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Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF.org) marked the 125-year anniversary of the Dawes Act (General Allotment Act of 1887) by producing this “Matter of Honor” video you can view on the organization’s YouTube channel.

Courtesy of Indian Land Tenure Foundation


It’s a topic that incites much to think about these days, as the Cobell settlement is disputed in courts.

ILTF has an entire page dedicated to lands issue debates, including checker boarding, sacred sites, land management and legal and legislative issues.

Here’s the spot where ILTF explains how it’s helping to reverse the negative effects of the Dawes Act.

Jenna Cederberg

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John T. Williams (CTV photo)

John T. Williams (CTV photo)


Seattle police given high marks for woodcarver shooting investigation
The Seattle Police Department did a thorough and unbiased investigation into the fatal shooting of woodcarver John T. Williams by Seattle officer Ian Birk, according to a review conducted by a San Diego Police Department homicide commander, according to a Seattle Time’s story.

Northern Alberta first nation loses oil sands appeal
From News 880 AM:
The Alberta Court of Appeal has sided with the Alberta government and against the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in a case involving oil and gas rights.

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation argued that the Alberta Government through the Energy Minister can not grant resource rights in the form of long term oil sands leases without consultation. The Crown countered that the First Nation challenge was not filed within six months of a decision awarding a lease to Shell.

At issue was when did the clock start to count down…from the date of the government decision or from the date the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation was notified of the decision? A lower court agreed with the government that the challenge was filed too late. The First Nation launched an appeal

The Court of Appeal considered all of the arguments and Friday morning it dismissed the First Nation’s appeal.

Events to explore contemporary land issue in Indian Country

“Lessons of Our Land: The Indian Land Tenure Foundation Speaker Series” will take place during February and March at The University of Montana. The series will focus on contemporary land issues in Indian Country, casting a light on our relationship to the Earth and the management of Indian trust land.

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This will be a light posting day as I’ll be covering dedication ceremonies for the Payne Family Native American Center at the University of Montana (See below). The ceremonies begin at 8:30 Mountain Time this morning with a Coming Home walk led by children from Arlee’s Salish language revitalization school. Check Buffalo Post and Missoulian.com for updates, and follow Missoulian on Twitter for a real-time accounting of the day’s events:

The main entrance to the building and rotunda faces east, in the tradition of the tepees it’s designed after. (TOM BAUER/Missoulian)

The main entrance to the building and rotunda faces east, in the tradition of the tepees it’s designed after. (TOM BAUER/Missoulian)

Crow author and historian Joe Medicine Crow, Blackfeet activist Elouise Cobell and Gov. Brian Schweitzer will be among the speakers Thursday at ceremonies marking the formal opening of the University of Montana’s Payne Family Native American Center – the first of its kind at any American university.

The day’s events, which will include many Native American traditions to honor and dedicate the new center, are open to the public and include tribal leaders and community, state and campus representatives.

“The Payne Family Native American Center underscores our commitment to serve all Montanans, not just some,” UM President George M. Dennison said. “It also places the University of Montana in a unique leadership position nationally and is a source of tremendous pride for everyone involved.”

The formal dedication ceremony will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the UM Oval directly in front of the center. Seating will be provided. The ceremony will begin with an opening convocation by Medicine Crow. Other speakers include Cobell, Schweitzer and UM Native American studies alumnus Jon Swan.

Student-led tours of the center will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. The new center will house UM’s Department of Native American Studies, American Indian Student Services and related campus programming.

The university also will host a reception for tribal dignitaries, campus partners and donors. Terry Payne, a UM alumnus and Missoula businessman, is the center’s lead donor. Other key donors include First Interstate Bank and the Indian Land Tenure Foundation, a nationally recognized organization headquartered outside Minneapolis.

For a complete schedule of the day’s events, click here.

Gwen Florio

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