Native Americans

Tribal law enforcement boosted under bill proposed by members of Congress from the West

BY: - September 26, 2022

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers re-introduced legislation Thursday to provide more resources for tribal law enforcement, an issue they say has become more urgent as Congress begins to consider how to respond to a July Supreme Court case that complicated state-tribal criminal jurisdiction. The bill, introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego […]

Racist term removed from places on federal lands, including 32 in Michigan

BY: and - September 16, 2022

Thirty-two lakes, streams and other federal geographic areas in Michigan have been formally renamed, after the U.S. Department of the Interior last week released new names for 643 locations across the United States. The name change is the final step in the historic effort launched nearly a year ago by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland after […]

Mich., Minn. water protectors show up in force at public comment for Line 5 tunnel project

BY: - September 14, 2022

From early afternoon Thursday until the late evening, representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District sat and listened in a Saint Ignace event space while Indigenous water protectors, environmentalists, Enbridge supporters and concerned citizens argued for and against the Canadian pipeline company’s proposed Line 5 replacement project. USACE’s public comment period […]

Judge rules for tribe in Line 5 suit, says Enbridge is trespassing and must pay damages

BY: - September 9, 2022

Short of an order to decommission the Line 5 pipeline, an Ojibwe tribe on the south shore of Lake Superior secured a different legal victory Thursday in its federal lawsuit against Canadian pipeline company Enbridge. The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians has been locked in a legal battle with […]

Nessel, 23 AGs defend law to prevent ‘unwarranted displacement’ of Indigenous children

BY: - August 30, 2022

Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined two dozen of her colleagues across the country in arguing that a long-standing federal law protecting Native American adoptees should be upheld. The 44-year-old Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) provides foundational protections guaranteed to Indigenous children, their families and their tribal communities. It was implemented to prevent the […]

Advocates worry federal law protecting Native adoptees could be overturned by Supreme Court

BY: - August 6, 2022

As far as Susan Devan Harness knew, she was an only child whose birth parents died in a car crash long ago. Only in her early 20s did Harness — a Native American adopted by a white couple — realize that not only was her birth mother alive and located just 30 miles away, but […]

Haaland, Newland to hear Native boarding school survivors’ stories in Pellston

BY: - August 5, 2022

Pellston is the next stop on U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s year-long “road to healing” tour, in which the country’s first Native American cabinet member will hear from survivors and descendants of so-called Indian residential schools. The nationwide implementation of boarding schools — five of which were located in Michigan — was once part of […]

Contaminated Ashland soil along Enbridge Line 5 under investigation

BY: - August 5, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is assisting in the investigation of suspected oil-contaminated soil collected along Enbridge Line 5 south in Ashland, Wisc. The pipeline stretches from Sarnia, Ontario, through a swath of northern Michigan to Wisconsin. According to a state DNR press release, an Enbridge contractor reported the soil to the DNR […]

‘We’re still here’: Indigenous water protectors call for Enbridge to respect treaty rights

BY: - July 25, 2022

On a cloudy May afternoon, a short walk from the turbulent Mackinac Straits waters, tribal citizens from Michigan to Siberia marched miles down the streets of Mackinaw City in protest against fossil fuel projects on tribal lands. The date was May 14, 2022: One year and a day since Canadian pipeline company Enbridge became an […]

Tribal lands as ‘abortion sanctuaries’? Indigenous lawyers, leaders say it’s unlikely.

BY: - July 18, 2022

Updated, 11:27 a.m., 7/19/22 As advocates scramble to shore up reproductive rights in the absence of Roe v. Wade, some have floated the idea that sovereign Indigenous nations could act as safe havens where Americans can travel to and continue receiving safe abortion procedures. But that idea is neither fair to tribes nor legally sound, […]

West Michigan tribe applauds Senate resolution

BY: - June 30, 2022

Tribal officials are applauding a Michigan Senate resolution urging the U.S. Department of the Interior to approve a petition by the Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians (GRB) for federal recognition. Senate Resolution 151, introduced by state Sen. Mark Huizenga (R-Walker), notes that the GRB has been seeking federal recognition for three decades and that […]

Whitmer rejects Muskegon casino proposal amid strife with neighboring tribes

BY: - June 15, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday nixed a West Michigan tribe’s long-awaited casino project, ending a nearly 13-year effort by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians to build the $200 million, off-reservation development in Fruitport Township. The news, though disheartening to the federally recognized Little River Band, was met with praise by a neighboring tribe […]