The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on August 20 is something for members of state-recognized tribes to celebrate.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
When my health condition pushed me into taking time off to obtain care, a long-time BIA friend offered good luck in my future.
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.
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
Consider for a moment the existence of any Original Nation of this continent that has had a relationship with its territory for countless generations.
The Canadian Supreme Court recently elaborated legal rules affecting non-Aboriginal encroachment on Native lands. The unanimous decision, Tsilhqot’in Nation v.
Sixteen months ago, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) issued a “Tribal Leaders’ White Paper.” Dated February 28, 2013, the paper was drafted in preparation for the March 1-2 2013 North American Indian Peoples Caucus gathering at the Sycuan Resort in the Kumeyaay Nation Territory, w
To say that the Black Hills (Kȟe Sapa) hold special significance for the Oceti Sakowin (The Great Sioux Nation) is an understatement. They’re not only our traditional homelands, where our ancestors once lived, they’re sacred.