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How some North Americans claim a false Indigenous identity
How some North Americans claim a false Indigenous identity (September 26, 2019)

Recently in Canada and the United States, a small but vocal minority of white French-descendants have used an ancestor born between 300 and 400 years ago to claim an 'Indigenous' identity.


Presidential candidates focus on Native issues at historic forum
Presidential candidates focus on Native issues at historic forum (August 20, 2019)

Democratic presidential candidates are reaching out to Native voters at a historic forum in one of the most critical states in the 2020 campaign.


Elizabeth Warren vows sweeping improvements in Indian policy as president
Elizabeth Warren vows sweeping improvements in Indian policy as president (August 16, 2019)

With a prominent Indian Country figure as a supporter, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is promising major changes in the federal-tribal relationship.


More 2020 presidential candidates line up for historic Native issues forum
More 2020 presidential candidates line up for historic Native issues forum (August 6, 2019)

The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum continues to grow as more Democratic candidates reach out to Native voters early in the 2020 election cycle.


Tribal leaders grill 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on Indian issues
Tribal leaders grill 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on Indian issues (July 30, 2019)

As the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates hit the stage for their second round of debates, some of the hopefuls are sitting down with tribal leaders.


Candidates make first major play for Native vote in 2020 presidential race
Candidates make first major play for Native vote in 2020 presidential race (July 25, 2019)

The 2020 Democratic presidential field is a crowded one. Some candidates are distinguishing themselves in Indian Country.


James Giago Davies: Racism against our Indigenous relatives
James Giago Davies: Racism against our Indigenous relatives (July 15, 2019)

Even on my own reservation, ignorance about Hispanic culture abounds.


Mark Trahant: 10 Indian Country questions for the presidential debate
Mark Trahant: 10 Indian Country questions for the presidential debate (June 25, 2019)

Democrats are holding their first presidential debates but the candidates most familiar with Indian issues are not participating.


Studies attempt to shed light on ancestors of Native peoples
Studies attempt to shed light on ancestors of Native peoples (June 6, 2019)

Two studies published in the journal Nature attempt to shed light on the genetic origins of American Indians, Alaska Natives and other Native peoples


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Many of us are rooting for Elizabeth Warren as president
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Many of us are rooting for Elizabeth Warren as president (February 18, 2019)

Elizabeth Warren is a brilliant lawyer and an outstanding senator. Whether she is a Cherokee is debatable.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country and the 2020 presidential race
Mark Trahant: Indian Country and the 2020 presidential race (February 1, 2019)

Presidential elections are a policy debate, so how about one that includes Native American voices?


The Conversation: Indigenous voices ignored in Elizabeth Warren debate
The Conversation: Indigenous voices ignored in Elizabeth Warren debate (January 9, 2019)

Cherokee and indigenous peoples have spoken out about Elizabeth Warren case, though they have largely been ignored in the larger media narrative.


Deb Haaland stands by Sen. Elizabeth Warren amid DNA doubts
Deb Haaland stands by Sen. Elizabeth Warren amid DNA doubts (December 6, 2018)

Some in Indian Country have questioned Sen. Elizabeth Warren's decision to go public with a DNA analysis.


Two Native American geneticists interpret Elizabeth Warren's DNA test
Two Native American geneticists interpret Elizabeth Warren's DNA test (October 23, 2018)

Elizabeth Warren's decision to release the results of a DNA analysis was a political ploy.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Elizabeth Warren deserves our praise
Doug George-Kanentiio: Elizabeth Warren deserves our praise (October 17, 2018)

Elizabeth Warren is welcome anytime on the Mohawk territory of Akwesasne.


Cherokee Nation upset after Sen. Warren releases results of DNA test
Cherokee Nation upset after Sen. Warren releases results of DNA test (October 15, 2018)

Is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) really Native American? Her campaign says DNA results prove she is.


DNA study finds relations near and far among the first Americans
DNA study finds relations near and far among the first Americans (June 1, 2018)

Are we all related? Scientists are still trying to figure that out.


Chip Colwell: Rights of the dead and the living clash over DNA studies
Chip Colwell: Rights of the dead and the living clash over DNA studies (April 6, 2018)

By the end of the 20th century, U.S. museums held the remains of some 200,000 Native American skeletons.


Government of Chile investigates removal of indigenous girl's remains
Government of Chile investigates removal of indigenous girl's remains (March 29, 2018)

An indigenous girl who was removed from her resting place in Chile is being held in Spain, treated as a symbol of scientific oddity and attracting attention from UFO enthusiasts.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren still facing Indian heritage questions and jokes
Sen. Elizabeth Warren still facing Indian heritage questions and jokes (March 13, 2018)

With jokes about powwows and questions about DNA tests, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is still facing doubts about her Indian heritage.


Housing Secretary Ben Carson slammed for spending amid budget cuts
Housing Secretary Ben Carson slammed for spending amid budget cuts (February 28, 2018)

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is under fire for spending $31,561 on new furniture while seeking more than $100 million in cuts to Indian programs.


Indian Child Welfare Act under attack again as conservative group submits appeal to Supreme Court
Indian Child Welfare Act under attack again as conservative group submits appeal to Supreme Court (December 12, 2017)

The conservative Goldwater Institute is attacking the Indian Child Welfare Act again, this time in a dispute involving the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians.


DNA links present-day Pueblo populations to ancestral homeland at Mesa Verde
DNA links present-day Pueblo populations to ancestral homeland at Mesa Verde (August 18, 2017)

A DNA study of turkey bones confirms some of the ancestors of today's Pueblo populations in New Mexico migrated from Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, according to researchers.


Harlan McKosato: DNA tests can't reveal your unique tribal history
Harlan McKosato: DNA tests can't reveal your unique tribal history (May 22, 2017)

Genealogy sites thrive on our curiosity to know where we came from through our DNA


Pacific Northwest tribes finally rebury remains of Kennewick Man
Pacific Northwest tribes finally rebury remains of Kennewick Man (February 21, 2017)

The Ancient One was laid to rest after a 21-year legal and political battle over the status of the remains.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Author Joseph Boyden exploits mythical Native identity
Doug George-Kanentiio: Author Joseph Boyden exploits mythical Native identity (January 6, 2017)

Canadian author Joseph Boyden is a fraud, an imposter, an imposition and an impediment, one who has exploited a mythical indigenous identity for material gain.


Northwest tribes prepare to rebury ancestor known as Ancient One
Northwest tribes prepare to rebury ancestor known as Ancient One (December 20, 2016)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is required to transfer the remains of the Kennewick Man within 90 days.


Northwest tribes set to reclaim ancestor known as the Ancient One
Northwest tribes set to reclaim ancestor known as the Ancient One (December 12, 2016)

The Kennewick Man will finally be coming home once President Barack Obama signs a national water bill into law.


Vi Waln: The #NoDAPL movement reminds them we are still here
Vi Waln: The #NoDAPL movement reminds them we are still here (December 7, 2016)

What we’ve all witnessed in person, as well as on social media video shared from Standing Rock, can only be described as evil.


Ancestral remains found in Washington are about 2300 years old
Ancestral remains found in Washington are about 2300 years old (November 30, 2016)

A DNA analysis confirmed the skull, which was found off the coast, belonged to Native woman.


Vi Waln: Military forces commit violence against peaceful water protectors
Vi Waln: Military forces commit violence against peaceful water protectors (November 15, 2016)

Technology allowed many of us to witness the violence perpetrated against innocent human beings last month by the Morton County military.


Federal agency shifts course as tribal ancestor in Nevada is slated for repatriation
Federal agency shifts course as tribal ancestor in Nevada is slated for repatriation (October 19, 2016)

The Fallon-Paiute Shoshone Tribe has been seeking to rebury the remains of the Spirit Cave Man for two decades.


Researchers question own theories on migration of first Americans
Researchers question own theories on migration of first Americans (August 11, 2016)

A possible route that stretches from present-day Alaska to Montana is the subject of new studies.


Sorry but DNA tests cannot confirm a person's Native ancestry
Sorry but DNA tests cannot confirm a person's Native ancestry (June 29, 2016)

Professor Kim Tallbear, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, and Dr. Nanibaa' Garrison, a member of the Navajo Nation, explain why.


Donald Trump rehashes 'Pocahontas' slur as Elizabeth Warren hits road for Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump rehashes 'Pocahontas' slur as Elizabeth Warren hits road for Hillary Clinton (June 28, 2016)

A supporter of the Republican presidential candidate believes a DNA test could settle the Indian ancestry matter.


Northwest tribes seek reburial of ancestor known as Ancient One
Northwest tribes seek reburial of ancestor known as Ancient One (June 8, 2016)

The tribes are lobbying Congress to pass legislation that would bring the Ancient One back to his relatives.


Charmaine White Face: Trauma impacts survival of our language
Charmaine White Face: Trauma impacts survival of our language (June 7, 2016)

Remember the abuse and trauma that our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents went through in the boarding schools when the U.S. government and the missionaries were taking 'the Indian' out of them.


Study reveals some Native DNA in African American populations
Study reveals some Native DNA in African American populations (June 1, 2016)

Researchers believe the mixing occurred during the early days of African slavery in the United States.


DNA studies boost links between Native people and ancestors
DNA studies boost links between Native people and ancestors (May 18, 2016)

A scientist in Denmark is employing cutting-edge techniques to show how Native people are linked genetically to their ancestors in the Americas.


Northwest tribes inch closer to reburial of Kennewick Man remains
Northwest tribes inch closer to reburial of Kennewick Man remains (April 28, 2016)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has once again confirmed that the remains known to the tribe as the Ancient One are Native American.


Foxes brought to Channel Islands by tribal ancestors are unique
Foxes brought to Channel Islands by tribal ancestors are unique (April 22, 2016)

Six subspecies of the island fox have survived in the Channel Islands for tens of thousands of years despite being very closely related.


Cynthia-Lou Coleman: Media downplays tribal views on NAGPRA
Cynthia-Lou Coleman: Media downplays tribal views on NAGPRA (February 15, 2016)

When Indian knowledge systems meet Western knowledge systems—then tribal views are diminished in favor of mainstream values.


DNA from ancient infants linked to present-day Native populations
DNA from ancient infants linked to present-day Native populations (October 27, 2015)

Two infants who were laid to rest in Alaska about 11,500 years ago are linked to Native people in the United States, Mexico, South America and even the Caribbean.


Ruth Hopkins: Western science catches up to Native traditions
Ruth Hopkins: Western science catches up to Native traditions (October 14, 2015)

Genetics is being used to map out the details of what our Native ancestors already knew: from microscopic bacteria to prairie sage; four legged beasties to two legged homo sapiens (humans), we are all related.


Kenaitze Tribe authorizes genetic studies on ancestral remains
Kenaitze Tribe authorizes genetic studies on ancestral remains (September 10, 2015)

The goal is to learn more about diseases affecting the community.


Review: Conflict over Indian blood study in 'Informed Consent'
Review: Conflict over Indian blood study in 'Informed Consent' (August 19, 2015)

A play based on a controversial blood study involving the Havasupai Tribe of Arizona is running at the Duke on 42nd Street in New York City.


Sen. Murray introduces bill to repatriate Kennewick Man to tribes
Sen. Murray introduces bill to repatriate Kennewick Man to tribes (August 10, 2015)

S.1979, the Bring the Ancient One Home Act, would finally allow Pacific Northwest tribes to rebury one of their ancestors.


Indigenous peoples in South America and Australia linked
Indigenous peoples in South America and Australia linked (July 21, 2015)

The DNA was not found in other Native Americans so researchers believe it must have originated with a different group of ancestors.


Washington governor supports repatriation of Kennewick Man
Washington governor supports repatriation of Kennewick Man (June 30, 2015)

Pacific Northwest tribes have been waiting nearly two decades to rebury an ancestor who has been linked to them by DNA.


Genetic analysis confirms Kennewick Man was Native American
Genetic analysis confirms Kennewick Man was Native American (June 18, 2015)

'We have always maintained the belief that the Ancient One was one of us,' Colville Tribes Chairman Jim Boyd said.


DeLanna Studi lands role in play on Havasupai Tribe blood study
DeLanna Studi lands role in play on Havasupai Tribe blood study (June 12, 2015)

Primary Stages in New York City will host 'Informed Consent' from August 4 through September 13.


Mary Annette Pember: Historical trauma might affect Native DNA
Mary Annette Pember: Historical trauma might affect Native DNA (May 28, 2015)

Folks in Indian country wonder what took science so long to catch up with traditional Native knowledge.


Genetic research confirms Alaska homeland for Inupiat people
Genetic research confirms Alaska homeland for Inupiat people (May 4, 2015)

The DNA of Inupiat and Inuit peoples in the U.S., Canada and Greenland traced back to villages on Alaska's North Slope.


Puerto Rico putting more focus on indigenous history of island
Puerto Rico putting more focus on indigenous history of island (April 21, 2015)

Lawmakers are considering a bill to extend governmental recognition to an indigenous organization so it can secure federal funds.


Yanomami Tribe buries blood samples studied without consent
Yanomami Tribe buries blood samples studied without consent (April 13, 2015)

Nearly 2,700 samples were returned to the tribe after they were taken during the 1960s and subjected to scientific study.


Julianne Jennings: Muscogee artist shows 'Bloodlines' in China
Julianne Jennings: Muscogee artist shows 'Bloodlines' in China (April 7, 2015)

Toni Scott is an American and a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation. She also descends from African and European ancestry.


David Wilkins: Even the dead can't escape tribal disenrollment
David Wilkins: Even the dead can't escape tribal disenrollment (March 20, 2015)

The very fabric of the cosmos as we have always understood it is being assaulted through recent attempts to engage in the loathsome practice of disenrollment of deceased tribal members.


Tanya Lee: Don't let our racist history cloud genetics research
Tanya Lee: Don't let our racist history cloud genetics research (February 5, 2015)

We have a history that exemplifies over and over again our contempt for other races and ethnicities based on the science of the day that interpreted them to be genetically inferior to whites.


The Atlantic: Native people wary of DNA tests and genetic studies
The Atlantic: Native people wary of DNA tests and genetic studies (January 27, 2015)

The genetic sequencing company 23andMe recently tapped into its vast bank of data to release a study on genetic origins, producing the biggest genetic profile of the U.S. ever conducted.


Initial DNA tests show Kennewick Man linked to Native peoples
Initial DNA tests show Kennewick Man linked to Native peoples (January 19, 2015)

The 9,500-year-old remains were discovered on federal land in Washington that was once a part of the Umatilla Reservation.