Adrian Jawort: Leonard Peltier an obstacle to his own freedom (December 21, 2012)
"Leonard Peltier supporters, the fact that Barack Obama has taken such personal interest in the U.S. government’s relations with American Indians renews hope of a presidential pardon after he was denied parole in 2009 for his role in the murder...
Opinion: House GOP protects white men from tribal prosecution (December 21, 2012)
"If you were watching “Melissa Harris Perry” last Sunday, you saw my head explode over the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Not over the bill itself but over the opposition of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to the tribal provision....
NMAI Blog: This day in the Maya calendar - what does it mean? (December 21, 2012)
"Corresponding with this day in the Gregorian calendar is 4 Ajpu. Ajpu is Caracol, Spiral Shell; 4 is a balance. Ajpu is the Sun, captain of Time, a day of personal strength and for good to triumph over evil....
President Obama signs Bridgeport land and Pascua Yaqui bills (December 21, 2012)
President Barack Obama signed two Indian bills into law on Thursday. H.R.2467 places approximately 39.36 acres in trust for the Bridgeport Indian Colony of California The tribe gained federal recognition in 1974. H.R. 3319 allows the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to...
Judge appoints special master to help with Cobell settlement (December 21, 2012)
A special master has been appointed to aid with the distribution of funds from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement. Among other tasks, Richard A. Levie, a former federal judge, will determine membership in the Trust Administration Class. Beneficiaries...
Vincent Armenta: President Obama backs a land-into-trust fix (December 21, 2012)
"Two weeks ago, I and other leaders of America’s Native governments had the opportunity to participate in the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. President Obama expressed the importance of taking ownership of the future and looking out...
Opinion: Checks from Cobell settlement finally start rolling out (December 21, 2012)
"This week, more than 400,000 Native Americans from numerous tribal groups will receive $1,000 checks -- just in time for Christmas. These court-ordered payments from the federal government will begin to settle a landmark $3.4 billion class action lawsuit. The...
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