The three Connecticut officials sued by MGM Resorts International over the state's plan to build a new tribal gaming facility to compete with the MGM Springfield casino have been granted an extension to respond to the complaint.
Gov. Dannel Malloy, Secretary of State Denise Merrill and Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Jonathan Harris will have until Oct. 1 to craft their defense, following MGM's August 11 lawsuit that accused the state of unconstitutionally favoring Connecticut Indian tribes in its newly-passed gaming bill. The original deadline was Sept. 1.
By Tampa Bay Times
TALLAHASSEE — Wading into complicated tax and sovereignty issues, a federal appeals court Wednesday issued a split decision in a dispute between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida about rental and utility taxes on tribal property.
A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Florida is barred from imposing a real-estate rental tax on non-Seminole businesses that operate at tribal casinos in Tampa and Hollywood.
President Russell Begaye authorized the opening of a canal that serves three communities on the New Mexico portion of the reservation, The Farmington Daily-Times reported. The canal will be flushed to ensure a clean supply from the San Juan River.
"You'll have water that's good for irrigation," Begaye said at a meeting on Thursday night, the Daily-Times reported.
By James Giago Davies- Indianz.com
This is the calm before the Archie Bunker storm. Kids are ready to go back to school, football season about to kick off, it seems like just another late August, but something is brewing, something disturbing moves in a mysterious way.
Rapid City has a new mayor, and a half century of watching, and experiencing, how this town works, has alarm bells ringing in my head. At some point in the months to come there is going to be a racially charged incident, and past experience also tells me this new mayor is not going to be a peacekeeper, a wound healer, he is going to be in the pot stirring thick of it, and he is not going to be our friend. But this is only my opinion and at best an educated assumption.
By Oneida Indian Nation NY
The Oneida Indian Nation announced today that construction has begun on two new state-of-the-art healthcare facilities that will introduce exciting new healthcare options to its Members, employees and the local community. Oneida Nation Health Services and the Bassett Oneida Health Center, both slated to open in early 2016, will be located in Dreamcatcher Plaza on Genesee Street in Oneida.
The Oneida Nation Health Services, which has been providing nationally accredited and award-winning healthcare to Nation Members and other American Indians since 1991, will relocate from its current location on Territory Road to the more convenient and easily accessible location on Genesee Street in the city of Oneida. The new facility will consolidate all of the Oneida Nation Health Service offerings into one location, providing a substantial upgrade to the quality of care delivered to patients. Currently the Health Service provides family healthcare, comprehensive diabetes care and education, dental care, community health, and behavioral health services.
Twelve months ago, when fire burned more than 26,000 acres on the Colville Reservation and forced the evacuation of dozens of residents, firefighters got some much-needed help in the form of rain.
Colville could use some of that luck right now.
The so-called North Star Fire, which started August 13, had consumed 155,000 acres by 8 p.m. August 25, spurring the evacuation of seven areas of the reservation, including the Copper Lakes and Copper Mountain areas.
By CBC News
If you're a fan of Métis artist Christi Belcourt you might want to keep an eye out for the next Jennifer Lopez music video.
Photos from the shoot for El Mismo Sol have been popping up online. In one scene Lopez appears riding a carousel in a Christi Belcourt inspired Valentino two-piece.
"I love seeing international designers create positive collaborations with amazing Indigenous artists, and then have mainstream icons support it," tweeted Jessica Metcalfe, of Beyond Buckskin.
Rome-based House of Valentino reached out to Belcourt earlier this year about her work, after seeing her Water Song painting, which is held in the National Gallery of Canada. Belcourt said she didn't rush into saying yes.
By CBC News
The Cree Nation Youth Council, which represents youth from all nine Cree communities in Northern Quebec, has voted to dismiss its elected Youth Grand Chief, Joshua Iserhoff.
In a press release today, the CNYC said the unprecedented non-confidence vote came after an in-camera session at the youth council's annual general assembly on August 16 in Waswanipi.
By CBC News
Charlotte Overvold started shaving her head a few years ago when she got alopecia, a skin disease that causes hair to fall out.
"I was living in Vancouver. I was away from my family. I was very sad, really stressed," says Overvold, a Dene artist from the Northwest Territories.
She says getting alopecia devastated her.
"I really, really loved my hair and I felt like I was robbed of something that meant a lot to me."
By Jody Porter, CBC News
A new book is shedding light on the coercive sterilization of indigenous women in Canada in the 1970s.
An Act of Genocide, Colonialism and the Sterilization of Aboriginal Women was written by Karen Stote, an assistant professor of women and gender studies at Wilfred Laurier University in Ontario.
She documents 580 sterilizations of indigenous women that took place at federal hospitals between 1971 and 1974. The hospital in Moose Factory, Ont. conducted 147 of them. The Sioux Lookout, Ont. hospital is responsible for 61.