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Summary of Native News, June 26-July 2, 2022

Here's a summary of Native American news around the United States this week:

Supreme Court expands criminal jurisdiction over Oklahoma tribes

US Supreme Court commits crimes against Indians on Wednesday in Oklahoma's tribal lands He ruled that he had simultaneous jurisdiction with the federal government to sue the non-Indians who committed the crime.

5-4 of the court in McGart v. Oklahoma stated that most of eastern Oklahoma, about 43% of the state remains of origin, and therefore only federal and tribal. Restricted the 2020 decision. The court can prosecute the crime there.

"State interest in protecting victims of crime includes both Indian and non-Indian victims."Judge Brett KavanaughI wrote a letter to the court.

OklahomaGovernor Kevin Stittcelebrated the decision. statement.

The Oklahoma tribe was swift to condemn the ruling as an attack on the tribal sovereignty.

Cherokee Nation's chief chief, Chuck Hoskin Jr., said the court failed to meet its obligations to respect national promises, violated parliamentary legislation, and ignored tribal sovereignty.

Hometown returned to Onondaga Nation, New York

One of the largest returns of land to Native American countries by the state, New York is Tully Onondaga 414 hectares of the original 404,700 hectares of ancestral land in the Valley.

This agreement is the result of a settlement between the Natural Resources Council of the Natural Resources Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) Program and Honeywell International in March 2018, which is the ownership and complete ownership of the land. Transfer the right to Onondaga.

"It is a great pleasure for theOnondaga to welcome the return of the first vast land of their ancestral hometown," said Onondaga Chief Taddaho Sydney Hill. I am. "The country can now renew its stewardship obligation to restore these lands and waters and preserve them for future generations."

Boarding Schools Oklahoma First Stop on the Road to Healing

This week, the U.S. Department of Interior visited Oklahoma on July 9 with Deb Haaland and Bryan Newland, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, to "heal." Announced to start "The Road to". Native American boarding school survivors and their descendants have the opportunity to talk about them.

Last month, thedepartment released Volume 1 of Researchert to the Federal Indian Boarding School System. So far, the survey has identified more than 400 federal-backed boarding schools and more than 50 burial sites.

They found that themaximum concentration of these schoolsis now in Oklahoma. Indignation of 76 school personnel and 19% of the total.

University of Alaska working to revitalize native languages ​​

The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) has launched three Alaskas from this fall, starting June 29th. Announced that it will offer free classes natively. Three levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced): Language, Tlingit, Haida, and Chimushi.

Free classes are non-credit courses, but if students choose to pay tuition and fees, they will receive credit.

"The University of Alaska Southeast is committed to recognizing and acknowledging the historic mistakes that the Alaska Native community has endured. We are for indigenous peoples to learn their language. We make sure we don't have to pay for it. It's very important in our efforts towards language activationand overall healing, "said the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Carin Silkaitis says.