Monthly Archives: June 2009

Obama names senior advisor on Indian affairs

On June 15, President Barack Obama fulfilled his promise to appoint a high-level White House advisor on Indian affairs. Obama announced his selection of Kimberly Teehee for the newly created position of senior policy advisor for Native American Affair in … Continue reading

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Repatriation of human remains from University of Massachusetts?

Indian Country Today reports that a complaint filed against the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which alleges violations of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, is under investigation and will be heard at a NAGPRA Review Committee meeting in … Continue reading

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Is "pot-hunting" a crime or a hobby?

Now that two people charged in federal court with stealing archaeological resources from federal lands in Utah have apparently committed suicide, questions are being asked whether the long tradition in some areas of people looking for “Indian trinkets” is really … Continue reading

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Prosecutions for "pot hunting" lead to 2 suicides?

The Salt Lake Tribune reported on June 20, 2009 that a second defendant in the federal crackdown on archaeological looting in southern Utah has killed himself. Steven Shrader, who faced two felonies in the antiquities case, shot himself twice in … Continue reading

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Tribes explore alternative criminal justice methods

Throughout history, American Indian cultures handled criminal matters in widely diverse ways and, of course, did not practice Anglo-American style incarceration. In the modern era, tribal governments are also seeking alternative methods for dealing with criminal issues. For example, the … Continue reading

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Even small casinos benefit tribes

With unemployment rates reaching 80-90% on some reservations in remote and rural areas of the United States, any kind of economic development is a great boon to the reservation community. One example are the small gaming/casino operations of many tribes … Continue reading

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Seminole Tribe still negotating gaming compact

It’s reported that the Seminole Tribe of Florida probably will not approve the terms of a Class III gaming compact proposed by state lawmakers, the tribe’s attorney said. The tribe is concerned about the increased revenue-sharing rate the state is … Continue reading

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