Public Law 280

In 1953, the United States Congress dealt a crushing blow to tribal sovereignty with the passing of Public Law 280. This statute sought to reduce the role of the federal government on reservations by enabling certain states to assume criminal jurisdiction, a role previously reserved for tribal or federal courts. …

Fighting for Sovereignty

The controversial Indigenous rights case California v. Cabazon Band made its way to the Supreme Court in late 1986. Californian officials, wanting to curb bingo and card games hosted on the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians reservation, claimed that certain state laws applied on the reservation, meaning the card games …

Pipelines Are The Latest Development In A History of Exploitation of Indigenous Lands and Resources

Ever since European settlers set foot upon America, they’ve been exploiting Indigenous people and their land for resources and economic gain. This all began in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase, when the United States purchased a large swatch of land from France without consulting any of the Indigenous tribes. What …