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American Indians and birth certificates?

An AP article by Felicia Fonseca reports that Arizona is helping tribal citizens to get birth certificates. Indians born on reservations have often had problems proving their births to state agencies and subsequently securing various state documents and United States … Continue reading

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Same sex marriage in the Navajo Nation

The Arizona Republic published an interesting article on Sunday Nov. 2, at A12, about whether the Navajo Nation might change its position and begin recognizing same sex marriages. In 2005, the Nation enacted the Dine Marriage Act that defined marriage … Continue reading

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Indian healthcare conference – ASU College of Law

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is putting on a conference on important legal and policy issues regarding health care in Indian Country – “Opportunities and Challenges to Providing Healthcare in Indian Country.” The conference … Continue reading

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Hopi Tribe attempts to stop French sales of sacred masks

The Hopi Tribe has filed suit in a French court to attempt to stop the Drouot auction house from selling 32 sacred tribal kachina masks. The Tribe attempted in April to halt a similar sale of 70 masks but a … Continue reading

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American Indian economic development conference Feb. 27-28 ASU College of Law

The Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is hosting a conference entitled “Sustaining the Reservation: Creating Tribal Economies” on February 27-28, 2014. The conference will be held on the main ASU campus in Tempe, Arizona. … Continue reading

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Catholic groups call for Pope Francis to rescind 15th Century papal bulls on Discovery

Yesterday, thirteen Catholic groups requested that Pope Francis formally rescind the 15th century papal bulls that provided the basis for the international law Doctrine of Discovery and the legalized colonization and subjugation of most of the world by Europeans. This call was made … Continue reading

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Klamath Tribes invoke water rights

Big news in Oregon water issues is the fact that the Klamath Tribes are exercising their water rights and the federal government will support those rights by limiting irrigation water to cattle ranchers and farmers in the Klamath basin this summer.  … Continue reading

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