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"The American Indian Reporter" (AIR) was originally designed to serve American Indian tribal members in lower California. Our newspaper continues to be the only tribal-produced newspaper dedicated to serving the 31 Indian reservations located in Southern California with today's local and national top breaking news in Indian country, for OP-ED, community-based feature stories and niche advertising.

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Our tribal news coverage has expanded nationally to include central and northern California, as well as the 574 Native American tribes in the United States through our tribal network of websites, including electronic delivery of our bi-weekly, full-color newspaper.

PUBLISHERWE WANT YOUR NEWS AND PARTICIPATION

The American Indian Reporter leaders actively seek to strengthen tribal voices and assist the next generation of Native American writers, leaders, photographers, social media correspondents and indigenous rights activists through bona fide publishing opportunities in professional print media and Web publishing.

If you have a news tip, a story idea, public notice or opinion letter to publish - if you want to get involved with our tribal publications or just want to leave us a comment - please contact our publisher directly: Ernie C. Salgado Jr. (Soboba tribal member).

Supreme Court Ruling Political:

Castro-Huerta decision 'flips federal indian law on its head'

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by Mary Kathryn Nagle,
Indian Country Today

Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She is an attorney whose work focuses on the restoration of tribal sovereignty and the inherent right of Indian Nations to protect their women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault....

"The court had an opportunity in Castro-Huerta to right a wrong."

As a child, my grandmother taught me to revere the United States Supreme Court. Her eyes would beam with pride as she pointed to the photos of my grandfathers that hung on her wall and explained that in 1832, the executive and legislative branches of the United States government sought to extinguish us. But, the judicial branch recognized our right to exist.

In Worcester v. Georgia, a case that my great-great-great grandfather John Ridge worked on alongside Cherokee Nation Chief John Ross, the United States Supreme Court declared that Georgia could not exercise criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians located within Cherokee Nation’s borders.

The Supreme Court’s declaration of tribal sovereignty threatened nothing less than President Andrew Jackson’s 1830 Indian Removal Act and his plan for genocidal forced removal. And it affirmed our inherent right to exist....

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SCOTUS Upholds Tribal Sovereignty:

US Supreme Court Upheld Tribal Sovereignty

INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY
by Kolby Kicking Woman, June 15, 2022

Edited by Ernie C. Salgado Jr

The Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision Wednesday morning, allowing Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, located near El Paso, Texas, to offer electronic bingo at its gaming facility.

Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion for the court and was joined by fellow conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett and the three liberal justices to form the majority opinion.

“In this case, Texas contends that Congress expressly
ordained that all of its gaming laws should be treated as surrogate federal law enforceable on the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Reservation.

"In the end, however, we find no evidence Congress endowed state law with anything like the power Texas claims,” Gorsuch wrote....

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California Tribal Chairpersons Association, Inc.

CTCA LATEST BREAKING NEWS:

“The mission of the CTCA is to promote unity and strength by advocating for all California Indian people. As my father taught me, it is important to improve the lives for future generations and to pursue a path that younger tribal leaders can follow, like our tribal elders did for us,” Mazzetti said.

CALIF Tribes Establish New Executive Council Uniting Southern, Central, Northern Indian Reservations

by Ernie C. Salgado Jr., Publisher
The American Indian Reporter

SACRAMENTO, CA - On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, the Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association, Central California Tribal Chairpersons' Association and the Northern California Tribal Chairpersons' Association joined forces to formally establish the California Tribal Chairpersons' Association (CTCA), a state-wide organization established to collectively address critical issues facing Tribes in California ...

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TOP AMERICAN INDIAN NEWS FEATURES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

The CTCA Board of Directors consist of one representative from each of the member tribes. The six-member Executive Council is composed of two representatives from the three geographical areas identified as Southern, Central, Northern.

SIX-MEMBER COUNCIL:

Bo Mazzetti, Chairman of Rincon Band of Luiseño Band of Indians was elected Chairman of the CTCA.

Michael Hunter, Tribal Chairman of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians was elected Vice Chairman of CTCA.

Garth Sundberg, Tribal Chairman of the Trinidad Rancheria was elected Treasurer of the CTCA.

Erica M. Pinto, Tribal Chairwoman of the Jamul Indian Village of California was elected Secretary.

Kevin Day, Tribal Chairman of Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians was elected Member at Large of the CTCA.

ChairmanDale Miller, Tribal Chairman of Elk Valley Rancheria was elected Member at Large of the CTCA.

Denis Turner, Executive Director of the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association, Inc. SCTCA, provided the organization with expertise on the development of organizational document and in-service training.

INDIAN CITIZEN ACT
June 2, 1924

On this date in 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed into law the Indian Citizen Act granting full US citizenship to America's indigenous peoples.

The American Indian people were granted American citizenship on June 2, 1924 as opposed to July 9, 1868 with the adoption of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution simply because it specifically excluded them, plain and simply.

The reason for the exclusion was that the federal government did not have full jurisdiction over Native American tribes, which govern themselves and make treaties with the United States.

The U.S. Government was still in the process of forcing the American Indian people to adopt the European culture through the education process which began with day schools on tribal lands, and continued with the establishment of Indian Reservation and the infamous boarding schools where the inhumanity that took place within these “Indoctrination Centers” have been covered up for over 15 years.

“Kill the Indian, save the man” was the motto of the day....

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Our Native American newspaper serves the thirty one Southern California Indian reservations and their tribal members:

  • Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
  • Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians
  • Barona Band of Mission Indians
  • Cabazon Band of Mission Indians
  • Cahuilla Band of Cahuilla Mission Indians
  • Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians
  • Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
  • Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians
  • Iipay Kumeyaay Nation of Santa Ysabel
  • Inaja-Cosmit Band of Kumeyaay Indians
  • Jamul Indian Village
  • La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians
  • La Posta Band of Kumeyaay Indians
  • Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla Indians
  • Manzanita Band of Kumeyaay Indians
  • Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians
  • Morongo Band of Mission Indians
  • Pala Band of Mission Indians
  • Pauma Band of Luiseno Indians
  • Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians
  • Ramona Band of Cahuilla
  • Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians
  • San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
  • San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians
  • Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians
  • Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
  • Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians
  • Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
  • Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians
  • Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Indians of California
  • Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

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