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Cultural Appropriation

article BLOG: Dear Fellow Canadian White Authors, Can We Talk? (5/18/2017)
(Canada) -- This has been a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week for Canlit. I’ve been leaving ranty screeds on Facebook pages belonging to writers I barely...
article BLOG: Missing The Target: Target & BaubleBar’s #StealingNativeCulture Partnership (4/27/2017)
(USA) -- About a month ago, I wrote a Dear Torrid Letter about Torrid ripping off Navajo culture by selling a knock-off of the iconic Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace.
article BLOG: Valentino didn’t learn anything. (3/23/2017)
(Rhode Island) -- A couple days ago I went to a TJ Maxx in Massachusetts, and my sister and I were oo-ing and ahh-ing over some gorgeous studded Valentino heels. I...
article BLOG: 10 Reasons Why Joseph Boyden is a Problem and Should Go Away (3/7/2017)
(Canada) -- If you’re reading this, you’re probably already well aware of the walking controversy that is Joseph Boyden. At times it might seem strenuous to...
article BLOG: Racism, Author Accountability, and Nevernight (12/18/2016)
(Australia) -- This post is about Nevernight specifically my interactions with the author (along with some commentary) and a critique of passages from Nevernight.
article BLOG: JK Rowling’s Anti-Native ‘Magic’ Racism – And How Authors Can Do Diversity Better (10/15/2016)
(North Dakota) -- I came to the Harry Potter game late in life, kicking and screaming like the English major and literature snob I thought I was. I razzed the series and...
article BLOG: J. K. Rowling’s Unfortunate Attempts at Globalization (7/2/2016)
(USA) -- I remember many years ago seeing a 60 Minutes interview with J. K. Rowling where she showed “Box 1” full of her notes for the Harry Potter books.
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Supreme Court

article BLOG: The Continuing Attack on Tribal Sovereign Immunity at the Supreme Court (5/17/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Immunity of tribal officers and employees from suit in state and federal court for tort liability should concern tribal governments engaged in...
article LEGAL BLOG: Exploring Tribal Sovereign Immunity with Lewis v. Clarke (5/9/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that tribal employees can be sued in their individual capacities for torts they commit while acting within the...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

LGBT News

article BLOG: 5 Incredible Two-Spirit and Queer Indigenous Writers to Read Right Now (5/12/2017)
(Canada) -- In response to the recent horrifically racist and colonialist editorial advocating a “cultural appropriation prize” in The Writers’ Union...
1 Article on this Issue

Sheldon Adelson

article Affidavit details Nevada gaming chief’s recorded conversation with Laxalt (5/11/2017)
(Nevada) -- Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett said Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt asked him last year to take action that would have harmed gaming...
1 Article on this Issue

Trump & Tribes

article TURTLE TALK: Donald Trump, and Indian Country’s Termination Fears (5/8/2017)
(USA) -- Donald Trump’s election as President was met with skepticism and fear across much of Indian country. As a candidate, Trump did not publish any substantive...
1 Article on this Issue

Fantasy Sports

article BLOG: Hanging onto reality in fantasy sports (2/16/2017)
(Alberta) -- I’m thinking if I had spent as much time in my studies in high school as a child as I currently do in my adult life researching sport and fantasy...
article BLOG: Fantasy Sports Bill Proposed For Nevada (8/23/2016)
(Nevada) -- On August 23, 2016, the two largest daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) operators, DraftKings and FanDuel, will be presenting their proposed Nevada...
article BLOG: New York's Fantasy Sports Legislation May Face Constitutional Roadblock (6/20/2016)
(New York) -- The months-long legislative battle to legalize daily fantasy sports in New York has mercifully ended following an all-day Friday/early Saturday morning...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article BLOG: How Music Is Key To Indigenous Resistance (2/6/2017)
(New York) -- Last Friday, just two days before the Army Corps of Engineers announced it will reroute the Dakota Access Pipeline from the Standing Rock reservation,...
article BLOG: North Dakota pipeline protestors are creating environmental and economic problems for…the original protesting band (2/2/2017)
(North Dakota) -- While I love irony and comedy in equal measures, I take no pleasure in this little story even though it’s full of both. Well maybe a tiny bit.
article #NoDAPL: Updates, resources, and reflections (11/1/2016)
(North Dakota) -- On October 27, 2016 I sat in my office in Providence and watched on my computer as my unarmed friends were pepper sprayed, beaten, shot with rubber...
article BLOG: Courage in the Bakken: Opposing Dakota Access Pipeline (9/3/2016)
(North Dakota) -- It was the classic midsummer sneak: issue permits for a controversial project when you think people aren’t paying attention. In late July, in a...
article BLOG: I Respect the Protests at Standing Rock (9/3/2016)
(North Dakota) -- It’s in all of our interests to show respect for the protests now underway at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation (and nearby). I acknowledge...
article BLOG: Organizing and Writing for a Better World! (9/3/2016)
(Ghana) -- The All African People’s Revolutionary Party (A-APRP) expresses strong and uncompromising solidarity with our Indigenous family members and all peace...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Seminole Tribe

article BLOG: Florida’s gambling addiction victimizes the Poor (1/19/2017)
(Florida) -- Florida is addicted to gambling! No matter how you spin it, the state of Florida is in the business of making poor households poorer in order to raise...
1 Article on this Issue

Missing Women Crisis

article BLOG: With Friends Like These: Expand the Inquiry, but on whose terms? (12/21/2016)
(Canada) -- On December 7th, 2016, a coalition called Expand the Inquiry launched a petition asking that the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women...
1 Article on this Issue

Donald Trump

article BLOG: Donald Trump and Federal Indian Policy: Postscript (10/31/2016)
(Michigan) -- Back in July, I wrote a commentary post titled Donald Trump and Federal Indian Policy, which put some of Trump’s public statements about Indian...
article Trump: In the Tall Shadow of Andrew Jackson (7/2/2016)
(Florida) -- “Indian Fighter,” general, and slaveholder President Andrew Jackson has been bumped to the back of the $20 bill, but his leadership style and...
article MARSHALL: Yep, Trump's Stone Broke (6/21/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- I confess even I'm surprised at what the overnight FEC filings revealed about the Trump campaign. Posting the 'Trump is Broke' column...
article BLOG: America’s Ghost Dance with Trump (6/3/2016)
(USA) -- In watching aghast the incomprehensible ascendancy of Donald Trump, I am struck with a sense of déjà vu. Where else have I heard of a people, drowning in...
article BLOG: The fake outrage over Warren's Pocahontas labeling (6/3/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- The perpetual outrage machine of the left hit rough waters during Bill Clinton's presidency as the most powerful man in the world used his...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Chief Wahoo

article BLOG: Goddammit, Indians Fans (10/25/2016)
(Ohio) -- The Cleveland Indians had to know their racist-ass logo would inspire some of their numbnuts fans to show up to the first Indians World Series game since 1997...
1 Article on this Issue

Indigenous Peoples Day

article BLOG: We Should Stop Celebrating Columbus (10/13/2016)
(USA) -- It’s that time of year again. In midtown Manhattan, people are gearing up for the annual “Columbus Day Parade” which will disrupt traffic...
1 Article on this Issue

Global Gaming Expo (G2E)

blog Roberto Coppola: My G2E Highlight - Walk with the wise, become wise (10/7/2016)
(Las Vegas) -- On the day before G2E officially opened, I had the honor of participating in a pre-show panel entitled “Competitive Pressures: Growth Opportunities...
1 Article on this Issue

Payday Loans

article LEGAL BLOG: Federal Court Finds for CFPB in Tribal Lending Case (9/16/2016)
(California) -- In an opinion issued in a case previously discussed on this blog, a federal district court has found that a California loan company violated federal law...
1 Article on this Issue

California Gaming

article For California Online Poker, It’s Starting To Look Like ‘Wait Until Next Year’ (8/26/2016)
(California) -- Once upon a time, the chances of California online poker legislation getting to the finish line in 2016 seemed good. Or at least far better than they had...
article BLOG: Legalizing Internet poker in California (8/10/2016)
(California) -- What the legislation would do: A measure by Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) would allow state Internet poker licenses to be granted to card rooms and...
article BLOG: US Senator Dianne Feinstein Weighs in on California Online Poker, Says It’s a Mistake for the Golden State (5/6/2016)
(California) -- Online poker in California is a terrible idea. That’s what United States Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) thinks, anyway. The 82-year old...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe

article Attorney general fights East Texas Indian bingo (7/27/2016)
(Texas) -- The Texas Attorney General’s Office has signaled that it will seek to have the Alabama-Coushattas held in contempt of court for opening an entertainment...
1 Article on this Issue

Election 2016

article BLOG: It Takes Roots! From the Democratic National Convention: Berta didn’t die—she multiplied! (7/27/2016)
(Philadelphia) -- Several hundred grassroots organizers from across the country marched on the eve of the Democratic National Convention bearing a masks and a giant...
1 Article on this Issue

Elizabeth Warren

article BLOG: 6 Instances Of Cultural Appropriation During Elizabeth Warren’s Night At The DNC (7/27/2016)
(Philadelphia) -- Despite divisions in the party, the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is filled with people who are unanimous in fancying themselves...
1 Article on this Issue

Poker

article BLOG: Loneliness; Being a fish out of water in a harsh desert (7/19/2016)
(USA) -- By some statistical quirk, there are actually three women at my tournament table this afternoon, and one of them actually knows both me and the third woman....
1 Article on this Issue

Land Issues

article BLOG: Colorado River Indian tribes lead the way in evicting latter-day settlers (7/13/2016)
(Arizona) -- One of the bright spots on the American Indian horizon is the action taken by the Colorado River Indian tribes (CRIT). The Tribes as of late have been...
1 Article on this Issue

Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article BLOG: Lori Alvino McGill – A “Rising Star” Falling Rapidly (7/9/2016)
(USA) -- Standing Our Ground for Children posted a story yesterday – Another Foster Care Case where the foster family is claiming that they have more rights than a...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article BLOG: Red and White . . . and Blue (7/3/2016)
(Oklahoma) -- The church was full. I sat next to my husband on the back pew and opened my hymnal to the designated page. It was the Sunday before the Fourth of July; all...
1 Article on this Issue

Jack Abramoff

article BLOG: Ralph Reed’s history with casino moguls (6/22/2016)
(USA) -- Perpetually baby-faced Ralph Reed was once a rockstar of the religious right. He was known as the brains behind Pat Robertson, leveraging the influence —...
1 Article on this Issue

Ontario Gaming

article BLOG: It’s Not Just a Penny Slot Machine: Gambling Addiction in Seniors (6/22/2016)
(Ontario) -- On a recent trip to the coast, a friend and I stopped into a casino for a quick break from our travels. When I walked in the door I was startled by the...
1 Article on this Issue

Bears Ears

article BLOG: Hundreds of Archaeologists Sign on to Protect Bears Ears (6/20/2016)
(Utah) -- Over 700 archaeologists have signed their name to a letter addressed to President Barack Obama which urges him to protect the almost 2 million acres of land in...
1 Article on this Issue

PokerStars

article POKERSTARS BLOGGER: Hardline Tribal Coalition Opposes New Amendments as California Online Poker Battle Continues (6/12/2016)
(California) -- The political battle over suitability requirements and so-called “bad actor” exclusions in California’s political battle over the...
1 Article on this Issue

Redskins

article BLOG: Media Duck and Cover, Ignore WashPost Poll on Native Americans Not Being Offended by ‘Redskins’ (5/25/2016)
(USA) -- The Washington Post released late Thursday for Friday’s print edition a surprising poll that 90 percent of Native Americans were not offended by the term...
article BLOG: Redskins name change still a thing, but helps no one (5/24/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- I'm surprised at how many "Social Heroes" we have out there who still believe that changing the name of the Washington Redskins will...
article BLOG: WaPo’s new Redsk*ns survey: Faulty data and missing the point (5/21/2016)
(Rhode Island) -- This morning I woke up to phone notifications. Blinking awake, I clicked over to twitter on my phone, and was greeted with the news: “New poll...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Suicide

article BLOG: Racism At Core Of Native Teen Suicides In Pine Ridge (4/28/2016)
(South Dakota) -- At least 11 children between the ages of 12 and 17 have committed suicide in my county since December. The heartbreaking details vary from child to...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article BLOG: Meet Native Hawaiʻi: Catelin Kawahinekoa Aiwohi (5/19/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the museum, we interview Catelin Kawahinekoa Aiwohi, a Native Hawaiian working on indigenous...
article BLOG: The Problem with Pretendians (5/18/2017)
(USA) -- If you’re a Native American writer, or if you’re Native, or frankly, if you’re alive in the United States, you have talked to someone who...
article When It Comes To Native Hawaiian Affairs, Authoritarianism Is In Vogue (5/13/2017)
(Hawaii) -- While resurgent authoritarianism has been getting tacit approval from the Trump administration, here in the Democratic stronghold of Hawaii, it’s been...
article BLOG: Native American fashions go way beyond beads (5/8/2017)
(New York) -- When you think about Native Americans and fashion, your first thought might be “Beads.” (Well, at least mine was). Wait, no. Feathers! No...
article Student Blog: Connection-Maker Leverages Education to Amplify Power, Help Others (5/5/2017)
(Colorado) -- My name is Joaquin Ray Gallegos and I am from the Jicarilla Apache Nation and the Pueblo of Santa Ana. I was raised to be a connection-maker.
article BLOG: Decolonizing Native American Design (5/5/2017)
(USA) -- Let me share with you how awkward it would be for me as a Native American—Lakota and Dakota, to be exact—to design a brochure for a Korean yoga...
article BLOG: Indigenous stories, knowledge, legal traditions, ontologies, epistemologies as unceded territory (or: Hands Off of Our Teachings) (4/27/2017)
(Canada) -- I’ve been trying to come up with metaphors to help teach my non-Indigenous peers about what it means to work meaningfully, robustly and with care in...
article OP/ED: Recognition of Native American tribal sovereignty is centuries-old (4/15/2017)
(Alaska) -- In his book review " 'Wampum' exposes the dark side of Indian reservation gambling" (ADN March 26), author Chuck Gray makes a rather...
article COMMENTARY | The ways in which we justify settler-colonialism (4/4/2017)
(Quebec) -- On Wednesday, March 23, I had the privilege of visiting Mitchikanibikok Inik, or the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, territory. I left around 6 a.m. from...
article BLOG: Celebrating Successes in Diabetes Prevention for Native Americans and Continuing the Work (3/31/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, I was honored to testify before the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs at the Oversight Hearing on Native Youth: Promoting...
article BLOG: Courts Continue Trend of Recognizing Tribal Immunity in Bankruptcy Proceedings (3/22/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Judge Christopher S. Sontchi of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Court) issued a decision on Feb. 28, 2017, that has...
article BLOG: Close calls X 3 (3/22/2017)
(Idaho) -- So what does a moose, a cat and a mouse have in common? They are three animals that Val Fasthorse almost hit in a 20-minute period from home to the Coeur d...
article Tribal Sovereign Immunity Defeats Bankruptcy Jurisdiction (3/16/2017)
(USA) -- Jurisdictional issues under the Bankruptcy Code can often ­create a procedural morass for even the most seasoned practitioner. When tribal ­sovereign...
article BLOG: Pièce de Résistance (3/15/2017)
(California) -- It’s one of the most powerful moments in Mary Kathryn Nagle’s brilliant play Fairly Traceable: Erin, a young Native American environmental...
article BLOG: The Magic of Spotted Lake (3/9/2017)
(British Columbia) -- As summer progressed in Canada, The Wild Canadian Year crew made their way to all corners of the country, filming amazing spectacles and events...
article BLOG: The Miseducation of Native American Students (3/7/2017)
(USA) -- In researching and writing “All the Real Indians Died Off,” our book about Native American myths and misconceptions, my co-author Dina Gilio-...
article BLOG: I’ve Just Read The Script For The Pilot of Scalped And It’s A Little Empty (2/17/2017)
(Hollywood) -- I’ve got to be honest, reading the pilot script for WGN America’s Scalped was a bit of a slog. Largely emotion free until close to the finish...
article BLOG: Food Sovereignty, Tribal Sovereignty (2/16/2017)
(California) -- When the Northern California Tribal Courts Coalition (NCTCC) was awarded a grant to improve tribal health last year, it didn’t hesitate in...
article BLOG: Kara Thompson honored with Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award (2/6/2017)
(Virginia) -- Merriam-Webster defines a blanket as “a large, usually oblong piece of woven fabric used as a bed covering.” Kara Thompson sees things much...
article BLOG: Federal Oil, Gas $6B Revenue Marks Lowest Level Since 2004 (2/2/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Since peaking in 2014 at $14 billion, revenue collected by the government from oil and gas production on federal and American Indian lands has been...

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