Judge orders Bearspaw Band's chief and council to step down (June 24, 2011)
A judge in Alberta ordered the chief and council for the Bearspaw Band of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation to step down. Chief David Bearspaw and four council members extended their terms in office even though they were supposed to...
Supreme Court to review petitions in Osage and Rincon cases (June 24, 2011)
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering petitions in two Indian law cases. The justices are weighing Brown v. Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission Indians, a gaming case. The Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians and Department of Justice is say the...
Column: 'Fighting Sioux' law presents constitutional question (June 24, 2011)
"The nickname controversy and its only solution just became clearer, now that House Speaker Al Carlson, R-Fargo, has said that efforts to repeal North Dakota’s new Fighting Sioux nickname law are “not even on the table yet.” Though I am...
Former BIA superintendent found guilty of corruption charges (June 24, 2011)
Florence A. White Eagle, a former Bureau of Indian Affairs superintendent on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana, was convicted of stealing from a tribal loan program. White Eagle, 63, was found guilty on six counts. Federal prosecutors said she...
Candidates for leader of Cherokee Nation raise nearly $417K (June 24, 2011)
The two candidates for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma have raised nearly $417,000 for their campaigns. Incumbent Chad Smith reported $244,649.86 in donations on his May 16 disclosure statement. That's about $72,000 more than Bill John Baker,...
Navajo Nation places Head Start director on leave for a week (June 24, 2011)
The Navajo Nation placed the director of its Head Start program on leave for a week -- the same week the Administration for Children and Families came to review the program, The Farmington Daily Times reports. Spencer Willie was told...
Star basketball player donates jersey to Grand Traverse Band (June 24, 2011)
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians held a send-off for Dwaun Anderson, a tribal member who received a full scholarship to Michigan State University. The tribe held the ceremony at its Strongheart Center. Anderson grew up playing...
Steven Newcomb: Scalia 'never heard' about Indian law cases (June 24, 2011)
"At a reception, I had an opportunity to talk with Justice Scalia. After saying hello and telling him my name, I asked: “I wonder if you might have ever read my law review article ‘The Evidence of Christian Nationalism in...
Tigua Tribe lobbies Congress to return its membership rights (June 24, 2011)
When Congress restored federal recognition to the Tigua Tribe of Texas in 1987, it imposed a 1/8th blood quantum standard on membership. More than 20 years later, the requirement is hurting the tribe, Lt. Gov. Carlos Hisa told the House...
Robert Joe, former Swinomish chairman, passes away at 73 (June 24, 2011)
Robert Joe Jr., a former chairman of the Swinomish Tribal Community in Washington, died on Wednesday. He was 73. Joe served 18 years as chairman. Overall, he spent 26 years on the Swinomish Indian Senate, from 1976 to 2000. "Robert...
NPR: Peruvian actress takes a stand with Quechua language (June 24, 2011)
"In 2009, when the Peruvian film The Milk of Sorrow won top honors at the Berlin Film Festival, lead actress Magaly Solier did something surprising — she chose to accept the award by singing a song in Quechua, a common...
DOI concerned about coal swap for Northern Cheyenne Tribe (June 24, 2011)
The Interior Department supports a coal swap for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana but the deal might be biased towards a non-Indian company, a top official said at a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native...
Karuk Tribe aims to intervene in lawsuit over water diversions (June 24, 2011)
The Karuk Tribe of California is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit over water diversions in the Klamath Basin. At issue is whether farmers need to inform the California Department of Fish and Game every time they divert water from...
Rep. Noem introduces bill to shield tribes from NLRB decisions (June 24, 2011)
Rep. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota), a new member of Congress, introduced a bill on Thursday to protect tribes and their businesses from the National Labor Relations Board. In 2004, the board reversed 30 years of precedent and ruled that the...
Judge rules Skywalk partner must go to Hualapai Tribe's court (June 24, 2011)
The developer of the Grand Canyon Skywalk must exhaust his remedies with the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. David Jin claimed in a lawsuit that the tribe was about to use an eminent domain ordinance...
Turtle Talk: Indian law decisions in Iowa and Nebraska courts (June 24, 2011)
"Here are two grain belt states, Iowa and Nebraska. In Iowa, tribal interests are successful in 31 percent of cases In Nebraska, tribal interests are successful in 33 percent of cases." Get the Story: State Supreme Court Outcomes: Iowa and...
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