Monthly Archives: February 2009

Tribal tourism: museums better than casinos?

On February 26, 2009, the Billings Gazette published a story that tribal museums are better at attracting tourism than casinos (get the entire article): “Gambling doesn’t draw tourists to Montana’s Indian Country, but museums do. That’s one of the conclusions … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

S.D. Senate kills English only amendment to constitution

The South Dakota Senate killed a proposal to have voters decide if the state’s constitution should declare English the state’s official language. The senators voted 20-14 against SJR2, which proposed a constitutional amendment to make English the state’s official language. … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

87 year old professor teaching Sahaptin at Univ. Oregon

Yakama elder Virginia Beavert, 87, is teaching the Yakama Sahaptin language for the first time this year at the University of Oregon. She is a native speaker. This is not your typical foreign language class. “There are no textbooks, no … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Another tribal loss in the U.S. Supreme Court

The extremely high percentage of cases that American Indian tribes and Indian people lose in the U.S. Supreme Court has reached ridiculous proportions. Studies show that tribes and the “Indian position” prevailed in about 58% of a wide variety of … Continue reading

Posted in Indian Law | Leave a comment

NY Times editorial: Justice for American Indians

A New York Times editorial today states that the “federal government has a long history of cheating American Indians, and not all of this dirty dealing is in the distant past.” The editorial discusses a case the Supreme Court heard … Continue reading

Posted in Indian Law | Leave a comment

Canadian bill proposes to make UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous people national law

Judith Lavoie, of the Victoria Times Colonist, reported February 22, 2009, that Democrat MP Denise Savoie will reintroduce a private member’s bill in the House of Commons to require the Canadian federal government to “take all measures necessary” to ensure … Continue reading

Posted in Indian Law | Leave a comment

The Shawnee Trail of Tears

Dr. Randall L. Buchman, will present “A Sorrowful Journey,” the story of the removal of the Shawnee, Seneca, and Ottawa Indians from Ohio in 1832, 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Cedar Point Center Auditorium at Bowling … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment