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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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Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group: Collaborating for Policy Solutions

What to do with the nation’s 76,000 tons of nuclear waste may not be on short list of pressing policy issues for everyone. But that issue is on the front burner for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy, as well as affected tribes, states and local communities.

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November Is National Native American Month

President Obama has proclaimed named November 2016 as National Native American Month.

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SCOTUS Allows Non-Tribe Members to be Sued in Tribal Court

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians leaves in place the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that in some instances nonmembers of Indian tribes—including state and local governments—can be sued in tribal court for claims of civil wrongdoing.

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