Banished Snoqualmie Tribe Members at Seattle’s Federal Courthouse “It’s just like death”  “We were treated like criminals”  “It’s ripping a big family apart” These comments from Linda Sweet-Baxter, Carolyn Lubenau, and Anita Christansen arose from a recent court hearing on the banishment orders issued by the Snoqualmie Tribe, affecting nineRead More →

In its just-released opinion in Solis v.Matheson, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has held that the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) applies to Tribal businesses, whether located on-Reservation or not, and that federal enforcement agencies can enter upon Tribal lands and search records to determine compliance. The Solis caseRead More →

On Friday, May 8, 2009, the Washington State Bar Association’s Indian Law Section will hold its 21st Annual Conference and continuing legal education seminar in Seattle. Co-hosted by the law firm of Foster Pepper PLLC, the day-long program will cover cutting-edge legal issues affecting Native American communities, including: Federal TribalRead More →

The Grand Governing Council of the American Indian Movement (AIM) has released the following statement in response to President Obama’s recent address before the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In President Obama’s speech to the United Nations on September 23, 2009, he spoke of a ‘new direction’. TwoRead More →

President Barack Obama will host a Tribal Nations Conference discussing issues of importance to Native Americans on November 5, the White House announced Monday.  Representatives from each the country’s 564 federally recognized tribes will be invited to participate. “I look forward to hearing directly from the leaders in Indian CountryRead 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 →

In conjunction with the 5 November 2009 Tribal Nations conference, President Obama has issued a White House Memorandum on Tribal Consultation to all executive departments and federal agencies. The United States has a unique legal and political relationship with Indian tribal governments, established through and confirmed by the Constitution ofRead More →