Monthly Archives: February 2012

Do corporations have free reign to kill people?

An editorial in the Feb. 25 New York Times asked an interesting question: Should Corporations Have More Leeway to Kill Than People Do? Peter Weiss wrote about a U.S. Supreme Court case that will be heard next week with potential ramifications for American … Continue reading

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Navajo Nation sues Urban Outfitters Corporation over trademark

I have written about Indian and tribal trademark and copyright issues. You can get the article here; http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1573090 or at 13 Tulane J. Tech. & Intellectual Property 179 (2010).    Here is the text of the Navajo Nation Press Release … Continue reading

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Confederated Colville Tribes accept $193 million settlement

The Seattle Times reports that the Confederated Colville Tribes accepted a $193 million settlement offer from the federal government for mismanaging tribal lands.  The Colville Tribes filed a lawsuit in 2005 alleging the U.S. government sold tribal timber and leased … Continue reading

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Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations sue Oklahoma over water

The Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, both filed suit against that state in August 2011 over water rights. News From Indian Country reports on the case in its Feb. 2012 edition.  The leaders of both tribes issued … Continue reading

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The American Indian Empowerment Act of 2011 (H.R.3532 )

On December 1, 2011, Congressman Don Young, R-Ak, introduced the American Indian Empowerment Act of 2011 that would allow Native nations to request that the Secretary of the Interior take tribal lands out of trust status and convey them to the individual … Continue reading

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Onondaga Nation bringing George Washington’s wampum belt to Washington D.C.

I received this press release today – Onondaga Nation seeks justice and honoring of treaties despite courts, Doctrine ofDiscovery In part, the release states:  "On February 28, 2012, Onondaga Nation and other Haudenosaunee leaders will bring to Washington D.C. the wampum … Continue reading

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Who owns treasures stolen from Indigenous peoples?

An interesting fight over sunken treasure has been going on between the country of Spain and the treasure hunters who found $500 million worth of treasure in a sunken Spanish ship from the 1500s. A United States court recently ruled … Continue reading

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