Monthly Archives: January 2010

More separation of powers issues in Navajo Nation?

The Tribal Council of the Navajo Nation just authorized the top lawyer for the Nation’s legislative branch the power to issue opinions, contract with outside attorneys, and enforce election codes. The Council voted 67-6 in favor of a bill this … Continue reading

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Diabetes and pollution?

A Canadian newspaper, The Dominion, reports on growing evidence that diabetes, especially among Indigenous people, may be linked to environmental pollutants, according to U.S. and Canadian research. One-out-of-four indigenous adults living on reserves in Canada have been diagnosed with type … Continue reading

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Idaho tribe wants to fight non-Indian crime

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe in Idaho has proposed legislation to give tribal police the authority to arrest or cite non-tribal citizens and send them to state court. Backers say the State and Indian Tribal Cooperative Law Enforcement Act would close … Continue reading

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Smithsonian exhibit honors American Indian WWII vets

The Montana Historical Society is scheduling the Smithsonian Institution’s “Native Words, Native Warriors” exhibit to tour the state’s Indian reservations. The Smithsonian created the exhibit to tell the story of Indian Marines and soldiers who used their native languages as … Continue reading

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State of the Indian Nations speech

The President of the National Congress of American Indians, Chickasaw Nation Lt. Gov. Jefferson Keel, delivered the State of Indian Nations address at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Though he mentioned some of the persistent problems that continue … Continue reading

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Indian tribe casualty of the drug wars?

The New York Times reports that the Tohono O’odham Tribe in southern Arizona finds itself as the only large Indian reservation on the U.S./Mexico border and is caught in the middle of the drug war. The reservation is emerging as … Continue reading

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Killing the White Man's Indian?

Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, delivered the Third Annual William C. Canby Jr. lecture, “Will the White Man’s Indian Ever Die?” at the College of Law at ASU on Jan. 28. He states … Continue reading

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