Tuesday, February 26, 2013

NARF files amicus brief in important Voting Rights Act case, Shelby County v. Holder



On Wednesday, February 27, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the important Voting Rights Act case, Shelby County v. Holder.  NARF Staff Attorney Natalie Landreth will be in attendance as NARF filed an amicus brief in the case on behalf of the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN), four individual tribes, and four Alaska Native voters.  At issue in Shelby County is the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act which requires nine states, including Alaska, and parts of seven other states to obtain approval from the U.S. Department of Justice before changing voting laws or districts.  To read the brief that NARF filed on behalf of AFN and others describing educational and voting discrimination against Alaska Natives and the importance of the Voting Rights Act, click here.

Staff Attorney Heather Kendall-Miller to speak at Tribal Law & Government Conference



 
This Friday, March 1, NARF Staff Attorney Heather Kendall-Miller will speak at the University of Kansas School of Law's Tribal Law & Government Conference. Heather will speak about the impacts of climate change in Alaska and NARF's work with Alaska Natives. Each year, KU hosts the Tribal Law & Government Conference, which devotes significant scholarly attention to the study of organic tribal law, modern tribal governments and the evolution of tribal common law.  Click here to learn more about the Conference.

 

Monday, February 25, 2013

March 1, 2013 - Cry Rock

 
March 1, 2013  ~ Cry Rock  - Less than fifteen Nuxalk language speakers and storytellers remain in Bella Coola, British Columbia. Cry Rock examines how Nuxalk stories are more than mere words. The wild beauty of British Columbia's Bella Coola Valley combined with watercolor animation illuminates a young filmmaker's journey to the intersection of Nuxalk language and story, culture and history.

Festival is free – Screenings are FREE with a suggested donation.  "Warming of the Hearts" ~ warm clothing donations will be accepted at the door ~ coats, sweaters, hats, gloves, boots, mittens, blankets, etc. 

1st Friday of every month between October, 2012 and May, 2013. 7:30 p.m.   Location: Elysian Fields Auction Co., 6924 79th St., Niwot 

The Niwot Native American Film Festival welcomes you to view award winning documentaries, narrative shorts, animation and feature film from the world of Native American independent filmmakers, several with premiere screening in Colorado.

Ava Hamilton, Film Festival Curator / Director will introduce the documentaries and films.

Festival is hosted by Native American Producers Alliance & Ni-wot Prairie Productions

Sponsors: Elysian Fields Auctions, Native American Rights Fund, and WHIZZBang Studios

Contact info: 303-931-3084 niwotprarieproductions@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

NARF Hosts Free Webinar on Estate Planning


Do you have estate planning questions?  Do you know how the new tax laws will affect you and your children?
 
On Wednesday, February 27 NARF will host the third installment of our free estate planning series, Circle of Life Show.  NARF Development Director Morgan O’Brien and Don Ragona will provide a review of estate planning basics as well as a discussion on the tax law changes enacted at the beginning of the year.

If you have reviewed your estate planning documents recently or not, a tax law change makes a fresh look imperative.  Many other life events—children graduating, buying or selling a house, contemplating retirement—could have an impact on your will, estate taxes or other plans.  

Join us for a free, 1-hour Webinar where we answer your questions directly.  Click below to sign up today.



Morgan O'Brien
Title:  Circle of Life Show
Date:  Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Time:  6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. MST

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/716200158

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Friday, February 15, 2013

NARF News: NARF significantly reduces its impact on climate change with support for Trees, Water & People

The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is committed to environmental sustainability through its mission, work and organizational values.  This year, NARF has partnered with Trees, Water & People to offset NARF’s measured emissions for 2012.  Through our donation, NARF will significantly reduce our impact on climate change while supporting Native American families in need by providing jobs as well as clean, free heat.  Click here to learn more about NARF’s commitment to environmental sustainability and Trees, Water & People.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

John Echohawk to speak at Stanford Law School



This Thursday, February 14, NARF Executive Director John Echohawk will speak at Stanford Law School on "The Native American Rights Fund and the Modern Tribal Sovereignty Movement, 1970-2013." For more information on the event, please follow this link.

This event is part of the Legacy of Wounded Knee Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Monday, February 11, 2013

NARF Staff Attorneys Publish Article on Alaska Tribal Jurisdiction

 
NARF Staff Attorneys Natalie Landreth and Erin Dougherty have recently published an article in the American Indian Law Review on “The Use of the Alaskan Native Claims Settlement Act to Justify Disparate Treatment of Alaska’s Tribes.”  The article discusses the context that surrounded the passage of ANCSA, the Act’s subsequent interpretation and implementation, and Alaska tribal jurisdiction.  If you need help or assistance locating a copy of the article, please contact the National Indian Law Library (NILL).   NILL serves the public by assisting with Indian law-related information needs. Follow this link to submit research questions to the professional library staff.

Friday, February 8, 2013

More Estate Planning Questions Answered



Estate Planning Questions:  How will the new tax laws affect my beneficiaries and me?

Please join Morgan O’Brien and Don Ragona, February 27, for the third installment of our estate planning series, Circle of Life Show.  In addition to a review of estate planning basics, we will discuss the tax law changes enacted at the beginning of the year, as well as what might be coming down the road.

If you have reviewed your estate planning documents recently or not, a tax law change makes a fresh look imperative.  Many other life events—children graduating, buying or selling a house, contemplating retirement—could have an impact on your will, estate taxes or other plans.  

Join us for a free, 1-hour session where we answer your questions directly.  Click below to sign up today.

Title:  Circle of Life Show
Date:  Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Time:  6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. MST

Join us for a Free Webinar!

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/716200158

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Thursday, February 7, 2013

NARF Staff Attorney Erin Dougherty Presents at National Park Service Workshop


Earlier this week NARF Staff Attorney Erin Dougherty presented at a workshop hosted by the U.S. National Parks Service.  The focus on the workshop was “Cultural Resources, Climate Change, and Planning” and Erin presented on the effects of climate change on Alaska Native subsistence and community resources.  To learn more about NARF’s climate change work, please click here.

Tribal Water Code Webinar Video and Materials Now Available



The video and materials for the NARF webinar on Tribal Water Codes held in mid-December is now available.  For the video of the event, please click here.  And, for the presentation that accompanied the webinar, please click here.