Monthly Archives: May 2009

Five Canadian First Nations sign new treaty

Indian Country Today reports that on April 9 five Canadian First Nations have signed a new treaty with the federal government. The historic signing of the Maa-nulth Treaty was 16 years in the making. “This is the beginning of the … Continue reading

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Cherokee Nation "Freedmen" issue still alive

News From Indian Country reported on May 18 that a small group of powerful House Democrats asked the Justice Department to investigate whether some American Indian tribes are segregating or discriminating against African Americans, who qualify as “freedmen” and tribal … Continue reading

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Canadian First Nations plan on sea otter hunt

The Vancouver (B.C.) Sun reports that “Aboriginals on the west coast of Vancouver Island are planning to kill one per cent of sea otters per year for ceremonial reasons. Staff of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council and the federal fisheries department … Continue reading

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Some Sioux file suit to receive payment for Black Hills

News From Indian Country, May 4, 2009, page 4, reports on a class action lawsuit seeking to force the federal government to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars for taking the Black Hills. The U.S. Supreme Court already held … Continue reading

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Navajo Nation bans cell phones while driving

News From Indian Country, May 4, 2009, at page 2, reports that on April 22 the Navajo Nation legislature voted to ban drivers from using cell phones while driving unless they use a hands free system.

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Lower Elwha Tribe building cultural center

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington will break ground next month on a cultural center at the site of an ancestral village. The center will feature some of the artifacts that were discovered at the Tse-whit-zen Village. It will … Continue reading

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American Indian professionals

I have written before about how underrepresented American Indians are in the professional fields such as the law. Here’s a story on how few Indian dentists there are: George Blue Spruce (Ohkay Owingeh/Laguna), the nation’s first American Indian dentist, has … Continue reading

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