Fort Mojave Tribal Band to be featured in new documentary (February 21, 2012)
The Fort Mojave Tribal Band will be featured in a new documentary called Sousa on the Rez: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum. Members of the Fort Mojave Tribe started the band in 1906. It is one of...
Pokagon Band works to preserve the Potawatomi language (February 21, 2012)
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan is working to preserve the Potawatomi for future generations. Only nine Pokagon members speak the language fluently. So the tribe is reaching out to other Potawatomi tribes to ensure it survives in...
Opinion: Human rights abuses within the Tuscarora Nation (February 21, 2012)
"During the last year, the Niagara Falls Reporter devoted a fair amount of space to two ongoing stories. One is a success story: the struggle and triumph of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, under the leadership of Joseph Ruffolo and...
Blog: Cherokee Phoenix starts publication in February 1828 (February 21, 2012)
"On February 21, 1828, the first Native American newspaper, the Cherokee Phoenix, began publication. Editor Elias Boudinot explained the paper’s purpose—to promote anything that will be to “the benefit of the Cherokees” and to prevent the tribe from “dwindl[ing] into...
Jim Brown: Elem Pomo families reject insulting settlement (February 21, 2012)
"As a part of the 30-day public comment period on a settlement agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Elem Colony and Bradley Mining Co., on behalf of the Elem families residing on the Elem Reservation,...
Dante Desiderio: Tribes gaining access to capital markets (February 21, 2012)
"Congress all but guaranteed tribal finance to be a clear winner in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. Included in the Act were two provisions that held the promise of jumpstarting local tribal economies (or at the very least, providing...
Opinion: Caution and opportunity for tribal energy projects (February 21, 2012)
"In my 20-plus years of dealing with economic development on tribal lands, I have found that few people are familiar with federal Indian law or tribal law, governments and dispute resolution systems, which reflect each tribe's sovereign status and unique...
Oklahoma's highest court to consider tribal water use case (February 21, 2012)
The Oklahoma Supreme Court will consider whether a tribal water rights case should be resolved by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. Citing treaties, the Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation are claiming ownership over Sardis Lake. The tribes filed a...
New Mexico tribe handing out traffic tickets to non-Indians (February 21, 2012)
Some officials in Cibola County, New Mexico, say Laguna Pueblo officers shouldn't be issuing traffic tickets to non-Indians. The tribe says it has civil jurisdiction over non-Indians on the reservation. Traffic laws are part of the tribe's civil code. "The...
NPR: Interview with David Treuer, Leech Lake Ojibwe writer (February 21, 2012)
"Stories about life on Native American reservations often focus on the hardships — alcoholism, drugs, violence and poverty. In Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life, Ojibwe writer David Treuer strives to capture stories about the beauty of...
Law Article: Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe wins immunity case (February 21, 2012)
"A man who slipped and fell in the parking lot of a golf course owned by the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Indian Tribe cannot sue the Tribe or the Tribe’s insurer, a state appeals court recently concluded. In Koscielak v. Stockbridge-Munsee Community,...
Supreme Court won't hear tribal court jurisdiction dispute (February 21, 2012)
The U.S. Supreme Court today denied a petition in Gustafson v. Poitra, a tribal jurisdiction case. Darrel Gustafson, a non-Indian, entered in a consensual lease with Leon Poitra and Linus Poitra, who are members of the Turtle Mountain Band of...
Supreme Court asks for state reply in Public Law 280 case (February 21, 2012)
The U.S. Supreme Court is asking the state of Minnesota for a reply in Beaulieu v. Minnesota, a Public Law 280 case. David Beaulieu, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians, was deemed to be a "sexually...
Supreme Court declines Ute Mountain Ute Tribe's tax case (February 21, 2012)
The U.S. Supreme Court today declined a petition in Ute Mountain Ute Tribe v. Padilla, a taxation case. The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe sued the state of New Mexico for forcing non-Indian developers to remit five taxes on oil and...
Supreme Court won't hear Indian domestic violence case (February 21, 2012)
The U.S. Supreme Court today denied a petition in Cavanaugh v. US, an Indian Country domestic violence case Roman Cavanaugh Jr., a member of the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation in North Dakota, pleaded guilty to two felony child abuse charges....
Bill in Washington allows retrocession of state jurisdiction (February 21, 2012)
Tribes in Washington are supporting HR 1448, a bill that affects criminal and civil jurisdiction in Indian Country. The state exercises jurisdiction in Indian Country under Public Law 280. This affects not just criminal matters but also civil matters like...
Declination rate remains high for crimes in Indian Country (February 21, 2012)
Not much has changed when it comes to crime in Indian Country, The New York Times reports. Reservations suffer from the highest crime rates in the nation. And American Indian and Alaska Native women continue to victimized at rates far...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee roundtable and hearings (February 21, 2012)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will be hosting a roundtable and two hearings in the coming weeks. On Thursday, March 1, majority staff director Loretta Tuell will host a roundtable on ancestral remains, religious freedom and sacred sites. Participants should...
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