Native Americans

Native Americans within the boundaries of the present-day United States (including indigenous peoples of Alaska and Hawaii) are composed of numerous, distinct tribes and ethnic groups, many of which survive as intact political communities. The terms used to refer to Native Americans have been controversial. According to a 1995 U.S. Census Bureau set of home interviews, most of the respondents with an expressed preference refer to themselves as "American Indians" or simply "Indians"; this term has been adopted by major newspapers and some academic groups, but does not traditionally include Native Hawaiians or certain Alaskan Natives, such as Aleut, Yup'ik, or Inuit peoples.
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    • When Killing Eagles Is A Matter Of Faith

      The problem with the Supreme Court's decision in Hobby Lobby is that granting expanded religious exceptions to secular laws kind of has to be open to all religions. It's easy enough to think that a religious employer doesn't have to pay for women's health in the form of birth control pills. (Actually, it's not easy to think that, it's stupid to think that, but the Court went that way anyway.

      Elie Mystal/ Above the Law- 5 readers -
  • Elf Churches Have Standing in the Courts of Iceland (and why not?)

    … in which the Supreme Court of Iceland has issued a stay. The news was picked up in the United States by the Associated Press and the major television networks in December 2013 as a Christmas human interest story with headlines such as “Iceland’s Hidden Elves Delay Road Projects” and “In Iceland, Elves Have a Strong Lobby.” …. Andri Snaer Magnason…

    Laura Orr/ Oregon Legal Research Blog- 3 readers -
  • Solving Nothing

    … November 11th, 2014 | Add a Comment The Arizona Republic recently reported about a Chandler police sergeant who was demoted and agreed to leave the department by the end of next year for ordering her subordinates to single out Native American shoplifters for being booked into jail instead of cited and released. She wasn’t fired, obviously…

    Matt Brown/ Brown & Little, P.L.C.- 2 readers -
  • Non-Sequiturs: 09.25.14

    … * Justice Sotomayor would like to remind you that just because you’ve been to one Indian casino, that doesn’t mean all Native Americans are fantastically wealthy. [KGOU] * Nor is every Native American cured by this news, but this is certainly a start — the Department of the Interior will sign a $554 million settlement in the breach of trust…

    Joe Patrice/ Above the Law- 2 readers -
  • The Legal Trick Payday Lenders Are Using To Skirt The Law

    … in Congress’s court. But it’s unclear whether or not they’ll gather the political will to close this regulatory loophole. Here I’ll help: let’s just say payday lending is all Obama’s fault. That should get them working. Online Payday Loan Borrowers Charge Sky-High Rates [NBC Connecticut] Feds eye online lending practices [TribLive] Federal Court Agrees…

    Joe Patrice/ Above the Lawin California- 2 readers -
  • Researching the Past

    … image by flickr user hpnl Have you ever wanted to travel through time? To see big events in our history as they happened? Unfortunately, no one seems to have invented a time machine yet (still), but you can still get a glimpse of the past using our new America’s Historical Newspapers database. The oldest available issue is from a newspaper…

    Deborah Schander/ The Blackacre Times- 3 readers -
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