Monthly Archives: April 2009

Economic development needed in Indian Country

Joe Garica, the President of the National Congress of American Indians gave his annual State of Indian Nations speech in February. He “declared the state of Indian nations to be more hopeful than they have ever been.” He focused on … Continue reading

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Author Jared Diamond sued for defamation

The Associated Press reports that two New Guinea tribesmen filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond. They claim that Diamond’s article in the New Yorker “falsely accused them of murder and other crimes. Henep Isum … Continue reading

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New Native arts group founded and funded

The New York Times reported yesterday: “Even as arts groups around the country are cutting back because of declining endowments and donations, a new foundation to support the work of American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native artists is being … Continue reading

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Native Hawaiian federal recognition

Native Hawaiian groups have long fought to restore their sovereign authority. Senator Akaka has offered several bills over the past decade to grant a Native Hawaiian government the same kind of federal recognition that 562 tribal governments in the United … Continue reading

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Federal court slows down oil drilling in Alaska

The Anchorage Daily News reported on an April 17 federal appeals court ruling that the Bush administration did not adequately study the environmental impact of expanding oil and gas drilling off the Alaska coast. Many of Alaska’s leaders reacted with … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict to acknowledge abuse of Canadian Native children?

I received this report by email: Pope Benedict XVI is expected to acknowledge abuse of aboriginals at Christian-run schools when he meets with survivors later this month at the Vatican, a spokesman for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops said … Continue reading

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Indian nations succeed when they are in charge

Three professors who work in Indian law and affairs have written a Wall Street Journal editorial to respond to an earlier editorial by Terry Anderson that called for the “rule of law” in Indian Country. “Terry Anderson argues in “Native … Continue reading

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