Monthly Archives: January 2009

Michigan Tribe sues Mexican businessmen

The chairman of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians warned tribes who are thinking of economic development projects outside the United States. “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is,” Chairman Jim Williams … Continue reading

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Bolivia's new constitution and Indigenous rights

The Associated Press ran this story on recent developments in Bolivia: “Bolivian voters embraced a new constitution Sunday that promises more power for the long-suffering indigenous majority and grants leftist President Evo Morales a shot at remaining in office through … Continue reading

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Brazilian natives fight back with education

I received this email from a group in Brazil: “Indigenous peoples and social movements launch campaign in defense of the Peoples of Amazônia Actions seek to sensitize Brazilians to the protection of the region and to bring an end to … Continue reading

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California won't stop recreational mining that hurts fish

The California Department of Fish and Game decided not to stop a form of recreational gold mining despite a request from the Karuk Tribe. The tribe believes suction dredging from river beds hurts salmon runs on the Klamath River. The … Continue reading

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Mine proceeding near sacred site?

On Monday a federal court refused to grant a preliminary injunction against a gold mine in Nevada that would impact sacred Western Shoshone sites. Tribal and environmental plaintiffs sued the Interior Department to block construction of one of the largest … Continue reading

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Who will be Asst. Secretary for Indian Affairs?

Indianz.com reports that President Barack Obama’s supposed but not yet announced nominee to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs is already generating some fire. “Larry EchoHawk, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, is a familiar name in Indian … Continue reading

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California tribal casinos laying off employees

Southern California Tribes have eliminated over 500 casino jobs since last summer and more cuts are on the way. The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians laid off 400 people. The Morongo Band of Mission Indians eliminated 95 jobs, and the … Continue reading

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