History: Tecumseh's curse foretold deaths of several presidents (January 14, 2011)
"George W Bush is a fortunate man. Not only did he dodge the slings, grenades and occasional footwear of outrage and scorn during his presidential twin-term in office, but, some say, a pre-destined arrow exacting an ancient Indian thirst for...
Stephanie Woodard: ACLU sues IHS for records on induced labors (January 14, 2011)
""When I read my baby books, they said I should discuss my birth plan with my doctor and get a tour of the hospital," said a new mother from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, in South Dakota. "But there was...
The Guardian: Zintkala Nuni, Lost Bird, was taken from her people (January 14, 2011)
"The above photograph illustrates the notorious case of US General LW Colby and his legal charge, Zintkala Nuni, or Lost Bird. Zintkala was a baby of about six months when her tribe was attacked in what is known as...
Beverly Jensen: It's a winter wonderland on the Shinnecock Nation (January 14, 2011)
"There’s something wonderful about a good, old fashioned snow storm. It makes one appreciate the gift of sight. And not only does it bring out the generosity of people, it makes us appreciate the power of Mother Nature and...
Cherokee Nation judge rules Freedmen are entitled to citizenship (January 14, 2011)
The Cherokee Freedmen are entitled to citizenship in the Cherokee Nation, a tribal court judge ruled today. The Freedmen are the descendants of former slaves held within the Cherokee Nation. An 1866 treaty stated they are entitled to citizenship...
Youth from Tohono O'odham Nation sing blessing for Rep. Giffords (January 14, 2011)
A group of youth from the Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona sang a blessing for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) outside of the hospital where she is being treated after an attempted assassination. The youth sang the blessing for Giffords and...
Editorial: Reducing toxics in Oregon waters aids Northwest tribes (January 14, 2011)
"Oregon, a place renowned for its waters, is about to sharply toughen its rules on how much mercury, dioxins, PCBs, pesticides, flame retardants and other harmful substances it allows in rivers, streams and lakes. While the upgrade in state standards...
CDC report takes look at racial and ethnic health disparities in US (January 14, 2011)
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights racial and ethnic health disparities for the first time. According to the report, American Indians and Alaska Natives are twice as likely to die in motor vehicle crashes...
Red Lake Nation tackles diabetes and obesity with new initiative (January 14, 2011)
Several organizations are joining up to tackle diabetes and obesity on the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota. “Ambe, odaminodaa!” means "Come, Let's Play" in the Ojibwe language. The initiative includes a series of programs that will focus on healthy...
Opinion: Tribes should be included in renewable energy solutions (January 14, 2011)
"To be truly effective, large-scale solar energy extraction facilities require extensive tracts of very sunny land. Thus, public and traditional tribal lands in the Southwest attract such facilities. Their construction and operation is not free from environmental consequences; nothing is....
Faith & Reason: Did Yaqui prayer at memorial service bother you? (January 14, 2011)
"Did you feel touched -- in agreement or annoyance -- by the Native American blessing that preceded President Obama's address at the memorial last night at the University of Arizona? It was a lengthy traditional blessing given by an associate...
Law firm apologizes for 'inappropriate' post on Yaqui man's prayer (January 14, 2011)
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld issued a formal apology for a blog posting made by a partner who described a Yaqui man's prayer at the Arizona shooting memorial as "ugly." After the memorial on Wednesday, Paul Mirengoff wrote...
Editorial: Ray Clark Littleturtle leaves the Lumbee Tribe stronger (January 14, 2011)
"Ray Clark Littleturtle, the voice of the powwow for Lumbee Indians, died Monday at age 72. He will be missed for more than his smooth voice. Not least, he will be remembered for his service to his larger "tribe" -...
Media Matters: Conservative media attack Yaqui memorial prayer (January 14, 2011)
"Following the memorial service for the victims of the tragic shooting in Tucson, several in the right-wing media attacked and mocked the inclusion of a Native American blessing as part of the invocation. Hume: "While I'm Sure [Native American Ritual]...
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