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Bois Forte Band of Chippewa

article How turn-of-the-century lumber speculation destroyed the Bois Forte Ojibwe homeland (12/9/2019)
(Minnesota) -- From 1890 to 1910, timber speculators and lumbermen patented most of the valuable pine lands in north-central Minnesota — the homeland of the Bois...
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Census

article Paper Genocide: The Erasure of Native People in Census Counts (12/9/2019)
(Indian Country) -- The Trump administration’s fear-mongering tactics against immigrant communities surrounding the 2020 census may have been shocking to some, but...
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Choctaw Nation

article North American tribes come together at Choctaw Pow Wow (12/9/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- More than 150 tribes were represented this weekend at the 15th annual Choctaw Pow Wow in Durant. There were dancers, drummers and singers competing for...
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Food Sovereignty

article 'We farm knowledge': Education is at the heart of the Oneida Nation's food cultivation (12/9/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Family members across generations come through the Oneida Nation Apple Orchard in October ready to pick red MacIntosh apples hanging in abundance....
article 'We farm knowledge': Education is at the heart of the Oneida Nation's food cultivation (12/9/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Family members across generations come through the Oneida Nation Apple Orchard in October ready to pick red MacIntosh apples hanging in abundance....
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Mascot Issue

article Education board considers reinstating Native American mascot (12/9/2019)
(Connecticut) -- A board of education in Connecticut is considering whether to bring back the Native American-themed name for an athletic mascot. Students at Killingly...
article Chiefs Celebrate American Indian Heritage Month by Honoring Local Tribes (12/3/2019)
(Missouri) -- The Kansas City Chiefs celebrated American Indian Heritage Month for a sixth-consecutive year at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday as part of the Chiefs’...
article Pa. school district to appeal ruling on use of ‘Redskins,’ logos (12/3/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- A Pennsylvania school district will appeal a state commission’s ruling that it can continue to call its sports teams “Redskins” but...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

New York Gaming

article Origins of the New York City Horse Racing Scene (12/9/2019)
(New York) -- Contrary to popular belief, horses aren’t native to the Americas. They had actually become extinct shortly after the Ice Age and only returned...
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Alcatraz

article "Indian Land Forever": The 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz Island takeover (12/8/2019)
(California) -- The 1960s comedian Lenny Bruce once wrote that Native Americans' worst mistake when Europeans supposedly discovered America was believing possession...
article On 50th anniversary, Native elders share Never Before Told Stories of Alcatraz Occupation (12/5/2019)
(California) -- When Richard Oake’s 12-year-old daughter Yvonne died after falling from the guards’ quarters of Alcatraz prison on Jan. 5, 1970, a dark cloud...
article BOOK: 'A Journey To Freedom': Book Highlights Native American Occupation Of Alcatraz (12/4/2019)
(California) -- Fifty years ago, 89 Native Americans set out into the San Francisco Bay by boats. Their destination was Alcatraz Island, home of the infamous federal...
article Two coastal gatherings for 'prayer, thanksgiving, and solidarity' (12/1/2019)
(California) -- There is always that question: “What do Indians think about Thanksgiving?” On two coasts Native people offered prayers. In the San Francisco...
article Why A Group Of Native American Activists Laid Claim To Alcatraz Island 50 Years Ago (11/30/2019)
(California) -- Thanksgiving marks the 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz take over, when activists claimed the former prison island, citing a treaty that said all unused...
article How the Native American occupation of Alcatraz turned sour (11/29/2019)
(California) -- The previous Portals told the story of how 78 Native Americans, most of them college students, sailed to the former federal prison on Alcatraz Island on...
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Cherokee Nation

article 'It is irreplaceable:' Cherokee chief invested in saving tribe's language (12/8/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Chuck Hoskin Jr. took a class in Cherokee during his undergrad days at the University of Oklahoma, where the first book he opened was a dictionary compiled...
article Cherokee Speakers Bureau to meet Dec. 12 (12/7/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Speakers Bureau will be held Thursday Dec. 12 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. We will meet in the Community Ballroom that is located behind the...
article WCU graduate student working to translate Cherokee language from native newspaper (12/6/2019)
(North Carolina) -- Constance Owl’s master’s degree thesis is more than a means to a graduate degree in American history. It’s a portal to...
article Overall: Cherokee Nation wants to create its own National Register of Historic Places (12/1/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Twenty-four years before Oklahoma statehood, the Cherokee Nation allocated $9,000 to build a set of nine courthouses spread across northeastern Indian...
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Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article Indian Child Welfare Act court hearing scheduled for January 2020 (12/8/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Get ready for round two. Oral arguments in a closely-watched Indian Child Welfare Act case will take place on January 22, 2020. After offering a...
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Missouri Gaming

article Betting on Cape Girardeau: New casino owner talks history, changes (12/8/2019)
(Missouri) -- Erwin Haitzmann was a university student in Linz, Austria, in the mid-1970s, and like many college students, he needed a job to help pay his expenses....
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Wounded Knee

article 'Remove the Stain': Wounded Knee bill draws attention in presidential circles (12/8/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Legislation to revoke the Medals of Honor awarded to those who participated in the 1890 Massacre at Wounded Knee is gaining steam on Capitol Hill....
article Oregon Senators Support Revoking Wounded Knee Massacre Medals (12/6/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Wounded Knee massacre of 1890 was among the deadliest attacks ever on Native Americans by the U.S. military. Hundreds of Indigenous people were...
article Buddhist Descendant of Wounded Knee Soldier Offers Apology to Lakota Nation (12/4/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The Buddhist great great grandson of a US military commander who participated in the infamous Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890, one of the most brutal...
article Merkley and Wyden Seek to Revoke Wounded Knee Medals of Honor (12/4/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden have announced the Senate introduction of legislation to revoke the Medal of Honor from the soldiers...
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First Nations

article Jerseys hung outside homes in northern Sask. First Nation to remember young Wollaston Lake hockey player (12/7/2019)
(Canada) -- The video shows two rows of young men wearing hockey jerseys. It's a December night in northern Saskatchewan. The young men each hold a hockey stick in...
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Lumbee Tribe

article Congress considers Lumbee recognition bill (12/7/2019)
(North Carolina) -- In 1885, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina received state recognition. Three years later, the tribe petitioned Congress for full recognition but the...
article Repairs underway on Lumbee Tribe Cultural Center lake in Robeson County (12/4/2019)
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is repairing it’s Lumbee Tribe Cultural Center Lake to reopen next year, according to a news release. The...
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Eastern Band of Cherokee

article Tribal member assists research into cell phone health hazards (12/6/2019)
(North Carolina) -- Kristin “Sassy” Washington, a healthcare communications major at Western Carolina University, recently conducted research with her...
article WCU graduate student working to translate Cherokee language from native newspaper (12/6/2019)
(North Carolina) -- Constance Owl’s master’s degree thesis is more than a means to a graduate degree in American history. It’s a portal to...
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Redskins

article Indian mascot task force ready to confront Washington at Lambeau Field (12/6/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- For the third time in as many visits, the Washington NFL team will be met Sunday at Lambeau Field by Native Americans and their supporters protesting the...
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Suquamish Tribe

article Suquamish Tribe celebrates 150th Anniversary of the founding of Seattle (12/6/2019)
(Washington) -- The Suquamish Tribal Council adopted a proclamation recognizing the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the City of Seattle on Dec. 2, 1869. The...
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Tohono O’odham

article OP/ED: Ajo, Arizona, is the story of a better America (12/6/2019)
(Arizona) -- Take a walk through the oasis of green grass and palm trees in the central plaza of the tiny Sonoran Desert town of Ajo in southwest Arizona. You're...
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Osage Tribe

article PODCAST: Perspective on the Osage reign of terror (12/5/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- With a best-selling book and upcoming movie, the tragedy of the multiple murders of Osage people in the 1920s is getting a lot of attention. Descendants of...
article NAC: Perspective on the Osage reign of terror (12/4/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- With a best-selling book and upcoming movie, the tragedy of the multiple murders of Osage people in the 1920s is getting a lot of attention. Descendants of...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Colville Tribe

article Tribal education leader dies in crash (12/4/2019)
(Washington) -- A woman who helped generations of members of the Colville Tribes pursue their educations died in a crash Friday night just north of Coulee Dam. The...
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Menominee Tribe

article The sacred walk of Menominee (12/3/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- This past weekend, the Milwaukee Public Library hosted an event called “The story of Menominee with Richard Plass” to celebrate Native...
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Standing Rock Sioux

article Library of Congress archives photo of Greta Thunberg visiting Standing Rock (12/3/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The Library of Congress has archived a photo of Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg’s October visit to the Standing Rock Sioux...
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Thanksgiving

article Jamestown Settlement to hold commemoration of 1619 Thanksgiving held by Virginia colonists (12/3/2019)
(Virginia) -- Popular American folklore holds the Pilgrims of Massachusetts held the first Thanksgiving in English North America. But in Virginia, a group of English...
article Native Americans from across New England gather in Plymouth for National Day of Mourning (11/30/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- As we mark Thanksgiving, many are also marking the 50th National Day of Mourning. It's a day Native Americans recognize the oppression of their...
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Truth and Reconciliation

article Truth and Reconciliation for Native Peoples Begins in Maine (12/3/2019)
(Indian Country) -- The Wabanaki, “People of the Dawn,” have lived for 13,000 years in the land better known today as Maine and parts of Canada. There were...
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California's Genocide

article Local tribe refuses governor’s apology (12/2/2019)
(California) -- In April 1846, Captain John C. Fremont led a contingent of American troops in a preemptive strike against an indigenous village along the Sacramento...
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Residential Schools

article Steve Sxwithul'txw survived residential school. Now he's trying to honour family who didn't (12/2/2019)
(British Columbia) -- When the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation released the names of almost 3,000 children who died in residential schools, survivor Steve...
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Makah Tribe

article A U.S. tribe wants to resume whale hunting. Should it revive this tradition? (12/1/2019)
(Washington) -- Each year at this time, gray whales begin the roughly 6,000-mile journey south from their summer feeding grounds in Alaska to their calving and breeding...
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Chicago Casino

article FBI files reveal powerful New York mob figure’s Chicago ties (11/30/2019)
(Chicago) -- Meyer Lansky was a powerful New York underworld figure involved in the mob’s efforts to create a nationwide network of gangsters and control casino...
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Columbus/Indigenous Day

article Top 5 atrocities committed by Christopher Columbus (11/30/2019)
(North America) -- It’s difficult to think of a more perverse hero than Christopher Columbus, the Italian who led Europe’s first landing party in the...
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Native Voices

article Maria Campbell on the pain and relief of re-releasing Halfbreed with uncut account of RCMP rape (11/30/2019)
(Canada) -- Nearly five decades after Maria Campbell first published her seminal memoir Halfbreed, she says she finally feels like it's finished. That's because...
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Navajo Nation

article Navajo Country Music Pays Tribute to ‘Indian Cowboys’ and Outlaw Legends (11/30/2019)
(New Mexico) -- They started out from hamlets deep in the Navajo Nation, driving hours on washboard roads. When the Saturday night crowd finally arrived at Redd’s, the...
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Sisseton Wahpeton

article Sisseton Wahpeton Nation created through movement, sometimes willing but sometimes forced (11/30/2019)
(North Dakota) -- The Lake Traverse Reservation of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate juts into the southeastern edge of North Dakota, while the rest of the triangular stretch...
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St. Regis Mohawk

article New York’s Mohawk tribe works to restore their culture (11/30/2019)
(New York) -- For decades, Native American children were forcibly removed from their families and lands to attend boarding schools where English was mandatory and their...
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Other News

article 'Women in Wyoming’ spotlights Equality State’s heroic females (12/10/2019)
(New York) -- Lindsay Linton Buk, a Wyoming native whose roots in the state stretch back five generations, grew up in Powell before leaving to chase a passion for...
article A 1652 treaty opens up the story of the first “Baltimoreans” (12/10/2019)
(Maryland) -- Once a week, Emma Bilski meets with a group of college students at Gilman Hall and tries to help them understand who once walked on that very patch of...
article Fort McCoy observes Native American Heritage Month (12/10/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Fort McCoy celebrated Native American Heritage Month on Nov. 21 with a presentation on the history and heritage of the Ho-Chunk Nation at McCoy’s...
article Indigenous women and the power of Indigenous architecture at Yale (12/10/2019)
(Connecticut) -- In the fall of 2018, Summer Sutton, Lumbee, Anjelica Gallegos, Santa Ana Pueblo/Jicarilla Apache, and Charelle Brown, Kewa Pueblo formed the Indigenous...
article Legislation aims to preserve 148 Native languages (12/9/2019)
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. House on Monday passed a bill promoting the preservation of Native languages. The Esther Martinez Native American Languages Program...
article Smithsonian Channel Revisits the Legendary Event That Triggered the Birth of Tabloid Headlines in ‘Battle of Little Big Horn’ (12/9/2019)
(USA) -- The Battle of the Little Big Horn. Custer’s Last Stand. The Battle of the Greasy Grass. An infamous conflict known by many names is one that has been...
article Smithsonian Channel Announces New Special Battle of Little Big Horn (12/9/2019)
(Indian Country) -- The Battle of the Little Big Horn. Custer's Last Stand. The Battle of the Greasy Grass. An infamous conflict known by many names is one that has...
article With disturbing historical context, a superb cast could not keep “Men on Boats” afloat (12/9/2019)
(New York) -- “They took our language.” “They wanted us civilized.” “They tried to erase us.” These messages—painted plainly on...
article Farina King: Teach Native American realities, not 19th century stereotypes (12/8/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- I always knew that I was Navajo. As a child, I called myself “Native American” or “Indian.” By the time that I started school, my...
article Chuck Haga: 'A day to be thankful' (12/8/2019)
(North Dakota) -- As winter settled in this year, Delvin Cree remembered “an old man by the name Tommy” who taught him about life in the woods of the Turtle...
article Important Floridian Artifacts Collection Receives Almost $100,000 For Upgrades (12/8/2019)
(Florida) -- An important collection of Floridian artifacts will finally be getting an upgrade in the coming year. The Florida Museum of Natural History has received...
article Keepers of the Language: Gwich'in host's 'sole mission' is to preserve language (12/8/2019)
(North Canada) -- William Firth was only a teenager when his grandmother told him that he would never have a wife or family — that wasn't his path. Even at...
article Kennesaw Mountain recalls its Native American history (12/8/2019)
(Georgia) -- As hundreds of visitors, many with their dogs, filtered in and out of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park over the Thanksgiving weekend, park staff...
article Revitalizing Kanien'kéha: Immersion program seeks to protect Mohawk language (12/8/2019)
(Quebec) -- Jeremy Teiawenniserate Tomlinson is only two months into a language immersion program in Kanesatake, Que., but he says the experience has already made a huge...
article Casino Del Sol celebrates 15th annual Tucson Tamal and Heritage Festival (12/7/2019)
(Arizona) -- Casino Del Sol AVA Amphitheater hosts 15th annual Tucson Tamal and Heritage Festival for the kick off of the holiday season Saturday. The tamal festival...
article Fort Lewis College re-examines its past (12/7/2019)
(Colorado) -- The symbolic heart of Fort Lewis College, the Clock Tower, presents a series of panels highlighting the school’s history – panels that have...
article 1,000 Years Ago, Corn Made This Society Big. Then, A Changing Climate Destroyed It (12/7/2019)
(Mississippi) -- About a 15-minute drive east of St. Louis is a complex of earthen mounds that once supported a prehistoric city of thousands. For a couple of hundred...
article Anthology gathers 17 stories inspired by great American paintings (12/7/2019)
(USA) -- Writers take their inspiration from a variety of sources: an unforgettable face, an overheard conversation or perhaps a painting. The well-known crime writer...
article Authorities Seek Help Locating Stolen Native American Items (12/7/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Authorities are seeking help finding several Native American pieces that were stolen during a residential burglary near Salina.
article Chickasaw Elder Veterans lay wreaths at Vietnam memorial (12/7/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Chickasaw Nation warriors laid wreaths at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during a...

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