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Jul 27, 2014 — For Native American students, getting ready for college can be thrilling, alienating, and downright infuriating.
Jul 19, 2014 — There are about 100,000 native Kenyans living in America, clustered in Boston, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Dallas and parts of the West Coast. How do they stay connected? A radio station.
Jun 24, 2014 — Aaron Carapella couldn't find a map showing the original names and locations of Native American tribes as they existed before contact with Europeans. That's why the Oklahoma man designed his own map.
Jun 17, 2014 — What causes deadly twisters? The Native Americans of Oklahoma offered one answer.
Jun 16, 2014 — President Obama is promoting new initiatives to improve education for Native American students. Ahniwake Rose, executive director of the National Indian Education Association, has the details.
 

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A map of the Mohawk land claim.
A map of the Mohawk land claim.

Franklin County has the next move in Mohawk land claim deal

A federal appeals board has ruled the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe can make 39 acres of land it owns part of the Akwesasne reservation.

The tribe has used the land as a garbage transfer station for more than a decade. But it's technically within the borders of Franklin County, just west of the town of Fort Covington. The tribe originally petitioned to have the parcel added to the reservation seven years ago.

The details of the transfer will remain unclear until Franklin County decides what to do about a proposed settlement to the larger Mohawk land claim. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Henry Jake Arquette. Photo courtesy TAUNY Archives/Martha Cooper

Mohawk basketmaker receives highest NEA honor

Mohawk basket maker Henry Jake Arquette has won the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts, a 2014 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Arquette specializes in the ash-splint utility baskets traditionally made by the Akwesasne Mohawks: packbaskets, laundry and picnic baskets, baskets for washing corn and "wedding" baskets.  Go to full article
St. Regis Mohawk chiefs Ron LaFrance, Beverly Cook, and sub-chief Eric Thompson are hoping to build support for the land claim settlement among tribal members. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Mohawk chiefs: "The most important thing is our land"

Mohawks in Akwesasne are trying to absorb the terms of a deal to end their historic land claim.

Last week, tribal chiefs signed a framework agreement with New York State and St. Lawrence County. It would allow the Mohawks to buy almost 5,000 acres of land and add the parcels to the reservation. In return, the Mohawks will pay a share of their casino revenue to New York. And St. Lawrence County and the towns of Massena and Brasher will share a payment of $4 million a year.

Talks are ongoing with Franklin County, where several thousand more acres are part of the 32-year-old land claim lawsuit.

The proposed settlement is huge news in Akwesasne. And it's very controversial. David Sommerstein and Martha Foley sort out why.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo with county and tribal leaders signing the land claim MOU Wednesday in Albany. Photo provided by St. Regis Mohawk Tribe

Mohawks, St. Lawrence Co. reach deal on land claim

Wednesday in Albany, tribal chiefs and St. Lawrence County officials joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a memorandum of understanding to resolve the more than three-decades old...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lavagabunda/3619026326/">Sandra Cuffe</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Mohawks threaten to boycott Canadian customs

Mohawks on the Canadian side of Akwesasne say they'll boycott Canadian customs if progress isn't made in talks with the Canadian government.  Go to full article
The new, low-level bridge going up last summer underneath the old span to Cornwall. Photo: Mohawk Council of Akwesasne  Communications.

New Cornwall bridge opens, but it still feels closed to Mohawks

Friday at 7am, Canada opens a new bridge across the St. Lawrence River to Cornwall. Officials said the $75 million project will speed up travel and contribute to economic...  Go to full article
Casino gaming sites in New York. Photo: NY Governor's Office

Casinos: how did we get here from Las Vegas?

If voters pass the proposed amendment to the state constitution to allow casino gambling today, New York will become the 21tst state to legalize commercial, Las Vegas style...  Go to full article
New York's plans to expand gambling  must be approved by voters in November. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ragingwire/5873815259">ragingwire</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Coalition promotes casino amendment; judge set to hear lawsuit

The push for passage of a ballot amendment to allow up to seven new gambling casinos in New York has begun. A coalition of business leaders, labor unions, and local elected...  Go to full article
New York's plans to expand gambling  must be approved by voters in November. Photo: ragingwire, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Casino amendment draws opposition

Another anti gambling group has released a study challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo's and the legislature's claims about the benefits of permitting more casinos gambling in New...  Go to full article
Akwesasne Mohawk collage artist, musician and poet Alex Jacobs at a display of his work in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Photo: Todd Moe

A Santa Fe artist with roots in Akwesasne

Alex Jacobs is a Native American visual and performing artist who has called Santa Fe home for almost 30 years. But he hasn't forgotten his roots in Akwesasne, the St....  Go to full article

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