Barred from Paradise – How the Law Bars Native Hawaiians from Asserting their Legal Rights

by Sharon Foster The State of Hawaii has failed as a trustee of Native Hawaiians. The state legislature refuses to comply with its constitutional duty to allocate public trust land funds for Native Hawaiians.[1] Additionally, Native Hawaiians have had their legal rights quashed through judicial process. For example, the Supreme Court rejected the premise that... Continue Reading →

A Movement in Indian Country Toward Legal Rights for Nature

By: Jens Camp The United States has repeatedly abandoned its duty to Tribes—not just as a trustee but also as a world power—to recognize and protect tribal sacred sites and their homelands from the unwarranted, devastating natural resource exploitation that harm tribal citizens.[1]  Tribal communities across the United States have suffered some of the cruelest... Continue Reading →

The Truth about Sanctuary Cities

By: A.J. Privitt Proposition 205 – The Tucson Families Free and Together Initiative A sanctuary city is a city that “has limited the extent to which it will volunteer resources in support of federal immigration enforcement agents’ responsibility to enforce federal immigration law.”[1] Recently, in 2019, the city of Tucson voted no on becoming a... Continue Reading →

What does the 2020 election mean for criminal justice in Arizona?

By: Bryan Shapiro After the appointment of County Attorney Bill Montgomery to the Arizona Supreme Court, Maricopa County, the fourth largest county in the country, was left without an elected County Attorney. [1]. In the interim, Governor Ducey appointed Allister Adel to fill the position, but, in the 2020 election, the voters will decide who... Continue Reading →

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