Practical ‘Land Back’ opportunity, understanding the Two Spirit story, and more

In this post:

  • Practical ‘Land Back’ opportunity through the Indian Land Tenure Foundation
  • Understanding the Two Spirit story
  • MPCA, DNR use law firm with ties to mining interests
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Red Lake Nation to consider changing citizenship rules, and other news from Indian Country

In this post:

  • Red Lake Nation to explore ‘lineal descent’ instead of ‘blood quantum’ to establish Tribal membership
  • Weisman Art Museum gets $240K for Indigenous reconciliation project
  • Court win for Native student denied request to wear an eagle feather in her graduation cap
  • Ohio history group working to preserve the largest remaining complex of Indigenous earthworks in the world
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Sentencing disparities end between crack and powder cocaine, but it shouldn’t have taken so long

An essential element of the Rule of Law is that people committing similar crimes will receive similar punishments.

So it’s good news that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday announced new guidance to end the sentencing disparities between powder and crack cocaine, which have had unfair impacts on Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC).

Still, can we pause just for a minute and ask “How the hell did it take 36 years to change this racist practice?

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News: Niibi Center launches website; Map restores Anishinaabe names in northern MN; and more

In this post:

  • Niibi Center launches website
  • Map restores Anishinaabe place names in northern Minnesota
  • Judge orders Bad River Band, Enbridge, to negotiate on Line 5 safety measures
  • Cherokee close to Congressional representation
  • Alaska elects its first Native Alaskan to Congress
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News: Supreme Court to hear ICWA case, abusive priests sent to Indian mission schools, and more

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  • U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments in critical ICWA case Nov. 9
  • Abusive priests clustered at Indian mission schools
  • U. of M. Regent worried Morris campus is ‘too diverse,’ later apologizes
  • Bemidji City Council to discuss displaying Tribal flags at City Hall
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Wounded Knee land purchase, Water Protectors court win, and other news

In this post:

  • Land purchase preserves Wounded Knee sacred site
  • Another win for Water Protectors, court finds law enforcement acted illegally
  • Congressional hearing Wednesday morning to address aggressive corporate lawsuits against environmental activists
  • A fix is in the works to significantly reduce mining’s wild rice-damaging sulfate pollution
  • Still no answers on knife attack in Cree territory that left 10 dead, 18 injured
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Indian Country reacts to U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and other news

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  • Healing Minnesota Stories Open Sacred Sites Tours July 30, Oct. 2
  • Indian Country reacts to U.S. Supreme Court decision reversing Roe
  • Indian Country reacts to U.S. Supreme Court ruling undermining EPA’s ability to address climate damage
  • National Congress of American Indians Adopts Rights of Nature Resolution
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News and Events: Boarding schools, treaty rights, the importance of Aunties, and more

In this post:

  • Webinar Thursday: Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ Resilience: The Legacy and Impacts of Indian Boarding Schools
  • Webinar July 20: Tribal Treaty Rights and Energy Infrastructure, July 20
  • All My Relations Art presents Noojimo (She Heals) celebrating the importance of Aunties in Indigenous spaces, opens July 19
  • Minnesota Chippewa Tribe to vote on blood quantum enrollment rules this summer
  • New quarter will honor Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee Nation’s first female principal chief
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Native Nations to co-manage Bears Ears National Monument with federal government, and other news

In this post:

  • Native Nations, federal government, to co-manage Bears Ears National Monument
  • Native Alaskans’ priority for subsistence fishing gets a court win
  • Latest Payday lender ‘Rent-a-Tribe’ scheme to avoid state usury laws is failing
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At Historic Fort Snelling, the Minnesota Historical Society axes the ‘B’ word

In 2019, the Minnesota Historical Society put up a temporary sign reading” “Historic Fort Snelling at Bdote” at the historic site. Some people just lost it.

Defenders of 19th Century sensibilities reacted in horror at the “B” word. One elected official threatened to cut the Minnesota Historical Society’s state funding over “at Bdote.”

Fast forward three years. I had forgotten all about this controversy. On Thursday, I learned the Minnesota Historical Society’s governing board voted to stick with the traditional “Historic Fort Snelling” name, offering a fuzzy explanation why.

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