Legal

January 06, 2014
By:
Peter d'Errico

The stage is set to determine whether the U.S. Supreme Court will expand its effort to out-do Dr. Frankenstein.

December 23, 2013
By:
Peter d'Errico

Confusion abounded on a crucial point during oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community on December 2, 1013.

December 18, 2013
By:
Charles Kader

Can Indians still make decisions for themselves on their own homeland? That question was recently deliberated in a case involving four men from the Akwesasne Reserve.

December 17, 2013
By:
Steven Newcomb

This column is about oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court that took place on December 2, 2013 in the case Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, Et Al. By way of introduction, a description of what brought the parties to the U.S. Supreme Court.

December 12, 2013
By:
Jay Daniels

This is report card on the manner in which the Bureau of Indian Affairs have managed the Cobell settlement since it was approved in November 2011. Case in point, the second round of the Cobell payments were scheduled for August or September 2013.

December 09, 2013
By:
Shannon Speed & Rosalva Aída Hernández Castillo

On October 31, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto utilized new presidential powers of pardon on the very day that they went into effect to free Mayan school teacher Alberto Patishtán Gómez. We hope that President Obama was paying attention.

December 02, 2013
By:
Steven Newcomb

During the papacy of Pope Alexander VI, the Holy See at the Vatican used the papal bull of May 4, 1493 to call for “barbarous nations” to be “subjugated” or “overthrown.” The Latin word employed in the document is “deprimantur,” which generally is translated “to reduce.” Reduction is ano

November 20, 2013
By:
Steven Newcomb

In 1971, Alvin Josephy published his classic Red Power: The American Indians’ Fight for Freedom, which is a compilation of different articles and talks by various Indian and non-Indian personalities.

November 13, 2013
By:
Oliver J. Semans

Oh, what dangerous times we live in. In the days of our ancestors, it took the cavalry and then some to change our way of life.

November 13, 2013
By:
Joe Sexton

The recent government shutdown illuminated our country’s deep concern for its official national monuments. When federal personnel erected barricades blocking access to cultural icons in Washington, D.C., the public protest was immediate and loud.

November 12, 2013
By:
Harry Smiskin & Virgil Lewis

Chairman of the Tribal Council and Virgil Lewis, Chairman of the Fish and Wildlife Committee of the Yakama Nation, Toppenish, Washington, have issued the following statement:

November 12, 2013
By:
Cedric Sunray

Hundreds of articles have been published and thousands of comments have been shared online. Tribes around the country have galvanized their support.

November 09, 2013
By:
Peter d'Errico

New York Magazine recently U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The discussion ranged across personal and professional issues.

November 08, 2013
By:
Terry L. Cross

Thirty-five years ago today, Congress enacted groundbreaking legislation, the impact of which has been arguably more profound than any other piece of federal Indian law in the modern era. On November 8, 1978, the Indian Child Welfare Act, otherwise known as ICWA, became law.

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