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1/15/2017

article Bill Would Make It Legal to Run Over Protesters ‘Unintentionally’
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota lawmakers recently introduced a bill that’d legalize running over protesters, as long as it’s an accident. Safe to say, it won...
article OP/ED: Dakota Access Pipeline Fight is Not Over: Challenges in 2017
(North Dakota) -- In December 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) denied an easement that would have permitted the company Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) to complete...
article Judge orders law concerning American Indian art be halted
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge ordered the enforcement of a new state law that places restrictions on what can be described in Oklahoma as "American Indian arts and...
article Mohegan tribe unveils concept for Norwich Hospital site
(Connecticut) -- The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority announced Saturday its development concept for the 393-acre former Norwich Hospital property, which centers on a $...
article Supreme Court to hear free speech clash over offensive trademarks
(New York) -- The Slants aren’t exactly a household name when it comes to music, but the Asian-American rock band has certainly made its mark in the legal world. The...
article VIDEO: No response from province after Mi’kmaq file title claim over large swath of New Brunswick
(New Brunswick) -- Mi’kmaq from Elsipogtog have filed an Aboriginal title claim in New Brunswick. The claim, filed in court last November, covers a third of the...
article Osage Nation reacquires 43,000 acres of sacred land
(Oklahoma) -- It is always somewhat emotional for Osage Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear when he looks out over historical tribal lands recently returned to the...
article P.E.I. First Nations may try to block Mill River sale
(Prince Edward Island) -- First Nations chiefs on P.E.I. say they are shocked and disappointed to hear that the provincial government is proceeding with the sale of...
article VIDEO: Labrador Land Protectors wants Muskrat Falls shut down
(Labrador) -- Land protectors in Labrador want the Muskrat Falls project shut down. The hydroelectric project 30 km outside Happy Valley Goose Bay has been at the centre...
article B.C. First Nation expected to launch court challenge of LNG approval
(British Columbia) -- Members of a B.C. First Nation are expected to launch another legal challenge of a massive liquefied natural gas project proposed for the province...
article Ontario First Nations take TransCanada to court over pipeline consultation process
(Ontario) -- Two Ontario First Nations are taking the National Energy Board and TransCanada to court over consultation. TransCanada planned a number of maintenance...
article Prime Minister’s office silent on whether Justin Trudeau tour will pass through any Indigenous communities
(Ontario) -- As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues his cross country tour of Canada, his office is silent on whether he will travel to any First Nation, Metis or...
article County can't afford to prosecute reservation felonies
(Montana) -- Lake County commissioners say the county can no longer afford to investigate and prosecute felony crimes on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Commissioners...
article OP/ED: Tell Obama: He has to free Leonard Peltier
(North Dakota) -- Situated among the hundreds of flags of various Indigenous nations waving at the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock are those bearing Leonard Peltier'...
article The complicated cost of apologizing for residential schools
(Manitoba) -- In 2007, the Canadian federal government earmarked billions of dollars to compensate former students of Indian residential schools. Putting a price on...
article Report on Innu suicides hopes to shed light on causes
(Quebec) -- An upcoming coroner's report into the suicides of five members of the Innu community of Uashat-Maliotenam on Quebec's North Shore could have...
article Gold Butte designation protects tribe’s history
(Nevada) -- President Barack Obama named Gold Butte a national monument Dec. 28, ensuring its preservation for years to come and generations to follow. In his...
article The Rights of Nature: Indigenous Philosophies Reframing Law
(Ecuador) -- Indigenous battles to defend nature have taken to the streets, leading to powerful mobilizations like the gathering at Standing Rock. They have also taken...

1/14/2017

article Ruling means tribe can seek recognition through Interior Department
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee Tribe can now pursue federal recognition through the federal Department of Interior’s petition process, but the chairman of the...
article Motorist liability introduced in response to pipeline protests
(North Dakota) -- A bill introduced by an oil patch lawmaker would provide an exemption for the driver of a motor vehicle if they unintentionally injured or killed a...
article Lawsuit: Bureau of Indian Education not meeting students’ needs
(New Mexico) -- A small, remote American Indian village in the scenic base of one of the most visited places on Earth is at the center of a lawsuit that seeks to...
article Tribes to levy more tax on North Dakota reservation
(North Dakota) -- Oil companies will be charged a higher tax rate than the state on the reservation's oil production, the chairman of North Dakota's Three...
article A Murky Legal Mess at Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- In early September, Allisha LaBarge, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, travelled from Hibbing, Minnesota, to the Standing Rock Sioux...
article New North Dakota governor expects controversial pipeline to be built
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, who took office last month in the height of tensions surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline, said he believed the...
article Tribe Says Leaders' Indictment Boosts Suit Against Bank
(California) -- The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians told a California federal judge Thursday that the recent indictment of three former tribal officials on embezzlement...
article Opening Arguments in BLM Frack Rule Appeal Delayed Until March
(Colorado) -- The Obama administration will not have an opportunity to defend an embattled rule governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public and tribal lands,...
article Tribal Land in Alaska Put into Trust
(Alaska) -- Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts, who leads the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, on Friday...
article Yellowstone National Park Starts Capturing Wild Bison—1,300 Expected to be Slaughtered
(Montana) -- – Yellowstone National Park has initiated wild bison capture operations in their Stephens Creek bison trap, and plans to send hundreds to slaughter in...
article New evidence backs claim of secret mercury dump, ex-worker says
(Ontario) -- A former worker at the pulp and paper mill in Dryden, Ont., says he feels vindicated by new research released on Friday by the environmental group...
article VIDEO: EPA says it can't pay damages from mine spill
(Colorado) -- The Environmental Protection Agency won't repay claims totaling over $1.2 billion for economic damages from a mine waste spill the agency accidentally...
article What Indigenous businesspeople in Toronto think about a district of their own
(Ontario) -- A plan to create an Indigenous business district in downtown Toronto is drawing reaction from members of Toronto's Indigenous business community, with many...
article White House releases tribal nations progress report
(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....
article AUDIO: Native Renters Struggle With Discrimination In Reservation Border Towns
(Wyoming) -- Ken Hebah grew up in Denver, but a few years ago, he moved to Lander to get a job as a nurse and to be closer to his Eastern Shoshone family members on the...
article Kenai Peninsula Tribes Receive Funding To Address Suicide, Substance Abuse
(Alaska) -- Suicide rates in Native communities often far exceed those of other demographics – especially among youth. The suicide rate for American Indian and...
article Obamacare Repeal Could Slash Protections For Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- A repeal of the Affordable Care Act — now in the offing in Congress — could deal a body blow to healthcare for at least 33% of all Native Americans...
article Quebec Coroner compares First Nation reserve system to apartheid in report on suicides
(Quebec) -- A Quebec coroner’s report on five suicides in two Innu communities in the province said a system similar to apartheid is at the root of the problems...
article AUDIO: Buffalo Bill 100 Years Later
(Wyoming) -- Cody - William F. Cody, also known as Buffalo Bill, died in Denver, Colorado on January 10, 1917. One hundred years later, his name adorns a 300-thousand...
article Navajo Nation Amber Alert & Emergency Alert Task Force Completes Milestone
(Arizona) -- On Jan. 9, the Navajo Nation Amber Alert and Emergency Alert Task Force under the direction of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, Department of...
article 'Welcome to Indian Country' looks to the past for the future
(Quebec) -- Canada and Montreal are throwing themselves anniversary parties this year, which for Indigenous artists offers the perfect time to reflect and respond. With...
article (AUDIO) -- Alaska Native healthcare leader Sally Smith dies at 70
(Alaska) -- The longtime chairman of the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation board of directors has died. H. Sally Smith, 70, of Dillingham died Tuesday in Seattle from...

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