Monthly Archives: July 2008

U.S./Mexico border wall violating human rights?

A working group of faculty and students at the University of Texas at Austin is claiming that human rights are being violated by the United States’ construction of a wall on the Texas/Mexico border. The group submitted a series of … Continue reading

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Arizona Indian gaming revenues down

Revenues at Arizona’s 22 tribal casinos fell by 7.5% in the past three months, according to the state Department of Gaming. Tribes shared $26 million with the state in the quarter that ended June 30. That was down from $28.1 … Continue reading

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California tribal court

To my knowledge, most of the most than 106 federally recognized tribes in California do not have court systems. This leads to complicated jurisdictional problems when people attempt to sue tribes. The Hoopa Tribe in northern California has a full … Continue reading

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Cherokee Freedmen can sue tribal officials

The federal D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Cherokee tribal officials can be sued by the Freedmen. The case will return to the same federal judge who has already criticized the tribe for marginalizing the descendants of former African … Continue reading

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Crow Tribe wants to exploit coal

News From Indian Country reports that the Crow Tribe of Montana is seeking to expand its coal mining operations. The Tribe estimates that its reservation holds 9 billion tons of high quality coal, enough to meet the United States’ needs … Continue reading

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Shell Oil halted plans to drill in Beaufort Sea

In June, the Anchorage Daily News reported that Shell was giving up on its plans to drill in 2008 in the Beaufort Sea. This was the second year that Shell made that decision to shelve its offshore drilling plans due … Continue reading

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Innovative energy project for the Warm Spring Tribe?

Indian Country Today reports in part: “A woody biomass power generation project of the Warm Springs Tribe is under way after years of planning . . . An agreement is already in place with an undisclosed independently operated utility to … Continue reading

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