Monthly Archives: May 2012

Reservation "Capitalism" is Book of the Month on Native America Calling

I was just interviewed about my new book on the hour long radio program Native America Calling. My book Reservation "Capitalism:" Economic Development in Indian Country was published in March and was selected by Native America Calling as its Book … Continue reading

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Navajo and Hopi water settlements raise concerns

Indian Country Today and reporter Anne Minard report:  "Following a series of public forums on a controversial water settlement involving the Navajo and Hopi tribes, opponents of the settlement and the Navajo Nation president’s office seem no closer to an … Continue reading

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Blackfeet Nation opens grocery store

In most of the United States this would be an odd story. Federal, state, and local governments usually do not own grocery stores. But Browning Montana, the capital of the Blackfeet Reservation has only one grocery store and many citizens … Continue reading

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The Doctrine of Discovery and the Sami Peoples

I am hoping to write about how the Scandinavian countries used the international law Doctrine of Discovery to negatively impact the rights of the Sami Peoples.  My initial research shows evidence of the Doctrine of Discovery being applied against the … Continue reading

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The Doctrine of Discovery in Africa

I am currently researching and planning to write about how European countries applied the international law of colonialism, the Doctrine of Discovery, to divide up Africa. My initial research shows European countries did apply the Doctrine. In 1885, thirteen European countries … Continue reading

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VAWA (Violence against Women's Act) amendments pass Senate

On April 26 the U.S. Senate voted 68-31 to approve the reauthorization and amendment of the Violence against Women's Act. The bill includes major tribal court jurisdiction and protection order provisions for tribes in the lower 48 states to address the … Continue reading

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Johnny Depp "Tonto" adopted into Comanche Nation

Actor Johnny Depp plays the Indian character Tonto in the upcoming film The Lone Ranger.  He was just adopted by the Comanche Nation. LaDonna Harris, a Comanche and president and founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO), said “it seemed like a natural fit to officially … Continue reading

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Oregon Board of Education ends use of Indian mascots

The Portland Oregonian reports that the Oregon State Board of Education has enacted a new rule that may be the toughest in the nation to end the use of American Indian themed school mascots. At least 15 Oregon schools will have to get … Continue reading

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Indigenous Peoples and International Law

The 15th century international law Doctrine of Discovery in the modern world, by Robert J. Miller   The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is holding its 11th annual meeting in New York May 7-18. More than 1,500 Indigenous … Continue reading

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Peru developing gas reserves in protected Indigenous lands

Survival charges that Peru is secretly pursuing new gas reserve developments inside protected tribal land, in flagrant violation of laws that prevent such projects. The Nahua-Nanti Reserve in southeast Peru is known for its uncontacted Amazon tribes, and for a wide stretch … Continue reading

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