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Peter d'Errico: Western Shoshones fight mining on treaty land
Peter d'Errico: Western Shoshones fight mining on treaty land (November 19, 2012)

"Gold is important in high-tech products and projects. The Keck Observatory, in Hawai’i, coats its secondary mirror in gold. Computers and other electronic devices require gold. Lawrence Livermore Labs says,...


Peter d'Errico: Many Indian warriors fought against America
Peter d'Errico: Many Indian warriors fought against America (September 11, 2012)

"“What’s wrong with this picture?” I asked: A pow wow grand entry, the Eagle Staff closely followed by the U.S. stars and stripes and the POW/MIA flag. What does the...


Peter d'Errico: Where's the American Indian Holocaust Museum?
Peter d'Errico: Where's the American Indian Holocaust Museum? (September 5, 2012)

"It is strange that there is a Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., to commemorate what the Nazis did in WWII, but no museum to acknowledge what a long series of...


Peter d'Errico: Federal law causes lawlesness on reservations
Peter d'Errico: Federal law causes lawlesness on reservations (August 7, 2012)

"The latest bad news about Indian reservations is getting worse; but there is a silver lining. U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales says violence on Indian reservations is “a kind of brutality...


Peter d'Errico: Planet goes to dogs as humans fight over drilling
Peter d'Errico: Planet goes to dogs as humans fight over drilling (July 27, 2012)

"I learned this one night camping in Monument Valley: Dogs in the desert fight about food even when there is enough to go around. The first dog gets a scrap....


Peter d'Errico: Indigenous rights declaration deserves a name
Peter d'Errico: Indigenous rights declaration deserves a name (May 9, 2012)

"One of the most significant declarations ever to emanate from the United Nations, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, is belittled—mocked, almost—by the acronym so often used to...


Peter d'Errico: Raymond Yowell  resumes    treaty rights push
Peter d'Errico: Raymond Yowell resumes treaty rights push (March 7, 2012)

"The Western Shoshone have been litigating the rights to their homeland since at least 1951, when a claim was filed, purportedly in their behalf, before the United States Indian Claims...


Peter d'Errico: NCAI president is  singing  songs for the miner
Peter d'Errico: NCAI president is singing songs for the miner (February 10, 2012)

"The problem seems to be that the canary is still singing, but not its own song. For example, an NCAI staff attorney was recently quoted on whether Native leaders will...


Peter d'Errico: Supreme Court decision and indigenous rights
Peter d'Errico: Supreme Court decision and indigenous rights (February 3, 2012)

"According to the common law, as the Jones opinions acknowledge, any unauthorized intrusion on private property is actionable (i.e., the owner can take legal action against the intruder). The Fourth...


Peter d'Errico: An indigenous oath for the Navajo Nation's bar
Peter d'Errico: An indigenous oath for the Navajo Nation's bar (January 20, 2012)

"I attended a recent swearing-in of attorneys to the Navajo Nation Bar Association. My friend and colleague, Rodina Cave, was among them. The ceremony brought back memories of my days...


Peter d'Errico: De-colonized minds and Indian sovereignty
Peter d'Errico: De-colonized minds and Indian sovereignty (December 13, 2011)

"When an Indian speaks about “our country,” what country is being talked about? Is it an Indigenous Nation or the United States? When an Indian refers to “my President,” which...


Peter d'Errico: No basis in the Constitution  for plenary power
Peter d'Errico: No basis in the Constitution for plenary power (November 21, 2011)

"Mark Savage published his groundbreaking research on federal Indian law in 1991, “Native Americans and the Constitution: The Original Understanding” (NYU Rev. of Law & Social Change). He proved that...


Peter d'Errico: Religion plays a role in anti-Indian court rulings
Peter d'Errico: Religion plays a role in anti-Indian court rulings (September 8, 2011)

"The ugly face of the 1955 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Tee-Hit-Ton v U.S. appeared recently in Plymouth County (MA) Superior Court, in Greene v. Pacheco, et al., a case...


Peter d'Errico: 'Special rights' a loaded term in Indian Country
Peter d'Errico: 'Special rights' a loaded term in Indian Country (August 29, 2011)

"We’ve all heard references to the ‘special rights’ of American Indians. Sometimes, it’s an affirmation of Indian nationhood; other times, it’s an attack on Indian sovereignty. Given these two ways...


Peter d'Errico: UN forum looks at the doctrine of discovery
Peter d'Errico: UN forum looks at the doctrine of discovery (May 25, 2011)

"Michael Anderson is leader of the Euahlayi People, a 3,000 strong Aboriginal Nation and convener of the New Way Sovereignty Summit on the status and place of Aboriginal peoples in...


Peter D'Errico: Wishful thinking for tribes and their sovereignty
Peter D'Errico: Wishful thinking for tribes and their sovereignty (February 24, 2011)

"When Jefferson Keel, newly elected president of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) delivered the 9th Annual State of Indian Nations Address on January 27, 2011, he opened his...