The Crow tribal government has asserted tribal rights on key issues that include off-reservation hunting and road access to the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.
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Crow tribal leaders gather in Crow Agency on Wednesday and raise a flag to honor treaties. Leaders including Chairman Darrin Old Coyote smoked a pipe and prayed after raising the flag.
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The transfer of Bison from Yellowstone National Park to reservations
is not yet a done deal. Although a number of Bison have already been
transferred, a restraining order my halt the transfer of any more.
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Attendees of the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) in Phoenix, Arizona along with online Internet viewers, witnessed the first auction event of it’s kind on Friday February, 24th, 2012 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Hunting The Rez Magazine joint-ventured with eight tribes from throughout the U.S. and Canada to conduct an auction on the main floor of the ISE outdoor expo and trade show.
The eight tribes contributed 13 hunting and fishing adventure packages for the auction. Hunting packages contributed by the tribe’s Fish and Game Departments along with an outfitter from Alberta, Canada included hunts for elk, whitetail and mule deer, buffalo, antelope and black bear. A fishing vacation to the Blackfeet Nation near Glacier National Park in Montana was also auctioned off. The feature auction was a Rocky Mountain Bighorn ram from the Chippewa Cree Tribe’s Rocky Boy Reservation in north central Montana.
Overall, the auction resulted in $117,100 of revenue for the tribe’s Natural Recourse and Fish & Game Departments. Federal funding cuts have forced tribes to look into alternative revenue sources to help fund their tribal programs. “We’re working with several tribes to help them generate more revenue by marketing their fishing and hunting opportunities to a wider audience through events like this auction” said Jason Belcourt from Hunting The Rez Magazine. Jason also shared “the original idea was to facilitate an outdoor expo and auction event on our own, and invite all of the tribes that have hunting and fishing programs that allow non-tribally enrolled members to hunt and fish on their reservations to the event. We found out pretty quickly that conducting such an event on our own would be a near impossibility without having the experience and resources that it would have taken to make a successful event. It made more sense for us to form a relationship with an organization such as ISE that is well established in the outdoor expo market.”
Hunting The Rez Magazine co-owner James “Midge” The Boy also commented “next year’s event will have more than double the hunting and fishing packages. This was our first event and we believe that we have most of the kinks worked out to be able to have an even bigger and better event next year.”
Expo and auction attendees and the online viewers were also treated to a performance by Native American dancers in their traditional and contemporary dance regalia. The auction was scheduled to run from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. The auction’s fast pace held the event to about half the time allotted.
Hunting The Rez utilized new technology in offering online bidding for bidders who were unable to attend in person. Online bidding in the hunting, fishing and outdoor auction market is very new to the space and looks very promising for future auctions. Phone bidding was also offered to those interested in bidding on the hunting and fishing packages.
To get signed up and bid online for the “Indian Country Big Game Auction”
CLICK HERE NOW!
**Clarification – Interested bidders can register and bid at any time
BEFORE the live auction starts at 3:00 PM on Friday February 24th!**
**UPDATE: Phone bidding will also be an option for interested bidders!
Phone numbers for the auction will be posted by 9:00 A.M. Pacific – 12:00 P.M. Eastern
In Conjunction with
Show starts Thursday February 23rd and runs to Sunday February 26th.
Doors open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
The Auction will take place in the “Adventure Theatre” on the
main floor of the show starting at 3:00 PM. Bidders can get
registered by stopping by the “Hunting The Rez Pavilion” or
on Friday starting at 2:00 PM.
To register and get your pre-bids in now, please
CLICK HERE NOW!!!
Hunting The Rez will be Exhibiting at the ISE show and
will also feature a “Hunting The Rez Pavilion” where
Fish & Game Departments from throughout Indian Country will
have Exhibitor space and/or representatives available to answer
questions about their specific hunting, fishing and
outdoor recreation programs.
Hunting The Rez is very exited that the Pueblo of Acoma is participating in the
upcoming “Indian Country Big Game Auction” with their elk hunting package offer!
Acoma has consistently produced record bulls over the years and one lucky bidder
will get a chance to experience the hunt of a lifetime!
Get the details here:
One of HTR’s Facebook Friends explained Acoma Elk this way:
“Heaven on earth for elk!”
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Hunting The Rez announces the first auction of it’s kind! We’ve partnered with
tribes and outfitters from the U.S. and Canada to bring hunters, anglers and
outdoors sports enthusiasts the best hunting and fishing packages that Indian
Country has to offer!
The packages offered are some of the most sought after hunting and fishing
packages in existence. Online bidding is now live and pre-bids are being
accepted. These packages will be auctioned live on February 24, 2012 during
the International Sportsmen’s Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona at the University
of Phoenix Stadium.
It is being billed as the “First Annual Indian Country Big Game Auction” and
will feature 13 hunting and fishing packages from 9 different tribes and outfitters.
Online bidders must register for pre-bidding. To see the hunting and fishing
packages that will be up for auction, to get registered to bid and for more
information, visit http://bid.huntingtherez.com
Hunting The Rez hosted Jana Waller and Jim Kinsey of Skull Bound TV during
the early fall of 2011 for an Antelope hunt. The inspirational and passionate
hunting duo video documented Jana’s hunt and their visit with members of
the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy, Montana. During their visit, tribal
members performed songs and dances and Jana was given a special gift from
local artist Vernon The Boy. The Hunting The Rez episode began airing late
last week on the Sportsman Channel and will continue throughout the rest
of this week.
Here is the Sportsman Channel’s airing schedule for the Antelope hunt that
features Hunting The Rez’s very own Jason Belcourt with special appearances
by James “Midge” The Boy and Quintin “Moosemeat” Long Fox:
Wednesday – 4:00 PM
Friday – 9:30 AM
Saturday – 11:00 AM
To view the Skull Bound TV trailer, visit: http://bit.ly/xFcFhp
Indian Country Today featured Hunting The Rez Magazine in an article on
November 20, 2011. The article, written by Lee Allen makes note of how we
got our start and where we are headed.
Thank you Indian Country Today!
Take a look at the article here: http://bit.ly/uLbS7r
In meetings that the Departments of Justice and the Interior have had with federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations, tribal representatives have raised questions and concerns about federal enforcement of wildlife laws protecting eagles and other birds. Among other things, tribes have expressed concern that federal enforcement efforts are having a chilling effect on tribal members who wish to engage in religious and cultural practices that involve eagle feathers. Both Departments look forward to continuing a productive dialogue with tribes and tribal organizations on these issues.
In furtherance of this dialogue, the Department of Justice welcomes tribal input on two specific proposals. First, the Department of Justice is considering adopting a formal policy that would memorialize and clarify its practice of enforcing federal wildlife laws in a manner that facilitates the ability of members of federally recognized tribes to use eagle feathers and other bird feathers and parts for cultural and religious purposes. Second, in response to the expressed desire of tribal representatives that tribes become more involved in the enforcement of laws related to eagle feathers, the Department of Justice has begun to develop a joint federal and tribal training program on enforcement of such laws, as well as other environmental laws.
Tribal views and recommendations on all aspects of these two proposals are welcome. This paper is designed merely to provide background information and to frame issues to invite tribal input. This paper is not itself intended to be, nor should it be construed as, a statement of Department policy.
The Department of Justice recognizes that members of federally recognized tribes have a significant interest in practicing and preserving their cultures and religions. Eagle feathers, and other bird feathers or parts, play a unique and important role in the religious and cultural life of many Indian tribes and their members.
In light of the important government-to-government relationship that the United States shares with federally recognized tribes, the United States has a strong interest in accommodating the interests of tribes in protecting the ability of their members to meaningfully practice their religion and preserve their culture.
The Department of Justice is considering whether to adopt a formal policy that would memorialize and clarify its practice of enforcing federal wildlife laws in a manner that respects and protects the ability of members of federally recognized tribes to use eagle feathers and other bird feathers and parts for cultural and religious purposes. In particular, the Department is considering formally issuing a prosecution policy consistent with the Department of the Interior’s long-standing “Morton Policy.” (The Morton Policy, which was issued in 1975 as a policy statement by then-Secretary of the Interior Rogers C. B. Morton, is attached to this document.) The Department is interested in soliciting tribal input on this proposal.
Tribal officials, tribal members, and tribal organizations have raised a number of concerns about enforcement issues that affect tribal member’s possession and use of eagle feathers for cultural and religious purposes. One of the concerns that the Department has heard is that tribal members are unsure of how federal enforcement policy affects use and possession of eagle feathers, and that the resulting fear of prosecution chills the ability of tribal members who have eagle feathers to engage fully in important religious and cultural practices.
The Department of Justice works closely with the Department of the Interior to enforce federal laws protecting eagles and other birds, including the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The Department of the Interior has a long-standing policy, the Morton Policy, which recognizes tribal interests in the use of eagle feathers for cultural and religious purposes. In general, the Morton Policy permits members of federally recognized tribes to possess and use eagle feathers and other bird feathers and parts, and to engage in other specified activities, for religious and cultural purposes. The Morton Policy has guided the Department of Justice’s prosecution efforts in this area for more than three decades, but the Department of Justice has not formally adopted guidance or a policy to memorialize its practice of following the Morton Policy.
The Department is now considering whether to formalize a policy that memorializes its approach in applying federal bird-protection laws to tribal religious and cultural activities. In particular, the Department is considering whether to issue a policy that would inform tribal members that, consistent with the Morton Policy and the Department’s traditional exercise of its discretion, they will not be subject to prosecution merely for possessing or using eagle feathers or other bird feathers or parts. The Department anticipates that the policy would also provide that tribal members are free to engage without fear of prosecution in all of the activities permitted under the Morton Policy, such as giving or loaning such bird feathers or parts to other tribal members or exchanging them with other tribal members for other bird feathers or parts, without compensation of any kind.
At the same time, and like the Morton Policy, a Department policy in this area should reflect the Department’s commitment to protecting this Nation’s scarce and precious wildlife resources, including the eagle and other migratory birds. The policy would therefore need to make clear that the Department will continue to prosecute tribal members and non-members alike for violations of federal law that involve killing eagles or other birds, or that involve the buying or selling of, or other commercial activities involving, eagle feathers or other bird feathers or parts.
Request for Tribal Views
In formulating a policy in this area, the Department would seek to reflect its commitment to balance enforcement of the Nation’s wildlife laws with acknowledgment of the religious and cultural needs of members of federally recognized tribes. The goals of the policy would be to clarify how federal enforcement policy affects use and possession of feathers and other bird parts, and to assure tribal members that they may practice their religion without fear of prosecution.
To that end, the Department invites tribal input on the following:
Should the Department of Justice formally adopt a policy, consistent with the Morton Policy, addressing tribal use of eagle feathers and other bird feathers and parts? In particular:
The Department of Justice also welcomes comments and input on other aspects of the policy.
The Department of Justice is developing, through its National Indian Country Training Initiative, a training program on enforcement of wildlife and pollution-control laws in Indian country.
Our goal is to develop a training program that will, among other things, promote federal-tribal partnerships in this area, foster communication between federal and tribal enforcement officials, and help build tribal capacity to assume additional responsibility for enforcement of such laws.
The National Indian Country Training Initiative is working with the Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, Office of Tribal Justice, and several U.S. Attorney’s Offices, as well as with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior, to develop this training program.
We are seeking input from tribal leaders and organizations to ensure that the training meets the needs of tribal prosecutors, tribal law enforcement, and other tribal personnel. In addition, we wish to gauge the level of interest in this training program.
Request for Tribal Views
The training could address a broad range of issues related to the enforcement of laws protecting wildlife and prohibiting pollution on tribal lands.
To that end, the Department welcomes tribal input regarding which of the following topics would be of most interest to tribal personnel:
We also welcome input as to what additional topics should be included in the training program, what audiences would be most appropriate to include (e.g., prosecutors, law enforcement officers, wildlife and natural-resource administrators, etc.), and any other matters related to the development of the program.
Of course, in addition to this new training program, both the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior recognize that continued training of federal officers on tribal issues – including respect for tribal concerns and sensitivity to tribal cultural and religious issues – is a critical part of ensuring appropriate enforcement of federal wildlife protection laws and of developing federal-tribal partnerships in this area. We also welcome tribal input as to what training on tribal issues is helpful for federal officers.
The Department of Justice looks forward to continuing our discussions on these important topics.