This is a 30-minute documentary produced by three Bad River Ojibwe teenagers that examines the spiritual, cultural, and environmental impact of a proposed massive open-pit taconite mine at the headwaters of our tribe’s ancient wild rice beds.
Excellent work by these young people in explaining why the open pit mine will be a disaster for the Water, the Earth and their community.
The Uneasy Coexistence of Conservative Justice and Tribal Rights at the Supreme Court
Many people outside of Indian Country are unaware that something big is brewing at the Supreme Court for Indian tribes. And, perhaps surprisingly, the conservative justices appear poised to uphold tribes’ ability to develop their economies and support their communities. Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, argued last December, is ostensibly about Bay Mills’ rights under federal law to open a casino on lands it owns in the State of Michigan.
Many people outside of Indian Country are unaware that something big is brewing at the Supreme Court for Indian tribes. And, perhaps surprisingly, the conservative justices appear poised to uphold tribes’ ability to develop their economies and support their communities.
A long fight over Tohono O’odham Nation casino plan
We have said before that the current system, in which gambling is limited to several reservation sites, is working pretty well. More extensive gaming operations, favored by some non-Indian interests, would have some economic benefits but also would cause more problems. The current system has benefited the tribes, and some revenues are shared with local governments and nonprofit entities.
For the first time, a South Dakota tribe is allowing off-reservation members to vote in an election. All enrolled members of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe can now vote in every tribal election. Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, a member of the tribe and a resident of Rapid City was traveling Thursday to Fort Thompson to vote..
New firm offers background checks on tribal casino employees
Tribal Trac, a firm that provides background checks for tribal casinos, celebrated its launch on Wednesday. Tribal Trac is billed as the first nationwide background check system. Tribes in California and Oklahoma have already signed up for its services.
Governor worried about Seminole Tribe compact negotiations
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is worried that gaming expansion talks might affect compact negotiations with the Seminole Tribe. Scott asked the state Senate to put a hold on bills to expand non-Indian gaming, The Miami Herald reported. Sen. Garrett Richter (R), the chairman of the Senate Gaming Committee, canceled a meeting on Monday in response to the request, the paper said.
Tribes lose out as Maine Senate rejects six gaming measures
The Maine Senate effectively killed six gaming bills on Wednesday, including three that would have benefited tribes. The Passamaquoddy Tribe (Indian Township and Pleasant Point), the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Penobscot Nation and the Aroostook Band of Micmacs were hopeful after the House passed bills authorizing casinos and electronic gaming. But the Senate indefinitely postponed action on three tribal bills, meaning it’s not likely they will pass this session.
Lac du Flambeau Band awaits action on off-reservation casino
The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin is waiting to hear from the Bureau of Indian Affairs on its proposed off-reservation casino. The BIA held public meetings last fall for the $132 million casino in Shullsburg. The draft environmental impact statement is expected in July.