The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced an historic agreement to settle a decade-long class action lawsuit known as Keepseagle v. Vilsack, wherein Native American farmers and ranchers alleged discrimination in the USDA’s farm loan program dating back to 1981. Under the agreement, the USDA will pay $680 millionRead More →

With President Obama’s recent signing of the Cobell lawsuit settlement approval legislation, the 15+ year legal effort to secure financial compensation for Native Americans in the courts finally reached conclusion. That landmark event is, however, more of a “beginning” than the end of the work to deliver long-overdue compensation toRead More →

Tribal Environmental Regulatory Enhancement The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requests proposals for Environmental Regulatory Enhancement. This RFP will the support the development, enforcement, and monitoring of tribal environmental quality and regulatory programs. $750K expected to be available, up to 5 awards anticipated. Responses due 4/1/11. For moreRead More →

Chickaloon Native Village, a federally-recognized Athabascan Indian Tribal government in Alaska, filed a communication to the United Nations Independent Expert on the human right to water and sanitation, seeking help in stopping a new open-pit coal mine in the Village’s traditional territory. Chickaloon Village’s submission asserts that the new mineRead More →

The National Indian Health Board and a consortium of Tribes and Tribal agencies have filed an amicus brief in the “Obamacare” lawsuit, where a federal judge in Florida ruled the federal government’s landmark healthcare reform unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed after President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection andRead More →

Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine is featuring Tribes in the Puget Sound area that have successfully captured export markets in China and elsewhere with a unique product: the massive Geoduck clam. This unusual natural resource has become highly profitable due to growing consumer demand in Asia, and effective management and marketing byRead More →

The Suquamish Tribe, a federally recognized tribe located in Washington State, sued the Army Corps of Engineers, the Navy, and the National Marine Fisheries Service today, claiming that the defendants violated federal statutes and the tribe’s treaty when they approved construction of a second explosives handling wharf at Naval BaseRead More →