The Next Standing Rock? A Pipeline Battle Looms in Oregon

New York Times Op-Ed:

After dams were built on the river starting in 1912, the salmon were blocked. Today the only “c’iyaals hoches” (salmon runs) are enacted by the Klamath Tribes, whose members carry carved cedar salmon on a 300-mile symbolic journey from the ocean to the traditional spawning grounds to bring home the spirit of the fish.


Harvard Law Today Profile of Ethel Branch

Ethel Branch ’08 grew up on her family’s ranch with no electricity, no running water, and a long list of questions about injustice.

Why did she have to walk to an outhouse in the hot summer, when 20 miles away in Winslow, Ariz., even the poorest kids had air conditioning and running water?

Why were there power plants and transmission lines criss-crossing the Navajo Nation, but so few Navajo families with electricity?


Why are Canada’s First Nations women dying at such an alarming rate?

In Canada, Status First Nations persons—those listed in the country’s Indian Register—are significantly more likely than the average Canadian to meet an untimely death. When it comes to wellness outcomes, disparities along racial and ethnic lines are well documented across many metrics. What is often overlooked, however, is what those data look like at the intersection of race and gender.


In Major Ruling, Tenth Circuit Holds Muscogee (Creek) Reservation Boundaries Remain Intact

Tenth Circuit in Murphy v. Royal holds that allotted Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation in Oklahoma has not been disestablished, reversing State death penalty conviction of Creek tribal member.


Prior Posts:

Updated Materials in Murphy v. Royal (No. 07-7068, Tenth Circuit)


Muscogee (Creek) Reservation Boundaries at Issue in Tenth Circuit Death Penalty Habeas Appeal


Native Voting Rights in South Dakota—We Do the Math

From Indian Country Today:

South Dakota’s Help America Vote Act Grant Board has approved funding for Indian-reservation satellite-voting centers for the 2018 elections. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs created the bipartisan board in 2015. It distributes federal HAVA money to counties that use it for maintaining voting machines and other election-related expenses. Krebs praised board members for “their dedication to improving ballot access and keeping our county election equipment current.”


International Labor Organization’s Convention 169 Helps Legalize Land Grabs on Indigenous Territories


“Because Convention 169 commits the signatory states to guarantee the integrity of Indigenous peoples, it’s been frequently invoked by Indigenous communities and peoples, especially in Latin America, when defending their territories in court. But the Convention has clear limitations that actually jeopardize its intent.”


Q & A re Non-Consideration of Tribal Interests in Dynamic Risk Line 5 Draft Report

On July 6, 2017, Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems, Inc., presented an overview of its findings for its draft report, Independent Alternatives Assessment for the Straits Pipelines.  When presented with questions regarding whether Tribal interests were considered in drafting the report, the following answers were provided.

Transcript Kanji questions at Rep’t Mtg 07 06 2017

Recording of the meeting is HERE.  (The Tribal interest questions begin at roughly 5:44)

The draft report can be found HERE.