South Dakota court ends Indian boarding school abuse lawsuits (September 7, 2012)
The South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday put an end to two lawsuits that alleged abuse at a boarding school on the Yankton Sioux Reservation. Former students of the St. Paul’s School sued the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls and...
Village debates appeal after losing Oneida Nation taxation case (September 7, 2012)
The Oneida Nation has prevailed in a taxation lawsuit but the village of Hobart, Wisconsin, is considering an appeal. Judge William C. Griesbach ruled that the village's storm water management fees constitute an "impermissible tax" on the tribe's trust lands....
Evacuation of Cortina Rancheria ordered as wildfire approaches (September 7, 2012)
Authorities in California ordered all residents of the Cortina Rancheria to evacuate due to an approaching wildfire. The 16 Complex Fire has burned 12,500 acres so far. It doesn't appear to have entered the reservation but authorities wanted to make...
Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs sets hearing (September 7, 2012)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs will hold a hearing next week to discuss taxation of per capita payments. Individual Indians across the nation are benefiting from billions of dollars in funds through various settlements. Tribes have...
Sherman Alexie: Barack Obama has been a 'terrible president' (September 7, 2012)
"Obama has been a terrible President for Native Americans, for us Indians. Well, he hasn't been terrible. He's been disinterested. Even inert. In writing this little essay, I tried to think of one great thing Obama has done for Indians....
Former president of Tonkawa Tribe sentenced to prison for theft (September 7, 2012)
Anthony E., Street, a former president of the Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for theft. Street, 48, admitted that he and two other tribal leaders wrote themselves checks from the tribe's general fund....
Indian plaintiffs file papers in effort to end 'Redskins' trademarks (September 7, 2012)
A group of young Indian activists filed papers seeking to cancel trademarks held by the Washington Redskins. The plaintiffs say "Redskins" is a racial slur that disparages Indian people and brings them into contempt and disrepute. A brief shows how...
Turtle Talk Tournament: Greatest decisions in federal Indian law (September 7, 2012)
'Match-up No. 13 (2) The Kansas Indians defeats (31) Cherokee Nation v. Leavitt: 74 percent to 26 percent Match-up No. 14 (15) United States v. Wheeler defeats (18) White Mountain Apache Tribe v. Bracker: 64 percent to 36 percent Match-up...
T. Lulani Arquette: UNDRIP should renounce Doctrine of Discovery (September 7, 2012)
"The United Nations adopted the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in September 2007. There is an effort to include language in the UNDRIP repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery (DOD). There were only four countries that refused...
Gyasi Ross: Denise Juneau, underdog, takes center stage at DNC (September 7, 2012)
"One of the strongest pieces of evidence of Native people’s ascent within the political infrastructure is the rising star of Denise Juneau, a powerful young educator of Mandan, Hidatsa and Blackfeet ancestry. She is running for re-election as Montana’s State...
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