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WikiLeaks: India’s tribes ‘exploited and abused’ (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

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A May 26, 2011 SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE states:

 
 

"American diplomats consider the Indian government ‘unwilling and unable’ to ‘end the exploitation and victimisation’ of the country’s 84 million tribal people according to secret cables released by The Hindu newspaper.

. . .  While the Indian government is concentrating on economic growth, the cables warn that ‘India’s rapidly expanding population and growing economy have worsened the tribals’ plight by increasing pressure on shrinking forest areas and their resources.’

The government has responded to the tribal peoples’ plight by passing the Forest Rights Act – a law which ...

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Economic development brings problems to Three Affiliated Tribes (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

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In an article entitled "Every Silver Lining has a Cloud" The Week From Indian Country Today, the author explains the many issues now facing the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation in western North Dakota due to the booming oil industry in that area.

Oil revenues paid to the Tribes or individual tribal citizens increased 400% since 2009, from $4.5 million in 2008 to $116.4 million in 2011.  The article characterizes the negative effects of this boom as a "humanitarian crisis." 

The article details traffic, law enforcement, and water shortage problems developing on the reservation due to this influx of ...

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So much for “consultation” with Indian tribes (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

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The Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation (not to be confused with the federal United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit) is putting on a conference on the future of the Great Lakes.  http://www.7thcircuitbar.org/index.cfm

Regrettably, and sadly, the conference agenda does not include any Indians (as far as I can tell) or the official participation of any Indian nations and governments.

The purpose of the conference would seem to mandate the inclusion of native peoples and governments from Canada and the United States.

“A program examining the legal and policy issues facing the Great Lakes with 15 prestigious faculty from both the United ...

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NY Times on California tribes dis-enrolling citizens (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

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Yesterday, the New York Times wrote about thousands of Indians in California who have been kicked out of their tribes in recent years for "the crime of not being of the proper bloodline." 

Almost all tribal governments determine their citizenship based on a certain amount of tribally specific blood.  The idea of using blood quantum to determine tribal citizenship and tribal/federal benefits was introduced to Indians by the federal government.  I believe the United States assumed, and hoped, that diminishing amounts of Indian blood would ensure the eventual extinction of all American Indian tribes.  I have blogged about this before – ...

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National Park Service rule would allow tribes gathering rights in national parks (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

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It is reported that the National Park Service has proposed a new rule that would allow American Indian tribes to remove plants and minerals from national parks for traditional uses.

The document, dated March 25, was stamped “confidential.” It states that NPS intends to authorize agreements with federally recognized Indian tribes to allow plants or minerals to be used for traditional purposes. The agreements would allow the continuation of cultural traditions on ancestral lands that are now part of the NPS estate. The rule would also provide opportunities for tribal youth, the agency and the public to learn about tribal ...

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Three Affiliated Tribes developing oil industry (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

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Chairman Tex G. Hall writes in Indian Country Today that his tribe, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nations, is building an oil refinery on its reservation. The tribes’ reservation in western North Dakota sits atop the largest contiguous oil field in US history.

After years of effort, the tribe finally received EPA approval of the key permit to construct the refinery and construction has already begun. It is expected to created 600-1,000 jobs during the two year construction period and then 65 permanent jobs. The tribal college, the Fort Berthold Community College, is already offering ...

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Canadian tribes and groups release fact sheet on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

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Various Canadian First Nations tribes and groups issued this information on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

” 1. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is an international human rights instrument adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 September 2007 after more than two decades of negotiations.

2. The Declaration affirms the inherent or pre-existing collective human rights of Indigenous peoples, as well as the individual human rights of Indigenous women, men and children. It provides a framework for justice and reconciliation, applying existing human rights standards to the specific historical, cultural ...

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Washington Tribes exploring forest carbon opportunities (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

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American Indian tribal governments in Washington state will participate in a pilot project to test the development of forest carbon projects on tribal lands.

The $2.45 million project aims to “develop protocols that overcome the legal and technical barriers faced by tribes in entering carbon credit trading markets.”

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation of Washington State, which include the Arrow Lakes (Lakes), Chelan, Colville, Entiat, Nespelem, Okanogan, Methow, Moses-Columbia, Nez Perce, Palus, San Poil, and Wenatchee (Wenatchi) tribes are participating.

“This project will demonstrate and adapt innovative GHG emission mitigation strategies and management systems to help create and ...

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Washington Tribes becoming economic powerhouses (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

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News From Indian Country newspaper ran an article about the amazing success that three tribes in particular have created in central Washington.

The paper reported that “American Indian tribes from throughout the Puget Sound area . . . find ample reasons to celebrate in South Sound, which is home to three growing tribes: the Squaxin Island Tribe of Mason County, . . . and two Thurston County tribes, the Nisqually and the Chehalis.”

The article states that all three tribes have transformed themselves from poverty conditions by emphasizing long-term economic development goals – propelled by casino operations and other business ...

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Congress approves longer leases for Oregon tribes (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

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On December 22, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation sponsored by Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden that will assist economic growth for the Klamath, Coquille, Burns Paiute, Siletz, and the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Suislaw in Oregon. The new federal law allows these five Oregon tribes to lease their trust land for up to 99 years. Hopefully, this move will drive long-term business and economic development on these tribal lands. (Long term leases can also be a problem for economic development as business trends and opportunities rise and fall.)

Previously, these five federally ...

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Aritcle notes court case losses for tribes (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

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An article in Indian Country Today highlights recent losses by tribes in court rulings that Indian nations could not reclaim their illegally taken ancestral lands or receive compensation for their losses.

In particular, in two eastern land rights cases by the Oneida Indian Nation of New York and the Onondaga Nation, the article claims that the courts “tossed aside some of the earliest Indian treaties with the United States and ignored the federal government’s own laws prohibiting the sale or transfer of Indian land without the approval of Congress.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rules against ...

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Tribes exploring renewable energy prospects: Need money (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

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American Indian tribes in Michigan are seeking to develop renewable energy, but a lack of money is impeding many projects.

Michigan tribes have a potential for wind energy and wood-based biomass, said Roger Taylor, the principal project manager of the Tribal Energy Program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado.

Frank Ettawageshik, executive director of the United Tribes of Michigan and the former chair of the Little Traverse Band of Odawa Indians, said tribes are close to the environment and vulnerable to environmental degradation.

Tribal lands cover about 5 percent of the United States and hold an estimated 10 ...

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Tribes seeking to trade with Turkey (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

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Native American tribal leaders are seeking trade ties with Turkish companies who have offered tribes tax incentives.

The president of the Turkish Coalition of America organized a trip in which leaders of 17 American Indian tribes were welcomed by the Turkish government, and were working to bolster trade ties with the United States.

The Turkish minister for foreign trade met the U.S. delegation in Istanbul to discuss areas of possible cooperation in tourism and construction. The delegation was also scheduled to visit the Turkish Contractors Association in Ankara.

“Ten years from now, I hope that we will be meeting as ...

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North Carolina tribes seek federal recognition (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

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Recent discussions demonstrate the interest of native peoples in North Carolina of becoming federally recognized in order to keep their histories alive, among other reasons.

The new report states that North Carolina is home to the largest number of American Indian communities east of the Mississippi River, but that most of them do not receive the same federal recognition and benefits that other minority groups do.

Greg Richardson, executive director of the N.C. Commission on Indian Affairs, said he believes one issue facing native tribes, such as the Lumbee Tribe, is the lack of federal recognition that keeps them from ...

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Washington tribes receive land into trust (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

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Federal law has provided since at least 1934, for the United States to take new areas of land into trust status for Indian tribes. “Trust status” means that the land is legally owned by the United States but beneficially owned by the tribe. The land also becomes Indian country as defined by 18 U.S.C. sec 1151.

Such lands are no longer taxable by state and county governments and state regulatory laws will barely, if at all, apply any longer to such lands.

This process has become controversial in recent decades because of the loss of state taxes and regulatory control ...

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