Friday, August 29, 2014

NARF and Boulder History Museum announce re-opening of Chief Niwot, Legend & Legacy exhibit

flyer for Chief Niwot exhibit
The Native American Rights Fund and the Boulder History Museum proudly announce the re-opening of the Chief Niwot, Legend & Legacy exhibit. This exhibit commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the tragic massacre at Sand Creek, Colorado.

Chief Niwot struggled to find peace during the most fateful years in Southern Arapaho history. His life and legacy are revealed in this exhibit along with the Arapahos' place in Boulder's history. Please join us for this award winning exhibit with new content and artifacts previously not on display.

For more information on the exhibit, click here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Save the Date! Traditional Peacemaking training scheduled for October 6-7 in Catoosa, Oklahoma

Save the Date!  Traditional Peacemaking: Exploring the Intersections Between Tribal Courts and Peacemaking, Including Alternatives to Detention will be held on October 6-7, 2014 at the tribally-owned Hard Rock Hotel in Catoosa, Oklahoma.  The purpose of this training is to introduce 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 goal of the training is to 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 training is co-sponsored by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), the National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA), and Columbia Law School.  The training is free, but the participants must cover the cost of their travel, food, and lodging.  BJA Grantees of Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Programs may use grant funds to support travel costs.

Monday, August 25, 2014

NARF Staff Attorney Steve Moore presents at conference celebrating conclusion of the Snake River Basin Adjudication

Today NARF Staff Attorney Steve Moore is presenting at a conference celebrating the conclusion of the Snake River Basin Adjudication in Boise, Idaho.  The event is hosted by the University of Idaho College of Law, the Idaho Supreme Court, and the Kempthorne Institute and includes a full-day of presentations on topics related to the adjudication and water rights in Idaho.  Steve is presenting on the panel on Native American Reserved Water Right Settlements and tonight U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be the featured keynote speaker at a reception and dinner where there will be a ceremonial signing of the final decree.

To learn more about the celebration of the conclusion of the Snake River Basin Adjudication, click here.

Friday, August 22, 2014

NARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk and Suzan Shown Harjo publish article “Bringing Jim Thorpe Home”

first page of article
NARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk and Suzan Shown Harjo recently published the article “Bringing Jim Thorpe Home” in the newest issue of National Museum of the American Indian magazine. 

Late last year, NARF filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in the Jim Thorpe case.  The Thorpe family and the Sac and Fox Nation filed suit to repatriate Jim Thorpe’s remains so that he could be buried in Oklahoma on tribal land, as was his wish.  The Thorpe family and Tribe obtained a ruling in federal district court that NAGPRA applies to the Borough of Jim Thorpe in Pennsylvania, where Thorpe’s remains are in a mausoleum.  The Borough appealed that decision.  NARF, representing NCAI, filed an amicus brief in support of the lower court’s decision.  NARF also defended the constitutionality of NAGPRA, which the Borough challenged for the first time on appeal.  

To read John and Suzan’s article, click here and click through to page 62.  To read NARF’s amicus brief and learn more about the issue, click here