Legal

June 21, 2014
By:
Steven Newcomb

On May 27, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision in the case State of Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community. A five justice majority issued a ruling that works in favor of the Bay Mills Indian Community.

June 14, 2014
By:
Steven Newcomb

On May 27, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision in the case State of Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community. A five justice majority issued a ruling that works in favor of the Bay Mills Indian Community.

June 06, 2014
By:
Steven Newcomb

A couple of years ago, US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was at a function that Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) was also attending. Upon hearing that Congressman Cole is from the Chickasaw Nation, Scalia said: “Don't forget you belong to a conquered race.”

May 29, 2014
By:
Gabriel S. Galanda

On April 18, 2014, National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby wrote U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

May 15, 2014
By:
Jennie Stockle

In 2011 Mary Fallin assumed office as Governor of the Oklahoma and, like it or not, the events that have followed exemplify some of the worst atrocities against Native Americans in any recent memory.

May 20, 2014
By:
Geoff Strommer

The Department of the Interior recently proposed to amend the Department’s land-into-trust regulations, found at 25 C.F.R. Part 151, that currently exclude from the scope of the regulations, with one exception (Metlakatla), land acquisitions in trust in the State of Alaska.

May 19, 2014
By:
Tex Hall

It has been a year and a half since the federal courts finally gave the go ahead to the Garden City Group to distribute the $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement to American Indian and Alaska Natives who were wronged by the United States failure to live up to its trust responsibility.

May 16, 2014
By:
David E. Wilkins
In 1851 an exasperated Hugh Swinton Legare, the U.S.
May 10, 2014
By:
Peter d’Errico

Many critics of a certain football team's use of the "R" word concede that there is no "free speech" issue.

May 09, 2014
By:
Michael P. Gross

Indian self-determination is the most enlightened Indian policy the United States has ever had. Yet it is still plagued by funding problems and existential issues.

May 02, 2014
By:
Geoffrey Strommer, Steve Osborne & Caroline Mayhew

For over 20 years, tribal contractors have fought with the United States to be paid the full administrative costs of their contracts, like other government contractors.

April 30, 2014
By:
Steve Russell

Indians of all nations are skeptical of the federal government. This is why, even though most tribal societies practiced capital punishment in one form or another, tribal governments have not rushed to opt in to the federal death penalty.

April 27, 2014
By:
Peter d'Errico

Civilization, in a standard dictionary, is "the stage of human social development and organization that is considered most advanced." The dictionary equates "advanced" with "the comfort and convenience of modern life." A thesaurus adds "progress, enlightenment, culture, refinement, sophistication

April 25, 2014
By:
Ruth Hopkins

Cannabis legalization is a hot topic. After decades of collective societal distain for the plant ala Reefer Madness, public opinion now seems to be swaying in favor of its use, especially where its medicinal properties are concerned.

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