Monthly Archives: August 2008

New York Times reports on American Indian water settlement

The New York Times reports on the Gila River Reservation water settlement (get the full story): “More than a hundred years ago, the Gila River, siphoned off by farmers upstream, all but dried up here in the parched flats south … Continue reading

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Oglala Sioux Tribe adopts secured transactions commerical code

On July 31, the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota adopted a secured transactions commercial code. The tribe has also agreed to work with the state to develop a joint sovereign filing system to administer the code.

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Indigenous languages to be added to Ecuador constitution

Indian Country Today reports that the National Constituent Assembly that is drafting a new constitution for Ecuador has included Quechua and Shuar, along with Spanish, as official languages. Ecuador would be the fourth country in South America to include official … Continue reading

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McCain picks AK governor for his VP

John McCain picked Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska, as his running mate for the vice-presidency. She has only been the governor since December 2006 and served before that as mayor of a small Alaska city. She is currently embroiled in … Continue reading

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Canada defending Northwest Passage

I have written about the use of Doctrine of Discovery claims in the Arctic region as global warming and climate change have led to the retreat of the polar ice. The Associated Press reported yesterday that Canada’s prime minister is … Continue reading

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Brazilian Indian law case

Brazil’s Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday in a complaint against the size of a 4.2 million-acre reservation in the Amazon. The Raposa Serra do Sol reservation is home to about 18,000 members of the Makuxi, Wapixana, Ingariko, Taurepang and … Continue reading

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Health care crisis at Leech Lake

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is urging tribal citizens to write to Congress to seek more funding for the Indian Health Service. “We need to call it what it really is — a crisis of health care,” Secretary-Treasurer Mike … Continue reading

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