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Canadian settlement enters crucial phase

NEW YORK - Canada's attempt to atone for wrongs inflicted on its Native schoolchildren has entered the crucial phase of approval by the victims. Survivors of the government's compulsory boarding schools, many of whom have borne lifelong emotional scars from the experience, have until Aug. 20 to decide to...

Ikpeng leader documents his tribe’s struggle

NEW YORK - Karume Txicao Ikpeng, a leader of the Ikpeng Indians of the Amazon, ranked as one of the stars of the recent Native American Film and Video Festival at the National Museum of the American Indian's George Gustav Heye Center. He presented two impressive films, a video/letter...

Threatened Amazon tribes fight against the odds

NEW YORK - Facing land theft and even genocide as modern exploiters rush into the Amazon basin and other Brazilian forests, small, isolated Indian tribes are struggling against overwhelming odds. But they are fighting back with increasing vigor; and as they add lawyers to their arsenal of bows arrows,...

East meets western Plains culture at Schemitzun

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. ñ Schemitzun started as the Pequot Festival of Green Corn, but it has evolved into an important meeting place between the New England tribes and the Native culture of the western Plains. It could even be called their most significant contact since Buffalo Bill Cody brought Wild...

National Museum director announces resignation

WASHINGTON – W. Rick West Jr., 63, director of the National Museum of the American Indian for its formative last 17 years, told its board of directors and staff on Oct. 26 that he would resign after a year of transition. His letter of resignation, submitted to an afternoon meeting,...

New program solves reservation home ownership conundrum

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – Building a home on the reservation can be one of the trickiest problems in Indian country. Individual ownership brings back memories of the allotment policy of the late 19th century, and its not-so-hidden goal of breaking up tribes and taking land from Indian hands. But federal...

New program solves reservation home ownership conundrum

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. ñ Building a home on the reservation can be one of the trickiest problems in Indian country. Individual ownership brings back memories of the allotment policy of the late 19th century, and its not-so-hidden goal of breaking up tribes and taking land from Indian hands. But federal...

Mohawks take lead in pandemic plans

ST. REGIS MOHAWK RESERVATION, N.Y. – The Akwesasne Mohawk community is used to relying on itself in emergencies. With about 25,000 members stretching on both sides of the U.S./Canada border, its two governments support each other when cut off from outside help. With experience in being isolated, they’ve a..

Wisconsin court gives casino projects a big boost

MADISON, Wis. ñ The Wisconsin Supreme Court removed a major barrier to tribal casino projects recently when it rejected a constitutional challenge to state gaming compacts. A series of compact extensions negotiated by Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, have been a major political issue, drawing fire from the Legislature...

Mohegan sports investments hit their stride after a bumpy start

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – After a period of uncertainty, the Mohegan Indian Tribe is moving ahead smartly in building a nationwide sports and gaming empire. Its investment arm recently ended a game of hardball with the state of Pennsylvania over its half-billion-dollar project at the Pocono Downs harness race track. officials...