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National Unemployment Update for June

The unemployment rate for June was unchanged, at 7.6 percent, according to figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth was stronger than expected for the month, with 195,000 new positions created.  Sectors showing job growth included leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, retail trade, health care, and financial services. More

Exploring the Common Core

NCSL has a wide range of resources on Common Core State Standards. This work from NCSL's Education Program includes an overview and history of the movement and much more.

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The Supreme Court and The Indian Child Welfare Act

Tkidshe Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was enacted by Congress in 1978 in response to the disproportionately high number of Indian children being removed from their homes and placed in non-Indian foster care or adoptive homes. A recent Supreme Court ruling may make its implementation more challenging for states. More

State-Tribal Collaboration

definition of collaborationThere are many good reasons for states and tribes to strive for cooperation. States and tribes have far more in common than they have in conflict. Mutual interests include providing comprehensive services and a safe environment for their citizens, protecting the natural environment, providing jobs and sustaining healthy communities. Cooperation and mutual respect leads to positive results for both states and tribes. More

An Issue of Sovereignty

Arizona desertMany people do not understand the issue of tribal sovereignty. The essence of tribal sovereignty is the ability to govern and to protect the health, safety and welfare of tribal citizens within tribal territory. Treaties signed with European nations, and later the United States, in exchange for land guaranteed tribes continued recognition and treatment as sovereigns. More

News and Updates

news logoWhether it’s precedent-setting legislation being enacted, mutual agreements being signed or more respectful relationships being pursued, tribal and state governments are increasingly identifying areas of shared interest and are creating new strategies for communication and partnership. More

2010 Census

pens and Census formAccording to the 2010 Census the population of American Indians and Alaska Natives—once numbering less than one percent of the total population—may reach two percent by 2050. The two populations increased by 1.1 million people, or 26 percent, since 2000. More 

White House Tribal Nations Conference

white houseFor the fourth consecutive year President Obama hosted a Tribal Nations Conference with  leaders representing more than 560 federally recognized tribes. Also in attendance were members of the Obama cabinet and several members of Congress.  More 

 

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