Law

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The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in Yellen v. Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, a dispute over COVID-19 funding in Indian Country.

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Just north of the courtroom where a police officer is on trial in the death of George Floyd, another officer shot and killed Daunte Wright.

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The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in Yellen v. Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, No. 20-543, on April 19, 2021.

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Infighting among tribal attorneys led the nation’s highest court down an unusual path on the eve of arguments in a closely-watched COVID-19 case.

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Are Alaska Native corporations the same as Indian tribes? The nation’s highest court is poised to answer the question.

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Tribal leaders and climate activists are at odds with the Biden Administration after a missed opportunity to shut off the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Two Native lawyers with impressive resumes are seeking an appointment to the federal bench.

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A federal appeals court struck down some previsions of the Indian Child Welfare Act while upholding others in a complex and sometimes divided 325-page ruling.

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“This battle ended in victory,” the Puyallup Tribe said after the Biden administration stopped the sale of the National Archives in Washington state.

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Lakota youth came to the nation’s capital to tell the Biden administration to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline. Did anyone listen?

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The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States will take testimony on the Save Oak Flat Act on April 13, 2021.

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The California Tribal Families Coalition is calling a federal appeals court decision “troubling” but says it won’t immediately impact Indian Child Welfare Act matters in their state.

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Sarah Young Bear-Brown, a citizen of the Meskwaki Nation, addresses the #ShutDownDAPL​ and #StopLine3​ rally in Washington, D.C.

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“To this day, the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes continue to experience devastating health and environmental consequences from past mining,” said Fort Belknap Indian Community President Andrew Werk, Jr.

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Legal experts are deeply concerned about an “incredibly divisive” ruling from a federal appeals court that struck down parts of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

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National Indian organizations are “deeply concerned” about a federal appeals court ruling in a closely-watched Indian Child Welfare Act case.

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A federal appeals court finally issued a long-awaited decision in a closely-watched Indian Child Welfare Act case.

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Five years since the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline became a worldwide movement, and four years after tribes and their allies took to the streets of D.C. in protest, Lakota youth returned to the nation’s capital.

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Dozens of decisions that affected tribes during the Trump years are awaiting scrutiny by the new Biden administration.

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Oak Flat would be “permanently damaged” by a controversial copper mine, according to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

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The Catawba Nation is on track to open a casino in North Carolina in the fall of 2021.

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The nation’s highest court has taken up its first Indian law case of the term, with ensuring public safety on reservations at the forefront.

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The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is meeting to advance more bills and to hear about water needs in Native communities.

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The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in U.S. v Cooley, No. 19-1414, on March 23, 2021.


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Detached from reality. That’s the way a federal judge has described a Donald Trump supporter who took part in the violent riot in the nation’s capital.

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“Are you an Indian, sir?” The answer to the question is at the heart of a closely-watched case before the nation’s highest court.

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For more than six years, the San Carlos Apache Tribe and allies have been holding camps, rallies, relay runs and other demonstrations to resist mining on sacred land at Oak Flat.

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The Choctaw Nation is now facing a fight pitting sovereignty against formal recognition for Choctaw Freedmen.

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Native America Calling will catch up on the major issues in Canada and how Indigenous people are setting the course to influence change.

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“The acknowledgement of the suffering and abuse while honoring survivors’ resiliency is long overdue,” said South Dakota Rep. Peri Pourier, a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

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Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Arizona) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) have once again introduced legislation to permanently protect a sacred Apache site from development.

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NAFOA stays on top of the news so you always start your week informed and ready.

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Nine Indian Country bills affecting tribal nations and Alaska Natives are taking their first step forward in the U.S. Senate.

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Democrats are moving quickly to update the Violence Against Women Act with added protections for women in tribal communities.

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The leader of one of the largest tribes in the U.S. is fighting a behind-the-scenes battle with Congress that pits racial justice against tribal sovereignty.

I am a survivor of the Holy Rosary Indian Mission Boarding School. I do not want to be honored.

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The Biden administration put the brakes on massive copper mine at a sacred Apache site, reversing course after the project was on the verge of final approval.

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A U.S. Supreme Court decision from March 1978 continues to hinder tribal sovereignty on a daily basis.

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The country’s oldest Native student newspaper is again fighting to protect its press freedom.

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Just days after asking a federal judge to stop a huge copper mine on sacred territory, the San Carlos Apache Tribe is celebrating the Biden administration’s decision to pull back the controversial development.