Monthly Archives: March 2008

Issues regarding violence against Indian women and children

Indian Country Today reports, http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096416922, in part: “Violence against women, domestic and sexual abuse are grim enough wherever they occur. But in Indian country, according to accounts that have emerged from multiple sources over several years, the aftershock is often … Continue reading

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More fallout from federal court ruling on Blackfeet Nation housing

Indian Country Today reports, in part, on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that the Blackfeet Nation Housing Authority waived its sovereign immunity and can be sued about faulty home construction: “John T. Harrison, a lawyer with the … Continue reading

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Pequot appeals labor decision

Indian Country Today reports: “The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has taken the next step in the struggle to maintain tribal sovereignty over gaming at Indian casinos. The nation has appealed National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge Raymond Green’s March … Continue reading

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BIA proposing to cut Indian roads program

The infrastructure in Indian country is in poor condition relative to that of the rest of the U.S. Thus, it is worrisome to hear of the BIA proposing to cut its Indian road maintenance program by 50%. “The Navajo Nation … Continue reading

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Tribal HQ takeover results in arrests

“Ten members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa were arrested on Wednesday after they made good on a threat to stage a takeover of the tribal government. The protesters barricaded themselves in tribal headquarters around 1:30am … Continue reading

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Criticism of Minnesota senator's statements on Indians

“In a disturbingly dishonest op-ed entitled “Minnesota’s tribes have it both ways,” Republican state senator Dick Day repeats old anti-Indian canards in a callow, self-serving way. This piece is irresponsibly simpleminded and should not go unchallenged. It is ignorant of … Continue reading

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California Tribe invests in housing company

“The Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians is buying a 25 percent stake in a housing factory in Otay Mesa, California. The tribe is using a $1.25 million federal grant to invest in the factory. The goal is to encourage … Continue reading

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Federal court to hear Cherokee Freedmen case

“The dispute over the legal status of the Cherokee Freedmen will be heard by a federal appeals court in May amid efforts by Congress to resolve the controversy. The Freedmen are the descendants of former slaves. They say a treaty … Continue reading

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Tribe seeks return of ancestors from University of Michigan

“The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan is asking the University of Michigan to return about 1,200 ancestors and artifacts. The tribe says the university’s Museum of Anthropology is not complying with the Native American Graves Protections and Repatriation Act. “There … Continue reading

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Kumeyaay Nation continues cross-border relations

“Faced with more restrictions on border-crossings, the tribes of the Kumeyaay Nation in the United States have come together to help their relatives who live in Mexico. The tribes in 1988 formed the Kumeyaay Border Task Force. The group worked … Continue reading

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