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Cherokee Nation

Columbus Day and the Colonization of Land, Trees and Genes

Rachel Smolker | Posted 12.13.2014 | Technology
Rachel Smolker

We can sadly reflect on the brutal history of colonization that American Indians faced when Europeans "discovered" and then claimed their lands. Now, centuries later, the ongoing colonization process threatens to colonize not only their lands, but even the genetics of the trees in their forests that are central to their history and livelihoods.

Daily Meditation: God Particles

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Daily Meditation: Amazing Grace

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Responding to a Community: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.18.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Baby Veronica Legal Saga Continues

Andrea Poe | Posted 11.30.2013 | Parents
Andrea Poe

Complicated twists have become the norm in the two-year battle between the adoptive parents of little girl known as "baby Veronica" and the girl's biological father.

Tribal Elders Threaten To Sue Roadside Zoo

AP | MITCH WEISS | Posted 09.25.2013 | Green

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians said Wednesday they're planning to sue a North Carolina ro...

Lawyer Asks Judge To Suspend Visitation Rights For Cherokee Girl's Adoptive Parents

AP | KRISTI EATON | Posted 08.27.2013 | Parents

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A lawyer appointed to look out for the best interests of a 3-year-old Cherokee girl at the center of an adoption dispute has asked a ...

Adoptive Parents Of 'Baby Girl' Veronica Still Waiting To See Daughter

AP | KRISTI EATON | Posted 10.15.2013 | Parents

OKLAHOMA CITY — A South Carolina couple said Thursday they've yet to meet or talk to their 3-year-old adopted daughter as well as her biological...

Judge Holds New Hearing In 'Baby Girl' Veronica Adoption Case

AP | KRISTI EATON and MEG KINNARD | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents

TULSA, Okla. — A South Carolina couple that wants to adopt a young Cherokee girl took their fight to Oklahoma on Wednesday, hoping to visit the ...

'Baby Girl' Veronica's Birth Father Turns Himself In To Authorities

AP | MEG KINNARD and KRISTI EATON | Posted 10.12.2013 | Parents

OKLAHOMA CITY — The father of a Cherokee Indian girl at the center of an adoption dispute turned himself in to authorities Monday but refused ex...

Biological Father Faces Arrest Warrant In Adoption Fight Over 3-Year-Old Daughter

AP | Posted 10.11.2013 | Crime

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The father of a Cherokee Indian girl at the center of an adoption dispute that has reached the U.S. Supreme Court faces arres...

'Baby Girl' Veronica's Birth Father Asks Daughter's Adoptive Parents To Reconsider

Reuters | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug 1 (Reuters) - The birth father of a girl of Cherokee heritage whose adoption has been finalized by South Carolina courts asked...

Cherokee Girl's Father Still Fighting For Custody After South Carolina Court Ruling

AP | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents

WASHINGTON -- The birth father of a girl of Cherokee heritage asked the Supreme Court Friday to stop a state-court ordered handover of his daughter to...

Court Rules 'Baby Girl' Veronica Should Be Returned To Adoptive Parents

AP | MEG KINNARD | Posted 07.18.2013 | Parents

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An American Indian child at the center of a custody suit that went to the U.S. Supreme Court should be returned to the Charleston-ar...

Court Lets Slaves' Descendants Sue Cherokee Chief

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 02.13.2013 | Black Voices

OKLAHOMA CITY — Descendants of slaves owned by members of the Cherokee Nation can sue the current chief in an attempt to restore their tribal me...

The Truth About The Trail Of Tears And Christianity

Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley

When it comes to America's Indigenous peoples, Christianity has done much wrong. At no time should anyone have been making decisions for people in sovereign aboriginal nations. Likewise, Indigenous followers of the Jesus Way should not be presumed upon by saying they have all been brainwashed.

Ryan Grim

Cherokee Nation Comes To Elizabeth Warren's Defense

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics

The chief of the Cherokee Nation on Wednesday demanded an apology from Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) for what he called an "uneducated, unenlightened and...

Christina Wilkie

At N.C. Casino, Romney's Odds Look Good

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics

CHEROKEE, N.C. -- The glossy, towering multiplex of Harrah's Cherokee hotel and casino stands out as an island of optimism in this otherwise bleak res...

Defending the Sovereignty of the Indian Nations

Tim Giago | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Tim Giago

One does not have to agree with the decision made by the registered voters of the Cherokee Nation to remove the freed men from their roles, but it is the legal right of this sovereign nation to make that decision. Too many Indians have fought and died to earn that right.

A Salute to 'Old School' Fatherhood

Ed Hooper | Posted 08.15.2012 | Parents
Ed Hooper

Mr. Mazarriello reached beyond the stereotypical portrayals of American fatherhood and seized an opportunity for his sons to teach themselves about something more important than sports or toys.

Cherokee Nation, Feds Fight Over Rights Of Freed Slave Descendants

Posted 11.16.2011 | Black Voices

Associated Press TULSA, Okla. -- The Cherokee Nation's election commission voted Wednesday to allow descendants of slaves once owned by tribal memb...

Cherokee Nations Expels Descendants Of Tribe's Black Slaves

Posted 10.25.2011 | Black Voices

After a long legal fight, the Cherokee nation ousted thousands of descendants of black slaves who had long been official members of the tribe. The...

Remembering Howard Zinn: Power to the People's History

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

It was one year ago today -- January 27, 2010 -- that Howard Zinn died at the age of 85.

Obama To Native Americans: "You Will Not Be Forgotten"

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama assured American Indians on Thursday that they have a place in his White House and on his agenda, telling tr...

He Might Have Been A Sports Legend

Stephen Herrington | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephen Herrington

On this anniversary of our Lunar achievement and the graduation of my class of 1969, I wonder if there is any more immutable thing than the ephemeral moment of a winning touchdown.