Monthly Archives: May 2011

Washington Tribes becoming economic powerhouses

News From Indian Country newspaper ran an article about the amazing success that three tribes in particular have created in central Washington. The paper reported that “American Indian tribes from throughout the Puget Sound area . . . find ample … Continue reading

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Mining company asks shareholders to ignore international consensus

A press release from MiningWatch Canada alleges that Goldcorp Company is ignoring calls from every major human rights body to suspend operation of the Marlin mine in Guatemala. At its Annual General meeting on Wednesday, Goldcorp management asked its shareholders … Continue reading

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Alaska Natives banking on tourism

Indian Country Today, May 11, 2011, at 42-43, reports on the boom in Alaska tourism in Native villages. For example, in the Tlingit community of Hoonah, the closing of a cannery in the 1950s had contributed to difficult economic times. … Continue reading

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Native Hawaiian business boom

Indian Country Today, May 11, 2011, at 13, reports on the 2010 Census figures that show a dramatic increase in the number of indigenous Hawaiian owned businesses. In fact, the number of such businesses is claimed to have increased 52% … Continue reading

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Congress still critiquing tribal use of SBA 8(a) program

I’ve heard this saying – that if Indians are doing well, something must be wrong! In recent decades some tribes and several Alaska Native corporations have utilized the Small Business Administration 8(a) program to great benefit. Section 8(a) gives preference … Continue reading

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Native Alaska corporation wants land in Tongass National Forest

The Anchorage Daily News reports that the Sealaska land deal will be heard in Congress this week. The newspaper states in part: “For decades, conservationists, the U.S. Forest Service, tribes, Native corporations and the people who live in the Tongass … Continue reading

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Another Kennewick Man situation

In a story that reminds me of the decade long struggle over studying or burying the skeleton of the 9,000 year old Kennewick Man case, there is a current controversy over two ancient skeletons that were uncovered in 1976 during … Continue reading

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