Police Blotter: Fleeing Scene Charges Pending against Navajo Police Officer

Published January 7, 2016 GALLUP, NEW MEXICO—Officials for the Gallup Police Department are still saying that a Navajo police woman will be charged for fleeing the scene of an accident that occurred within the city limits on Dec. 27. However, according to court records, no charges have been filed against Patricia Henry as of 5 […]

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A Native Perspective on the Renaming of Denali

Guest Commentary Published January 7, 2016 On Monday, September 1, during a trip to Alaska, President Obama announced that the highest peak in North America would be officially restored to the Koyukon Athabascan name of Denali which means “the tall one.” This is the name the Athabascan people have used for the mountain for centuries. […]

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Constitutional Smoke and Mirrors: Illegal Occupation of Malheur Wildlife Refuge

Guest Commentary Editor’s Note: This commentary was first published in Law at the Margins. Used with permission. All rights reserved. By now most of us are familiar with the situation playing out in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon where Ammon Bundy is leading a group of about 150 self-proclaimed militia-men who have succeeded in occupying a […]

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The Ducheneaux Trust, A Charity Dedicated to Native American Justice, Announces Founder Dies at Age 70

Published January 7, 2016 EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA—The Lorna Rochelle Ducheneaux Trust and Ms. Ducheneux’s family is sad to announce the passing of the Trust’s Founder Judge Lorna Rochelle Ducheneaux. Judge Ducheneaux passed surrounded by her family on November 8, 2015 after a yearlong battle with cancer. Born the ninth of eleven children in Old Agency, […]

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Interior Department Transfers Additional $4 Million to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund

Contributions from Land Buy-Back Program help fund opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students Published January 7, 2016 – With its newest contribution, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced today that it has transferred $4 million to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund (Scholarship Fund), bringing the total transferred funds to nearly $35 million. […]

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Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence Roberts Approves Ohkay Owingeh’s HEARTH Act Leasing Regulations

Twenty-three tribes now can approve and manage surface leases on tribal lands, exercising self-determination and tribal governance within their homelands Published January 7, 2o16 WASHINGTON – Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts Tuesday, January 5, 2016, announced that Ohkay Owingeh now has the sovereign authority to lease tribal landsconsistent with the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (or HEARTH) Act.  Roberts […]

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