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Native American Rights

Oregon Bill Says Native American Mascots Can Stay, But Only Under Certain Conditions

AP | CHAD GARLAND | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A bill expected to become law in Oregon would allow some of the state's elementary, middle and high schools to continue using Nat...

Journey on the Ancestors Highway

Carla Moreno | Posted 11.25.2013 | Latino Voices
Carla Moreno

The Chinook people have inhabited what is now Washington and Oregon for thousands of years. Despite being well-documented in Pacific Northwest history with a present-day vibrant community, they are considered nonexistent.

Native Names: Finding Your Own Spirit

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
Katie Scarlett Brandt

Even though the government tried to take the Lakota names away, they didn't completely succeed. People on the reservation today do carry last names, but names that belong to their ancestors: White Plume, Yellow Thunder, Takes War Bonnet.

Racist Redskin: Resolving Anglo Ignorance About Naming Natives

Alison Owings | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Alison Owings

In the evolving American consciousness, where there's growing support for illegal immigrants who want U.S. citizenship and for gays who want wedlock, the same impulse apparently does not recognize that the word redskins is reprehensible and offensive to (most) Native Americans.

It's Time for Congress to Stop Politicizing VAWA and End a Human Rights Crisis

Lise Balk King | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Lise Balk King

The provision for Native Americans provides a crucial jurisdictional fix for a loophole in the criminal justice system. If you are a Native American woman assaulted on Indian land, the tragic odds are that you will not be offered protection by the law.

Ask Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren

Tim Giago | Posted 02.05.2013 | Media
Tim Giago

In 1960 President John F. Kennedy said, "Of all Americans, the American Indian is the least understood and the most misunderstood," and today's media does nothing to alleviate that truth.

Playing Both Ends Against the Middle

Tim Giago | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Tim Giago

It is time for all Native Americans to scrutinize their political affiliations. Have the Democrats or the Republicans fulfilled your political aspirations? Has either Party stood up for your interests?

Native Americans Are Not the 'Vanishing Americans'

Tim Giago | Posted 11.11.2012 | Business
Tim Giago

Just as the African American, Hispanic American and Asian American populations grew to the point where their dollars made an economic impact, so too is the Native American population expanding.

Native American Christianity: Through Bullets And Arrows To Peace

Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley

Like the proverbial "ducks out of water," Native Christians captured by a Western worldview are against the use of any form of Native American cultural expressions of faith. On the other hand, those who reclaim a vision of Christ in our culture celebrate joy and homecoming.

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.

Right-Wing Judges Seek to Close the Courthouse Doors to Public Interest Claims

Bennet Kelley | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Imagine an America in which lawyers dared not challenge the mightiest no matter how egregious their offenses may be for fear of financial ruin.

Lynne Peeples

Greening Disadvantaged Populations In The Name Of Environmental Justice

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.10.2011 | Green

AUSTIN, Texas -- Thirty years after the Midnite Mine was closed, clean-up of the 33 million tons of radioactive remains at the site -- located within...

VOTE: Does 'Pocahontas' Opera Snub Native Americans?

Posted 11.20.2011 | Arts

A Duluth, Minnesota production of "Pocahontas: A Woman of Two Worlds," an opera, is facing criticism this week for failing to cast a single Native Ame...

Native American Tribes Shield Fathers In Child Support Battles

| Kelley Weiss | Posted 10.05.2011 | Los Angeles

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Kelley Weiss Mothers around the state are finding it almost impossible to collect chil...

A Chance to Right a Wrong: The Seneca Nation of Indians and the Kinzua Dam

David Kimelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Kimelberg

A mere 46 years ago, the federal government orchestrated a series of events, , which included the forcible relocation of Native Americans. The U.S. government now has a chance to at least partially right these wrongs.

Let the Buffalo Roam! America's Last Wild Herds Under Attack by US Government and Cattle Industry

Deborah Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Deborah Bassett

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A Day To Give Thanks Is Part Of Native American Tradition

Tim Giago | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tim Giago

By now I believe most Americans understand that the creative stories surrounding the first Thanksgiving are, for the most part, a myth.

Senate Set To Vote On Settlement To Return Land, Money To Native Americans

The Atlantic | James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Mistreatment of Indians is America's Original Sin, and the narrative is consistent. They lose their land, get portrayed as caricatures of social malad...

On Columbus Day: Senate Apology Should Be Followed With Action

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

It's hard for a country to change its founding mythology, but the U.S. Senate has taken an important step towards accomplishing that by approving an apology to Native Americans.

Health Care Through the Eyes of an Independent

Tim Giago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Giago

I watch the shouting matches, the misinformation, and the outright lies passing across the health care argument scene. It has brought out the meanness in too many otherwise good Americans and it must stop.

Navajo Nation: Election 2008

Rebecca Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rebecca Ford

With over 38,000 registered voters, the residents of Navajo Nation in the southwest are being courted by McCain and Obama. After 140 years, said one man, "a minority president might change things."