2009 Native American News Archive
Native American news and events that occurred in Indian Country in 2009.
2009 Native American News Highlights
—The federal government announced that it intends to pay $3.4 billion to settle claims that it has mismanaged the revenue in American Indian trust funds, potentially ending one of the largest and most complicated class-action lawsuits ever brought against the United States.
The tentative agreementwould resolve a 13-year-old lawsuit over hundreds of thousands of land trust accounts that date to the 19th century. Specialists in federal tribal law described the lawsuit as one of the most important in the history of legal disputes involving the government’s treatment of American Indians.
—For two decades, researchers have been using a growing volume of genetic data to debate whether ancestors of Native Americans emigrated to the New World in one wave or successive waves, or from one ancestral Asian population or a number of different populations.
Now, after painstakingly comparing DNA samples from people in dozens of modern-day Native American and Eurasian groups, an international team of scientists thinks it can put the matter to rest: virtually without exception, the new evidence supports the single ancestral population theory.
—Acorns and oak trees were once a vital food source for California Indians, and the oak and its fruits still hold great cultural significance. The spread of Sudden Oak Death is of grave concern to California tribes.
The Language Summit was an effort to unite the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota (“Sioux”) oyate (“peoples”) in both the United States and Canada in a collective and committed effort to revitalize and strengthen the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota languages.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking Alaska Native artists to compete in the 2009 American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Poster Contest. The selected artist will receive $2,000 and their artwork will be reproduced into a poster for nationwide distribution.
AUTHOR: Jody Rave Thousands of Native people from across the nation are in the capital this week to celebrate the Tuesday inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, a man who is bringing Indian Country with him to … Continue reading