lawyers argued that the federal government had deprived them of at least $170 billion in mineral royalty payments on reservation land, due to over a century of mismanagement by the Indian Trust system. The feds eventually agreed to pay $3.4 billion, one of the largest settlements in U.S. government history. Cobell died shortly ...
  • California tribe’s casino plan to go before voters October 13, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Native American tribe’s plan for a Las Vegas-style casino in the Central Valley nearly 40 miles from its reservation has drawn opposition from other casino-owning tribes in the state. Now voters will weigh in on whether the North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians are “reservation shopping,” as their critics contend, or taking land that was part of their historical territory, as the tribe maintains. A referendum on the November ballot asks ...
  • DOI makes $63.5M in land offers on Lake Traverse Reservation October 11, 2014 The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations keeps on rolling — this time with $63.5 million in offers to landowners on the Lake Traverse Reservation. The reservation — home to the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate — straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. Nearly 2,800 landowners there have received offers to sell their fractionated interests. The Buy-Back Program is a unique opportunity and I am encouraged by the growing interest we are seeing in the program across Indian Country ...
  • New comment deadline on BIA rights-of-way regs across allottee lands October 11, 2014 November 3, 2014 is the NEW deadline for individual tribal members to write concerns and comments on the BIA’s drafted rights-of-way regulations across individual allottee lands. The following was posted on Facebook’s “This is Mandaree” wall recently. Because of the oilfield activity and all that it involves in developing wells and infrastructure, many landowners have shown great concern that rights-of-ways across their individually-owned Indian lands will create a vacuum where they have no say over what ...
  • Ho-Chunk are thanked for funding a bridge replacement on County C October 11, 2014 It was billed as an appreciation gathering of the Ho-Chunk Nation for the major contribution made by that Native American tribe to construct a much-needed improvement on County C near Ferryville. Almost 50 people showed up at the intersection of County C and White Road late Friday morning for the ceremony. The strong wind and cooler temperatures had those in attendance puling up collars and hoods and donning hats and gloves in some cases. After a short ...
  • Pipeline leaks brine in Lake Sakakawea tributary October 11, 2014 hours ago  •  JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. — A saltwater spill estimated at 42,000 gallons flowed into a tributary of a Missouri River reservoir in western North Dakota, damaging vegetation in its path but not threatening drinking water sources, a state health official said. Inspectors and cleanup crews have been on the well site since the spill earlier this week in McKenzie County, said Kris Roberts, an environmental geologist with the North Dakota Health Department. ...
  • Two factors could hurt oil production October 11, 2014 The state’s top oil and gas industry regulator told lawmakers Wednesday the state’s oil production is poised to continue increasing although oil prices and the state’s clamping down on flaring could cause negative impacts. Department of Mineral Resources director Lynn Helms told members of the interim Government Finance Committee statewide production passed 1.1 million barrels in July. Preliminary Office of Management and Budget projections put production at 1.3 million daily barrels at the beginning of the ...
  • Dropping oil prices may hit U.S. fracking firms hard October 11, 2014 North American crude is expensive to pump, and the falling oil prices will only make production more difficult.  In the past four weeks, oil prices across the globe have fallen about eight percent.  The U.S. price per barrel closed at $85.77, the lowest it has been since December 2012. According to a recent report by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., $90 per barrel and below will affect hydraulic fracturing projects in the U.S.  Many producers break even ...
  • MHA Nation set to drill its own wells announced at indigenous Nations Economic Development Summit October 11, 2014 MHA Nation tribal members on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation are celebrating their next move to oil extraction and production.  Talk about drilling their own wells brought cheers and applause at the Indigenous Nations Economic Development Summit in New Town, Tuesday. North Segment Tribal Council Representative Ken Hall told the audience at the Summit that by drilling their own wells on tribal land, the MHA Nation becomes more sovereign. “Instead of getting 18% to 22% of ...
  • Acoma Receives $110,000 for Exploration Study October 11, 2014 More than $2.8 million has been awarded to 13 tribal energy and mineral development projects in New Mexico, including the Pueblo of Acoma. These awards to eight tribes will help them better evaluate and make use of their energy and mineral resources to benefit the tribal, state, and national economy, according to a press release from Senator Tom Udall’s and Martin Heinrich’s office. The Pueblo of Acoma, Pueblo of Cochiti, Pueblo of Nambe, Pueblo of Jemez, ...
  • Buena Vista Rancheria wants to intervene in gaming land suit October 11, 2014 The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday for permission to join a long-running lawsuit that challenges the tribe’s gaming plans. In 2004, the tribe entered into a Class III gaming compact with the state of California to operate a casino on its reservation. The Bureau of Indian Affairs let the agreement take effect without approving it or rejecting it. Amador County filed a lawsuit and said the BIA ...
  • Recall Elections for LTBB Tribal Chairman Fred Kiogima and LTBB Vice Chairperson Deb DeLeon Scheduled for November 17 October 11, 2014 October 9, 2014 For Immediate ReleaseLTBB Election Board Verifies Signatures on Recall Petitions for LTBB Tribal Chairman Fred Kiogima and LTBB Vice Chairperson Deb DeLeon, Schedules Recall Elections for November 17Today, we, the tribal citizens of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, turned into the LTBB Election Board recall petitions for LTBB Tribal Chairman Fred Kiogima and LTBB Vice Chairperson Deb DeLeon. We needed to collect 161 signatures of LTBB registered voters for each in ...
  • Kootenai Tribe celebrates hatchery’s launch October 11, 2014 BONNERS FERRY — Endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon and burbot got a helping hand Thursday with the opening of the Twin Rivers Hatchery. Taking part in the opening celebration were Kootenai Tribe of Idaho Chairman Gary Aitken Jr., Boundary County commissioners, Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, Bonneville Power Administration deputy administrator Greg Delwiche and a multitude of representatives from tribes, agencies and groups in Idaho, Montana, Canada and beyond. The new hatchery facility will raise ...
  • Shot in the dark: Night deer hunt decision in Wisconsin raises questions October 11, 2014 When the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled in favor of a Chippewa tribe’s push to hunt deer at night off reservations in treaty-ceded territory across the northern third of Wisconsin, the court suggested following the lead of neighbors Minnesota and Michigan. Just one problem. While Chippewa tribes in both states have regulations in place allowing deer hunting with guns at night off their reservations, the tribes in Minnesota have never used that option, ...
  • Tribe, irrigators celebrate success with salmon October 11, 2014 WALLOWA – About 50 persons attended a low-key barbecue held at the Tamkaliks grounds in Wallowa on the evening of Oct. 8 to celebrate a 10-year-old partnership between the Nez Perce Tribe, The Freshwater Trust nonprofit, and 115 irrigators along the Lostine River whose joint efforts successfully are restoring what was a near-extinct Chinook salmon population in the Lostine River. Food was served, a few short speeches were made, and pride in what once was a ...
  • The Seminole Tribe of Florida is in the process of buying a bank October 11, 2014 Pending approval by the appropriate regulators, the Seminole Tribe of Florida will be the first tribe in Florida to own and operate a bank. According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), an independent agency created by congress to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation’s financial system, Native American tribes have majority ownership in 19 banks in the United States with 11 of those banks located in Oklahoma, 1 located in the southeast, ...
  • California tribal dispute leads to Chukchansi closure October 11, 2014 COARSEGOLD (AP) — An Indian casino remained closed Friday after a clash between competing factions of the Central California Native American tribe that owns it, sheriff’s officials said. The clash at the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold started after someone cut power to the resort Thursday night and employees went home and patrons were evacuated, Madera County sheriff’s spokeswoman Erica Stuart told the Fresno Bee. Monica Davis, a representative of one faction of the Picayune ...
  • Landowners on Crow Reservation learn more about buy-back October 11, 2014 Landowners on the Crow Reservation in Montana learned more about the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations on Thursday. The Interior Department has sent out $298 million in offers to more than 4,000 landowners on the reservation. The Crow Tribe hosted an outreach event to help people decide whether to accept by November 21. “There’s not going to be offers for everybody, but we’re willing to help anybody look at their properties they own and see which ...
  • Loan lawsuit filed against Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana October 10, 2014 In the midst of political turmoil and a scandalous federal investigation of corruption and embezzlement at Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, the Chippewa Cree Tribe now faces a multi-million dollar lawsuit claiming the tribe defaulted on loan payments. BEH Gaming Ltd. of Florida filed a lawsuit in state District Court in Havre asking state District Judge Dan Boucher to award it the balance of a $5.5 million 2011 promissory note made by the tribe for a defaulted ...
  • Casino opponents say Mashpees’ land-in-trust bid unlikely to succeed October 10, 2014 TAUNTON — During an informational meeting Thursday night in Holy Family Parish Center, David Littlefield reiterated to the crowd that he takes neither a pro- nor anti-casino stance. “This is about transparency. I’m anti-land-into-trust,” he said, referring to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, which has agreements with the city and state to open a casino in East Taunton but still needs federal approval to place land into trust as a sovereign reservation. Two years ago, Littlefield and his ...
  • Debate continues on benefits, detriments of possible Catawba Indian Nation casino October 10, 2014 A standing-room-only crowd listened to 10 people, six who asked city council to withdraw support of a proposed Catawba Indian Nation resort/casino, two who stated support of the casino project, a former city department head who questioned how the city plans to stop a leak at Moss Lake dam, and a woman who wants support for bringing a Math Academy to Kings Mountain. Each had three minutes on the agenda during the citizen recognition of ...
  • Shingle Springs Band acquires 40 acres in trust under new law October 10, 2014 The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians thanked Rep. Tom McClintock (R-California) for helping push a land-into-trust law through the 113th Congress. H.R. 2388 places 40 acres into trust for the tribe. The property was previously under the control of the Bureau of Land Management but wasn’t being used. “The land transferred by this law was not used or maintained, constituting a fire hazard to the surrounding residents,” Chairman Nicholas Fonseca said in a press release. “Thanks to ...
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs confirms dissolution of Wind River Indian Reservation council October 10, 2014 Federal officials on Wednesday acknowledged the Northern Arapaho Tribe’s authority to dissolve the joint business council on the Wind River Reservation. Northern Arapaho leaders announced their withdrawal from the joint council with the Eastern Shoshone in early September to boost freedom in economic decision-making and strengthen their tribal sovereignty. The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs is preparing to continue tribal business without the joint council. “With the BIA recognition of our sovereign right to reform management of our cooperative ...
  • Lytton tribe gives Windsor Unified School District one million dollars October 10, 2014 At the town hall meeting on Tuesday October 7th, the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians presented the Windsor Unified School Board with a check for one million dollars as a “good neighbor” gesture. Board member Sandra Dobbins welcomed the tribal members to the community and the school board, along with Superintendant Steven L. Jorgensen accepted the donation from the tribe. A tribal spokeswoman stated that the “tribe has stepped up and has a stronghold in our ...
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation official pleads guilty to embezzlement – Tulsa World October 10, 2014 The Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s second chief has pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzling approximately $150,000 from the tribe, U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said Thursday. In his guilty plea, Roger Dana Barnett, 53, of Bristow admitted that from April 2013 to April 2014 he embezzled more than $1,000 from a Creek Nation direct-assistance fund established to aid tribal citizens in need. However, the tribe estimates the actual loss at $211,000, according to a news release from ...
  • Wiyot Tribe has stake in casino plan before voters in Prop 48 October 10, 2014 A Native American tribe’s plan for a Las Vegas-style casino in the Central Valley has the support of a Humboldt County tribe which will receive revenue from the casino if it is built. Opposition comes mainly from other casino-owning tribes, which do not agree with the North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians’ plan to build a casino nearly 40 miles from its reservation. Now — with Proposition 48 — California voters will weigh in on ...
  • Sources: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe critics may be punished October 10, 2014 MASHPEE — Two Mashpee Wampanoag tribal councilors who spoke out about the tribe’s growing casino debt face possible sanctions for speaking out, according to multiple tribe sources. At a highly anticipated meeting of the tribal council Wednesday night, most of an executive session was about what council members Carleton Hendricks Jr. and Laura Etta Miranda said in an interview last week with the Times, sources said. The council then resumed its regular session with discussion of ...
  • Bison herd echoes Cherokee tribal history – Tulsa World October 9, 2014 LOCUST GROVE – Trucked in from South Dakota, a small herd of bison rumbled onto tribal land at dawn Thursday, ending a 40-year absence from the Cherokee Nation. The animals came from Badlands National Park, where the InterTribal Buffalo Council arranged to have 38 surplus bison sent to Oklahoma. Ten more will come in mid-October from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. Hundreds of years ago, when wild bison roamed east of the Mississippi, they served ...
  • Osages suspend three officials’ gaming licenses – Tulsa World October 9, 2014 PAWHUSKA — Gaming licenses for the interim CEO, CFO and executive chef of Osage Casinos have been suspended by the tribe’s gaming commission. During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Osage Nation Gaming Commission suspended the licenses of interim Chief Executive Officer Joseph Olujic, Chief Financial Officer Richard Lobdell and executive chef Jesus Lorenzo as part of an investigation into alleged violations of the tribe’s gaming laws. Under terms of the tribe’s legal code, all casino management officials ...
  • Winona LaDuke: Fracking bans needed across Indian Country October 9, 2014 Ft. BERTHOLD, N. D. — It is time for a fracked oil and gas moratorium on Ft. Berthold and Standing Rock Indian reservations. Hundreds of municipalities, counties, provinces and countries have passed such bans, and Indian Country needs to do the same. A road trip I took convinced me. I ended up in Ft. Berthold, after riding horseback with family, friends and allies to raise awareness about a fracked oil pipeline intended to come from North ...
  • ‘Unspeakable Poverty of Loss': Intergenerational Trauma and the Bakken Oil Fields October 9, 2014 I wanted to write a story about strength and resilience. I wanted to write a story about the singers, the horse people, and the earth lodge builders of the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara peoples, the squash and corn, the heartland of agricultural wealth in the Northern Plains. That’s the story I have been wanting to write. But that story is next. The story today is about folly, greed, confusion, unspeakable intergenerational trauma and terrifying consequences, ...
  • Chukchansi casino faces closure, huge federal fines for missing audits October 9, 2014 The federal agency that oversees Indian gaming is threatening to shut down Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino because of missing audits, some of which were due last year. The National Indian Gaming Commission says the casino could close Oct. 27 if the missing audits are not submitted. The tribe also faces fines of up to $100,000 per day dating back to April 30. If fully assessed, those fines would equal $16 million. In a five-page letter dated ...
  • Mark Trahant: Mining plan energizes Native voters in Wisconsin October 9, 2014 There may be no tribe in the country that understands the significance of voting more than the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin. After all, tribal members faced the ultimate political test: A fight to stop Congress from terminating the tribal government some half-a-century ago. (Followed by their successful restoration campaign that was enacted into law in 1973.) During the 1950s — when the battle was most intense — most of Congress and the state government ignored the ...
  • Franklin passes resolution to keep Nikwasi, allow Cherokee maintenance October 9, 2014 Franklin leaders made their intention to keep Nikwasi Mound in town possession clear this week, rejecting a formal call from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to hand over the property. The resolution, passed unanimously, declares that the mound will continue to stay in town possession but that Franklin is open to working out an agreement with the tribe for them to maintain the site. “We want to work with them. We want to show goodwill, but ...