Monthly Archives: July 2010

Dams in the Amazon impact Indigenous peoples

Headlines around the world this week again brought attention to the impacts of dams in the Amazon on Indigenous peoples. This time the culprit is not a monstrous project but a smaller dam being built on the Aripuanã river in … Continue reading

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Obama signs Tribal Law and Order Act into law

There was an emotional scene at the White House when President Obama signed a new law targeting violence on American Indian reservations. The President stated: “It is unconscionable that crime rates in Indian Country are more than twice the national … Continue reading

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Ancient Pawnee corn brought back to life

The news reports that little more than six years ago, Pawnee Eagle Corn was nearly extinct. The corn variety was down to only 25 kernels. But, this year, so far, 200 ears of Pawnee Eagle Corn has been harvested in … Continue reading

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Study of tribal casinos raises controversial issues

The news reports that a study of tribal casinos shows a checkered pattern of benefits and drawbacks for Indians who live on reservations. William Evans and Wooyoung Kim found that when casinos open, local wages and employment rates improve, but … Continue reading

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Tribes and Indians working with others

Indian Country Today writes about the ancillary benefits of tribes and Indians working with other groups, that have interests other than regular Indian law issues. In this article, the paper shows how working with groups on diabetes prevention has led … Continue reading

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Eastern Band Cherokees hope to fund its language as a foreign language class for public schools

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is urging the state to formally license Cherokee language teachers, enabling Cherokee courses taught in public schools off the reservation to count toward a student’s foreign language requirement. Earlier this month, tribal and school … Continue reading

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Yakama Nation opposing plan to import Hawaii's garbage

A Washington company is about to commence shipping garbage from Honolulu to a Washington landfill near the Columbia River. Hawaiian Waste Systems, a Seattle-based company will ship 150,000 tons of waste from Honolulu to the Roosevelt Regional Landfill. The process … Continue reading

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