Monthly Archives: November 2010

Cobell settlement passes House!

The Associated Press is reporting that the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Cobell settlement, to settle individual American Indian claims against the United States for mismanagement and breach of fiduciary trust responsibilities and that they were cheated out of … Continue reading

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Senator Schumer supports state versus tribe

As part of the continuing struggle between New York and various tribal nations located there, several tribes have requested the U.S. to approve taking new lands into trust, which turns them into Indian Country under federal law. See 25 U.S.C. … Continue reading

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Oregon community college to open longhouse

Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon is opening its new longhouse. The $1.6 million building has taken more than four years to build. College officials say it is only the second Native American longhouse in the nation at a community … Continue reading

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Native Americans in prison

The Prison law blog reports something that is worth noting on this blog: the disproportionate number of Native Americans incarcerated in the United States. The blog states that basically every state with a significant native population has an enormous disparity … Continue reading

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Yale University agrees to return pre-Hispanic artifacts to Peru

Yale University has agreed to return thousands of pre-Hispanic artifacts to Peru. This decision tentatively ends a long-running dispute that pitted Yale against a growing demand in the Andean nation to reclaim its “cultural patrimony.” The objects were taken from … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania museum ordered to return Alaska Native cultural items

A federal committee ruled recently that a Pennsylvania museum has to return Hoonah Tlingit artifacts that include a shaman’s owl mask, a brass Loon Spirit Hat, and a faded hide robe that memorializes ancestors of the Hoonah T’akdeintaan clan who … Continue reading

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Indian school mascots harm

The press reports that an Indiana professor in educational psychology is arguing that Native American sports mascots in high schools lead to harassment and stereotyping of students. Assistant professor Jesse Steinfeldt, Indiana University in Bloomington, spoke at a Wisconsin State … Continue reading

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