Joaqlin Estus, ICT
Joaqlin Estus, Tlingit, is a national correspondent for ICT.
Judge grants delay in rule-making on federal recognition re-petitions
By: Joaqlin Estus, ICT - August 24, 2023
D.C. District Judge Amy German Jackson has given the Department of Interior another two months to submit a new rule on federal recognition of tribes. Department regulations ban tribes from re-applying for federal recognition if they were once denied. In July Jackson had ordered the department to take the next step in the rule-making process by Aug. […]
Judge demands agency speed up federal recognition rule
By: Joaqlin Estus, ICT - August 9, 2023
Department of Interior regulations ban tribes from re-applying for federal recognition if they were once denied. The rule is in the process of getting changed but too slowly in the view of a Washington D.C. District Court judge. Judge Amy Berman Jackson has told the department it has until the end of August to move on to […]
Tribes need tax revenue. States keep taking it.
By: Maya Srikrishnan, Center for Public Integrity, Shannon Shaw, Osage News and Joaqlin Estus, ICT - December 23, 2022
OSAGE NATION — On a crisp November morning, Teresa Bates Rutherford gazed at the construction site of her future home — her mind on her tax struggle with the state of Oklahoma. The trust land she is building on has passed down through generations of her family on the Osage Reservation, located in northeastern Oklahoma. […]