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Letter: Verify citizenship before participating in state elections (10/26)
"I am a native Kansan, as well as a member of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, one of the six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. As a tribal citizen, I am required to document proof of my citizenship and to...

Opinion: An American Indian perspective on immigration issues (10/08)
"Few arguments arouse such extreme passion as the fight over immigration. The topic touches many aspects of everyday life and can be seen as a threat to traditional culture, an opportunity to broaden ideological diversity, an economic boom or bust,...

Man with Apache ancestry sentenced over immigration charge (10/07)
A man who is a member of an unrecognized Apache tribe was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison after being found guilty on an immigration charge. Erick Ricardo Bonilla, 32, born in Mexico and is not a U.S. citizen....

Tohono O'odham Nation reported 44 migrant deaths last month (08/31)
A near-record 59 people died in July while crossing from Mexico into the United States. Of the deaths, 44 occurred on the Tohono O'odham Nation. The reservation shares 75 miles with Mexico's border. The record for the most deaths was...

Cherokee Nation joins tribes in opposing Arizona immigrant law (08/18)
The tribal council of the Cherokee Nation voted unanimously to oppose SB1070, Arizona's anti-immigration law. Council members say the law will lead to racial profiling because some Native Americans may not have U.S. citizenship documents even though they were born...

Letter: Europeans didn't enter Indian Country as 'immigrants' (08/12)
"A letter to the editor of July 28 needs to get its facts right. The Europeans who came to North America in previous centuries were not illegal immigrants. They came legally under the laws of the time. Also, as far...

Judge blocks major provisions of Arizona's anti-immigration law (07/29)
A federal judge blocked the most controversial provisions of SB1070, Arizona's anti-immigration law. Judge Susan R. Bolton said police officers in the state cannot ask a person about his or her immigration status. Tribes were worried their citizens would be...

Arizona governor redirects some stimulus money to border tribes (07/20)
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) said she will redirect nearly $10 million in federal stimulus funds to address border security. Three tribes along and near the U.S.-Mexico border will share in the funds. The Tohono O'odham Nation, received $815,000, the...

Tohono O'odham Nation submits brief in immigration law dispute (07/15)
The Tohono O'odham Nation filed a brief in a lawsuit challenging SB1070, Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law. The tribe says the law will likely lead to civil rights violations of its members. Some members lack U.S. citizenship documents even though they...

Man who claimed Apache ancestry guilty of immigration charge (07/07)
A man who said he is a member of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas was convicted of violating federal immigration law. Erick R. Bonilla, 32, was born in Mexico and is not a U.S. citizen. He said his tribal...

Obama administration sues to block Arizona anti-immigrant law (07/07)
The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Arizona over SB1070, the state's controversial anti-immigration law. The lawsuit contends the law, which allows state police officers to ask about a person's immigration status, is unconstitutional. The Obama administration says SB1070...

Rodriguez: Anti-immigration law spurred by manifest insanity (06/21)
"As a result of several recent draconian laws, Arizona’s image has taken a drubbing internationally. And yet, Arizona is but the spear. In reality, its politics are not that dramatically different from other states and not that different from Washington....

Arizona governor wants tribal cooperation on immigrant law (06/15)
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) wants tribes to cooperate with the enforcement of SB1070, the state's controversial anti-immigration law. Brewer asked the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs on May 24 to work with the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training...

Navajo Nation Council opposes Arizona anti-immigration law (06/09)
The Navajo Nation Council passed a resolution that condemns SB1070, Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law. Delegate Kee Allen Begay sponsored the measure. He said it will allow law enforcement to harass tribal members who might resemble Mexican nationals. “When we are...

Rodriguez: Arizona is speeding towards an apartheid state (05/31)
"Arizona is speeding towards being an apartheid state. Some of this rush has to do with repressive laws (including the legalization of racial profiling and the elimination of ethnic studies) that have been recently signed by the governor. Truthfully, however,...

Steve Russell: Brown people should stay away from Arizona (05/24)
"When Americans, including even marginally assimilated Natives, see something they don’t like, the reaction is “there oughta be a law.” By “law” they normally mean a criminal law. Hence, we have a discouraging number of reservations that still ban alcohol...

Tohono O'odham Nation opposes state anti-immigration law (05/21)
The Tohono O'odham Nation passed a resolution against SB1070, Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law. The tribe says the law encourages racial profiling of its members and will infringe on the rights of its members. Some members lack documentation of their U.S....

Letter: Put tribal governments in charge of immigration laws (05/13)
"Once upon a time, the white people from Europe sailed to the shores of America with the stated purpose of practicing freedom of their several different interpretations of the Christian religion. They proceeded to take the Native Americans’ land by...

Muscogee Nation weighs stance on Arizona immigration law (05/13)
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation council is considering a resolution that condemns Arizona's new anti-immigration law. The resolution states that the tribe "opposes laws and policies that unfairly target minorities and supports other tribal nations that challenge these bills," The Tulsa...

Editorial: Taking a stance against state's immigration law (05/07)
"It’s unfortunate when economic considerations outweigh moral ones. Of course, economic problems can have disastrous consequences and can even harm long-term efforts to fight moral battles. This is where the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association finds itself today –...

Arizona tribes worried about state's anti-immigration law (05/03)
The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona says the state's new anti-immigration law could infringe on tribal sovereignty and lead to racial profiling. The Tohono O'odham Nation, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Cocopah Tribe have reservations along or near the...

Steve Russell: Don't head to Arizona without your 'papers' (04/28)
"I was slow to learn about Indians and complexion, having been born with the name Teehee in a small Oklahoma town. Nobody would question my ethnicity and if I wished to deny it there was no chance. Indians were the...

Man sentenced for selling fake tribal memberships (12/09)
A Florida man was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for selling fake tribal memberships. Audie Watson, 76, was convicted several mail fraud and money laundering charges. He sold membership in the Pembina Nation, Little Shell Band of North...

Yakama man worried about influx of immigrants (05/25)
A former council member for the Yakama Nation of Washington says Hispanic immigrants are taking over his reservation. Wendell Hannigan is worried about jobs, crime and the impact of immigrants on tribal culture. "It’s almost like a whole group...