When Cristobal Colón made landfall on a sandy beach in the Caribbean, he planted the royal standards (flags) of Castile and Aragon and performed a ceremonial act of “discovery and possession.” The “standards” he planted in the soil were physical flags, but those f
On July 10 President Obama by proclamation created the Basin and Range National Monument in a remote wilderness region of southern Nevada.
The planned Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering (herein Rainbow) in He Sapa, the Black Hills, has caused serious tensions within the Oceti Sakowin.
This week, the Department of the Interior hit a significant milestone, paying more than $500 million to approximately 30,000 individual landowners through the Land Buy-Back Program for Tri
It’s time to correct the record. At a hearing on May 14, 2015, before the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs, the California State Association of Counties made a number of misstatements about land into trust issues.
On May 14, the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs conducted a hearing entitled, “Inadequate Standards for Trust Land Acquisition in the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.
This is the second section of an article discussing transportation deductions from mineral royalties earned on allotted lands.
This column, which has been split into two parts for publication, will cover issues surrounding transportation deductions and provide legal justification for the elimination of these deductions.
Having lost hundreds of millions of acres of land to allotment and tax auction, sale, fraud and federal chicanery beginning in the late 1880s, Indian tribes have ever since been on a decades-long mission to acquire and reconsolidate their once-mighty land holdings
The recent communication from the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne band council regarding American border security initiatives reveals a basic human understanding.
On March 9, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional Director Stanley Speaks signed the final documents to establish the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s Reservation, to an audience of Cowlitz elders and tribal leaders.
In late December of last year, I braved slogging rain and dropping temperatures to join a sizable crowd of my fellow Cowlitz people and supporters as we gathered to celebrate a future reservation on beautiful, tree-graced acreage near La Center, Washington.
The smoke you see coming from tribal lands is no longer the stereotypical smoke signals. The smoke is coming from the mouths of Native people who are pro-legalization of marijuana, and from the ears of those who are against it.
A discerning eye is critically important when it comes to interpreting statements by the United States regarding our original nations, which are typically called “Indian tribes.” On September 13, 2007, the United States voted “no” on the UN Declaration on the Righ