Monthly Archives: September 2011

Osage Nation casinos preserved?

The Osage Nation located in Oklahoma received a very negative 2010 U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit decision that held the tribe’s reservation had been disestablished in the past. As regards the tribe’s casino operations, this raised an argument that … Continue reading

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Watch documentary on the Mapuche of Chile and Argentina

I was just told of this documentary that you can watch for free on line by someone from Chile. Check it out: “The Voice of the Mapuche” Here is the synopsis of the film from the web site: “The … Continue reading

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Medicine Wheel/Medicine Mountain National Historic Landmark

In August, a ceremony was held to celebrate the creation of the Medicine Wheel/Medicine Mountain National Historic Landmark in the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming. Up to now, the Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark had been designated as a landmark … Continue reading

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Peru sets important precedent for native inhabitants

The English newspaper the Guardian reports that Peru enacted a new law that protects the land rights of Peru’s indigenous peoples, and that Peru now leads the way for Latin America’s indigenous communities. The paper also reports that in February, … Continue reading

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Drinking water in Indian Country

A representative of the United States made a statement in Geneva Switzerland on September 15, 2011 in response to the report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Water and Sanitation from the rapporteur’s visit to the … Continue reading

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New York Times debate on Cherokee Freedmen situation

The controversy continues over the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma excluding some descendants of ex-slaves of the Nation from citizenship in the tribe and voting rights. The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court ruled just last week that this expulsion was legal. The … Continue reading

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National Park Service rule would allow tribes gathering rights in national parks

It is reported that the National Park Service has proposed a new rule that would allow American Indian tribes to remove plants and minerals from national parks for traditional uses. The document, dated March 25, was stamped “confidential.” It states … Continue reading

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