Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Featured, News

Off-Reservation Companies Disgrace Native Man’s Burial

Off-Reservation Companies Disgrace Native Man’s Burial

Fort Yates, ND (Standing Rock Indian Reservation) The Family of Arnold Walker (Deceased) entrusted the funeral service arrangements to DaWise-Perry Funeral Home in Mandan, ND. DaWise-Perry is a funeral contractor doing business on the Standing Rock Reservation. Nacole Walker (daughter of deceased) stated that upon their initial visit to DaWise-Perry the intake person and secretary had treated the family with respect. Later, the owner of DaWise-Perry came into a meeting with the family and asked them about the services relating to the funeral. The owner of DaWise-Perry informed the family that he wouldn’t be there because he was going on vacation. The owner of DaWise-Perry then stated to the family that if he wasn’t able to get ahold of Tony [who performs services on Standing Rock for DaWise-Perry] he wanted to know if the family had a van. The family said they did not have a van but they had trucks. The owner said that trucks wouldn’t work, that it would need to be enclosed. This confused the family...

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Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Featured, News

Swinomish Tribe Files Suit to Stop Bakken Crude Trains

Swinomish Tribe Files Suit to Stop Bakken Crude Trains

Fidalgo Island, WA – The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community filed a lawsuit in federal court today against BNSF Railway (BNSF) for violating the terms of an easement agreement allowing trains to cross its Reservation in Skagit County. Train tracks running across the northern edge of the Reservation were laid in the late 1800’s, without consent from the Swinomish or federal government. The tracks currently serve two Anacortes refineries. In 1991, the Tribe and BNSF signed an agreement settling a lawsuit filed by the Tribe in 1976 for nearly a century of trespass, and granting BNSF an easement with important conditions: BNSF would regularly update the Tribe on the type of cargo, and only one train of 25 railcars would cross the Reservation in each direction daily. In return, the Tribe agreed not to “arbitrarily withhold permission” if there was a future BNSF request to increase the number of trains or cars. In late 2012, the Tribe learned from media reports that “unit trains” of 100 railcars or more were...

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Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Featured, News

Should Lakota Nation Welcome Rainbow Family -Chase Iron Eyes

Should Lakota Nation Welcome Rainbow Family -Chase Iron Eyes

The Rainbow Family of Living Light could possibly gather in the Black Hills in one month. Lakota Nation citizens, Black Hills Forest Service officials and other Black Hills locals have expressed concern over the group’s past record in some Rainbow Family leaving their 10 to 24 day campgrounds trashed, using drugs, displaying nudity, and have pointed to two people ending up dead as a result of their travels to the gathering; sounds like the Sturgis Biker Rally every year but that aint none of my business. There are estimates of 8,000 to 20,000 Rainbow Gatherers at past events. There are Lakota declaring that they will physically stop the Rainbow Gatherers from coming into the Black Hills. The Forest Service is treating the event like a natural disaster with an incident command center to handle the gathering. I was made aware of claims that the Rainbow Family is stating that I, Chase Iron Eyes, gave them permission to gather in the Black Hills. There are a couple reasons why this...

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Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Featured, News

Expansion of Indian Court Jurisdiction by Al Baker

Expansion of Indian Court Jurisdiction by Al Baker

A recent expansion of Indian Court jurisdiction is evidence that the judicial process may be moving closer to recognition of true Tribal Sovereignty. During the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on March 7, 2013 President Obama stated, “tribal governments have an inherent right to protect their people, and all women deserve the right to live free from fear.” https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/03/11/making-native-communities-safer. After conducting a pilot program the Justice Department has now authorized Tribal Courts, that meet certain procedural requirements, to investigate and prosecute non-Indian defendants who commit acts of domestic violence in Indian Country. The authority to prosecute non-Indian defendants for crimes committed on Indian Land marks a change in existing federal law following a 1973 United States Supreme Court decision that overturned the conviction of a non-Indian by a Tribal Court. http://www.kpax.com/story/28356264/tribal-governments-can-now-prosecute-non-indians-for-some-crimes. The legislative delegation of jurisdiction to Tribal Courts under VAWA may foreshadow future legislative action that will continue to strengthen Tribal Sovereignty by expanding Tribal Court jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit other crimes on Indian...

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