Petition to rename Sibley State Park, Cherokee Nation seeks promised Congressional seat, and more

In this post:

  • Naturalist starts petition to rename Sibley State Park
  • Cherokee Nation deserves Congressional seat U.S. promised in 1835
  • Bad River Band slams Enbridge in latest legal brief
  • MN350’s Mutual Aid winter appeal for front-line water protectors
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News: Fond du Lac dedicates new cemetery following 2017 grave desecration, our photo-op Governor, and more

In this post:

  • Fond du Lac band dedicates new cemetery for historic grave desecrated during road project
  • Our photo-op Governor
  • Canadian museum repatriates sacred item taken by missionary 150 years ago
  • Sacheen Littlefeather walks on; she declined Oscar on behalf of Brando
  • Cherokee Nation ongoing lawsuit against the federal government to account for how it’s managed Tribal assets
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The Minnesota Gold Rush that wasn’t and its lasting impact on Anishinaabe people

Today’s history lesson is on the Minnesota Gold Rush of 1866.

Never heard of it? That’s because 1) It fizzled, and 2) It’s a history we don’t tell because it reflects so poorly on our colonial past. While now but a historical footnote, the Minnesota Gold Rush did incredible harm to the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) people living in northeastern Minnesota.

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Bad River Band calls Line 5 court ruling a “positive step,” and other news

In this blog:

  • Bad River Band: Court ruling in Enbridge Line 5 trespass case a “positive step”
  • Nez Perce defendants get court win upholding off-Reservation Treaty rights to fish
  • Report: Former Interior Secretary Zinke lied about his involvement to undermine Tribal casino plans
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ICWA lawsuit primer: What it’s about, what’s at stake, who’s involved, and why we should care

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case this year trying to end the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a federal law that provides states guidance on how to handle “child abuse and neglect and adoption cases involving Native children,” with the goal to keep Native children in Native homes.

The case, Haaland v. Brackeen, has huge implications for Native children and families. Less well known is how corporate interests appear to be weighing in, trying to undermine Tribal sovereignty to increase their profits.

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Pushing Tribal abortion ‘safe harbors’ ignores realities in Indian Country, legal scholars say

With Roe v. Wade overturned, some people have proposed Tribal Nations could become “safe harbors” for those seeking abortions. In Tribal Nations and Abortion Access: A Path Forward, legal scholars argue those Nations need to tend to their own citizens first.

These “safe harbor” proposals “largely contemplate co-opting tribal sovereignty to provide safety from state criminal and civil liability for non-Native people seeking abortion care,” the article says. “It does not consider the complicated legal and practical considerations that would face Tribes pursuing this strategy, nor the risk to providers and patients.”

The article is scheduled for publication in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. Two of the five authors are Indigenous: Lauren van Schilfgaarde (Cochiti Pueblo), a UCLA Law Fellow at UCLA School of Law, and Sarah Deer (Mvskoke), a University Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas. Link here.

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Weekend Reads: Land Back, a court win, and the latest Enbridge criticism

In this post:

  • Native Nations in Wisconsin get big property tax win
  • Wisconsin Point returned to Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • The hyperbole keeps coming from Enbridge and its backers
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The Complex Legacy of Indian Boarding Schools & Contemporary Child Welfare Systems, and more

In this post:

  • The Complex Legacy of Indian Boarding Schools & Contemporary Child Welfare Systems
  • Tribes file briefs on critical ICWA case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • U.S. District Court in South Dakota finds county election redistricting plan dilutes Native voting power
  • Line 5 updates
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Native Nations take EPA to court over new and complicated water quality standards

The Grand Portage and Fond du Lac bands of Lake Superior Chippewa are suing the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA) in the Minnesota Court of Appeals, trying to overturn EPA’s approval of Minnesota’s new water quality standards.

The Bands say the new system “is likely to result in increased pollution in downstream waters that flow around and through the Bands’ reservations, and waters that are important to the Bands’ treaty-reserved rights to hunt, fish, and gather throughout their ceded territories,” the complaint said.

The Bands are particularly concerned about water pollution from mining.

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Minneapolis seeks public comments on police contract negotiations, appointment of city’s first Community Safety Commissioner

In this post:

  • City of Minneapolis holds community listening sessions on police union contract negotiations
  • Minneapolis City Council to hold public hearing Tuesday on Cedric Alexander’s nomination as the city’s first Community Safety Commissioner
  • Unity Church hosts concert to support Indigenous rights and stop the Huber Lumber Mill Project
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