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2006-02-27 17:55:00

By Laura Zuckerman MISSOULA, Montana (Reuters) - Resource-rich but job- poor American Indian tribes in the Rocky Mountain region are targeting energy development as a remedy for their economic ills. "We want to become the developer and the manager of our own resources," said Dan Belcourt, a lawyer for the Chippewa Cree Tribe in northern Montana. The push to develop Indian lands is tied to higher energy prices and provisions in the 2005 federal Energy Act for grants, low-interest loans and...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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