Monthly Archives: December 2011

George Washington's attitude towards Indigenous Peoples

Throughout colonial history in the Americas and Oceania, many Portuguese, Spanish, and English colonists and leaders compared Indigenous Peoples to animals.  See Robert J. Miller, The International Law of Colonialism: A Comparative Analysis, 15 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 101, 161-69 … Continue reading

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Fight over Jim Thorpe's remains

The sons of Jim Thorpe have been trying to get the remains of their father back from a Pennsylvania town for years.  On November 23, 2011, a federal court rendered its second decision in this case. THORPE v. BOROUGH OF JIM … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Justice Alito visits Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

To my knowledge, United States Supreme Court justices have made very few official visits to Indian reservations.  A few years ago, Justices Breyer and O'Connor visited two or three reservations. Recently, Justice Samuel Alito and other federal judges visited the Pine … Continue reading

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NY Times on California tribes dis-enrolling citizens

Yesterday, the New York Times wrote about thousands of Indians in California who have been kicked out of their tribes in recent years for "the crime of not being of the proper bloodline."  Almost all tribal governments determine their citizenship based … Continue reading

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American Indians modified landscape

A study by Baylor University researchers shows that Native Americans’ land use nearly a century ago produced a widespread impact on the eastern North American landscape and floodplain development. Researchers attribute early colonial land-use practices, such as deforestation, plowing and damming with … Continue reading

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United Nations to investigate murders of Canadian native women

Two Canadian organizations issued a press release today that the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will conduct an inquiry into the murders and disappearances of Aboriginal women and girls across Canada. The Committee is the UN’s … Continue reading

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Uranium mine cleanup on Spokane Reservation

The Seattle Times reported on October 2, 2011 that a deal has been reached between the federal government and one of the world's largest mining companies to cleanup a closed uranium mine on the Spokane Indian Reservation in eastern Washington. … Continue reading

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