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lions with nuclear waste, among other materi
Still the violations should not be taken l ight
ly, Armstrong said.
While NU officials have characterized the
violations as minor and picky, Armstrong said
all hazardous waste violations were serious,
because the risk was there.
For UNL, the radioactive waste will be kept,
for now, along with other hazardous and mixed
(radioactive and hazardous) waste in a new
500,000 square foot storage facility on East
UNL will probably pay $ 146,000 in fines to
the EPA, Rhone said, and will be expected to
help with improvements to their own hazardous
waste program.
Next year, a “campus clean-up" should be
finished, Rhone said. A much needed clean-up.
“We’re cleaning chemicals out of Hamilton
Hall that Doctor Hamilton left there,” Rhone
Then the university will have to start worry
ing about the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
It’s another government agency with the
power to levy fines, but with a differing and
conflicting set of guidelines than the EPA,
Rhone said.
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UNL group to protest
Peltier’s imprisonment
By Jill O’Brien
Staff Reporter
A group of UNL students, along with
local citizens recently formed the Leonard
Peltier Support Group/Platte Valley, net
working with more than 140 groups nation
wide affiliated with the Leonard Peltier De
fense Committee of Lawrence, Kan., gradu
ate student Susan Miller said.
Miller, co-chairwoman of the Platte Val
ley group, said the purpose of the group is to
organize local events to raise community
consciousness about Peltier’s case.
On June 26, 1975, gun fire broke out on
Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota
between members of the American Indian
Movement and FBI agents. Joseph Stuntz, a
Native American, and FBI agents Jack R.
Colcr and Ronald A. Williams were shot to
In an article, “In the Spirit of Crazy
Horse: The Case of Leonard Peltier,” Y vonne
Bushyhead, a law student at the District of
Columbia School of Law, slates that no
investigation was made into Stunt/.’ death,
nor was anyone charged with his killing.
However, Native American Leonard
Peltier, is in his 17th year of two consecutive
life sentences for the murder of the two FBI
agents, Colcr and Williams.
“Since his controversial conviction in
1977... support for Peltier has taken on inter
national dimensions,” Bushyhead said in
her article.
On June 26,1994, supporters from across
the continent will be gathering together in
Washington, D.C. to call attention to Peltier’s
“Since Nelson Mandela’s release from
prison, Peltier is the best known political
prisoner in the world,” Miller said. “His
imprisonment is a blot on the world image of
the United States and should be corrected."
Miller said documents which were ac
quired under the. Freedom of Information
Act in 1981 showed that the prosecution
knew it was submitting false ballistics evi
“The prosecutor admitted twice during
appeals hearings that the government doesn’t
know who killed the agents,” Miller said.
Given this evidence, Peltier’s inability to
find justice in the judicial system reflects his
status as political prisoner, she said.
“If he wasn’t a political prisoner, they
should have let him out on the strength of
that evidence.”
Because Peltier’s appeals arc exhausted,
his attorneys have filed a petition with Pres
ident Clinton for executive clemency which
would grant Peltier’s freedom.
In support of executive clemency, the
Platte Valley group plans a rally Sunday
afternoon at the Lincoln Indian Center, 1100
Military Road, just a few blocks north of
— 44
Since Nelson Mandela's
release from prison,
Peltier is the best known
political prisoner in the
— Susan Miller
UNL graduate student
The program, beginning at 1:30, coin
cides with the national event, and will fea
ture speakers, as well as a petition urging the
President to free Peltier.
“Persons who sign the petition will be in
the company of 78 world religious leaders,
including the Archbishop of Canterbury,
Bishop Desmond Tutu, the Reverend Jesse
Jackson, and Mother Teresa,” Miller said.
Other signatures include 48 members of
the Dutch Parliament, 60 members of the
Canadian Parliament, 55 members of the
United States Congress and Nobel Peace
Prize winner Rigobcrta Mcnchu.
Pearl Jam, Michael Stipe, Peter Gabriel.
Bono, Jackson Browne. Carlos Santana.
Robbie Robertson and Stevie Van Zant arc
also among Peltier’s supporters and signers.
“The national organization is claiming to
have gathered 25 million signatures world
wide.” she said.
“Anyone who wants to help should write
President Cl inton and Attorney General Janet
Reno demanding justice for Peltier.” Miller
Student Aid
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their college loans is the National Service Pro
gram enacted by President Clinton. The pro
gram would allow college students to pay off a
portion of their debts by working in a commu
nity service program for two years. Some jobs
included in the program include social work
and teaching at elementary and high school
In preliminary reports, those who would
need aid the most would best qualify for the
program. Beacon said. An article published in
“The Chronicle of Higher Education” estimat
ed that 10,000 slots will open in September
across the United Stales. A population-based
criteria will determine how the slots will be
“Currently, we’re slated to start receiving
slots around the 1995 school year,” said Bea
Another program supported by President
Clinton is a process known as direct lending.
According to “The Chronicle for Higher Educa
tion”, direct lending would enable any eligible
people to borrow money for college, as long as
they are willing to pay it back based on a
pcrccntageof their income over a period oftime.
This program would eliminate commercial
banks from paying a person’s interest while
they are in college. Beacon said.
“Banks make a ton of money on college
students.” said Beacon, “This plan replaces the
banker m the form of money from treasury
bonds, itcssentially eliminates the middle man.
said Beacon.
The program is still under negotiations be
tween Republicans and Democrats.
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