Monday, January 5, 2009
American Indian Resources Institute Holds Forum at Civil Rights Violators Resort.
The American Indian Resources Institute is hosting a two-day forum to address sovereignty and self-governance issues under the new administration of president-elect Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled 111th Congress. Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Governance in a New Era: Forging Fair and Equitable Governance in a Time of Change takes place January 23-24 on the Pechanga Reservation in California. Sessions are geared to the challenges and opportunities tribes will face with a new leader in the White House Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), who will serve as chairman of the Barack Obama administration is expected to attend. The Pechanga Tribe has terminated 25% of its membership in an effort to boost the per capita payments to the remaining members. The story is recounted in Pechanga’s Paper Trail of Tears.