“She thinks she’s Indian…” She “doesn’t represent the Indian community well…” She’s “a wanna-be Indian…” She’s a “big-boobed white woman” These comments were directed toward a Native American female employee of a health clinic in Oklahoma. Shortly after she filed an EEOC complaint for discrimination, she was fired. While suchRead More →

Inmates in Washington state’s prisons can attend Catholic Mass, take Protestant communion or celebrate Muslim Eid, but Native Americans often struggle to find ways to practice their beliefs while incarcerated. For Native religions based in nature, bars and razor wire can be insurmountable hurdles. A group of young adults throughRead More →

The economic downturn is opening some previously-uncharted legal territory – the question of applicability of federal bankruptcy laws and procedures for troubled Tribal enterprises. The Mashantucket Western Pequot Tribal Nation, owner of the massive Foxwoods Resort Casino, is seeking to restructure at least $1.45 billion in debt.  With gaming revenuesRead More →

In its new report entitled “Voting Rights In Indian Country”, the American Civil Liberties Union states that Native Americans continue to face a a variety of discriminatory election practices, including: at large elections; redistricting plans that diluted Native American voting strength; the failure to comply with one person, one vote;Read More →