Tribe Says Border-Wall Construction Is Trashing Burial Sites

The Kumeyaay people, whose presence along the San Diego-Mexico border preceded the international boundary now designated by fencing President Donald Trump is fortifying with a wall, sued the federal government this week, claiming border wall construction is desecrating sacred burial sites.

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Oklahoma AG Seeks Guidance on Criminal Appeals After High Court Ruling

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter asked the state’s highest criminal appeals court Monday for guidance on a flood of inmate appeals after the U.S. Supreme Court unexpectedly ruled last month the state has no criminal jurisdiction on large areas the justices found are still tribal lands.

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High Court Backs Tribal Designation for Wide Swath of Oklahoma Land

In a decision that reclassifies a large swath of eastern Oklahoma as land belonging to Native Americans driven from their ancestral home during the Trail of Tears, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday that a Seminole man sentenced to 500 years in prison for rape and sodomy should have been tried in federal court.

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All Eyes on High Court as Ruling Looms in Trump Taxes Case

With the coronavirus pandemic pushing the whirlwind conclusion of the Supreme Court’s term into July for the first time since 1996, the justices still must decide a handful of highly anticipated cases, including over Obamacare, religious exceptions to employment laws and access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

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Audit: University of California Failing to Promptly Return Native American Artifacts

The University of California failed to comply with state and federal rules on returning Native American human remains and cultural objects, resulting in inconsistent dealings with tribes that delay repatriation of their artifacts, according to a California State Auditor report released Thursday.

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Alaska Natives Accuse Feds of Using Pandemic to Silence Public

Few Alaska Natives in the Arctic Circle have reliable cellphone service, let alone internet access. And many say the Trump administration is using that — and the Covid-19 pandemic — to keep them from voicing their disapproval of mining and drilling projects that will destroy their way of life.

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