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Tribal Case of Taxing Travel or Trade on Supreme Court Docket

The issue in Washington State Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den Inc. is whether the “right to travel” provision of the Yakama Nation Treaty preempts Washington’s tax and permit requirements for importing fuel.

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Cleaning Up with Future Generations in Mind

Many Native American tribes hold a perspective that today’s actions can have an impact on future generations. This perspective can apply to a broad range of topics, but it has special significance as it relates to the nation’s nuclear weapons legacy.

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Supreme Court Accepts Significant Oklahoma Indian Reservation Case

Would it surprise you to learn that more than 750,000 people in Oklahoma, including most Tulsa residents, live on an Indian reservation?

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Supreme Court to Decide Tribal Fishing Rights Case

In the mid-1800s, Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest entered into treaties guaranteeing them a right to off-reservation fishing. In Washington v. United States the Supreme Court will decide whether the “fishing clause” guarantees “that the number of fish would always be sufficient to provide a ‘moderate living’ to the tribes.”

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The Downside of All-Mail Elections for Native Americans

After our story about all-mail voting was published in the May issue of The Canvass, I spoke with Natalie Landreth, an attorney with the Native American Rights Fund and learned that I’d missed a “downside.”

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Renewable Energy Can Be Key to Tribal Energy Development

Renewable energy can be a key to energy and economic independence for tribes, Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) told a session of the National Tribal Energy Summit in Washington, D.C.

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Senator: Tribes Need Government to Get Out of the Way

Tribes have a litany of energy-development success stories and need the government to get out of the way so they can produce more.

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Interior Secretary Pledges Advocacy for Tribes

Tribal sovereignty should mean something, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said today at a session at the National Tribal Energy Summit today in Washington, D.C.

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Roles For States, Tribes in Nuclear Weapons Site Cleanups

Many of the sites were located on or near tribal lands, and today, a number of American Indian tribes work directly with federal and state governments to ensure safe and protective environmental remediation and determine future use at the sites. 

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Tribal Traffic Safety in Focus During National Native American Month

The issue of Native American traffic safety is among the focuses during National Native Ameri

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