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Federal court affirms health care as treaty right

Native people may now claim a higher legal authority in calling for health services. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Aug. 25 that healthcare is a treaty right guaranteed to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe by the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie.

Although a number of treaties call for the provision of medical services for tribes, federally funded health care for Native people is authorized by legislation such as the Snyder Act of 1921 and the permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

In ruling that competent health care is a treaty right, however, the court imbues it with the power of the U.S Constitution in which treaty rights are considered to be the supreme law of the land… READ more.


Back to her tennis roots

SUNSHINE BEACH, Australia — Evonne Goolagong Cawley returned to her tennis past on Monday while hoping to inspire Australia’s future in the sport.

Long before the now-70-year-old Goolagong Cawley won the first of her seven Grand Slam singles titles — the first at the French Open in 1971 when she was 19, followed weeks later by her second major at Wimbledon — she used to practice by hitting tennis balls against a wall.

Back then, a young Aboriginal girl from Barellan in New South Wales state, she initially had no racket or court to play on. Her father fashioned a make-do racket from a piece of a wooden crate, and the then 3 or 4-year-old hit ball after ball against a wall, hoping to improve daily on the number of times she could increase her total.

Evonne Goolagong Cawley, left, speaks as she returns to her tennis past in Noosa, Australia, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, while hoping to inspire Australia's future in the sport. Goolagong Cawley helps unveil a mural, which will double as a hitting wall, as part of Tennis Australia's National Hitting Wall project at the former world No. 1′s local club. (AP Photo/Dennis Passa)

“Every day I got up hoping I could do better than I’d done the day before,” Goolagong Cawley, Wiradjuri Aborigine, told The Associated Press in an interview... READ more.

Oklahoma court reverses McGirt rulings in 4 death cases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court on Tuesday reversed four previous rulings that overturned death penalty cases based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision that limited state jurisdiction for crimes committed on tribal reservations.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled earlier in August that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in what is known as the McGirt case does not apply retroactively. The McGirt ruling found that Oklahoma lacks jurisdiction for crimes on tribal reservations in which the defendants or victims are tribal citizens.

On Tuesday, the same appeals court vacated its rulings that had cited the McGirt decision in overturning the cases of death row inmates Shaun Bosse, James Ryder, Miles Bench and Benjamin Cole Sr.

It was not immediately clear if the ruling reinstates the death penalty in the four cases… READ more.

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Connecticut panel OKs sports betting, online gambling rules

With the NFL regular season kicking off Sept. 9, the state of Connecticut took a big step closer this week toward legalized sports wagering, online gambling and other new forms of betting after a legislative committee approved emergency regulations for the new gambling market.

Connecticut now awaits the U.S. Department of the Interior’s expected approval of changes to agreements between the state and its two federally recognized tribal nations, the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans, who play major roles in the state’s gambling expansion plan.

Other steps, including codifying the Department of Interior’s decision in the Federal Register and approving licenses for operators and key employees, still need to be completed before bets can be placed... READ more.

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We have our work cut out for us. By we, I mean those of us who work for Indian Country Today, but also all of us as part of a larger society. We have a couple of hundred years worth of misinformation, misunderstanding and misconceptions about Native Americans to clear up.

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Fortunately at ICT we care passionately about our mission. You’ve heard from those of us who dreamt from childhood of being able to tell the larger world about our love for our people, respect for the wisdom of elders, pride in our traditions and contributions to this nation, and our hopes for future generations. With ICT, we can do that.

I can’t tell you how many times during an interview, a Native person said, with humility and gratitude, “We’re still here.”

It’s a point of pride because it wasn’t a given… READ more.


#ICYMI: Indian Horse Relay 2021

The Indian Horse Relay, hosted by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, is a spectacle.

It’s the ultimate display of Indigenous horsemanship and it takes place south west of Minneapolis.

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