Legal

June 04, 2011
By:
Jerilyn DeCoteau

Ten Cent Treaty, Le Pay, allotments in Montana, lease checks the neighbors received, Grandpa saying, "I am still waiting for my allotment." These are words I grew up with.

April 30, 2011
By:
Troy A. Eid

The Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA), signed into law by President Obama last July with bipartisan support, makes federal agencies more accountable for serving Indian lands. TLOA also provides greater freedom for tribes to design and run their own criminal justice systems.

April 28, 2011
By:
Geoffrey Strommer

A year after passage of national health care reform with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Act”), the entire Act, including the many Indian-specific provisions within, is in danger of being taken away.

April 26, 2011
By:
Anthony Broadman

People slander each other everywhere—without regard for territorial boundaries. But the legal treatment of such speech differs drastically depending on whether tribal or non-tribal laws apply.

April 22, 2011
By:
Tanya Fiddler

It is important to arm our people with the knowledge to combat predatory lenders.

April 19, 2011
By:
Joseph H. Webster

Some proponents of internet gaming have used what I will refer to as the "Netflix argument" to urge Indian tribes to support various proposals to legalize internet gaming, even if the terms of the legislation are not particularly favorable to tribes.

April 13, 2011
By:
Peter d'Errico

The 300th anniversary of treaties negotiated in the Massachusetts Bay Colony between the Indians and the British king is approaching.

March 13, 2011
By:
Steven Newcomb

At a hefty 560 pages, Walter Echo-Hawk’s noteworthy book In The Courts Of The Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided (Fulcrum, 2010) examines U.S. federal Indian law within the scope of ten U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

March 11, 2011
By:
Steven Paul McSloy

It always was, and always is, about the land.

March 04, 2011
By:
Steven Newcomb

The aggregate of ideas commonly called “federal Indian law” involves matters of epistemology—or what Ernst Von Glasersfeld has termed, “how we acquire knowledge of reality, and how reliable and ‘true’ that knowledge might be.” In an essay entitled “An Introduction to Radical Constructivism,” Von

February 10, 2011
By:
Charles Trimble

A column from a right wing periodical Town Hall,

February 07, 2011
By:
Ray Cook

We abhor violence and mass murder. Much as we dislike the decision of Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California to undermine tribal interests, she does not belong in anyone’s crosshairs.

February 02, 2011
By:
Nick J. Rahall II

With the convening of the 112th Congress, I became the Ranking Member on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. Although I have left the Natural Resources Committee after having served there for more than 30 years, I intend to remain an active supporter of Native issues.

January 27, 2011
By:
Steven Newcomb

Someone commented to me recently that she thought the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was fundamentally a document that allowed “nation-states” to identify and control indigenous peoples.

Here’s how I responded:

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