Amnesty International Report Outlines Abuse Against Indigenous Peoples

A description of “In Hostile Terrain: Human rights violations in immigration enforcement in the US Southwest” is here. A link to the full report is also on the site or can be found here.

CNN has a story here and ICT’s story is here.

National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act’s Threat to Tribal Land

The bill’s (H.R. 1505) purpose is “To prohibit the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from taking action on public lands which impede border security on such lands, and for other purposes.” Information on (and link to) the bill can be found here.

ICT has an article by Montana Senator John Tester here, which discusses the threat to tribal land in Montana, including sacred sites.

Homeland Security Memo re: Border Crossing

From NCAI: Here is a memorandum from the Department of Homeland Security regarding the upcoming Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) implementation on June 1, 2009 and it’s effect on North American Indians.

Homeland Security Letter

To summarize the memorandum, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not require those persons who fall under the Jay Treaty exceptions to present a WHTI compliant document on or after June 1, 2009 until such time as an alternate document is approved and issued.