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Filed Under: Law | Opinion
John Guenther: Indian Child Welfare Act remains under attack (05/29)
In a response to the overwhelming evidence from Indian communities that the loss of their children meant the destruction of Indian culture, Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Filed Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
NCAI responds to criticism from Rep. Young on land-into-trust (05/27)
The nation's largest inter-tribal organization said it was concerned about the 'tone and direction' of the May 14 hearing.

Filed Under: Law | National
Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of Indian Child Welfare Act (05/27)
Two adoption groups are questioning the legality of the decades-old law along with new guidelines issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Filed Under: Law | National | Politics
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe asks BIA to inspect financial documents (05/26)
Vice Chairman Kevin Wright, who has declared himself to be the leader of the tribe, requested the visit.

Filed Under: Education | National
Secretary Jewell leads delegation to Indian school in Oklahoma (05/26)
Federal officials will be visiting Riverside Indian School to talk about issues facing Native youth.

Filed Under: Law | Opinion
Matthew Scraper: ICWA opponents wrong to cite blood quantum (05/25)
It is not appropriate to deny a child of the opportunity to be raised in and with their culture, simply because one who is not from or part of that culture deems their blood quantum not to be high enough.

Filed Under: National | Trust
Pokagon Band to file land-into-trust application at housing site (05/21)
The tribe plans to build 74 houses on a 57-acre site Hartford Township, Michigan.

Filed Under: Education | National | Politics
Indian schools go without fixes while military schools see $5B (05/20)
Indian school construction ground to a halt during the Bush administration but the effort appears to be back on track as lawmakers from both parties put focus on the issue.

Filed Under: Law | National
Pascua Yaqui Tribe hosts Violence Against Women Act training (05/20)
The Tribal Court Trial Advocacy Training was held in conjunction with the Bureau of Indian Affairs earlier this month.

Filed Under: Law | Opinion
Bryan Newland: Important context on land-into-trust process (05/20)
The lesson to be learned from Allotment and Reorganization (and Termination) is that Indians prosper when we have a homeland and that we suffer greatly when we don’t.

Filed Under: Law | National | Politics
United South and Eastern Tribes open meeting in Connecticut (05/18)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is hosting the semi-annual meeting on its reservation.

Filed Under: Law
New Mexico court allows lawsuits for actions of tribal officers (05/18)
The Santa Fe County sheriff has revoked law enforcement commissions with a dozen tribal, local and federal agencies in response to the ruling.

Filed Under: Law | Recognition
Mishewal Wappo Tribe files appeal in federal recognition case (05/18)
A federal judge ruled that the tribe waited too long after being listed for termination to sue the government.

Filed Under: Law | National | Politics | Recognition | Trust
Rep. Young stirs questions in Indian Country in two hearings (05/18)
Alaska's sole Congressional representative has managed to inject uncertainty into his legacy with a hearing on federal recognition and another on the land-into-trust process.

Filed Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
House subcommittee hearing on land-into-trust turns heated (05/14)
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) lashed out against the National Congress of American Indians and a Democratic colleague after the motivation for the hearing was questioned.

Filed Under: Law | National
Cherokee Nation father supports Indian Child Welfare Act rule (05/14)
Dusten Brown hopes the Obama administration's regulation will prevent other Indian families from suffering the removal of their children.

Filed Under: Opinion | Trust
Turtle Talk: Analysis of subcommittee land-into-trust memo (05/14)
The Majority Staff Memo creates the perception that the BIA is an unfettered and unchecked bureaucracy that is gobbling up land for Indians at the expense of unsuspecting communities.

Filed Under: Trust
Lummi Nation considers development on newly acquired land (05/14)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs agreed to place 84 acres in trust at a site near a major interstate.

Filed Under: Law | National | Politics
Jodi Gillette exits White House and joins Indian law firm in DC (05/14)
After six years in the Obama administration, former White House advisor Jodi Gillette is starting a new chapter in her career.

Filed Under: Education | National | Politics
Audio from Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on schools (05/13)
Bureau of Indian Education Director Charles Roessel offered a strong defense of the Obama administration's efforts to restructure the agency.

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