All Native Americans should be deeply concerned about a recent federal court decision ordering the BIA to decide who can be a member of one California tribe and how the tribal government should be organized – all for the sake of protecting “potential” tribal members instead of the will of the tri
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.
Because traditional Cherokee people taught me a profound insight that I’ve claimed for my own, “the spirit world takes care of its own business,” I understand arguments about religion to be for amusement only.
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.
Moraviantown, Ontario. October 5, 2013 marked two centuries (twenty decades) since Tecumseh (my Shawnee Grandma Bessie’s pronunciation was Tecumthé) fell in battle near the Thames River, and passed to the spirit world.
As dawn broke over the Atlantic on October 12, 1492, a perilous ten-week journey across a timeless ocean gave way to encounters and events that would dramatically shape the course of history, and be forever regarded by Europeans as the “discovery” of America.
Dear President Stephen D. Nadauld, Dixie State University:
Beware of the federal task force. While a combined law enforcement entity might make sense in combatting crime in non-tribal communities, the federal task force is a Trojan Horse when it enters Indian country.
C. A. Bowers was one of my brilliant professors when I attended the University of Oregon. A prolific author, Bowers has made an excellent point.
In 2001, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a severe below to Indian sovereignty when it decided Nevada v.
These past few weeks have created quite a stir within Indian country. The two most significant issues are the recent ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court remanding Baby v.
A number of fundamental assumptions inform my writing.
Late last year, the Department of the Interior was given the green light to work with Indian country to purchase fractionated trust lands or restricted interests from willing sellers at fair market value.
A month or so ago my inbox was flooded with emails letting me know that the federal recognition process was getting a giant overhaul. Accompanying the e-mails were attachments of letters, revised drafts, etc. Most seemed optimistic. My response was simple.