As Congress winds down its session, we should acknowledge the historic accomplishments it has helped us achieve over the past two years.
On Nov. 30, 2010, the United States Congress passed the Claims Settlement Act of 2010, a package of bills settling claims against the United States related to the hard-fought Cobell Indian trust lawsuit, the Pigford lawsuit by African-American farmers against the U.S.
The final part of this series provides a model for how tribes can and should wield the federal Indian consultation right to defend tribal sovereignty, and discusses the very real negative effect of any federal failure to consult with tribal governments.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg still does not get it.
As discussed in part one of this three-part series, the Obama administration has mandated that all federal agencies implement a written government-to-government consultation policy with Indian tribes.
When Canada endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples recently, it created a groundswell of hope in Indian country, and put more pressure on the United States to step up soon.
On Dec. 16, President Barack Obama will host the second White House Tribal Nations Conference.
As currently written, the Cobell settlement endorsed by the four named plaintiffs is backwards with the Department of Interior only engaging in remedial measures after everyone signs on for a pittance of what is owed from a true accounting of the land use, leases and depletions of Indian
Cousin Ray Sixkiller came in and announced that he is beginning to think about giving up coffee. Now, that is about as likely as a Cherokee turning down an invitation to a hog fry, so you will pardon my skepticism.