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Justice Department Voting Rights Proposal Could Make A Huge Difference For Native Americans

1 hour agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Native Americans and Alaska Natives have overcome voting barriers that prevented them from casting ballots two decades after the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 and subjected them to literacy tests into the 1970s. But some...Show More Summary

Native American Students In Utah Are Getting Pushed Out Of School At Alarming Rates

Native American students in Utah may be getting referred to law enforcement agencies before they even know how to read. Fifty-five Native American students in kindergarten through sixth grade were referred to police officers during the 2011-2012 school year in Utah. Show More Summary

Sanchez Stumbles Again

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) is not having the best Senate campaign roll out, Politico reports. “After having a ‘draft’ of her official launch announcement leak and making a ‘war cry’ gesture while describing Native Americans at a California Democratic convention, [...]

This week at Forbes: Beheadings and cannibalism, origins of obesity, Roman dentistry, historic cemetery clean-up, and endangered Native American sites

Here's what I wrote over at Forbes the week of May 17-23: Gruesome evidence of political torture found on Precolumbian skulls. This amazing (and very readable) paper is by good friend Sara Becker, who let me post a picture of a skull with evidence the eye had been gouged out. Show More Summary

Native American Tribes Oppose Plan for Grizzly Hunt in the Yellowstone Area

A plan from the U.S. government to remove any safeguards for grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone area and pave the way for possible sport hunting of the species is receiving heat from 33 Native American tribes citing the animal’s...Show More Summary

Alameda in history: Alameda’s first inhabitants

By Dennis Evanosky Today’s Island city began life as a peninsula where Native Americans — members of the Ohlone tribe — first lived, more than 3,000 years ago. These first settlers took advantage of the climate and the readily available staples — acorns, game, fresh water and oysters. The Ohlone found today’s Alameda an attractive

The Series “Standing On Sacred Ground”

Connections & Climate Change Originally published on the ECO Report. Christopher McLeod was disturbed by the environmental injustice. He saw Native Americans subjected to airborne coal pollution, and their water being taken for slurry lines. Show More Summary

Vintage Photographs of Native American Life

6 days agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

The Night Medicine MenVintage Everyday attributes this compelling collection of 17 Native American photographs to famed western historical photographer Edward S. Curtis. These images are said to be part of Curtis' The North American Indian, captured between 1907 and 1930. Show More Summary

Amnesty Int'l: New Human Rights Declaration May Threaten Native Americans

Amnesty International stated that a proposed declaration by the Organization of American States on human rights could pose an alarming threat for Native American peoples rather than help them.

Native American High School Student Told She Can Not Honor Her Heritage With Eagle Feather On Her Graduation Cap

Waverly Wilson, a Native American student in Lakewood, Washington, should be excited about her high school graduation and her future, but instead she hurts because her school will not allow her to honor her culture. Waverly says that her cultural tradition clashes with the school’s graduation guidelines, and they won’t reconsider, reports K5 TV. Show More Summary

School apologizes after making Native American child sing about Christians soothing the savage ‘red man’

last weekNews : The Raw Story

The superintendent for a California school district has apologized and removed a song from its elementary school curriculum in response to the objections of a fourth-grade student, and member of Wukchumni tribe, who found the song’s lyrics offensive to Native Americans, Native News Online...

SHE’S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S TODD AKIN: Roll Call: Loretta Sanchez Stumbles Prompt SoCal Angst. …

SHE’S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S TODD AKIN: Roll Call: Loretta Sanchez Stumbles Prompt SoCal Angst. It has been a rough few days for Sanchez. A mere three days after announcing her candidacy, Sanchez mimicked a Native American “war cry” at an event at the state party convention. She apologized, but “no doubt hurt herself,” said Eric Bauman, […]

Gombeys: Behind the Mask in Bermuda

The Gombeys, the colorfully dressed masked dancers and drummers of Bermuda, represent a rich folklife tradition that reflects the wide-ranging roots—namely West African, British, Caribbean, and Native American—of this small island nation. Show More Summary

Study May Solve Riddle of Ancient City's Downfall

For Native Americans living in the 12th century, Cahokia was the place to be. Now researchers think they've uncovered a major reason why the hub located at what is now St. Louis disappeared—massive flooding of the Mississippi River. Researchers dug up soil samples from two local lakes and found...

The American Economy Is a Buffalo Jump

A "Buffalo Jump" is a cliff where Native Americans killed bison in mass quantities. They stampeded the bison over the cliff while others waited below to kill the disabled animals with spears and bows. In economic terms, the same thing is happening to millions of Americans each year. Show More Summary

Hike to the Cave of Munits

Native Americans had a long and rich history in Southern California well before Spanish settlers could ever be described as “fresh off the boat,” but unfortunately due to disease, dispersement, and development (along with some Mission-style romanticizing of the past), many Californians aren’t aware of the extent of their presence or depth of their culture.…

On Television: When Environmental Groups Have An Authenticity Problem

Last night on my regular television segment with Chris Berg on Valley News Live we discussed some of the concerns over funding of environmental and Native American groups – specifically Honor the Earth – who are active in opposing the Sandpiper Pipeline which would take a lot of North Dakota oil east from Tioga through...

Native American schools long have been crumbling, but now Washington is paying attention

Official Washington has rarely paid much attention to the Bureau of Indian Education, a long-dysfunctional corner of the federal bureaucracy that is responsible for overseeing nearly 200 schools serving approximately 50,000 Native American children in 23 states.Read full article >>

Nebraska school calls Native American girl’s religious feather ‘bling’ and bans it at graduation

last weekNews : The Raw Story

An Nebraska high school came under fire this week after it said that a Native American girl would not be allowed to wear religious feathers to her graduation because it broke a policy against “bling.” The World-Herald reported that members of the Native American community showed up at...

Pan Trailer: Return to Neverland for the First Time

Here's your reminder that this Peter Pan prequel is still on its way, with its hammy Hugh Jackman and a white actress playing the Native American role. "Pan Trailer: Return to Neverland for the First Time" was originally published on Film School Rejects for our wonderful readers to enjoy. Show More Summary

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