Monthly Archives: June 2008

Congress to help Indian kids??

The House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 6307, the “Fostering Connections to Success Act.” Representative McDermott (D-WA) introduced the bill saying, “Today, we are focused on the shortcomings of the existing system that can disconnect foster children from the things … Continue reading

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Multiple suits contest BIA taking land into trust for Oneida Nation

Indian Country Today reports: “A cluster of lawsuits have been filed challenging the Interior Department’s final decision to take into trust 13,004 acres of the Oneida Indian Nation’s 300,000-acre ancestral homeland. On June 19, Gov. David A. Paterson and Attorney … Continue reading

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Predatory lending in Indian Country

Elsie Meeks reports in Indian COuntry Today on the recent Senate committee hearing into payday loans in Indian Country and she writes in part: “The payday lending industry is vigorously courting our lawmakers to facilitate these disguises, giving large campaign … Continue reading

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Discovery claim being used against Canadian Natives

“The Newfoundland Labrador government has threatened more than 100 Innu families with eviction from their aboriginal lands, which the provincial government calls ”Crown land.” According to a release by the Indian Law Resource Center, the removal notices appear to be … Continue reading

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Washington Tribe and City reach water agreement

A Washington city has teamed up with an Indian tribe to develop a regional sustainable water source that will also strengthen the environmental sustainability, water stewardship and wildlife habitat of the water bodies throughout the Nisqually Watershed region. On May … Continue reading

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Washington Indian children disproportionally placed in welfare system

The Indian Child Welfare Act was enacted by Congress in 1978 in reaction to shocking statistics showing the wholesale removal of Indian children from their families and cultures. Apparently, more work needs to be done to remedy these continuing actions. … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Exxon Valdez ruling impacts Alaska Natives

The U.S. Supreme Court decision on Wednesday impacts Alaska Native villages and corporations. They will now only receive a small share of the damage award in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. The U.S. Supreme Court said Exxon only has … Continue reading

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