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 →

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she will launch a new multiyear effort to improve health care for Native Americans, calling previous federal programs a “historic failure.”  Recruitment of health care providers for reservations and preventive care for Tribal members are top priorities. “(We need to) begin to layRead More →

The Federal Court for the Eastern District of Washington has held that Native American Tribes are exempt from potential liability under 42 U.S.C. Section 9601 et seq., the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”). The Court first reviewed the statutory construction of CERCLA and the definitions ofRead More →

The United States government has identified the following Native American and Alaska Native communities to receive $90 million in federal stimulus funds for water and wastewater projects: Alaska – $3,918,750 for the native Village of Buckland for a lift station, sewer and forcemain, serving 105 homes. Arizona – $1.14 million to the San CarlosRead More →