U.S. land managers will move forward in March with the sale of oil and gas leases that include land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites sacred to Native American tribes. The sale comes as Democratic members of Congress, tribal leaders and environmentalists have criticized the federal Bureau of Land Management for pushing ahead with drilling permit reviews and preparations for energy leases despite the recent government shutdown.With limited staff on duty over the last month, the critics complained that they were locked out of the process because the agency didn't release any information about the sale. They also questioned whether the agency would be able to adequately review the land that's up for bid and whether it would consider protests to the move.U.S. Sen. Tom Udall told The Associated Press in an email that he's concerned about the latest attempt to lease potentially culturally significant land in New Mexico without a more comprehensive plan in … [Read more...] about U.S. moves forward with sale of oil leases near sacred Native American sites
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Sarah Sunshine Manning, The Washington Post Published 10:22 am PST, Thursday, November 8, 2018 History was made, twice over, in Tuesday's midterm elections, when two Native American women defeated their opponents. Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo from New Mexico, and Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation from Kansas, are heading to Congress, the first Native American women to do so. Throughout Indian Country, as the interconnected community of Native Americans is affectionately known, indigenous people were overjoyed. On a night of many firsts (the first Muslim women were elected to Congress, and Davids is also the first openly gay woman elected to represent Kansas), the victories by Davids and Haaland were partly about representation. "I never imagined a world where I would be represented by someone who looks like me," Haaland said in her victory speech, to thundering cheers. These wins are profoundly personal for Native Americans, who were made citizens of this … [Read more...] about Two Native American women are headed to Congress. This is why it matters.
By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: August 31, 2018 at 2:46 pm | UPDATED: August 31, 2018 at 2:46 pm They’ve yet to break California away from America, but leaders of the state’s quixotic secession movement are already talking about a nation within their new nation. Yes California, the group behind the as-yet-unsuccessful effort to put “CalExit” on the ballot, recently proposed creating a Greenland-like, Native American nation-state within the boundaries of a California republic. The group also is pushing a new strategy for California’s independence, citing a 149-year-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling in asserting that California can secede by getting approval from a majority of the other 49 state legislatures. Formed in 2015 and inspired by the Yes Scotland independence movement, Yes California has tried to qualify a ballot measure that would let California voters try to make the golden state into its own country. … [Read more...] about A nation within a nation? Latest version of California succession plan touches Native Americans
GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Updated 12:15 am, Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Now Playing: An Oregon tribe has welcomed home artifacts taken from it 150 years ago that have been in storage in the British Museum in London for decades. After years of negotiation, the museum will loan the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde 16 objects. (June 5) Media: Associated Press GRAND RONDE, Ore. (AP) — Tribal artifacts that have been hidden away in the archives of the British Museum in London for nearly 120 years are being returned to a Native American tribe for an exhibit at its own museum — a facility the tribe expanded and upgraded in part to reclaim these pieces central to its complicated heritage. The 16 objects will go on display Tuesday on a small Oregon reservation after a decades-long campaign by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde to bring them back from Europe. The intricate bowls, woven baskets and other pieces were collected by the Rev. … [Read more...] about AP Exclusive: Tribe welcomes artifacts from British Museum
Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press Updated 12:40 pm, Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Photo: Eric Draper, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Nov. 21, 1996, file photo, tourists cast their shadows on the ancient Anasazi ruins of Chaco Canyon in N.M. Oil and gas drilling on tens of thousands of acres surrounding a national park in northwestern New Mexico would be prohibited under legislation introduced by two U.S. senators. The effort to establish a "protection zone" around Chaco Culture National Historical Park is the latest salvo in a long-running battle among developers and environmental and tribal interests. less FILE - In this Nov. 21, 1996, file photo, tourists cast their shadows on the ancient Anasazi ruins of Chaco Canyon in N.M. Oil and gas drilling on tens of thousands of acres surrounding a national park in ... more … [Read more...] about Tribes, senators seek buffer around world heritage site