Fry bread, good or bad? The debate continues (August 22, 2005)
Fry bread is full of grease, fat and carbohydrates but that isn't stopping some people from consuming a staple found at powwows, fairs and festivals throughout Indian Country. It's a source of pride and power for many people. But with...
Chickasaw Nation can punish those who speak out (August 22, 2005)
The Chickasaw Nation Legislature passed a resolution on Friday to punish lawmakers who disclose information about land deals, The Oklahoman reports. The resolution stems from legislator Wilson Seawright's disclosure in 2004 that the tribe was going to buy a 15-acre...
Samish Nation wins round in federal funding fight (August 22, 2005)
A Washington tribe whose rights have been denied for more than 30 years won a court victory on Friday in a long-running dispute with the federal government. Samish Nation ancestors signed the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott but the tribe...
Opinion: Taking white man's lead on anti-gay rights (August 22, 2005)
"I've long known that about half of America doesn't like gay people. It's been made pretty clear, most recently with the rejection of numerous marriage equality bills, and the approval of anti-gay marriage legislation in 37 states. But now, to...
Column: Indians are heroes, so why not mascots? (August 22, 2005)
"When playing cowboys and Indians as a kid, I always wanted to be the Indian. Little did I know. Back then, I thought pretending to be an Indian was neat, even better than watching Saturday morning cartoons. According to my...
Massachusetts tribe won't make land claims (August 22, 2005)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe won't be making any land claims if it wins federal recognition, president Glenn Marshall said. Marshall said a lawsuit would be costly and counter-productive. "The people who live in Mashpee are our neighbors. They're our friends....
Indian soldier struggled after returning from Iraq (August 22, 2005)
An Indian soldier accused of murder and attempted murder struggled with daily life after returning from the war in Iraq, family members said. Matthew Sepi, 20, spent a year in Iraq. The 5-feet-3, 120 pound soldier didn't seem to...
'New' Indians are eager to declare identity (August 22, 2005)
The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that 4.2 million Americans claim Native American ancestry, up 7.3 percent from just four years ago, and double the population in 1990. Where is this big increase coming from? According to The New York...
Eastern Shawnee Tribe eyes produce plant in Ohio (August 22, 2005)
The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma is considering a $19 million hydroponics greenhouse in Ohio. The tribe has met with local officials to discuss the project. It would be built on 25 acres in Lordstown, where the tribe has a...
Column: Tribe making cowboy town more accurate (August 22, 2005)
"The last time settlers built an Old West cowboy town on tribal property they didn't worry this much about offending the natives. But Rawhide, the longtime Western theme park, is not just moving out of Scottsdale and onto the Gila...
Suquamish Tribe celebrates Chief Seattle Days (August 22, 2005)
The Suquamish Tribe held its 95th annual Chief Seattle Days over the weekend. The three-day festival included a powwow, pageant and canoe races. A memorial service was held at Chief Seattle's gravesite. The tribe recently celebrated the return of the...
Column: Indians not offended by Indian mascots (August 22, 2005)
"Polls keep showing that American Indians aren't really offended by college team nicknames such as Warriors, Braves, Indians, Seminoles and Fighting Illini. But many sportswriters, campus "diversity" officials and now the National Collegiate Athletic Association think they ought to be....
Border crossing more difficult for Washington tribes (August 22, 2005)
Members of Washington tribes say it has become more difficult to cross the U.S. border into Canada since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Bernie Thomas, a member of the Lummi Nation, used to cross the border with ease. Now...
Eastern Cherokees publish book on tribal elders (August 22, 2005)
Tribal elders are the focus of a forthcoming book published by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. "Cherokee Elders: Our Greatest Generation" records memories and photos from about 350 elders. They share their experiences about school,...
Editorial: NCAA deserves credit for mascot policy (August 22, 2005)
"For the most part, patently tasteless and racist nicknames such as Savages have faded away, yet we're still left, incredibly, with the NFL's Redskins. Those who support such names argue that they celebrate proud heritage. Opponents say they only perpetuate...
Oglala Sioux Tribe asked to extradite suspects (August 22, 2005)
The state of South Dakota is asking the Oglala Sioux Tribe to extradite two tribal members accused in a beating that occurred off the reservation. The request is the first in more than 10 years, the state attorney general said....
Choctaws were Abramoff's first tribal client (August 22, 2005)
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians was the first tribal client of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to US News and World Report. A friend referred the tribe to Abramoff, who was primarily representing business clients at the time. In...
Yellow Bird: The wonderful sound of the 'pop' (August 22, 2005)
"I started canning in earnest this week -- chokecherries, juneberries, plums and Freestone peaches, so far. Chokecherries and plums are in the freezer, waiting for another day to turn them to jelly and syrup. But I finished 13 jars of...
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