Legal

September 21, 2014
By:
Dave Lundgren

The Bureau of Land Management recently announced that it was undertaking an agency-wide review of railroad rights of way to determine whether utilities—mostly telecommunication companies with fiber optic lines—are unlawfully piggy-backing on railroad lines

September 14, 2014
By:
Jay Daniels

Once again, the second round, or Trust Administration Class Members of Cobell Payments has stalled.

September 09, 2014
By:
Steven Newcomb

A metaphor is a useful fiction; a pretense with a purpose. A metaphor “suggests an analogy or likeness between two different things by applying the term for one to the other,” says Roger Jones in his book Physics As Metaphor” (1982).

September 08, 2014
By:
DaShanne Stokes

Congressional authority over Native nations has always been held to rest on the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

September 02, 2014
By:
DaShanne Stokes

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on August 20 is something for members of state-recognized tribes to celebrate.

September 01, 2014
By:
Walter Lamar

While a patchwork of state laws have given marijuana quasi-legal status in 24 states, status on many tribal lands remains prohibited, or at best uncertain.

August 25, 2014
By:
Oliver J. Semans

After spending the eight years in meetings—with state and national legislators, state secretaries of state, and county commissioners and election officials—and helping organize two major federal voting-rights lawsuits, I’m starting to see some light at the end of the equal-rights tunnel.

August 17, 2014
By:
Charles Hobbs and Tim Seward

Late last year the Indian Law and Order Commission (“Commission”) released “A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer” (“Report”), with over 40 unanimous recommendations to make Indian country safer and more just for all U.S.

August 13, 2014
By:
Jay Daniels

In an article entitled "Co-op members protest BIA proposal," (Rio Grande Sun, August 7, 2014), Jemez Mountain Electrical Cooperative officials and some of their custome

August 13, 2014
By:
Gabriel S. Galanda

For many Indian families, tribal per capita payments help meet their most basic needs. They buy food, pay heating bills, make car payments, and open savings accounts.

August 12, 2014
By:
Brandon Ecoffey

As someone who has had the unique experience of witnessing America’s drug war from both the front lines and the prison camps, and as someone who is an Ivy League graduate who has spent the last decade advocating for the legalization of marijuana, I found a recent column printed by the Indian Coun

July 26, 2014
By:
Jay Daniels

When my health condition pushed me into taking time off to obtain care, a long-time BIA friend offered good luck in my future.

July 16, 2014
By:
Steven Newcomb

On June 13, President Barack Obama visited the Standing Rock Reservation. During his visit, Mr. Obama said that “every American, including every Native American deserves a chance to work hard and get ahead.” Presumably he meant “get ahead” in the American society of the United States.

July 15, 2014
By:
Winter King

The Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which held that the Affordable Care Act’s “contraceptive mandate” violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act when applied to certain closely-held corporations, generated strong reactions from every corner of the politic

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