Monthly Archives: June 2011

Oregon legislature grants expanded state powers to tribal police

The Oregon legislature narrowly approved a measure yesterday that grants tribal police officers the right to enforce state law off tribal lands, regardless of whether the crime originated on a reservation. Oregon is apparently only the second state to enact … Continue reading

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Canada does not recognize Haudenosaunee passport

The U.S.–Canada border slices right through Mohawk ancestral lands but Joyce King, director of the Justice Department for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, almost couldn’t make it into Canada on June 18. A Canadian border official not only made her … Continue reading

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Washington state takes steps to respect Indian prisoners' religious rights

An article in the Seattle Times explains how in 2010 the Washington state Department of Corrections stripped American Indians in its 12 prisons of virtually all their religious and spiritual practices when a religious programs manager outlawed tribal sacred medicines, … Continue reading

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Voting Rights in Indian Country

Dr. Dean Chavers writes today about the lack of voting rights for Indian peoples. He states that Indians have had to fight to win the right to vote since the returning Indian GIs in WW I. He states that the … Continue reading

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Onondaga county legislature voting on returning land to Onondaga Nation

Part of the Onondaga Lake shoreline sacred to the Onondaga Indian Nation could be given to the tribe by county lawmakers in the Syracuse New York area. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that the Onondaga County Legislature is scheduled to … Continue reading

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Mapuches and Chile

Mario Salazar, a self-professed 21st Century Pacifist and bleeding heart liberal writes in the Washington Times about the Mapuche people and Chile. He recounts his visit to the city of Concepción Chile, founded in 1550. He talks about the the … Continue reading

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Military taking sacred tobacco from American Indian soldiers

The Ho Chunk Nation says a sacred plant is being wrongly confiscated from its members serving in the military. For many Native Americans, ceremonial tobacco is for prayer, meditation, and in the case of soldiers – protection. Conroy Greendeer Sr. … Continue reading

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White House creates tribal specific webpage

The White House announced to tribal leaders recently its launch of a webpage “Winning the Future: President Obama and the Native American Community.” The webpage is intended to “serve as another tool to help Indian Country navigate the federal government … Continue reading

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Australia Indigenous crime rates

As in the United States, Canada and other countries, Indigenous people are dramatically overrepresented in the rates of incarceration. This no doubt has a lot to do with issues of poverty, disenfranchisement, and social issues arising from centuries of active … Continue reading

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Returning American Indian human remains

One of the basic human rights, it seems, is to be able to control the disposition of the remains of your ancestors and relatives. All 50 states in the U.S. have laws controlling and protecting human remains. American Indians rights … Continue reading

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