Tanner: Bigoted Nationalism Opens CERA’s New Year

Link to article here.

In addition to spewing racism and ultra-nationalist vitriol, CERA began 2016 by continuing its work with property rights groups to oppose tribal sovereignty around the country. On January 24, CERA leaders Lana Marcussen-Saucerman and Butch Cranford were slated to host an event with the Central New York Fair Business Association in Verona, New York. The event was to be moderated by CERA Chair Judy Bachman of Vernon. The Business Association has participated in past CERA events and joined CERA in lawsuits opposing Oneida Indian Nation sovereignty.

Update on Goldwater (ICWA Challenge) Filings

DOJ filed their reply to Plaintiffs response on Defendants’ motions to dismiss. Arizona also filed a strong reply. Filing is completed in this matter, and a hearing on the motion to dismiss will be held on December 18th.

Plaintiffs filed a response to the amicus briefs from Casey Family Programs et al and NCAI et al. In addition, Citizens Equal Rights Alliance also filed an amicus brief in support of the Plaintiffs’ motion to certify the class.

The ICWA Legal Defense Memo has been updated and is available here.

Protest Planned for CERA Event in Montana

Link to response from Native educators here.

Link to protest announcement here.

Citizens Equal Rights Alliance is holding a regional conference in Kalispell, Montana, on September 26, 2015, to kindle local antagonism towards the Federal Government and Tribes.  Speakers include the attorney for two politicians who are suing the federal government for transfer of the, now named, Salish Kootenai Dam to the Tribes.  Protesters will meet at the Red Lion Hotel in Kalispell at 1PM.