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Kiowa and Comanche Tribes Sue Interior over Fort Sill Apache Casino

Here are the materials (so far) in Kiowa Tribe v. Dept. of the Interior (W.D. Okla.): 1-complaint-3Download 4-motion-for-troDownload another irrelevant image — Colville gamblers

High-Speed, Affordable Internet Could Be Coming to More Indigenous People

Indigenous People in the U.S. have long been impacted by the “digital divide” — that is, the gap between those who have access to affordable, […]

Attention: Marvel Casting Call for Native Talent

Are you looking for a chance to get your foot in the door and be on a popular series watched worldwide?  This is your chance […]

Wisconsin Federal Court Dismisses Employment Suit against Great Lakes Inter-Tribal

Here are the materials in Seneca v. Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council Inc. (W.D. Wis.): 1 Complaint.pdfDownload 10 Motion to Dismiss.pdfDownload 14 Response.pdfDownload 15 Reply.pdfDownload 18 […]

How We Saved to Take Our Daughter to Disney 40 Times

As a family, we have traveled a lot. We are big Disney fans, and over the course of 17 years, we have taken our daughter […]

Ninth Circuit Decides CFPB v. CashCall

Here. An excerpt: CashCall, Inc., made unsecured, high-interest loans to consumers throughout the country. After attracting unwanted attention from regulators, it sought to avoid state […]

Biggest Native American Tribe In Every U.S. State

There’s a lot of buzz over which Native American tribe has the biggest population, but do you know the biggest tribe in every U.S state? […]

Federal Claims Court Dismisses Takings Claim Brought by Neighbor to Cherokee Casino

Here are the materials in Berry v. United States (Fed. Cl.): 7 Amended Complaint.pdfDownload 9 Motion to Dismiss.pdfDownload 9-2 Aerial Photo.pdfDownload 11 Response.pdfDownload 12 Reply.pdfDownload […]

STATEMENT BY ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS NATIONAL CHIEF ROSEANNE ARCHIBALD FOLLOWING EVENT WITH HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES

OTTAWA, ON —Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald issued the following statement following her attendance at the Platinum Jubilee reception at Rideau […]

Duwamish Sues for Federal Recognition

Here is the complaint in Duwamish Tribe v. Haaland (W.D. Wash.): 1-complaint-1Download

Kate Fort in Harvard Law’s Bill of Health

Here. This post is part of a larger symposium on adoption, family separation & preservation, and reproductive justice. Other posts on Native children and Native […]

Graduation Giveaway – Win $ For Travel

In honor of our daughter, Brooke Gowder, graduating from high school we are giving away travel prizes! For our family travel has been a priority.  […]

The Assistant Secretary Releases the Boarding School Report

Here: Boarding_School_Initiative_Volume_1_Investigative_Report_May_2022 Assistant Secretary Newland makes eight recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior to fulfill the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, including producing a […]

Gathering of Nations Recap – Pow Wow Life 60

Join Paul G for a recap of the 2022 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow – North America’s Largest Pow Wow! Paul returned to Albuquerque for […]

Ninth Circuit Briefs in Spokane Tribe v. Sulgrove [Chamokane Creek water rights]

Here: Opening Brief.pdfDownload Tribe-State-Federal Answer Brief.pdfDownload Reply.pdfDownload Chamokane Creek mission dedication, c. Long time ago

First Circuit Holds Bankruptcy Act Impliedly Abrogates Tribal Immunity

Here is the opinion in In re Coughlin: In re Coughlin.pdfDownload Alert — circuit split Briefs here.

Pow Wow Calendar Update – May 6, 2022

2022 Pow Wow Calendar Check the list below for the latest Pow Wows added to our calendar and ones coming up in the next couple […]

White House Declares May 5th Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day

President Joe Biden has issued a Presidential Proclamation that May 5 will be Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day. Violence against Native Americans and […]

Family Regalia Stolen After Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

***How You Can Help *** Please share this story on social media and email to your friends!  Thanks! Over 2,000 Native American tribes and groups […]

Greg Bigler on Euchee De’ela and the Foundations of Tribal Society

Gregory Bigler has posted “Foundations of Tribal Society: Art, Dreams, and the Last Old Woman,” published in the UCLA Indigenous Peoples’ Journal of Law, Culture […]

Contest Results – 2022 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

North America’s Largest Pow Wow April 28, 29 & 30th, 2022 Powwow Grounds Expo New Mexico/Tingley Coliseum Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A. Learn more about the 2022 […]

Fourth Circuit Briefs in Williams v. Martorello [Tribal Lending]

Here: Williams Brief.pdfDownload Martorello Brief.pdfDownload Lower court materials here.

2022 Miss Indian World – Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Congratulations to your new Miss Indian World! Tashina Red Hawk Sicangu Lakota Rosebud Sioux Tribe, South Dakota The post 2022 Miss Indian World – Gathering […]

Sarah Deer, Elise Higgins & Thomas White on Racist Editorializing about ICWA

Sarah Deer, Elise Higgins, and Thomas White have published “Editorializing ICWA: 40 Years of Colonial Commentary” in UCLA’s Indigenous Peoples’ Journal of Law, Culture & […]

SCOTUSBlog Recap of Castro-Huerta Oral Argument

Here is “With historical promises in mind, justices weigh state criminal jurisdiction in Indian country.” Previews of the case are here. Background materials are here.

A Little More Hype for the Castro-Huerta Argument Today—Greg Ablavsky’s “Oklahoma’s Bizarro Nineteenth Century in Castro-Huerta”

Here. Yeah, I doubt Greg was thinking of this Bizarro, but the reverse-Superman Bizarro is too creepy.

Ashley Callingbull – Model, Actress, and Activist – Pow Wow Life 58

Join Paul G for an interview with Ashley Callingbull. About Ashley Callingbull Ashley Callingbull is a Cree First Nations woman from the Enoch Cree Nation […]

Day 2 of UDub Restatement Conference — Morning Sessions

Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis Bob Miller Kaighn Smith Townsend Hyatt Lynn Slade Brie Coyle Jones Kayla Ganir

Pow Wow Calendar Update – April 22, 2022

2022 Pow Wow Calendar Check the list below for the latest Pow Wows added to our calendar and ones coming up in the next couple […]

Oklahoma Tax Commission ALJ Rules in Favor of Tax Immunity of Tribal Citizen under McGirt

Here is the order in In the Matter of the Income Tax Protest of Stroble: 20220412-alj-decisionDownload Now. Where to file this baby.

Kevin Maillard on Grape Dumplings

From the NYTs, here is “A Beloved Indigenous Dessert Evolves With Each Generation.”

Avis Charley Ledger Artist – Pow Wow Life 57

Join Paul G for an interview with artist Avis Charley. About Avis Charley Avis Charley (Spirit Lake Dakota/Diné) is a mother and an artist. She […]

Pow Wow Calendar Update – April 16, 2022

2022 Pow Wow Calendar Check the list below for the latest Pow Wows added to our calendar and ones coming up in the next couple […]

New Empirical Study by Harvard/Federal Reserve Researchers Shows that the Restoration of Reservation Status Has No Negative Impact on Local Economies, etc.

Michael Velchek and Jeffery Y. Zhang have posted “Restoring Indian Reservation Status: An Empirical Analysis” on SSRN. The paper is forthcoming in the Yale Journal […]

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues — Announcement

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is around the corner, April 26-May 6. Sign up today to join the Implementation Project for a […]

Bottom Side Briefs in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta

Here: respondents-brief-1Download United States Amicus Brief Five Tribes Amicus Brief NCAI Amicus Brief Former US Attys Amicus Brief Peace Commission Treaty Tribes Amicus Brief NIWRC […]

ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS BULLETIN – Federal Budget 2022

SUMMARY:  The federal budget was tabled in the House of Commons on April 7, 2022. The Budget 2022 commits a total of $11 billion over […]

Becker v. Ute Indian Tribe Cert Petition

Here: Becker Pet. for Cert..pdfDownload Questions presented: Whether a federal court may force a non-consenting, non-Indian plaintiff to exhaust his claims in tribal court when […]

Pow Wow Calendar Update – April 8, 2022

Pow Wows are happening again in some areas! Many are still having to cancel or change their dates, so check back to our calendar often! […]

ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS BULLETIN – Update on Immediate Measures on Long-Term Reform to the First Nations Child and Family Services Program and Jordan’s Principle

SUMMARY: The Assembly of First Nations is leading advocacy efforts for reform of the First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) Program and the full […]

Tenth Circuit Briefs in State of Kansas ex rel. Schmidt v. Dept. of the Interior

Here: Opening Brief.pdfDownload Interior Response Brief.pdfDownload Reply.pdfDownload Lower court materials here. Wyandotte removal trail.

Ria Thunder Cloud Author of Finding My Dance – Pow Wow Life Podcast

Join Paul G for an interview with Pow Wow dancer and children’s book author Ria Thunderchild. Follow Ria Finding My Dance Book Instagram About Ria: […]

Wisconsin Federal Court Rejects Enbridge Demand to Depose Bad River Council Members “Thought Processes”

Here are materials in Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians v. Enbridge Inc. (W.D. Wis.): 122 DCT Order.pdfDownload 123 Third […]

Maryland Appellate Court Holds Chickasaw-Owned Business Not Subject to State Taxation

Here is the opinion in A+ Government Solutions LLC v. Controller of Maryland: A+ Opinion.pdfDownload This place just exudes sexiness.

PAPAL APOLOGY AN HISTORIC STEP, SAYS ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS REGIONAL CHIEF

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) NWT Regional Chief Gerald Antoine is pleased with the outcome of private and public meetings with His […]

Pow Wow Calendar Update – April 1, 2022

Pow Wows are happening again in some areas! Many are still having to cancel or change their dates, so check back to our calendar often! […]

Steven Spielberg Options This Land Season 2

Here. Draft script here.

Massachusetts Federal Court Declines to Dismiss Suit against Tribal Lending Business Partner

Here are the materials in Duggan v. Martorello (D. Mass.): 118 Second Amended Complaint.pdfDownload 125 Martorello Motion to Dismiss.pdfDownload 136 Duggan Opposition to Martorello Motion.pdfDownload […]

Gathering of Nations Giveaway – Enter To Win – 5 Pendleton Blankets – Presented by Pendleton

Gathering of Nations, North America’s Largest Pow Wow, is back for 2022! I’ll be heading back to Albuquerque in a few weeks to stream the […]

Albrecht v. County of Riverside Cert Petition [Leasing Regs + Taxation Preemption]

Here: albrecht-cert-petitionDownload Lower court materials here. Questions presented: Do the federal regulations governing the leasing of Indian lands preempt state and local governmentsfrom taxing the […]

Chef Pyet – Winner of Fox’s Next Level Chef – Pow Wow Life Podcast

Join Paul G for an interview with the winner of Fox’s new show Next Level Chef. Follow Chef Pyet Website Instagram About Chef Pyet Stephanie […]

Sovereignty Symposium XXXIV Student Writing Competition Call for Papers

Here: CALL FOR PAPERS 2022.pdf.pdfDownload

Pow Wow Calendar Update – March 25, 2022

Pow Wows are happening again in some areas! Many are still having to cancel or change their dates, so check back to our calendar often! […]

A Look Into the U of M NALSA’s Past

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Hugh Theut Appointed Incoming Editor-in-Chief of Michigan State Law Review

Here: As the 2021-22 academic year draws to a close, the passing of the torch is happening among many student organizations and leadership groups at […]

South Dakota Hotelier Threatens To Ban Native Americans

One of the owners of a Rapid City, South Dakota hotel said Native Americans are no longer welcome on the property following a shooting at […]

Cheyenne Kippenberger – Former Miss Indian World – Pow Wow Life – 53

Join Paul G for an interview with former Miss Indian World Cheyenne Kippenberger.  Cheyenne was Miss Indian World during the pandemic and held the title […]

Jurisdiction Case out of Alaska Supreme Court [ICWA]

sp-ord-116 These kind of cases feel like they are coming in a rapid speed right now–this is the third one I am aware of that […]

ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS BULLETIN – Quebec Court of Appeal decision on An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families

SUMMARY:  An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families—formerly known as Bill C-92, now “the Act” for short—received Royal Assent on […]

Pow Wow Calendar Update – March 18, 2022

Pow Wows are happening again in some areas! Many are still having to cancel or change their dates, so check back to our calendar often! […]

ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR FIRST NATIONS JURISDICTION AS AFFIRMED IN AN ACT RESPECTING FIRST NATIONS, INUIT AND MÉTIS CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES

(Ottawa, ON) – The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) announced today that it stands with First Nations in Quebec and all First Nations’ jurisdiction over […]

Video of Roger Williams University Law Review Indian Law Symposium 2021

Jim Diamond helpfully made a concordance of where the various talks appear during the symposium:

What’s Next For PowWows.com in 2022? – Pow Wow Life

Join Paul G on this episode of the Pow Wow Life Podcast.  Today Paul G talks about what’s to come for PowWows.com in 2022! Transcript […]

New York Federal Court Rules in Favor of Mohawk Land Claims

Here are the materials in Canadian St. Regis Mohawk Tribe v. State of New York (N.D. N.Y.): 768-1 St. Regis Mohawk Motion for Summary J.pdfDownload […]

Eighth Circuit Restores Civil Rights Suit Brought by Water Protector Shot in Eye by North Dakota Cops [can I say pigs here? nah, I’m a pescaterian, BUT when even the Cato Institute wants you to lose maybe it’s right]

Here is the opinion in Mitchell v. Kirchmeier. Diné Water Protector, Marcus Mitchell, in January 2017 at Standing Rock, ND. Photo: Hal Myers Briefs: Opening […]

ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS BULLETIN – Housing Priorities – National First Nations Housing and Related Infrastructure Strategy

SUMMARY:  Significant investments are required urgently to address the backlog of housing in First Nations and to ensure First Nations can effectively assume care and […]

Pow Wow Calendar Update – March 11, 2022

Pow Wows are happening again in some areas! Many are still having to cancel or change their dates, so check back to our calendar often! […]

eBay Find of the Month – March 2022

You never know what you’ll find on eBay!  I’ve found incredible beadwork, blankets and more!   Each month I’ll post some of the great items that […]

Spokane County Bar Association 13th Annual Indian Law Conference

2022-03-02 SCBA ILS CLE agenda.pdfDownload

Reservation Dogs Wins Independent Spirit Award for Best New Scripted Series and Ensemble Cast

Here. Not a lot of Hollywood Reporter or AV Club news links on this site, but here we are.

50 Greetings in Native American Languages

Native American greetings to impress your friends and family! Did you know that at least 40% percent of the 7,000 languages used worldwide are endangered? […]

AFN STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE

March 2, 2022 (Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald offered the below statement on behalf of the AFN Executive […]

Relative Placement in Washington Supreme Court Decision

Even though this is not an ICWA case, three people have sent me this opinion by Justice Montoya Lewis regarding the primacy of relative placement […]

20 Stunning Native American Jigsaw Puzzles

Native American jigsaw puzzles you won’t be able to put down! Despite what many people may think, puzzles have not gone out of style. In […]

ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS BULLETIN – School Space Accommodation Standards improved through consultation with First Nations

SUMMARY:  The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) co-developed a series of improvements to the government’s School Space Accommodation Standards (SSAS), […]

DFP: “Detroit police break up Native sugarbush ceremony, saying ‘sovereign stuff is not valid’”

Here. American Indians. Saturday School held at Franklin Elementary School, 1333 Pine, Detroit, which teaches indian language, arts, dance and offers to help in math […]

Native Entrepreneur Partners With Sephora – Jenn Harper – Founder Of Cheekbone Beauty

Paul G recently interviewed Cheekbone Beauty founder Jenn Harper on the Pow Wow Life podcast.  Jenn shared her story of a Native entrepreneur and even […]

City of Seattle Sues to Stop Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Court Suit over Rights of Nature

Here are the materials in City of Seattle v. Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Court (W.D. Wash.): Sauk-Suiattle Canoe Racers 2 Complaint 2-1 Exhibit A 2-2 Exhibit B […]

Johnson & Johnson Settlement A Step Forward In Addressing the Opioid Epidemic?

Drug manufacturer Johnson and Johnson and three of the largest drug distributors in the United States—McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., and AmerisourceBergen Corp—have reached a […]

FEDERAL WITHDRAWAL OF JUDICIAL REVIEW APPLICATION RESPECTING CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL ORDER

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Manitoba Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse says First Nations advocacy and leadership has been successful in securing a […]

Images from the Mason NALSA Talk

Thanks again to Ali Slader for organizing.

Meet Leah Tsinajinnie, Navajo Professional Disc Golfer And Advocate

PowWows.com has officially partnered with Navajo professional disc golfer Leah Tsinajinnie, as she enters the 2022 season of the Disc Golf Professional Tour. Leah Tsinajinnie […]

APM Reports: “Uprooted: The 1950s plan to erase Indian Country”

A really interesting look at the BIA Urban Relocation project. BIA pamphlet from the Chicago Relocation Office. Edward E. Ayer Collection at Newberry Library.

Clyde Bellecourt, American Indian Movement Co-Founder, Dies at 85

Clyde Bellecourt, the co-founder of the American Indian Movement, has died at 85 years old, according to Associated Press. Bellecourt’s wife, Peggy Bellecourt, confirmed his […]

Big Day for Indian Law at the January 7 SCOTUS Conference [a mini-long conference???]

Several Indian law cert petitions are set for discussion today at the Supreme Court’s conference (which is their fancy way of saying they’re meeting as […]

AFN Offers Condolences on the Passing of Gitxsan Simgiigyet-Hereditary Chief Delgamuukw (Earl Muldon)

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald offered the following statement on the recent passing of Gitxsan Simgiigyet-Hereditary Chief Delgamuukw (Earl […]

Alaqua Cox: Amazon Worker-Turned-Lead Marvel Actress

Alaqua Cox is a name you should expect to see a lot more of in 2022. Alaqua Cox is a Native American actress born February […]

Fletcher Wisconsin Law Review Symposium Paper on the Indian Law Restatement

Here is “Restatement as Aadizookaan,” forthcoming in the Wisconsin Law Review. The abstract: The goal of this essay for the Wisconsin Law Review’s symposium on […]

Top 15 Most Popular Pow Wows on PowWows.com Calendar For 2021

The Pow Wow Calendar on PowWows.com is THE source for finding upcoming info on Native American Pow Wows across North America. You and thousands of […]

Update for the week of 12/20/2021: Job Announcements

Due to the upcoming holidays, this week’s job announcements are being posted this Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021. If you would like your listings included this […]

The Next 25 Years Giveaway

In 2021 we celebrated 25 years of PowWows.com! Now let’s celebrate what will come in the next 25. Note – I wanted to start this […]

ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS BULLETIN – AFN Special Chiefs Assembly

More than 900 First Nations leaders, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Women, Youth and Veterans from across Canada virtually joined together from December 7-9, 2021 for the […]

California Federal Court Rejects Challenge to Secretarial Procedures for Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria

Here are the materials in Cal-PAC Rancho Cordova LLP v. Dept. of the Interior (E.D. Cal.): 1 complaint.pdfDownload 31-1 cal pac motion for summary j.pdfDownload […]

Native Restaurant Review: Owamni in Minneapolis

On November 23, my family and I traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to spend my birthday at Sean Sherman’s (a.k.a the Sioux Chef) new restaurant, Owamni. […]

Canadian Bishops, Assembly of First Nations, Métis National Council, and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Provide an Update on Delegation to Rome

December 7, 2021 – After careful assessment of the uncertainty and potential health risks surrounding international travel amid the recent spread of the Omicron variant, […]

Holiday Giveaway

The holiday season is here!  I’m giving away 3 – $100 Amazon.com gift cards this month!  And you have my permission after shopping for others, […]

First Nations from Across Canada to Gather for AFN Virtual Special Chiefs Assembly

(Ottawa, ON) – First Nations leaders, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Women, Youth and Veterans from coast-to-coast-to-coast will gather virtually next week for discussions and deliberations on […]

Tanner v. Cayuga Nation Cert Petition

Here: Petition Questions presented: 1. In view of Sherrill, whether New York tribes exercise “concurrent” jurisdiction over fee lands within the plenary taxing and regulatory authority […]

Assembly of First Nations announces names of First Nation delegates travelling to Vatican City

(Ottawa, ON) – Today, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is releasing the names and titles of the 13 First Nation delegates who will travel […]

Opinion: Ethnic Fraud in Academic Institutions is One Strand of a Much Bigger Problem

The cases of ethnic fraud in academic institutions—mainly being reported in Canada—have started many conversations over how to prevent people from claiming an Indigenous identity […]

Virginia Executive Order on Tribal Consultation

Va. Order Gives Tribes More Power Over State Permits By Clark Mindock, Law 360 Read the article here! Further Reading: Gov. Northam’s Press Release: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2021/november/headline-911335-en.html Washington […]

AFN BULLETIN – AFN Calls for urgent action and more equitable participation of Indigenous Peoples Following COP26: UN Climate Change Conference 2021

SUMMARY:  The AFN sent a small delegation to the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking […]

Keep the UP Wild: The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC)

Keep the UP Wild The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) and their Michigan partners are currently working on a project to designate four areas […]

It’s Time to Properly Acknowledge Native American Veterans

Veterans Day is the one day a year, we set aside to honor our military heroes that have fought and died in order to protect […]

Egregious Misconduct: 2021 Indigenous Law Conference Day 2 Panel 4 – Ethics

Please register to join us virtually for the 18th Annual ILPC/TICA Indigenous Law Conference! For information about the agenda, sponsorships, and registration, please visit the […]

The Atlanta Braves Are World Series Champs, But The ‘Tomahawk Chop’ Debate Rages On

The Atlanta Braves are officially baseballs’ best team, after defeating the Houston Astros 4-2 in the World Series. Yet, the gesture known as the “tomahawk […]

Indian Law Issues in the News (10/25/2021)

Detroit News: First lady Jill Biden visits Saginaw Chippewa center to discuss youth mental health Arizona Capitol Times: Ducey gives tribe $30M for water rights […]

COLLABORATIVE STUDY URGES DECISION-MAKERS TO ADDRESS FIRST NATIONS FOOD INSECURITY AND SOVEREIGNTY

(Ottawa, ON) – The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is pleased to announce the release of the Key Findings and Recommendations for Decision-makers of the […]

Indigenous Community Calls on Fox News to Fire Hosts Over Racist Comments

You may have seen the “Fox News Primetime” segment in which hosts Rachel Campos-Duffy and Jesse Watters defended Columbus Day and depicted indigenous people as […]

Michigan Indian Legal Services Needs Assessment

Michigan Indian Services provides legal services statewide to income-eligible individuals and tribes, advocates for the rights of individuals that advances systems of justice, and works […]

Ribbon Skirt and Earring Giveaway

Let’s continue celebrating 25 years of PowWows.com with another great giveaway! Thanks to our friends at AC and Associates for this great prize. Prize Ribbon […]

MAJOR WIN FOR FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald acknowledges the victory for children and families with the Federal Court of Canada’s […]

Bears Ears/Grand Staircase-Escalante/Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Proclamations signed

Proclamation on Bears Ears National Monument Proclamation on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Proclamation on Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

‘Stoodis!’ & ‘Skoden’ — ‘Reservation Dogs’ Puts NDN Slang in Focus

The hit series “Reservation Dogs,” created by Sterling Harjo and Taika Waititi, has accomplished something few other shows have: it’s managed to introduce a mainstream […]

Most Memorable Pow Wow Moments

Finally, I was able to attend my first Pow Wow in 2 years. With my trip, I have been reflecting on some of my best […]

More Eighth Circuit Briefs in Noem v. Haaland

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe brief CRST brief addendum/Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Vance declaration Briefs posted earlier are available here.

AFN NATIONAL CHIEF ROSEANNE ARCHIBALD ACKNOWLEDGES NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

(Ottawa, ON) – Today, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald acknowledges the importance of Orange Shirt Day, urging all Canadians to spend […]

Wisconsin Tribes Sue to Stop State’s Idiotic Wolf Hunt

Here are the materials in Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin v. Cole (W.D. Wis.): 1 Complaint

AFN NATIONAL CHIEF ROSEANNE ARCHIBALD LOOKS FORWARD TO BUILDING THE HEALING PATH FORWARD WITH RE-ELECTED PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald congratulates newly re-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada on achieving […]

Disney+ Series ‘Hawkeye’ to Feature Two Indigenous Actors

Marvel has a reputation for creating fictional superheroes that resonate with audiences worldwide. Come late fall, indigenous fans of Marvel will have one of their […]

California COA (again) Permits Tax on Leased Allotments

Here are the materials in Albrecht v. County of Riverside (Cal. Ct. App.): Opinion Opening Brief Desert Water Agency Brief County of Riverside Brief Coachella […]

‘Keep It Sacred’ — Say No to Commercial Tobacco

More than one in five indigenous adults smoke, compared to 13.7 of adults overall. And according to the CDC, indigenous people have the highest prevalence […]

Four Cert Petitions Filed in Texas v. Haaland [Brackeen ICWA Case]

Today Texas, the individual plaintiffs, the Solicitor General, and the intervening tribal nations filed petitions for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the Court […]

Deanna Standing Cloud – Female Pow Wow MC – Pow Wow Life Podcast Episode 33

Deanna Standing Cloud became one of the first females to Emcee at a Pow Wow in 2017.  In this episode, Deanna discusses her journey to […]

AFN National Chief Archibald launches a strategic direction toward positive and evolutionary change for First Nations and all Canadians in “The Healing Path Forward: 2021 Federal Priorities for Strengthening and Rebuilding First Nations”

(Ottawa, ON) – Today, The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald launched “The Healing Path Forward,” a platform outlining the priority areas […]

Federal Court Decides Menominee v. Lexington Ins. Co.

Here are the materials in Menominee Indian Tribe v. Lexington Ins. Co. (N.D. Cal.): 1 Notice of Removal 1-2 Complaint 58 Amended Complaint 62 Lexington […]

Leah Tsinajinnie – Navajo Professional Disc Golfer – Pow Wow Life Podcast Episode 32

Leah Tsinajinnie recently changed sports from Ultimate to Disc Golf.  She was a collegiate National Champion and professional Ultimate player.  Leah is now on the […]

AFN BULLETIN – August 18, 2021 – 44th General Federal Election

The post AFN BULLETIN – August 18, 2021 – 44th General Federal Election appeared first on Assembly of First Nations.

Job Announcements

____________________________________________________________________________  To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu:  In the email body:  A typed […]

Reservation Dogs Gives us Yet Another Chapter of Onscreen Indigenous Magic

The moment you turn on FX’s new comedy, “Reservation Dogs,” you realize you’re watching something special. The show was co-created by Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Muscogee Creek) […]

AFN BULLETIN – August 5, 2021 – Lac Seul Wins Supreme Court of Canada Appeal, Decision Sets Precedent for Equitable Compensation

SUMMARY: Lac Seul First Nation has won an appeal to have damages reviewed for historical flooding on its lands and confirming the Crown’s fiduciary duties […]

Tenth Circuit Orders Tribal Court Exhaustion in Ute Dispute with Former Contractor

Here is the opinion in Becker v. Ute Indian Tribe. Briefs: Ute Opening Brief Becker Brief Lawrence Brief Ute Reply Lower court order here: 136 […]

Opinion: Critical Race Theory and Why Native Americans Need a Seat at the Table

Critical Race Theory has firmly cemented its place among the most discussed topics of 2021, with many members of the media and the academic community sharing […]

AFN BULLETIN – Annual General Assembly and National Chief Election 2021 – July 26, 2021

National Chief Election Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chiefs-in-Assembly from across Canada made history earlier this month electing RoseAnne Archibald as the first ever woman […]

Pow Wow Calendar Update – July 23, 2021

Many are still having to cancel or change their dates, so check back to our calendar often! 2021 Pow Wow Calendar Check the list below […]

Active Efforts Case from South Dakota Supreme Court [ICWA]

inrechDownload South Dakota is sending us into the weekend with a positive attitude with this decision. In a shocking development [not shocking] it turns out […]

National Chief RoseAnne Archibald Seeks Urgent Action from Federal Government after Release of Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Report on Unmarked Graves

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald joined Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir, her Council and community, Elders, special […]

Escape to Alcatraz Chronicles Rise of Native Voices, Struggles That Persist To This Day

“Escape to Alcatraz,” the new documentary series by Hulu, gives us an up-close look at the 19 months in which Native Americans occupied the abandoned […]

Pow Wow Calendar Update – July 9, 2021

Pow Wows are happening again in some areas! Many are still having to cancel or change their dates, so check back to our calendar often! […]

“The Glass Ceiling has been Broken!” – RoseAnne Archibald Voted in as First Woman National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chiefs-in-Assembly today elected RoseAnne Archibald as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations at the 42nd Annual General Assembly […]

Leonard Peltier: Native American Activist, Writer and Prisoner

Leonard Peltier has been called everything from an activist, militant, warrior and hero to a criminal and murderer. His legacy is as controversial as it […]

HORRIFIC DISCOVERIES OF UNMARKED GRAVES DEMANDS URGENT ACTION AND SUPPORT FROM ALLIES SAYS NATIONAL CHIEF

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde released the below statement following the announcement by Chief Cadmus Delorme about the work […]

Florida Court Awards Nominal Attorney Fees to Miccosukee Tribe in Long-Running Dispute with Lewis Tein Firm

Here are the materials in Lewis Tein P.L. v. Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida (Miami-Dade Cir. Ct.): Miccosukee Brief Miccosukee Affidavit Lewis Tein Brief […]

Our Prime Day 2021 Top Picks

Happy Prime Day! Amazon’s annual two-day shopping event, which kicked off at 3 a.m. ET today, includes discounts on over two million items for Prime […]

FEDERAL LEGISLATION TO IMPLEMENT UN DECLARATION MAJOR STEP TOWARD ADDRESSING RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION IN CANADA

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde welcomes the passing of a federal bill to advance the implementation of the […]

Supreme Court Ruling On Tribal Police Falls Short

Native Americans are saying that the ruling to now allow Native police officers to detain non-Native individuals on their land, is just not enough. Why? […]

BIA Prisoner Loses FOIA Suit against BIA because BIA Provided Everything Demanded

Here is the order in Kovalevich v. Bureau of Indian Affairs (D.D.C.): 28 DCT Order

Years after release of TRC report, most Canadians want accelerated action to remedy damage done by residential school system, says poll

A poll conducted by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, the Assembly of First Nations and Abacus Data shows that the majority of Canadians believe governments […]

Liz Reese Full Commentary on the Cooley Decision

From SCOTUSBlog here. An excerpt: On Tuesday in United States v. Cooley, the Supreme Court upheld a power that tribal governments have long assumed they possessed […]

Powwows Calendar Update – June 4, 2021

Pow Wows are happening again in some areas! Many are still having to cancel or change their dates, so check back to our calendar often! […]

Assembly of First Nations Election 2021 – Announcement of Candidates for the Office of the National Chief

OTTAWA, ON – The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, responsible for the election of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief, has received […]

Motion for Summary Judgment and Amicus Briefs in AFCARS Lawsuit [foster care and adoption data for AI/AN and LGBTQ+ kids]

Final_Motion for Summary Judgment   Plaintiffs have standing to bring this case. Plaintiffs here include the largest federally recognized tribes in California and in the […]

Powwows Calendar Update – May 28, 2021

Pow Wows are happening again in some areas! Many are still having to cancel or change their dates, so check back to our calendar often! […]

Watch 2021 Manito Ahbee Virtual Pow Wow

The Manito Ahbee Virtual Powwow takes place May 21-23, the May long weekend in Canada. Last year, we reached over half a million viewers with […]

Interview – Jana Schmieding Lakota Actress From Peacock’s Rutherford Falls

Rutherford Falls,” Peacock TV‘s binge-worthy new show, manages to do something few ever have: bring multi-dimensional indigenous characters into an American sitcom. While Native Americans have […]

Harvard Law Review Casenote on Williams v. Medley Opportunity Fund II [tribal payday lending]

Here is “Williams v. Medley Opportunity Fund II, LP: Third Circuit Rules that Tribal Payday Lenders Cannot Compel Arbitration.” We posted the materials on this […]

ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS 2021 ELECTION FOR THE OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL CHIEF

The post ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS 2021 ELECTION FOR THE OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL CHIEF appeared first on Assembly of First Nations.

Powwows Calendar Update – May 7, 2021

Pow Wows are happening again in some areas! Many are still having to cancel or change their dates. Check the list below for the latest […]

Bring Bright Eyes to the Big Screen!

At this week’s live event, we talked to the filmmaker and star actress of a new indigenous film, Bright Eyes. The story chronicles a young […]

NCJFCJ ICWA Courts Publication

NCJFCJ has a cool new publication on ICWA courts, specifically the Duluth ICWA court which is (in my humble opinion) the national model for this […]

ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS BULLETIN – April 26, 2021

Regional Engagement Sessions First Nations National Action Plan on MMIWG First Nations National Action Plan The development of a National Action Plan to End Violence […]

Water Is Life – Fill It Forward Giveaway

Powwows.com and Fill it Forward are teaming up to inspire the world to reuse and reduce. To kick off our partnership, we are giving away […]

NATIONAL CHIEF WELCOMES FEDERAL INVESTMENTS IN BUDGET 2021

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says the 2021 federal budget tabled today in Ottawa includes the largest investment ever […]

Powwow Calendar Update – March 10, 2021

Pow Wows are happening again in some areas! Many are still having to cancel or change their dates. Check the list below for the latest […]

Assembly of First Nations calls for sustained investments for water certainty

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says urgent action is required to end long-term boil water advisories and achieve […]

NAICJA Tribal Child Welfare Training

December 9-10, 2020, 9-4pm MT Join the National American Indian Court Judges Association and Casey Family Programs for a virtual Judicial Skills Training for Judges who […]

The Assembly of First Nations Knowledge Keepers Council supports the rights of Mi’kmaq people to assert their Treaty Right to Fish within their Territory

October 22, 2020 The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Knowledge Keepers are sending their support to the Mi’kmaq people who are exercising their right to […]

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde says Canada’s fall economic statement is a strong plan for post-pandemic recovery

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde released this statement today following the release of the Government of Canada’s Fall Economic […]

Amicus Brief of NCAI in Census Case

Here is the National Congress of American Indians’ (“NCAI”) Amicus Brief in Trump v. New York, which is being argued today and addresses whether unauthorized […]

2020 Native American Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here again!  Despite what’s going on in the world today, there still should be times of celebration and delight. Friends and family […]

D.C. Circuit Declines to Order Injunction on Construction of Border Wall to Stop Destruction of Sacred Sites over Dissent of Judge Millett

Here is the order in Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation v. Wolf: Order on Motion for Stay Pending Appeal + Dissent Briefs: Opposition Appellants […]

Jonodev Chaudhuri on McGirt in the Harvard Law Review

Jonodev Chaudhuri has published “Reflection on McGirt v. Oklahoma” in the Harvard Law Review Forum.

Southwest Indian Law CLEs

The first one has passed, but the rest are still available and free!  sw-cross-jurisdiction-webinar-flyer-1-2Download

National Chief Bulletin – Update on federal engagement for a Bill to advance implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

SUMMARY In early October, the federal Department of Justice (DoJ) initiated an engagement process respecting a proposed federal Bill to advance implementation of the United […]

Pow Wow Calendar Update – November 13, 2020

Yes!  There are some Pow Wows happening.  Many are still having to cancel or change their dates. Check the list below for the latest Pow […]

Gather – The Fight To Revitalize Our Native Foodways

The stunning documentary, Gather, follows four individuals as they share their experiences as natives and their plan to keep their culture alive while feeding and […]

Connecticut SCT Briefs in Town of Ledyard v. WMS Gaming Inc.

Here: Town of Ledyard Opening Brief WMS Gaming Answer Brief Reply

ASU Law: NAGPRA Panel on Nov. 16

NAGPRA: 30 Years and Beyond Monday, Nov. 16 12:00-1:30 p.m. MST Join us as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Native American Graves Protection […]

The McGirt Decision, final ILPC/TICA Indigenous Law Conference Panel

17th Annual ILPC/TICA Indigenous Law Conference November 10, 12, and 13, 2020 1-4:30pm ET Panel 6: The McGirt Decision Register and learn more at www.indigenouslawconference.com

Voting Rights and the 2020 Election: Day 3 of the ILPC/TICA Indigenous Law Conference

17th Annual ILPC/TICA Indigenous Law Conference November 10, 12, and 13, 2020 1-4:30pm ET Panel 5: Voting Rights and the 2020 Election Register and learn […]

Pow Wow Calendar Update – November 6, 2020

Yes!  There are some Pow Wows happening.  Many are still having to cancel or change their dates. Check the list below for the latest Pow […]

New Indian Law Scholarship Posted on SSRN

Here: Scaling Commercial Law in Indian Country Texas A&M Law Review, Forthcoming Number of pages: 38 Posted: 21 Sep 2020 Working Paper Series Marc Lane Roark […]

Explore Native – 2020 Native American Heritage Giveaway

Explore Native will show you ways to Explore Native American Culture during Native American Heritage Month. Whether you are a Pow Wow dancer, a Native […]

AFN National Chief Bellegarde welcomes emergency COVID funding for First Nations Early Learning and Child Care

(Ottawa, ON) – National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) welcomes Canada’s announcement of emergency funding for Indigenous Early Learning and […]

10 of the Most Important Dates for Native American History

Native Americans have a rich heritage and legacy, full of beautiful moments and unexpected calamities. We’re going to go over some of the most important […]

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Calls for the Removal of RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde released this statement today calling for the removal of RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki: “Given […]

Tim Giago: A disease that ravages Indian Country and America

I have Type 2 diabetes and I lost two sisters to the disease.

Common Sleep Problems

Each year, millions of unfortunate people suffer from sleeping difficulties.  There may be as many as hundreds of reasons for it. Some reasons are related […]

My Favorite Moments From Gathering of Nations Pow Wows

I attended my first Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in 2004.  Since then I have been blessed to attend each year.  Starting in 2009 I […]

Indian Health Service takes down ‘racist’ poster but disavows link to coronavirus

A visitor to an Indian Health Service hospital found something upsetting on the wall: a poster with a racist term used by Donald Trump.

Eighth Circuit Affirms Murder Conviction [Pine Ridge]

Here is the opinion in United States v. Dowty.

AFN National Chief Bellegarde happy to see Robinson-Huron Treaty annuities case move one step closer to providing justice for First Nations

(Ottawa, ON) – National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) said he is pleased that the Robinson-Huron Treaty annuities case was […]

FDA: Check the Hand Sanitizer You Are Using

NPR photo Published June 23, 2020 WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement Monday advising consumers not to use any hand […]

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe v. Donald J. Trump

Here is the complaint in Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe v. Donald J. Trump, which relates to Cheyenne River’s Health Safety Checkpoints. From the complaint: The […]

Tuesday Navajo Nation COVID-19 Update: 43 New Cases and One More Death

Published June 23, 2020 Daily curfew and requirement to wear face mask remains in effect WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Tuesday, the Navajo Department of Health, […]

Tribes Sue EPA over Clean Water Act Rules

Here is the complaint in Pascua Yaqui Tribe v. EPA (D. Ariz.): 1 Complaint Here is the complaint in Navajo Nation v. Wheeler (D. N.M.): […]

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Don’t defund the police, disarm them

How many Native Americans in Rapid City would be alive today if the police did not carry guns?

Sell Your Car to the Disposal

You may own a vintage car that has reached a point where it is so old that it cannot circulate properly. Or it could be […]

Chuck Hoskin: Why I removed Confederate monuments from the Cherokee Capitol Grounds

For the first time in more than a century, the Cherokee Nation will take full control over the images and symbols depicted on our historic […]

New Republic: “Your Road Trip Is Not More Important Than Indian Country”

Here. So it’s not the National Review, which apparently is waaay more fascist. Same acronym tho….

New Streaming Show “Red Hoop Talk” Explores the Reality of Indian Country with Guests

By Mikayla Steele & Levi Rickert Guest Kim Mettler a citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, and CEO of Heart River Coaching joined […]

Law Review Article Published Entirely in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian)

Sabrina Rose Kamakakaulani Gramberg has published, in the Asian & Pacific Law & Policy Journal, an article written entirely in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian). Here is […]

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: The Indian world is uncomfortable

Our young people deserve the truth. We should tell them that history is not something to escape.

Today’s offer related to audio-visual entertainment

The offer related to entertainment today with regard to audiovisuals, online games and gaming is increasingly rich and detailed, given that the percentage of users […]

How to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Native American Communities

COVID-19 is a highly-contagious pathogen that can become airborne and infect others who are not adequately protecting themselves. While people everywhere have become infected, Native […]

Teen students lead Nashville’s largest ever protest against racist police violence

A huge group—led by students—congregated in Nashville to protest the horrific murder of George Floyd and racist police violence.

Eight More COVID-19 Deaths on Navajo Nation: President Nez Stresses “Staying Home”

With the state of Arizona spiking with new COVID-19 cases, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez stressed importance of staying home. Photo from June 15 town […]

Nonprofit PWNA Praises Donors for $4M in COVID-19 Relief Funds

Partnership With Native Americans will use more than $4 million in donations to collaborate with Program Partners on reservations to provide COVID-19 relief aid. (Courtesy […]

Second Circuit Briefs in Seneca Nation of Indians v. State of New York [gaming dispute arbitration award]

Here: Seneca Brief New York Brief Lower court materials here.

2020 Manito Ahbee Pow Wow Virtual Contest

The 2020 Manito Ahbee Pow Wow will hold a virtual dance contest July 12 – 19, 2020. PowWows.com will stream the dance contest videos during […]

Indian Country Today: 10 people whose statues should replace Columbus

Around the world statues are coming down. Civil War generals. Mass murderers. And Christopher Columbus.