NAAIP Director General, Tushkahumoc has joined in historical and monumental steps taken by various members of regional Arawak aboriginal tribes of the Virgin Islands and the entire Lesser and Greater Antilles.

Hemoc Akhan Xelup is with Abenaa Rukiya Montsh and 75 others. January 6 at 4:00 PM ·  NAAIP Director General, Tushkahumoc has joined in historical and monumental steps taken by various members of regional Arawak aboriginal tribes of the Virgin Islands and the entire Lesser and Greater Antilles. The tribes have formally established the International Arawak Foundation and has awakened the spirits of their ancestors. These past and forgotten tribal descendants of Arawak lines are finding new freedoms under their newly structured sovereign tribal government. Tribal governments are re-developing to operate under the protections of…

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Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes

Friday, May 26, 2017   A bill that addresses a long-standing blood quantum issue in Oklahoma has been introduced in the U.S. House.Under a law known as the Stigler Act of 1947, citizens of the Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, the Choctaw Nation, the Muscogee Nation and the Seminole Nation — also known as the Five Civilized Tribes — are treated differently when it comes to their allotments. They must possess at least one-half Indian blood in order for their lands to be held in “restricted fee” status.The status is important because it protects Indian lands from state and local taxation, regulation and…

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Appeals Court: ‘Tell Me What Disqualifies a Tribe From Tribal Immunity When They Buy an Asset?’

“A Tribe is a sovereign entity. That question was resolved a couple hundred years ago,” asserted Judge G. Steven Agee, when a case concerning the sovereign immunity of a Tribal economic arm came up in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday. “It seems like the bottom line is, ‘We don’t like payday lending, ergo, if the Tribe is in payday lending, there is not Tribal immunity,” Agee continued. The case in question, Williams v. Big Picture Loans, involves a group of consumers who filed suit…

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This Cherokee congressman is for Trump – and Indian Country

Markwayne Mullin, who is hard-right and white-passing, may not seem like an Indigenous lawmaker, but he’s no anomaly. Graham Lee Brewer Image credit: J.D. Reeves for High Country News Dec. 9, 2019From the print edition Last April, on the day the country was eagerly anticipating the release of the Mueller report, a small group of seniors in rural southeast Oklahoma woke up early to go have coffee with their congressman. There was concern for a nefarious plot underway.  “The Green New Deal has nothing to do with climate change. It has…

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Young Indigenous activists lead climate justice action in Alaska

Two Alaska Native teenagers pushed for a resolution declaring a climate emergency – and decision-makers listened. Tripp J Crouse Dec. 19, 2019From the print edition  LIKE TWEET EMAIL PRINT “We do not want to stop our ways of life. That’s why we’re here.” Seventeen-year-old Quannah Chasing Horse’s voice broke as she stood on stage in front of a sea of delegates at the Alaska Federation of Natives 2019 Convention in Fairbanks, Alaska. “We shouldn’t have to tell people in charge that we want to survive. It should be our number-one right. We should not have to…

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