Tuesday, February 3, 2009

NARF Attorney to speak at United Nations

NEW YORK, NY-NARF Attorney Heather Kendall-Miller will be speaking at the United Nations in New York on Friday, Febraury 6th. She will be speaking on the issue of climate change at a conference entitled "Year of Change: New Prospects for America at the United Nations. Kendall Miller will be one of three speakers on climate change at the UNA-USA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference at the United Nations. Keynote speakers at the conference are U.S. Senator Robert Mendez and U.S. Ambassador Suan Rice. For more information, download the conference flyer.

Tribal Supreme Court Project Update: Supreme Court likely to make decision soon in land-into-Trust case

The Tribal Supreme Court Project, a joint project of NARF & NCAI, anticipates a decision in the very near future in Carcieri v. Kempthorne, a case involving a challenge by the State of Rhode Island to the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land in to trust for the benefit of the Narragansett Indian Tribe under the provisions of the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act. Rhode Island argued that the Secretary’s authority to take land in trust for the benefit of “Indians” was limited by Congress to recognized Indian tribes now under federal jurisdiction in 1934.

The Project has continued to focus its energy and resources on two other Indian law cases that the Court is scheduled to decide this term: United States v. Navajo Nation and State of Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs. In addition, the Project has committed substantial resources to the petition for writ of certiorari in Navajo Nation v. U.S. Forest Service filed on January 7, 2009 which seeks review of a decision by an en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversing a three-judge panel decision and holding that the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of a permit allowing the use of recycled sewage waste-water to manufacture snow for a ski resort on the San Francisco Peaks a sacred-site for many American Indian Tribes does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”). (Read more)…

Troubled Times For All: NARF to postpone Santa Fe Benefit Auction

SANTA FE, NM-After careful thought and consideration, NARF has decided to postpone its 8th annual Visions for the Future Benefit Art Auction scheduled to be held in August 2009 during Santa Fe Indian Market. The Auction will be tentatively postponed until 2010.

"Given the current economic crisis and the hardships it has created for so many, including our supporters, artists and NARF itself, we believe it is prudent to postpone the auction this year, stated NARF Executive Director John Echohawk. "In light of the economic challenges we believe it will be extremely difficult to match the fundraising success the auction has enjoyed in recent years. We do however want to thank all the artists, auction sponsors, donors and supporters who have helped to make NARF's Santa Fe Auction such a success. We are hopeful that the event can return in 2010. In the meantime, we ask that our auction supporters consider alternative means of giving to support NARF's work. This level of support, especially in these hard times, is both necessary and greatly appreciated," Echohawk added.

NARF, like everyone else has also been impacted severely by the financial crisis. As a result, NARF will intensify its fundraising efforts to support our legal and advocacy work for Native American rights in a variety of ways. NARF will release announcements in the near future regarding alternative fundraising efforts to our Santa Fe auction. For more information please contact Don Ragona, Director of Development at 303.447.8760.