Subscribe to our Daily Digest e-mail

Sovereignty & Federal Recognition

Lumbee Tribe

article Railey: Full federal recognition for Lumbee long overdue (6/4/2017)
(North Carolina) -- One day last September, Harvey Godwin Jr. took a flight from the flat fields and lush pine forests of his Robeson County to Washington, D.C.
article OP/ED: Railey: Full federal recognition for Lumbee long overdue (6/3/2017)
(North Carolina) -- One day last September, Harvey Godwin Jr. took a flight from the flat fields and lush pine forests of his Robeson County to Washington, D.C. He was...
article NC Gov. Wants Full Federal Recognition Of Lumbee Tribe [sub req.] (5/27/2017)
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday announced he sent a letter to congressional leaders advocating for the full federal recognition of the...
article OP/ED: Burr, Pittenger lead effort to undo injustice to Lumbee (5/27/2017)
(North Carolina) -- It’s a good time to be Lumbee. Recently Sen. Richard Burr and Congressman Robert Pittenger introduced a bill to Congress that will correct the...
article Cooper throws support behind Lumbee recognition (5/25/2017)
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee Tribe won an important ally today when Gov. Roy Cooper officially announced his strong support of the tribe being granted full federal...
article Governor tells Lumbees he will pursue federal recognition for them (5/25/2017)
(North Carolina) -- Gov. Roy Cooper promised Lumbee tribal members in Robeson County he will continue to push the federal government to fully recognize them as an...
article Lumbee recognition effort gets a boost (5/23/2017)
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee Tribe may have won a victory in its long fight to gain full federal recognition. The U.S. House gave voice approval on Wednesday to a bill...
article Burr, Pittenger file bill to grant full federal recognition to Lumbee tribe (5/5/2017)
(North Carolina) -- A U.S. senator and a congressman have introduced legislation that would grant the Lumbee tribe full federal recognition.
article Recognition bills filed (5/5/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger on Thursday introduced the Lumbee Recognition Act in both houses, a bill that would grant the...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

Unrecognized Tribes

article OP/ED: Congress should recognize Little Shell Tribe (5/27/2017)
(Montana) -- Washington has held the Little Shell Tribe in a bureaucratic quagmire for years while trying to decide if it is a “tribe” that should be...
article ‘400 years is long enough’: Virginia’s ‘first contact’ Indian tribes demand federal recognition (5/26/2017)
(Virginia) -- In the summer of 1619, two dozen white men met inside a church in Jamestown, Va., to set tobacco prices and enact prohibitions on gambling and drunkenness.
article Bill to Recognize Virginia Indian Tribes Passes House (5/18/2017)
(Virginia) -- Virginia Indian tribes have been working to gain federal recognition since the 1970's, so far unsuccessfully. But this week in Congress both the House...
article Bills to recognize Virginia tribes move forward in Congress (5/18/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill recognizing six Native American tribes in Virginia passed the U.S. House on Wednesday, and companion legislation is also moving forward in...
article Upcoming ‘Virginia Indian Tribute’ to be a public display of tribe legacies (5/18/2017)
(Virginia) -- Preserving rich traditions of Virginia’s Native American tribes is ongoing across the Commonwealth from the sounds to the sights. Now a model at the...
article Will This be the Year for State's Tribes? (3/30/2017)
(Virginia) -- In 1607, 410 years ago, three tiny English ships arrived off the coast of North America near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The men aboard, all seeking...
article Virginia Sens.’ Tribal Recognition Bill Has Familiar Look [sub req] (3/23/2017)
(Virginia) -- The state of Virginia’s two U.S. senators, Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, reintroduced a bill Tuesday to grant federal recognition to six Native...
article Warner, Kaine introduce bill to grant federal recognition to six Indian tribes (3/23/2017)
(Virginia) -- Today, on the 400th anniversary of Pocahontas’ burial, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine introduced legislation to federally recognize six...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Mishewal Wappo Tribe

article Mishawal Wappo tribe loses appeal (5/16/2017)
(California) -- In Sonoma County California, The Mishawal Wappo, a local tribe hoping to regain federal recognition, has lost another appeal in its eight-year court...
article Mishewal Wappo tribe loses court appeal case opposed by Napa officials (5/3/2017)
(California) -- A tribe seeking federal recognition lost the latest, and perhaps, final round of a court case that Napa County officials have long feared could have...
article Napa County awaits ruling in Mishewal Wappo court case (3/21/2017)
(California) -- Napa County leaders are waiting on a court decision that could have casino implications for the area. The Mishewal Wappo Tribe of Alexander Valley in...
article Napa County awaits ruling in Mishewal Wappo court case (3/20/2017)
(California) -- Once again, Napa County leaders are waiting on a court decision that they fear could have casino implications for the area. The Mishewal Wappo Tribe of...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

New Mexico Gaming

article Supreme Court weakens tribal immunity (5/13/2017)
(New Mexico) -- It could be easier now to sue employees of New Mexico tribes after a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that took a rare swipe at tribal sovereign...
1 Article on this Issue

Supreme Court

article SCOTUS Explores Tribal Sovereign Immunity in Lewis and Clarke Fender Bender (5/4/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- On April 25, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Lewis v. Clarke, a case involving tribal sovereign immunity.
article OP/ED: Supreme Court on Tribal Sovereign Immunity: a Smelly Pot of Fish Head Stew (4/28/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- So, the Supreme Court has spoken; An employee of a Tribal Governmental Entity or Arm of the Tribe (Mohegan Gaming Authority) who is sued in State...
article Lewis v. Clarke And The Failed Expedition To Secure Tribal Rights: SCOTUS Rules Against Tribal Employee Immunity (4/27/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that tribal sovereign immunity does not apply to employees who are sued in their individual...
article Sovereign Immunity (4/27/2017)
(Connecticut) -- A Connecticut attorney who made his first trip to the U.S. Supreme Court just saw his case land a big win after the justices issued a unanimous ruling...
article Supreme Court Deals Blow to Sovereignty (4/27/2017)
(Connecticut) -- A little over 200 years ago the expedition led by Lewis and Clark explored the Louisiana Purchase and provided many tribes with their first contact with...
article Supreme Court ruling may help victims of casino bus crash (4/27/2017)
(Connecticut) -- On Tuesday the Supreme Court held that the sovereign immunity of Indian tribes extended to them and their employees does not extend to suits against...
article Supreme Court: No Sovereign Immunity for Tribal Casino Limo Driver (4/27/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on April 25 that a limousine driver for a Mohegan Tribe casino isn't entitled to sovereign immunity in a negligence...
article Supreme Court: Tribal employee can be sued (4/27/2017)
(Connecticut) -- A U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this week involving a Mohegan Sun limo driver will make it a bit easier to sue employees of Indian tribes in state...
article Tribe’s Employee Can’t Share Sovereign Immunity (4/27/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal sovereign immunity doesn’t protect an American Indian tribe’s employee sued in his individual capacity, the U.S. Supreme Court...
article United States Supreme Court overturns Mohegan Indian Tribe ruling (4/27/2017)
(Connecticut) -- The United States Supreme Court has overturned an earlier ruling from the Connecticut Supreme Court by deciding that the sovereign immunity of the...
article Mohegan Sun Limo Driver Who Crashed Vehicle Denied Sovereign Immunity by US Supreme Court (4/26/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A Mohegan Sun limo driver involved in a crash on I-95 outside the Mohegan tribe’s sovereign lands may not claim sovereign immunity, the US...
article TURTLE TALK: Jenn Weddle Guest Commentary on Lewis v. Clarke (4/26/2017)
(Michigan) -- This was the best possible result in this case (a narrow remand). Justice Sotomayor’s opinion keeps tribal employees on equal footing with federal...
article High Court Kills Tribal Immunity for Casino Employees (4/25/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal immunity does not shield a casino’s limo driver for Mohegan Sun Casino from having to pay the couple he rear-ended on a highway, the...
article Justices Revive Suit Against Indian Casino Limo Driver (4/25/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A unanimous Supreme Court says that Indian tribes' immunity from lawsuits does not always extend to their employees in incidents that occur far...
article Supreme Court hands defeat to tribal interests in sovereignty case (4/25/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The nation's highest court has delivered a blow to Indian Country with a surprising decision that leaves tribal employees in danger of being...
article Supreme Court rules tribal immunity does not apply to individuals (4/25/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that tribal sovereign immunity does not extend to tribal employees acting in an individual...
article U.S. Supreme Court rules Mohegan employee not immune from ‘individual capacity’ lawsuit (4/25/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s not every day that a lawyer puts the brakes on the sovereign immunity that Indian tribes enjoy. But that’s the kind of day James...
17 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations Politics

article Sinixt Tribe Face British Columbia Appeal In Sovereign Rights Ruling (4/30/2017)
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia’s government has taken the next step in a long-running legal dispute with an Indian tribe in Washington state. The case...
1 Article on this Issue

Trump & Tribes

article Tribal Leader Threatens Protest If Border Wall Is Built (4/29/2017)
(Arizona) -- During a meeting of Native American tribal leaders, the Tohono O’odham Nation’s Vice Chairman Verlon Jose threatened protests similar to those...
1 Article on this Issue

Federal Recognition

article Golden Hill Paugussetts say they will try for recognition again (4/24/2017)
(Connecticut) -- The Golden Hill Paugussett tribe of Trumbull is preparing to seek federal recognition again, a classification that would bring the tribe special federal...
1 Article on this Issue

Narragansett Tribe

article Opinion: This Day in History: Narragansett Tribe Regains Federal Recognition 34 Years Ago Today, April 11, 1983 (4/11/2017)
(Rhode Island) -- In 1880, the State of Rhode Island began the process of illegally detribalizing the Narragansett Indian Tribe. The state desired tribal lands and...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article NEWCOMB: Indigenous Sovereignty and the Political Subordination of Our Nations (3/30/2017)
(California) -- The English language is deeply problematic for the Original Nations of Great Turtle Island (“North America”). As a cautionary note, we should...
1 Article on this Issue

Pocahontas

article As Virginia honors Pocahontas, tribes fight for federal recognition (3/27/2017)
(Virginia) -- Four hundred years after Pocahontas died, probably aged 21 and probably from tuberculosis, Virginians still remember her legacy, even as many of her...
1 Article on this Issue

Nooksack Tribe

article Disenrollments Place Washington Native American Tribe's Sovereignty In Jeopardy (3/24/2017)
(Washington) -- The sovereignty of a Native American tribe in Washington state is in jeopardy. This comes after the tribe disenrolled about 15 percent of its members...
article Disenrollments could put Nooksack tribal sovereignty in jeopardy (3/18/2017)
(Washington) -- The sovereignty of the Nooksack tribe is in jeopardy.This comes after the tribe kicked out about 15 percent of its members — members the tribe says...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Muskegon Casino

article City finances failed SmartZone while $660,000 in property taxes go unpaid (2/21/2017)
(Michigan) -- The city of Muskegon continues to pay infrastructure costs for the languishing proposed casino site downtown, and the property owners continue to not pay...
1 Article on this Issue

State Recognition

article Disputed Accohannock tribe seeks Maryland recognition (2/17/2017)
(Maryland) -- It is a simple, but thorny, question: Is Clarence Tyler who he says he is? Does the 63-year-old retired tugboat captain and Eastern Correctional...
1 Article on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article ‘United States Is Still A Colony’: Interview With Jacqueline Keeler On Dakota Access Pipeline (2/12/2017)
(North Dakota) -- Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Jacqueline Keeler, a writer who is of Dineh and Yankton Sioux Dakota heritage, is our guest this...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article 30th annual Native American Sovereignty Symposium (6/2/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- The Sovereignty Symposium will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary on June 7-8 at the Skirvin-Hilton in Oklahoma City. The Symposium is the premier...
article "400 years is long enough": Virginia's "first contact" Indian tribes demand federal recognition (5/28/2017)
(Virginia) -- In the summer of 1619, two dozen white men met inside a church in Jamestown, Va., to set tobacco prices and enact prohibitions on gambling and drunkenness...
article OP/ED: Congress, Right This Wrong Against Virginia's Tribes (5/28/2017)
(Virginia) -- Will the 115th session of Congress finally be when federal recognition of Virginia’s Native American tribes passes? Will centuries of discrimination...
article UNL journalism professor Joe Starita honored at Chief Standing Bear Breakfast for books that highlight Native American heroes (5/14/2017)
(Nebraska) -- Author and journalism professor Joe Starita was among those honored Friday at the Chief Standing Bear Breakfast. The event, hosted by the Nebraska...
article Calif. Tribe Battles Bid To Toss Federal Recognition Suit (sub req.) (5/7/2017)
(California) -- The Tsi Akim Maidu of Taylorsville Rancheria fought back Thursday against the U.S. Department of the Interior’s bid to nix the tribe's suit...
article Secretary Zinke lacks leadership team more than a month into job (4/28/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- He's ridden a horse to work, shoveled snow at the Lincoln Memorial and met with tribal leaders but the head of the Department of the Interior...
article Whitecap Dakota First Nation takes step toward self-governance (4/28/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- Whitecap Dakota First Nation took a step toward self-governance near Saskatoon. Officials signed an agreement-in-principle which could eventually grant...
article Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees brighter future with Ryan Zinke at Interior Department (3/9/2017)
(Montana) -- The stars seem to be aligning for the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe, whose federal status has been in limbo for more than a century. Last month, the Senate...
article What is tribal sovereignty? (2/21/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- All of the functions and services of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation government are directly tied to tribal sovereignty, but what exactly is it and how did it...
article Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal status (2/9/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill to extend federal recognition to the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe is once again moving forward on Capitol Hill. By a voice vote, the Senate...
article Beyer join to seek recognition of Virginia tribes (2/8/2017)
(Virginia) -- Five Virginia members of the House of Representatives -- unexpectedly in these days of partisan rancor -- joined hands across the aisle to reintroduce...
article Reps. Refloat Bill To Give Va. Tribes Federal Recognition (2/8/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A bipartisan group of five congressmen from Virginia reintroduced a bill Tuesday that would bestow federal recognition on six tribes already...
article US Senate committee supports tribe recognition (2/8/2017)
(Montana) -- A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would give federal recognition to Montana's Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians following a...
article Decision week for thousands of applicants to the Qalipu band (2/5/2017)
(Newfoundland) -- Thousands of Newfoundlanders are getting some important mail these days that's letting them know whether or not they'll be recognized as status...
article New position gives Udall leverage on Indian issues (2/4/2017)
(Washington) -- When the gavel sounded to start the first meeting of the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee in the new Congress last week, a New Mexico lawmaker was...
article What’s next for the Qalipu of Newfoundland and Labrador – Part 3 (2/3/2017)
(Newfoundland) -- Mi’kmaw leaders in Newfoundland say Indigenous people across the country should be watching as the controversial process for deciding membership...
article The long road to recognition for the Qalipu Mi’kmaq (2/2/2017)
(Newfoundland) -- When Newfoundland first joined Canada in 1949, its new premier Joey Smallwood declared that there were no Indians there.
article Enrolled member of the 3 Affiliated Tribes recognized (1/22/2017)
(North Dakota) -- An attorney born and raised on the Fort Berthold Reservation who is one of the nation’s leaders in fighting for the rights of American Indian...
article Local tribe's fight for recognition now a movie (1/19/2017)
(Washington) -- They were here long before the rest of us, but since 1974 the Duwamish Tribe has no longer been recognized by the federal government.
article White House releases tribal nations progress report (1/14/2017)
(USA) -- It's a renewed era of federal-tribal relations, according to the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference progress report released earlier this month....

visionary sponsor advertisement

sponsor advertisement