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  • Is Elizabeth Warren Native American or What?

    06/29/2016 6:18:48 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 88 replies
    Elizabeth Warren is not a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Elizabeth Warren is not enrolled in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. And Elizabeth Warren is not one of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee. Nor could she become one, even if she wanted to. Despite a nearly three week flap over her claim of "being Native American," the progressive consumer advocate has been unable to point to evidence of Native heritage except for a unsubstantiated thirdhand report that she might be 1/32 Cherokee. Even if it could be proven, it wouldn't qualify her to be a member of a...
  • An Unforgettable Day with Michelle Obama at Santa Fe Indian School

    05/31/2016 6:25:01 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 15 replies
    Today Media Network.com ^ | 5/27/2016 | Frances Madison
    First Lady Michelle Obama came to listen to the 2016 graduating class of the Santa Fe Indian School. And then she spoke from her heart.(snip) Mrs. Obama was welcomed to the podium as “the mother of our nation,” and she addressed the graduates as a mother might speak to her children, saying over and over how proud she was of them, as they beamed that pride back at her. While she adhered pretty rigorously to her prepared remarks, sometimes she deviated from the script. “I wish I could spend a whole week with you,” she declared. “I love you all...
  • Sports Drive-Bys Upset by Poll Showing 90% of Native Americans Aren't

    05/23/2016 12:02:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, on this Redskins business. They surveyed 504 Native American, Indians. Ninety percent of 'em said: We don't care. Washington Redskins doesn't affect us, doesn't mean diddly-squat. We don't care. So the Drive-Bys are not happy. The Sports Drive-Bys are not happy, and the sports Drive-Bys (I won't mention any names) are out there lecturing Native Americans on how they should care, and they're lecturing everybody else on how they should care. And you know what one of the latest approaches is? This is so telling. It is so... I can't remember when it was, but it's...
  • WaPo poll finds 90% of Native Americans NOT offended by Washington Redskins name.

    05/19/2016 10:55:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/19/16 | Robert Laurie
    Uh oh. So NOBODY cares. Bad news, outrage peddlers. We’ve known for some time that nobody really cares about your efforts to make America clamor for the end of the racist monstrosity known as the “Washington Redskins.” It’s been a non-issue for most people since day one. However, if you hate that ugly football team, things just took a turn for the worse. Not only is the majority ambivalent, but a new Washington Post poll has been released and, according to the data, Social Justice Warriors have failed to convince Native Americans that they should care either.
  • Elizabeth Warren Ancestor Rounded Up Cherokees For Trail of Tears

    05/09/2016 11:08:37 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 101 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 May 2012 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    For over a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Warren has described herself as a Native American. After researching her story, it is obvious that her “family lore” is just fiction. Ms. Warren’s great-great-great grandfather, was apparently a member of the Tennessee Militia who rounded up Cherokees from their family homes in the Southeastern United States and herded them into government-built stockades in what was then called Ross’s Landing (now Chattanooga), Tennessee–the point of origin for the horrific Trail of Tears, which began in January, 1837. These were the troops responsible for removing Cherokee families from homes they had lived in...
  • Joe Medicine Crow dies in Billings on Sunday morning

    04/04/2016 9:59:49 AM PDT · by fella · 27 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | 4 April 2016 | MIKE FERGUSON and JORDON NIEDERMEIER
    He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor awarded to a civilian in the United States, by President Barack Obama in 2009. . . . . . . Born Oct. 7, 1913, Medicine Crow was the official Crow Tribe historian. He was a Crow war chief, having completed the required four war deeds while serving in the Army during World War II. Those deeds included leading a war party, touching the first fallen enemy and stealing his weapon, and entering an enemy camp and stealing horses. “I never got a scratch,” he recalled about 60 years later.
  • Bison coming 'home' to Montana Indian reservation

    03/27/2016 12:23:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    Yahoo / Associated Press ^ | March 27, 2016 | AP
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than 140 years ago will be relocated to a Montana American Indian reservation next month, in what tribal leaders bill as a homecoming for a species emblematic of their traditions. The shipment of animals from Alberta's Elk Island National Park to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation follows a 2014 treaty among tribes in the United States and Canada. That agreement aims to restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains where millions once roamed. "For thousands of years the Blackfeet lived among the...
  • Last of the Crow war chiefs turns 102 in Montana

    03/24/2016 10:17:45 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    nativesdaily.com ^ | March 24, 2016 | admin
    CROW AGENCY, Mont. — The last Crow war chief entered the log-cabin trading post at the edge of the Little Bighorn Battlefield just after noon on a Sunday, supported by his son on his left and a cane held firmly in his right hand. Often, at tribal events such as powwows, he’ll swing his cane overhead in celebration. But on this October afternoon, with wind sweeping across the stretch of southern Montana that’s home to the Crows, the cane simply supported the centenarian — Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow in English or High Bird, his traditional name, in Crow.
  • Tina Fey will not apologize if you are offended by her jokes

    12/21/2015 6:25:04 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Fox ^ | 12/21/15
    Tina Fey is sick of apologizing, and she's also tired of the Internet. "Steer clear of the Internet and you'll live forever," Fey told Net-a-Porter magazine in a wide ranging interview. "We did an 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' episode and the Internet was in a whirlwind, calling it 'racist,' but my new goal is not to explain jokes."
  • 3 tribes to hold historic gathering at Red Clay State Historic Park (TN)

    08/17/2015 11:08:51 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 4 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | August 17, 2015 | Staff
    RED CLAY, Tenn. — For the first time since the Cherokee Removal in 1838, the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes will hold a joint council meeting at Red Clay State Historic Park. The gathering of the Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee and the United Keetoowah Band on Aug. 28-29 also marks the 177th anniversary of the first overland detachment that departed on the Trail of Tears, according to a park news release. Along with the council meeting, the event will feature an all-day Cherokee encampment with re-enactors and living history exhibits; Native American dancers and stickball games; arts and...
  • Top American Indian Scholar Outed As Fake Indian

    07/07/2015 3:31:10 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 38 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | july 6, 2015 | blake neff
    Just a few weeks after Rachel Dolezal transfixed the nation with her bogus claims to black heritage, yet another professor stands accused of falsely claiming a different racial identity to advance her career. Andrea Smith, a professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California at Riverside, has started to draw attention in the wake of the Dolezal incident from those who say she has for years falsely claimed to have Cherokee blood. The case is arguably much more significant, though, because while Dolezal was a relatively undistinguished academic at Eastern Washington University, Smith is recognized as a significant scholar in her field. She...
  • Ann Coulter: Nikki Haley ‘Is an Immigrant and Does Not Understand America’s History’ [Watch Video]

    06/24/2015 7:22:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 06/24/2015 | by Josh Feldman
    Last year, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley dismissed the Confederate flag as an issue for the state to be concerned about. But in the wake of the Charleston church shooting, with renewed attention on what the Confederate flag symbolizes, Haley––flanked by a score of South Carolina legislators––announced that they all support efforts to take down the Confederate flag from the state capitol. Ann Coulter appeared with Kennedy on Fox Business Network tonight and said that there are a lot of people getting the history of that flag wrote, as well as ignoring the Democrats’ history with the Confederacy, the flag,...
  • Handful of holdout tribes dig in against gay marriage

    04/11/2015 7:48:23 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 36 replies
    AP via Seatle Times ^ | 04/08/2015 | JONATHAN DREW and FELICIA FONSECA
    Even if a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this spring makes same-sex marriage the law of the land, it would leave pockets of the country where it isn’t likely to be recognized any time soon: the reservations of a handful of sovereign Native American tribes, including the nation’s two largest. --SNIP-- The Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma and the Navajo Nation, with about 300,000 members each, maintain decade-old laws that don’t recognize same-sex marriage. Neither tribe has shown much sign of shifting.
  • Native Americans Call on Buffalo, NY to Change Its "Racist" Name

    03/06/2015 2:24:10 PM PST · by rightistight · 102 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/6/15 | Aurelius
    Mark Beasley, a member of the Navajo Nation, has started a petition for Buffalo, NY to change its "racist and offensive" name. According to Beasley, he speaks for his "Native American colleagues." Beasley writes in his petition that "Buffalo is the name of the animal that was driven almost to extinction by the non-Native forces in order to annihilate and drive out my ancestors from the American landscape." Further, "Within only a few years from the beginning of the campaign, all Native nations were driven off their lands and into reservations, where we have prior and since been unduly subjugated...
  • Native Americans Claim Obama Administration’s ‘Operation Choke Point’ Hurting Their Businesses

    01/14/2015 4:48:15 PM PST · by barmag25 · 14 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 01/14/15 | F. Peter Brown
    The head of a Native American business group, the Native American Financial Services Association, recently told The Blaze that an Obama administration program is harming online businesses that are a key source of funds for tribal governments. The administration program, Operation Choke Point, focuses on certain industries including guns, payday or short-term lenders, porn shops, casinos, coin dealers, check cashers, and debt collectors. The program is run by the Department of Justice and the FDIC. It investigates how banks handle accounts with industries considered ‘high risk.’ Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/native-americans-claim-obama-administrations-operation-choke-point-hurting-their-businesses/#o5BSrmSj0rkgHuGg.99
  • US won't stop Native Americans from growing, selling pot on their lands

    12/11/2014 11:56:00 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 55 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 11, 2014 | Timothy Phelps
    WASHINGTON — Opening the door for what could be a lucrative and controversial new industry on some Native American reservations, the Justice Department on Thursday will tell U.S. attorneys to not prevent tribes from growing or selling marijuana on the sovereign lands, even in states that ban the practice. The new guidance, released in a memorandum, will be implemented on a case-by-case basis and tribes must still follow federal guidelines, said Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota and the chairman of the Attorney General's Subcommittee on Native American Issues. It remains to be seen how many reservations will...
  • American Indian groups argue over settlement money

    12/02/2014 1:35:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2014 3:46 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    More than $380 million in government dollars left over from a federal discrimination settlement with American Indians is in limbo amid disagreements over how the money should be spent. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on Tuesday reviewed a proposal to form a new foundation to help American Indian farmers with the money unexpectedly left over after the Obama administration settled a class-action suit filed by American Indian farmers in 2011. The farmers said they had lost out on decades of farm loans because of government discrimination. …
  • Happy National Genocide (Thanksgiving) Day!

    11/26/2014 5:05:16 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 69 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11-25-2014 | Nicole Breedlove
    Thanksgiving has never been a celebratory holiday in my family. Whenever my family did cook we always gave thanks that all the Native Americans weren't wiped out when Columbus "discovered" America. My teachers made it seem like Thanksgiving was a holiday to look forward to. The New York City public education system told me what Thanksgiving was all about. I was very careful to regurgitate what they taught me when tested so I wouldn't get a failing grade. When I was older though I was told the truth by my family. Whenever someone asked what I was doing for Thanksgiving...
  • NBC's Peter Pan changes offensive lyrics of song 'Ugg-a-Wugg' that stereotypes Native Americans

    11/18/2014 5:46:21 PM PST · by PROCON · 46 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Nov. 18, 2014
    NBC will broadcast a live production of 'Peter Pan' starring Allison Williams as Peter Pan and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook on December 4 Some of the songs have been changed - including 'Ugg-a-Wugg', which is performed by Peter Pan and Tiger Lily It previously featured made-up 'Native American-sounding' words that have now been replaced with nursery rhymesNBC has changed the lyrics of the song 'Ugg-a-Wugg' for its live show of Peter Pan after the words were deemed to be offensive to Native Americans. The original number, performed by Peter Pan and Tiger Lily, featured lines including 'the brave noble...
  • Last original WWII Navajo Code Talker, a Marine, dies on the birthday of the Corps

    11/11/2014 11:45:07 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 11, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The last Navajo Code Talker, Chester Nez, USMC died on 10 November 2014, the 239th birthday of the Corps. They played a vital role during WWII.From Source Marine veteran Michael Smith wept Wednesday when he heard about the death of Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo Code Talkers.Smith, from Window Rock, who had met Nez several times, described him as a “quiet, humble” Navajo Marine.Smith said that the passing of Nez — the last of the first 29 Navajo men who created a code from their language that stumped the Japanese in World War II — marked the...
  • Racial Revenge: Infected Immigrants as Human Smallpox Blankets

    10/19/2014 9:49:24 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 42 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10/19/14 | Deborah C. Tyler
    It so happened that an 11-year-old boy came home from school one day and told his parents that the first European white people who came to America were so mean that they tried to kill the Indians by giving them blankets with smallpox germs. The boy’s father tried to use this as a teachable moment. He asked his son to think if that made sense, even if the first white settlers were that evil. How would they avoid getting smallpox themselves? The boy then let it be known that the American Constitution was written by the Iroquois Indians. The father...
  • October 15th in history 1781 Siege of Yorktown & more

    10/15/2014 8:15:28 AM PDT · by Prophet2520 · 10 replies
    [the fighting raged on at Yorktown] "On the night of October 15-16, Cornwallis ordered an attack against the second line. This was launched, 350 strong, under Lt. Col. Robert Abercrombie at a point near the center of the line. It was a gallant sortie, yet it accomplished little, for, within a few hours, the guns which had been spiked by the British were again firing upon Yorktown." The articles of capitulation were signed four days later. Cornwallis' British men were declared prisoners of war,...Americans captured 8,000 troops, 214 artillery pieces, thousands of muskets, 24 transport ships, wagons and horses.
  • T-shirt designer turns debate on Cleveland Indians mascot Chief Wahoo into hot-selling item

    09/03/2014 8:09:53 AM PDT · by Deadeye Division · 28 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | September 03, 2014 | John Petkovic
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- "Caucasians fever Be a believer In the Cleveland Caucasians..." You'd be hard-pressed finding fans of Chief Wahoo singing this version of the Cleveland Indians fight song. But it's been a winning pitch for Cleveland T-shirt designer Brian Kirby. You could say it's the All-Star, Rookie of the Year and MVP of sports T-shirts. The logo lampoons Chief Wahoo -- adding blonde hair and a dollar sign for the feather and substituting "Caucasians" for Indians. And it's caught on – big, out of the blue. Kirby sold $20,000 of the shirts during one recent 24-hour period – so...
  • American Indian Oral Traditions and Ohio's Earthworks

    08/28/2014 6:21:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Ohio History Connection Archaeology Blog ^ | August 25, 2014 | Brad Lepper
    ...So, while my Journal of Ohio Archaeology paper concludes rather pessimistically that there are no documented early American Indian traditions that speak reliably to the original purpose and meaning of the ancient earthworks, there is no reason to believe that traditional stories of contemporary tribes with historic roots in the eastern Woodlands could not include themes and elements that echo, if faintly, traditions of the Hopewell culture. And if that’s conceivable, and I think it is, then it would be worthwhile to look for them... One reason why it’s important to take seriously what American Indians have had to say...
  • The Obama Administration Will Seize Land from the Lakota Sioux if They aren’t Stopped

    07/19/2014 3:00:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    PJTatler ^ | July 19, 2014 | Bonnie Ramthun
    The only barrier standing in the way of another shameful broken treaty with our Native Americans is the U.S. Congress. The federal government is planning to take the South Unit of Badlands National Park and turn it over to the Department of the Interior, to have it administered by the National Park Service. The NPS was in the news last year when they barricaded our national monuments and prevented elderly WWII veterans from seeing their memorial during the sequester. The NPS put up barriers along scenic look-outs so drivers couldnÂ’t see Mt. Rushmore, and closed park entrances across the country....
  • Native American group plans to file federal lawsuit against Cleveland Indians over Chief Wahoo logo

    06/27/2014 10:43:53 AM PDT · by massmike · 43 replies
    newsnet5.com ^ | 06/27/2014 | Paul Kiska
    CLEVELAND - The red block letter C for Cleveland seems to be replacing Chief Wahoo outside Progressive Field. But not everyone sees it that way. Robert Roche is the director of the American Indian Education Center and one of the plaintiffs planing to file a federal lawsuit in late July against the Cleveland Indians. The group says the team's name and the Chief Wahoo logo are racist. The group wants a lot of money to help Native Americans with education, job training and housing. "We're going to be asking for $9 billion and we're basing it on a hundred years...
  • The U.S. military’s ongoing slur of Native Americans

    06/27/2014 9:55:16 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jun 26th 2014 | Simon Waxman
    * In the United States today, the names Apache, Comanche, Chinook, Lakota, Cheyenne and Kiowa apply not only to Indian tribes but also to military helicopters. Add in the Black Hawk, named for a leader of the Sauk tribe. Then there is the Tomahawk, a low-altitude missile, and a drone named for an Indian chief, Gray Eagle. Operation Geronimo was the end of Osama bin Laden. Why do we name our battles and weapons after people we have vanquished? For the same reason the Washington team is the Redskins and my hometown Red Sox go to Cleveland to play the...
  • "Native Americans" a Much Worse Term than "Redskins"

    06/26/2014 7:46:23 PM PDT · by kathsua · 32 replies
    Lawrence journal world ^ | June 25, 2014 | Reasonmclucus
    The white hypocrites who complain about the term "redskins" use the term "native American" which when used in the way they are using it isn't much better than the other n-word. The word "redskins" is a physically descriptive term that doesn't have inherently negative characteristics. The word is one of the English translations of the Ottawa term "Oklahoma". If we consider the characteristics of the people the term "redskins" was first applied to, it's a positive term. The word "native" has two different uses. In general use the term "native " followed by a geographic region is used to indicate...
  • Kit Carson Park in New Mexico renamed over American Indian concerns

    06/13/2014 4:01:04 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 78 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/13/2014
    A northern New Mexico town council has voted to change the name of Kit Carson Park over concerns by critics that the famed scout and explorer was cruel to American Indians. The Taos Town Council passed a resolution Tuesday to rename the downtown park Red Willow following a presentation from activists, the Albuquerque Journal reports. Council member Fritz Hahn said one American Indian activist felt uncomfortable in the park, which is named after someone who egregiously hurt her people. "We have got to heal the wreckage of the past, and Kit Carson is part of that," Hahn said Carson, who...
  • Last original Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez passes away

    06/04/2014 6:20:47 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 29 replies
    KOAT-TV, Albuquerque ^ | June 4, 2014 | Royale Da
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Chester Nez, the last original Navajo Code Talker, has passed away in his Albuquerque home. Nez was recruited with 28 other Native Americans by the U.S. Marines to create a code the Japanese couldn't crack during World War II. Nez went into kidney failure Wednesday morning. He was 93. "Many people have met him," said Judy Avila, a friend and author of Nez's memoir. "When you meet him, you're charmed by him." He was the last living member of the group. "There were a lot of people and naysayers who said, 'How can these young Navajo men help...
  • G.O.P. Hopeful Finds Tribal Tie Cuts Both Ways

    05/04/2014 12:19:45 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JONATHAN MARTIN
    BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — T. W. Shannon will be Oklahoma’s first black senator if he wins the Republican nomination and is elected this November, but the quiet campaign stirring here about Mr. Shannon’s racial loyalties is not aimed at the African-American branch of his family tree. Mr. Shannon, whose first name is Tahrohon, is a member of the Chickasaw Nation, the most influential tribe in a state where Native Americans are not merely the inheritors of a poignant history but also collectively constitute the state’s largest nongovernment employer outside of Walmart.
  • Nevada rancher and former Shoshone chief's range war with BLM predates Bundy standoff

    04/24/2014 4:37:53 PM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 22, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Long before Cliven Bundy faced down federal agents in his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights, fellow Nevada rancher Raymond Yowell, an 84-year-old former Shoshone chief, watched as the BLM seized his herd. Adding to that, since 2008 they've taken his money as well -- in the form of a piece of his Social Security checks. Yowell's 132 head of cattle had grazed for decades on the South Fork Western Shoshone Indian Reservation in northeastern Nevada until 2002, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- the same agency at odds with Bundy -- seized them....
  • EPA Voids 1905 Law, Cedes Town to Tribe

    01/13/2014 12:00:09 PM PST · by John Semmens · 29 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Jan 2014 | John Semmens
    The Environmental Protection Agency voided a law passed by Congress in 1905 and awarded the town of Riverton, Wyoming to the Wind River Indian Reservation. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead (R) questioned the legitimacy of the move asking “since when can a federal agency override an Act of Congress? I mean, if the EPA has objections to an existing law shouldn’t they be asking Congress to revise it? I see nothing in the Constitution granting the EPA the authority they’ve assumed.” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson brushed aside Mead’s concerns as “excessively formalistic. The president has stressed that we take a broader...
  • U.S. Trademark Office Says ‘Redskins’ is Derogatory

    01/08/2014 7:01:13 AM PST · by Third Person · 32 replies
    CBS Washington D.C. ^ | January 7th, 2014 | CBSDC
    <p>There will be no trademark for “Redskins Hog Rinds,” a bad omen for the Washington Redskins in the legal battle over their name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a request from a company to sell pork rinds using the word “Redskins” because it deemed the term to be “derogatory slang.”</p>
  • The Florida State Seminoles: The Champions of Racist Mascots

    01/08/2014 5:49:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    The Nation ^ | January 7, 2014 | David Zirin
    It’s easy to oppose the name of the Washington Redskins and call for owner Dan Snyder to change his beloved bigoted brand. After all, it’s a dictionary-defined slur bestowed on the NFL franchise by their arch-segregationist, minstrel-loving founder. When you have Native American organizations, leading sportswriters, Republicans as well as Democrats in Congress and even the president say the time has come to change the name, it is not exactly difficult to get on board. But what about the Florida State Seminoles, whose football team on Monday night won the Vizio/Dow Chemical/Blackwater/Vivid Video BCS National Championship Game? The NCAA, since...
  • In Wisconsin, Big Chief Walker signs new Indian mascot bill

    12/21/2013 7:07:42 AM PST · by markomalley · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/21/2013 | Eric Owens
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed an Indian mascot bill on Thursday that will make it harder for politically correct meddlers to force public schools around the state to change their mascots, logos and team names.Before he signed the bill, Walker informed state tribal leaders in a letter.“I share many of your concerns about some of the mascots and nicknames used in Wisconsin and across America,” the governor wrote, according to The Capital Times. “If it were up to me personally, I would seek viable alternatives that were not offensive to Native Americans.”In the same letter, Walker also pointed out that a...
  • Ancient DNA Links Native Americans to Europe

    11/07/2013 8:52:57 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 45 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 11/5/13 | Michael Balter
    SANTA FE—Where did the first Americans come from? Most researchers agree that Paleoamericans moved across the Bering Land Bridge from Asia sometime before 15,000 years ago, suggesting roots in East Asia. But just where the source populations arose has long been a mystery. Now comes a surprising twist, from the complete nuclear genome of a Siberian boy who died 24,000 years ago—the oldest complete genome of a modern human sequenced to date. His DNA shows close ties to those of today's Native Americans. Yet he apparently descended not from East Asians, but from people who had lived in Europe or...
  • How Much Do We Really Know About Pocahontas?

    11/03/2013 3:30:17 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 50 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | 11-3-13 | Tony Horwitz
    Historian Tony Horwitz tries to separate the truth from the myths that have been built up about the Jamestown “princess” Pocahontas is the most myth-encrusted figure in early America, a romantic “princess” who saves John Smith and the struggling Jamestown colony. But this fairy tale, familiar to millions today from storybook and film, bears little resemblance to the extraordinary young woman who crossed cultures and oceans in her brief and ultimately tragic life. The startling artwork (above), the oldest in the National Portrait Gallery collection, is the only image of Pocahontas taken from life. Made during her visit to London...
  • NFL To Meet Oneida Indian Nation Officials About Redskins Name Controversy

    10/26/2013 3:38:42 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 93 replies
    AP via LA Times ^ | 10/26/2013 | staff
    Oneida Indian officials who oppose the Redskins nickname as a slur will meet with NFL officials next week in New York City, a tribe spokesman said Friday. The meeting agreed to by NFL officials this month is scheduled for Wednesday in New York City, Oneida Indian Nation spokesman Brett Stagnitti told the Associated Press. ---SNIP--- Halbritter, whose tribe runs a large casino resort in Verona in central New York, says the name is degrading and has devastating effects, especially on younger Indians.
  • Letter from Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to fans

    10/09/2013 11:58:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10-9-2013 | Dan Snyder
    To Everyone in our Washington Redskins Nation: As loyal fans, you deserve to know that everyone in the Washington Redskins organization -- our players, coaches and staff -- are truly privileged to represent this team and everything it stands for. We are relentlessly committed to our fans and to the sustained long-term success of this franchise. That’s why I want to reach out to you --our fans -- about a topic I wish to address directly: the team name, “Washington Redskins.” While our focus is firmly on the playing field, it is important that you hear straight from me on...
  • Oneida Nation, D.C.’s Norton Urge Redskins to Change Their Name

    10/08/2013 6:38:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 50 replies
    georgetowner.com ^ | October 07, 2013
    The Oneida Indian Nation held a “Change the Mascot” symposium at the Georgetown Ritz-Carlton Oct. 7. The discussion was held in a packed Fahrenheit restaurant. At the same time, the same hotel is also hosting the NFL’s fall league meeting of owners and officials, which begins tomorrow. Speakers included Ray Halbritter, the National Representative of the Oneida Indian Nation, D.C.’s Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn. “Washington’s team name is a painful epithet that was used against my people when we were held at gunpoint and thrown off our lands,” Halbritter said. “When marketed by a professional...
  • 6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America

    10/07/2013 3:07:35 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    Cracked ^ | May 15, 2012 | Jack O'Brien, Elford Alley
    When it comes to the birth of America, most of us are working from a stew of elementary school history lessons, Westerns and vague Thanksgiving mythology. And while it's not surprising those sources might biff a couple details, what's shocking is how much less interesting the version we learned was. It turns out our teachers, Hollywood and whoever we got our Thanksgiving mythology from (Big Turkey?) all made America's origin story far more boring than it actually was for some very disturbing reasons. For instance ...
  • Three-year-old being fought over by Cherokee father who cited Indian Child Act is just 2% Cherokee

    07/26/2013 7:31:35 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 49 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26 July 2013 | Jill Reilly
    The three-year-old girl at the centre of a South Carolina adoption dispute because of her Native American history is just two percent Cherokee, it has been revealed. Her biological mother Christy Maldonado is Hispanic and was unmarried when she got pregnant and gave birth to Veronica - since then she has worked closely with a non-Indian couple hopeful of adopting her daughter. But when Veronica's biological father, Dusten Brown, found out he secured custody based on his Cherokee Nation ancestry and the couple who looked after the girl from birth until 19 months ago were forced to hand her over.
  • Johnny Depp Wants To Buy The Site of Wounded Knee Massacre & Give It Back to Native Americans

    07/11/2013 3:49:39 PM PDT · by drewh · 83 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 15:57 EST, 11 July 2013 | By Meghan Keneally
    Johnny Depp has announced that he wants to buy Wounded Knee, a national historic landmark, and give it back to the Indian people. In an interview with the Mail On Sunday, the actor revealed that he is ready to spend millions in order to give the Native American people control of the land that was the site of a brutal 1890 massacre. ‘It’s very sacred ground and many atrocities were committed against the Sioux there,' he said in the interview. 'And in the 1970s there was a stand-off between the Feds (Federal government) and the people who should own that...
  • Teen denied diploma, fined over Native American feather

    06/04/2013 11:44:25 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 209 replies
    QMI AGENCY ^ | June 4, 2013
    An Alabama teenager was denied her high school diploma and fined $1,000 for wearing a feather on her graduation cap to celebrate her Native American heritage. Escambia Academy High School in Atmore, Ala., makes its students and staff sign a pre-graduation contract agreeing not to wear "extraneous items during graduation exercises unless approved by the administration." Chelsey Ramer, 17, tried in vain to get approval to attach an eagle's feather to her graduation cap as a symbol of her Native culture. "They told me that if I wore it that they would pull me off the field," Ramer, a member...
  • Ground broken for oil refinery on ND reservation

    05/10/2013 5:59:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 37 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 10, 2013 | Associated Press
    The Three Affiliated Tribes have broken ground for a $450 million oil refinery on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in northwestern North Dakota The Thunder Butte Petroleum Services Refinery will be constructed in four phases over two years. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Wednesday, after more than a decade of planning, according to The Forum and the Minot Daily News. Construction is expected to begin in August. “We grew up poor. We were lucky if we had a pair of clean overalls,” Tribal Chairman Tex Hall said. “But our parents made sure we went to school and got educated. They...
  • Native Americans incensed over pro-gun rights billboard in Colorado (Great Billboard tho)

    04/30/2013 4:35:09 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 121 replies
    f/AP ^ | 4/30/2013
    Two billboards in which images of Native Americans are used to make a gun rights argument are causing a stir with some Colorado residents who say the image is offensive and insensitive. The billboards in this northern Colorado city show three men dressed in traditional Native American attire and the words "Turn in your arms. The government will take care of you." Matt Wells, an account executive with Lamar Advertising in Denver, said Monday that a group of local residents purchased the space. "They have asked to remain anonymous," he said. He also refused to disclose the cost but said...
  • Vatican Fresco Cleaning Reveals Images of Native Americans

    04/30/2013 10:42:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    John Thavis blog ^ | 4/28/13 | John Thavis
    It hasn’t drawn much attention yet, but the Vatican has quietly announced the discovery of what it believes is the first artistic representation of native Americans. A detail of a fresco by the Renaissance artist Pinturicchio, discovered during restoration work in the Vatican Museums, depicts men dressed only in feathered headdresses who appear to be dancing, and another on horseback. The painting was completed in 1494, shortly after Christopher Columbus returned from the New World with a detailed description of natives who painted themselves, danced and gave gifts of parrots. For hundreds of years, the frescoed figures were hiding in...
  • National Museum of the American Indian Hides Genocide

    04/10/2002 3:07:33 PM PDT · by Legume · 48 replies · 2,008+ views
    New California Media Online | Dec. 6, 1999 | Carter Camp
    National Museum of the American Indian Hides Genocide Ponca Nation, By Carter Camp Seems we rez-based Indians always are slow to react to events taking place in Washington D.C., by the time we wake up the damage is done. The new "Redskins" stadium is one place we could have made a stand if we were serious about the mascot issue. Another cultural rip-off being foisted on our people is the National Museum of American Indian going up in D.C.. I once warned about about it in a letter carried by Indian Country Today in the early nineties, but a small...
  • Native Americans to new Pope: Recant the ‘Discovery Doctrine,’ which gave Catholics dominion

    03/13/2013 11:16:09 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 56 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 13, 2013 | Stephen Rex Brown
    A 15th century Catholic decree permitting Europeans to seize Indian land in the New World is a load of papal bull. That was the message Tuesday from the Onondaga Nation, which is calling on the new Pope to revoke the so-called Discovery Doctrine, which evolved from a papal decree written by Pope Nicholas V in 1455. “Now is the time for the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church to extend a hand and talk about these issues,” said Tonya Frichner, the president of the American Indian Law Alliance. The Discovery Doctrine was a key element in the moral justification...