Monday, September 29, 2014

New Tribal Supreme Court Project Memorandum now available
Are you interested in learning more about federal Indian law cases currently in front of the United States Supreme Court?  A new Tribal Supreme Court Project Memorandum is now available.  To read the memorandum, click here

The Tribal Supreme Court Project is part of the Tribal Sovereignty Protection Initiative and is staffed by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). The project was formed in 2001 in response to a series of Supreme Court cases that negatively affected tribal sovereignty.  The purpose of the project is to promote greater coordination and to improve strategy on litigation that may affect the rights of all Indian tribes.  To learn more about the project and to read past publications, click here.

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Native American Rights Fund
You can now support NARF while shopping on Amazon!  When you shop at, Amazon will donate a portion of the price of your AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice at no added cost to you.  To support NARF, click the link at right and start shopping – it’s that simple! 

Thank you for your support of NARF and our work to assert and defend the rights of Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide.

Friday, September 26, 2014

NARF Co-Sponsors the 11th Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival

Save the dates!  NARF is co-sponsoring the 11th Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival, which will be held October 7-13.  The Indigenous Film & Arts Festival celebrates film, art, and lively discussion around this year’s theme of “Family.”  The summary festival schedule is below.  All events are free, with a suggested donation ($5) accepted online or at the door.  Updates and film synopses will be posted at

Tuesday October 7, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Art Opening: Raven Cry Message from the Stronghold, with artist Walt Pourier   
Artist's Talk by Walt Pourier at 6:00 p.m.
University of Denver Museum of Anthropology
2000 E. Asbury, Denver 80208

Wednesday October 8, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Master Fancy Basket Maker Florence Benedict - Katsitsienhawi
Conversation w/ director RJ Joseph (invited), Morris
Te Whiti Love, James Hagadorn, and Mervyn Tano
Dessert & Coffee Reception
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver 80205

Thursday October 9, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
The Migration and Ingredients: Hawai'i
Nighthorse-Campbell Native Health Bldg.
Anschutz Medical Campus
13055 East 17th Avenue, Aurora 80045

Friday October 10, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Luisa Torres
Q&A with Luisa's granddaughters
Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver 80204

Saturday October 11, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
White Lies
Discussion led by Morris Te Whiti Love
Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver 80204

Sunday October 12, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
This May Be The Last Time (Espoketis Omes Kerreskos)
Discussion led by director Sterlin Harjo
History Colorado
1200 Broadway, Denver 80203

Monday October 13, time to be determined
Luisa Torres

Q&A with Luisa's granddaughters
Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NARF co-sponsors training, Traditional Peacemaking: Exploring the Intersections Between Tribal Courts and Peacemaking, Including Alternatives to Detention

Please join us October 6-7 for the training, Traditional Peacemaking: Exploring the Intersections Between Tribal Courts and Peacemaking, Including Alternatives to Detention.  The training will be held at the tribally-owned Hard Rock Hotel in Catoosa, Oklahoma. The purpose of this training is to introduce Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance grantees and other attendees to the various peacemaking models that are being used in tribal courts, including those that are being used as alternatives to detention. The training will explore the ways in which tribal courts integrate traditional justice and community values into varied aspects of tribal civil and criminal justice, to provide experiential training and tips for accessing tribal judicial systems that utilize cultural forms of justice, and to provide explanation of how traditional peacemaking can unlock new approaches to provide effective representation of civil and criminal legal services clients, with special attention to indigent criminal defendants whenever appropriate.

This event is co-sponsored by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), the National American Indian Court Judges Association, and Columbia Law School.  The training is free, but the participants must cover the cost of their travel, food, and lodging.  For more information on travel logistics and to register for the peacemaking training, click here.  For the draft agenda, click here.