Covid an Excuse to Strip Tropical Forests: Indigenous Groups

Governments worldwide are using the Covid-19 pandemic to push through destructive development projects and roll back protections of indigenous groups, according to a global report on deforestation and rule of law released Thursday.

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Treaties

An appeals court in Michigan vacated a ruling against a man cited for spearfishing in a closed stream who says the charges should be dismissed because he is a member of an Indian tribe that was granted hunting and fishing rights in treaties with the U.S. government. The man is given an opportunity to prove his tribe is a “political successor” to the tribe that signed an 1836 treaty.

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Tabling Impeachment, Dems Drop High Court Fight Over Mueller Records

It had been set to hear the case next month, but the U.S. Supreme Court sidelined arguments Friday on the secret grand jury materials behind former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Ex-Cop Faces Federal Murder Charge After Seeking Release Under High Court Ruling

Federal prosecutors announced Friday the murder indictment of a former Tulsa cop convicted in state court for killing his daughter’s boyfriend, but who is now demanding his release after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidated Oklahoma’s criminal jurisdiction on Native American tribal lands.

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Border Wall

The La Posta Band of Diegueño Mission Indians was properly denied a preliminary injunction in its case challenging border wall construction in San Diego and Imperial County, California, the Ninth Circuit ruled. The tribe claims ancestral burial grounds will be harmed by the construction but the government says such grounds have not been documented in the area.

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California Tribes Fight Border Wall Disruption of Religious Sites

The Kumeyaay Nation, 13 federally recognized Indian tribes living in Southern California, urged a federal judge on Friday to force the Trump administration to survey the grounds around an under-construction border wall to prevent the disruption of religious sites, including burial grounds.

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