indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+
ph: 202 630 8439   fax: 202 318 2182
Kill The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Highlights from Day 1 of NCAI winter session in Washington, DC

Filed Under: National | Politics
More on: bia, brian cladoosby, carcieri, dc, don young, house, ihs, kevin washburn, land-into-trust, meetings, ncai, rob sanderson, robert mcghee, scia, senate, suicide, youth, yvette roubideaux
   

The National Congress of American Indians opened its winter session on Tuesday. Here are some highlights.

A New Leader
NCAI President Brian Cladoosby, welcomed all the "tribal chairs, presidents, governors and dictators" to Washington, D.C., as he gave an update on his activities since winning election last October at the organization's national conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Cladoosby, who also serves as chairman of the Swinomish Tribe of Washington, has been quite busy over the last four months. He's met with tribes in Alaska, Arizona, California, Nevada and North Carolina, and has attended conferences held by the National Indian Gaming Association, the Tanana Chiefs Conference and the United South and Eastern Tribes.

"Indian Country is alive," Cladoosby told attendees. "The energy is infectious."

More recently, Cladoosby and his wife, Nina, attended the White House State Dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande last month. The couple stood out in photos thanks to the NCAI leader's distinctive cedar hat and cedar vest.

"Who would have ever thought that a couple of kids from the rez in the Northwest corner of the country would be sitting in the White House one day, having dinner with the president of France and the president of the United States of America?" Cladoosby said.

Cladoosby is serving a two-year term as president of NCAI.

Land-Into-Trust Woes
Land-into-trust is emerging as the biggest issue at the conference and NCAI continues to fight for a fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar to ensure all tribes can follow the process.

Five years later, however, a legislative remedy remains elusive. Cladoosby said the Senate Indian Affairs Committee can easily pass a fix but he noted that the problem lies with the full Senate, where concerns over gaming have stymied debate.

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, echoed that sentiment. He vowed to pass a "clean" Carcieri fix in the House but said it will get lost in the "dark hole" in the Senate without significant lobbying from tribes.

"It's very, very inoperative," Young said of the Senate.

With the Carcieri fix in limbo, a new threat has surfaced. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Big Lagoon Rancheria v. California has opened the doors for anyone to challenge a land-into-trust acquisition long after it has been finalized.

"Without a legislative fix, more and more cases will be filed across the country, raising the possibility that many tribal lands that have been held in trust for decades, or longer, could be taken out of trust status," said Robert McGhee, the treasurer for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama.

Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, tried to bring some hope to the issue. Since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, more than 240,000 acres have been placed in trust for tribes and individual Indians, he said.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has given Washburn a new goal -- 500,000 acres by the end of the Obama administration. “Get those applications in," the BIA leader told tribes.

Suicide Among Native Youth
Nearly every speaker brought up a sensitive issue in light of a front page story in The Washington Post on Monday about high rates of suicide among American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

Robert A. Sanderson Jr., a leader from the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Tribes, said Native villages in southeastern Alaska are seeing a resurgence of the problem.

"The suicide rate is climbing again at an alarming rate," Sanderson told Yvette Roubideaux, the director of the Indian Health Service.

Sanderson said existing solutions -- task forces and commissions -- aren't helping. He urged the IHS to direct more suicide prevention efforts to the tribes themselves.

"It is heartbreaking," Roubideaux said. "It's almost indescribable how horrible this problem is."

Upcoming
The session continues today. Highlights include Hilary Tompkins, the Solicitor at the Interior Department; Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), the new chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee; Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Chickasaw Nation; Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson; Gina McCarthy, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.

There will also be an update on the Tribal Supreme Court Project.

Related Stories:
National Congress of American Indians set for winter meeting (3/11)


Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Tim Giago: Lakota and Pueblo Indians on Pine Ridge Reservation (7/28)
Native Sun News: President of Oglala Sioux Tribe dodges bullets (7/28)
Puyallup fashion designer competes for prize in Project Runway (7/28)
Troy Eid: Marijuana experiment in Colorado hurts Indian youth (7/28)
Judge hears dispute over United Keetoowah Band gaming site (7/28)
Chumash Tribe plans hotel tower with $160M casino expansion (7/28)
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe changes architects for casino plan (7/28)
Editorial: State must negotiate compact with Pojoaque Pueblo (7/28)
Native Sun News: IHS hospital at Pine Ridge undergoes review (7/25)
Ivan Star Comes Out: Group disturbs tranquility at Bear Butte (7/25)
Indian Health Service discloses privacy breach of patient data (7/25)
BIA extends comment period on federal recognition regulation (7/25)
Navajo Nation president calling for FBI probe of brutal murders (7/25)
Jennie Stockle: Justice for victims of Cedarville mass shooting (7/25)
John Christian Hopkins: Waiting for Belgian waffles at Denny's (7/25)
Steven Pevar: Indian chldren are being taken from their homes (7/25)
IHS pays $53M to settle another contract support cost dispute (7/25)
Shinnecock Nation asserts control over tobacco amid pressure (7/25)
Four sentenced for stealing HHS funds from Oglala Sioux Tribe (7/25)
Unsettled: BIA questions Passamaquoddy forest management (7/25)
ASU News: First graduates of Indian studies master's program (7/25)
Blog: Tanka Fund aims to grow Indian Country's bison economy (7/25)
Opinion: A troubling relationship with Native peoples in Canada (7/25)
Opinion: Auction of tribal property in France sets bad precedent (7/25)
Puyallup Tribe cancels upcoming Ted Nugent concerts at casino (7/25)
Mayor gives conflicting view on Tohono O'odham Nation casino (7/25)
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe plans to start work at gaming site (7/25)
Pojoaque Pueblo defends provisions in proposed gaming deal (7/25)
Iipay Nation puts Internet gaming servers on Mohawk reserve (7/25)
Native Sun News: Cobell beneficiaries still waiting on payment (7/24)
Navajo Nation president to discuss brutal murders with mayor (7/24)
NCAI President Cladoosby offers cedar hat to BIA's Washburn (7/24)
Woman waiting in line at SCIA hearing reportedly had bedbugs (7/24)
S.E. Ruckman: Tribal members share frustrations on IHS care (7/24)
Mark Rogers: System exploits misery of our nation's veterans (7/24)
Fort Belknap Tribes depend on revenue from Internet lending (7/24)
Oglala Sioux Tribe still working on plan for legal alcohol sales (7/24)
Two Native girls charged with assault for hockey game brawl (7/24)
Chickasaw Nation welcomes public to new community center (7/24)
Oregon tribe plans major development at historic village site (7/24)
Unsettled Ch. 26: Passamaquoddy dealings cloaked in secrecy (7/24)
KCAW: BLM supports Alaska Native corporation in land dispute (7/24)
Mixed martial arts fighter from Lumbee Tribe proud of heritage (7/24)
Granddaughter of former team owner condemns racist mascot (7/24)
Opinion: Chief Black Hawk was notorious leader of Ute people (7/24)
Remote tribes facing threats from drug trafficking and logging (7/24)
BIA indicates Tohono O'odham Nation can use land for gaming (7/24)
Pojoaque Pueblo wants to take state out of casino operations (7/24)
Iipay Nation started planning Internet poker games last year (7/24)
Fighter seriously injured at Trinidad Rancheria's casino event (7/24)
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe concerned about potential gaming site (7/24)
Native Sun News: Great Plains tribes call for full contract funds (7/23)
Native Sun News: Candidate wants Obama to meet with tribes (7/23)
Audio: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on gaming (7/23)
President Obama nominates Jonodev Chaudhuri to lead NIGC (7/23)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.