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The U.S. Supreme Court will not overturn the McGirt decision after denying 31 separate appeals petitions from the state of Oklahoma.

However, on Jan. 21, the court agreed to review one case that will look at how far the decision applies. Specifically, if the state can prosecute non-Natives who commit crimes against Natives on tribal lands.

The case, Oklahoma v Castro-Huerta, is expected to be heard in April.

The landmark decision in July 2020 affirmed that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation had never been explicitly disestablished by Congress. Ultimately, the decision also applied to other tribes in the state that had similar treaties and that reservation boundaries similarly had not been dissolved. READ MORE. — Kolby KickingWoman, Indian Country Today


A history of the Supreme Court’s role in Indian law offers an unsettling conclusion.

“There is strong evidence that an institutional bias against tribal interests drives the current Supreme Court, writes Matthew L.M. Fletcher for the American Bar Association. “Even when the federal government sides with tribal interests, the Court is unimpressed. This institutional bias runs against the now settled national policy favoring tribal self-determination.”

That’s not a good start. And as Fletcher writes in his blog, Turtle Talk, Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer “was no tribal sovereignty warrior a la Sotomayor, but he was no Indian fighter, either.”

Breyer is expected to retire over the summer. READ MORE. Mark Trahant and Patty Talahongva, Indian Country Today

Ten of the 63 artists receiving $50,000 unrestricted cash awards from United States Artists are Native American. US Artists announced its 2022 Fellows on Wednesday. The group selected from 10 disciplines are the largest cohort since the organization’s start 16 years ago.

"Long Weekend," ink, oil, acrylic on paper by Andrea Carlson, 2012, Photo by Rik Sferra

The award “honors their creative accomplishments and supports their ongoing artistic and professional development,” US Artists said in a prepared statement.

Here is information about the 2022 USA Fellows and their work.

From Honolulu to New Zealand to Minnesota, numerous Indigenous events are taking place in 2022.

Many of the events offer optional virtual access congruent with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic such as the 40th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference in Florida. And some are returning after canceling or postponing dates in 2021 like the Gathering of Nations Powwow in New Mexico.

Notably, the midterm elections will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Here are some key dates to keep an eye on.

Coming up, we have more on the dark history of Colorado, and Hawaiian language makes its way back to magazines. Plus, a Kiowa soccer star reflects on his remarkable career.


The MNI means two things.

One, the Dakota word for water, and two, an acronym for Macalester College’s Macalester Native and Indigenous Initiative, which just received a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

According to a press release, the grant will be used to “create a multi-faceted initiative dedicated to engagement with and scholarship around Indigenous people, culture and history.” — Indian Country Today


The National Judicial College has received a $1 million grant for its National Tribal Judicial Center from the U.S. Justice Department, according to a press release.

The funds will be used for numerous functions, such as training, technical assistance, providing judicial advice, annual conferences, and visiting tribes that require aid. — Indian Country Today

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