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Apr 6, 2014 — The FBI has seized thousands of Native American and cultural artifacts from the home of a southern Indiana man. Among the items are arrowheads, gas masks, even a full skeleton. Investigators say the man may have violated international treaties and federal and state laws when he bought the items.
Apr 3, 2014 — The collection of items has "immeasurable" cultural value, the FBI says. Some artifacts are Native American; others are Russian and Chinese. It's unclear how many were collected legally.
Mar 21, 2014 — A U.S. Education Department report finds what it calls a pattern of punitive policies and educational neglect that disproportionately hurt black, Latino and Native American students in public schools.
Nov 21, 2013 — Native American leaders from across the country gathered at the White House recently for the fifth annual tribal summit. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Brian Cladoosby, the newly elected president of the National Congress of American Indians, about the top issues in Indian country.
Sep 4, 2013 — Adopted by a family in South Carolina, the little Native American girl was returned to her biological father nearly two years ago. It was decided that the Indian Child Welfare Act trumped state law. Since then, her adoptive parents have been fighting to get her back.
 

More Native American news from indianz.com, a continental news service based on the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska and with offices in Washington, DC


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Action plan needed to address needs of First Nations: Paul Martin - Canadian Jewish News (blog)

Canadian Jewish News (blog)Action plan needed to address needs of First Nations: Paul MartinCanadian Jewish News (blog)TORONTO — When former prime minister Paul Martin visited the Leo Baeck Day School's south campus earlier this month, he told...

Brain drain challenges First Nation communities across Canada - CBC.ca

Brain drain challenges First Nation communities across CanadaCBC.caSince the mid-'80s, Membertou First Nation near Sydney, N.S., has worked to create jobs that will entice its freshly educated young people to return home after graduation. In Nunavut...

First Nations Elections Act Receives Royal Assent - Canada NewsWire (press release)

First Nations Elections Act Receives Royal AssentCanada NewsWire (press release)OTTAWA, April 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt welcomed Royal Assent of the First Nations Elections Act,...

New First Nations Education Act an 'illusion of control' - CBC.ca

New First Nations Education Act an 'illusion of control'CBC.caIndigenous peoples living in the successor state of Canada (with or without treaties), have rights of self-determination, recognized under international law and are blatantly denied in...

Adam Beach touts 'pop-up' film theatres in First Nations communities - Globalnews.ca

Globalnews.caAdam Beach touts 'pop-up' film theatres in First Nations communitiesGlobalnews.ca... says he's hoping a plan to bring first-run and aboriginal films to ;. Adam Beach says he's hoping a plan to bring first-run and aboriginal films to...


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Hey, remember that whole thing the state was talking about doing where it was going to open some new casinos upstate to promote economic development? Well, that legislation is out, as part of the two-weeks-left-for-in-the-session flurry of new...
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The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting this morning that at $75 million expansion is underway at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in northern Franklin County. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe intends to add more than 30,000 square feet of space to the...
The Plattsburgh Press-Republican is reporting that the Bingo Palace and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino could merge in a project that might also include a new, seven-story hotel complex. [I]n an announcement of the referendum on its website, the Tribal ...

Native-owned casinos like Turning Stone would have competition under Cuomo's plan. Photo: Oneida Nation
Native-owned casinos like Turning Stone would have competition under Cuomo's plan. Photo: Oneida Nation

Cuomo vague on potential casino sites

Governor Cuomo shed some more light Tuesday on his plans for expanding gambling in New York. But he said he didn't want to identify specific places where non-native owned casinos should be built.

Cuomo said that should be the job of the gaming industry in a competitive bidding process. "I would leave it to the operators, the experts, to say, you tell me," said Cuomo, "within these regions of the state, where do you think the best market is, where would you site it to maximize economic opportunity, maximize job growth."  Go to full article
The former General Motors site in Massena today. Photo: RACER Trust

Massena GM redevelopers "confident" of sale

The biggest cleanup in the country of former General Motors property is underway in Massena. Crews are removing more than 100,000 tons of concrete and soil contaminated by toxic PCB oils.

The cleanup won't be finished for another three years. But the federally appointed trust that owns the property is already bullish on selling it.  Go to full article

U.S. defends Mohawk land claim

The U.S. Attorney General's office is defending the St. Regis Mohawks' land claim in its entirety. That's after a judge recommended throwing out most of it last fall.

In a brief filed earlier in November, Assistant Attorney General Ignacia Moreno made two important points about the decades old Mohawk claim to 12,000 acres in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties.  Go to full article
Kateri Tekakwitha shrine in Fonda, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/">Diane Cordell</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">some rights reserved</a>

First Native saint "beacon of empowerment"

Catholics across Upstate New York and Canada are celebrating the canonization of a 17th century Mohawk woman. She'll become the first Native American saint in a ceremony this...  Go to full article
Part of the 7.2 mi. contaminated stretch of the Grasse.  Photo by David Sommerstein.

Mohawks seek better Grasse cleanup

The St. Regis Mohawks say the federal government's plan to clean up toxic chemicals from the Grasse River has improved, but it's still not good enough. The Alcoa aluminum...  Go to full article
The Hogansburg Triangle is in pink on this map.

Judge sustains part of Mohawk land claim

Native tribes' claims to ancestral lands in New York haven't fared so well recently. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially dismissed the Oneida Nation's land claim,...  Go to full article
Mike Thompson celebrates with the Mann Cup on Saturday.  [photo courtesy of Danielle Lazore-Thompson]

Akwesasne goalie wins coveted lacrosse trophy

Akwesasne is celebrating the return of a sports hero today. Lacrosse goalie Mike Thompson was declared the Most Valuable Player after winning North America's biggest...  Go to full article
Male traditionalist dancers compete. Photo: David Sommerstein

Balance of dance and drum at Akwesasne's pow wow

The weekend after Labor Day is a special one on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena. People from across the region gather on Cornwall Island for the Akwesasne...  Go to full article

Web extra: Akwesasne Singers perform Alligator Dance

The hometown favorites of the pow wow, the Akwesasne Singers, perform the Alligator Dance, a song from tribes in the Everglades in Florida.  Go to full article
Local laborers protest the hiring of out-of-state, non-union workers at Alcoa Massena Operations to repair a building damaged by fire last March. <br />Photo: Sky Woman Media<br />

Ironworkers angry about outsourced Alcoa recovery work

Labor unions, tribal leaders, and the mayor of Massena gathered at the Alcoa Plant in Massena Thursday. They're concerned the company is bringing in ironworkers from Texas,...  Go to full article

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