Monthly Archives: February 2010

Indian schools in Minnesota in deplorable condition?

It is reported that all four federally supervised Indian schools in northern Minnesota failed to meet federal testing standards last year, yet they aren’t likely to see much of the money being doled out to public schools across the country … Continue reading

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Oil development at Fort Berthold Reservation

Read my 2001 Oregon Law Review article on American Indian economic development issues. U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota says his initiative to open a one-stop-shop for oil development on the Fort Berthold Reservation is paying off. The reservation … Continue reading

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Maine trying to improve communications with tribes

Leaders of Maine’s Indian tribes praised an executive order signed by Governor John Baldacci that aims to improve communications between state agencies and tribal governments. The executive order, which the governor signed during a ceremony at the State House with … Continue reading

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U.S. Justice Dept doing more to stop crime in Indian Country

The Justice Department wants to provide more than $250 million in anti-crime grants for Indian County, an increase of 54%, partly by creating a 7% budget set-aside from the COPS Hiring Program, Office of Justice Programs anti-crime money, and Office … Continue reading

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Indian sentenced for selling eagle feathers

The Portland Oregonian reports that a Native American spiritual leader convicted of selling black market eagle feathers for use in tribal dance competitions was ordered today to help make an educational video urging others not to commit such crimes. Reginald … Continue reading

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Amend Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act?

The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act is almost 40 years old now but the debate continues. Some tribal leaders are meeting in Anchorage this week to revisit ANCSA. The Act cleared the way for construction of the Trans-Alaska pipeline. Under … Continue reading

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Montana court holds that state court can hear malpractice case

The Montana Supreme Court ruled that a state District Court has jurisdiction to hear a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by the widow of a citizen of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes against a physician and a Polson Montana clinic. The … Continue reading

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