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December 20, 2012
Jay Daniels: Everyone wants to talk but no one wants to listen
"On December 1, 2011, Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior (DOI), issued Secretarial Order No. 3317 for the purpose of updating, expanding and clarifying the Department’s policy on consultation with...

Blog: Tahltan First Nation fought big energy company and won
"A eight-year-long confrontation between British Columbia natives and Big Oil has come to an end. The natives won. After years of protests, from road blockades in northern British Columbia to...

Two South Dakota tribes share $6M from trust fund settlements
Two South Dakota tribes made more than $6 million in per capita payments to their members after reaching trust fund settlements with the federal government. The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe...

Kawika Riley: Dan Inouye aided era of tribal self-determination
"The United States, and all of its indigenous peoples, lost a hero and a champion this week, with the passing of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii). Senator Inouye’s life...

Steve Russell: Liberty against policy in our state of democracy
"Everything is not a matter of opinion and all opinions are not equal. In the U.S., we frame all policy arguments in terms of liberty, and since we don’t teach...

House approves bill to help Quapaw Tribe resolve trust dispute
The House voted 398-5 on Wednesday to pass H.Res.668, a bill that helps the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma resolve a trust fund dispute. In 2002, the tribe filed a lawsuit...

Deadline for second round of payments from Cobell settlement
The first payments from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement are making the rounds in Indian Country as a second deadline approaches for Indian beneficiaries. People who have already...

Red Lake Nation shooting survivors lend support in Connecticut
Members of the Red Lake Nation of Minnesota who survived a school shooting are in Newtown, Connecticut, to lend their support for a grieving community Ashley Lajeunesse, Leah Cook, Justin...

Rodney Donahue: Hoopa Valley Tribe should legalize cannabis
"The Hoopa Tribe should legalize cannabis, instead of outlawing it on the reservation, because there are too many negative impacts from prohibition. First of all, we have non-tribal members coming...

Fawn Sharp: Daniel Inouye was a champion for Indian Country
From the day Senator Daniel K. Inouye first stepped foot into Indian Country he has been known as a friend, a brother and a champion of our people—to all indigenous...

MPR: Minnesota tribes can benefit from land consolidation plan
"In 1887, Congress passed the Dawes Act, allowing reservation land to be given to individual Indians. Most were given a parcel of 80 or 160 acres. The federal government held...

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