Indigenous women come up short in Bolivian land redistribution
Bolivia’s ongoing program by President Evo Morales to redistribute property from wealthy landowners to poor, indigenous people (see video above) – who make up 60 percent of the population – doesn’t always include women. As this Indian Country Today report shows, from 1997-2008, 47 percent of titles granted to individuals have been in the name of a man only, while 20 percent were in a woman’s name; the rest went to couples. Nongovernmental groups like La Coordinadora de la Mujer are working to change laws that discriminate against women when it comes to land ownership.
Minnesota works to change failure rate among Natives on probation
While Indian offenders make up a relatively small part of the Minnesota judicial system, one in five American Indians fail probation and are sent to prison. The American Indian Policy Center, is working on liaison programs to try and change that, according to this Minnesota Public Radio report.
Blackfeet, Salish and Kootenai officials hold joint meeting
Officials from the Blackfeet Tribe and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in western Montana met last week to talk about how they could better work together. Such a meeting has been discussed for years – now that it’s happened, more are planned, according to the Char-Koosta News.
Standing Rock officials plead not guilty to embezzlement
Two officials from the Running Antelope District on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation have pleaded not guilty to federal embezzlement charges, according to the Rapid City Journal. Running Antelope District treasurer Wayland Yellow Earrings, also known as Waylon Yellow Earrings, 39, of Little Eagle, and Kenneth Mark Walking Eagle,each are accused of taking more than $1,000.
New Age guru accused in sweat lodge deaths faces new lawsuit
The Arizona man charged in the deaths of three people in a sweat lodge ceremony is being sued by people who say they lost thousands of dollars paid in advance for the Native American-style ceremonies held by James Arthur Ray, according to the Associated Press. A week’s program at his retreat outside Sedona could run nearly $10,000.
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