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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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First Nations Signing Accord Among Themselves, Not Waiting For BC And ... - Intercontinental Cry

First Nations Signing Accord Among Themselves, Not Waiting For BC And ...Intercontinental CryThe nations signing the Accord are not waiting for the provincial and federal governments to meaningfully address the broad scope of Aboriginal title that...

Canada should look at how other countries deal with aboriginal education - The Globe and Mail

Canada should look at how other countries deal with aboriginal educationThe Globe and MailHow do their governments handle aboriginal education? Are either of them producing better outcomes than Canada, where only 40 per cent of First Nations youth...

Premiers, native leaders call for forum on murdered aboriginal women - The Globe and Mail

National PostPremiers, native leaders call for forum on murdered aboriginal womenThe Globe and MailAs the premiers and First Nations leaders were meeting in Prince Edward Island, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said in a news conference in Ottawa that Mr....

Letter: Algonquin First Nations seek recognition of their aboriginal title - Montreal Gazette

Letter: Algonquin First Nations seek recognition of their aboriginal titleMontreal GazetteIn January 2013, our First Nation, along with the Algonquin First Nations of Wolf Lake and Timiskaming, submitted a Statement of Assertion of Aboriginal Rights...

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Straight.comGitxsan test new legal landscape for First Nations' grievances across CanadaStraight.comThe name Delgamuukw has earned a position in Canadian history as shorthand for a landmark 1997 Supreme Court of Canada decision that states...

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Weather permitting, Tuesday afternoon will be when “just folks” can take a last, up-close look at the old North Channel portion of the Seaway International Bridge in Cornwall, Ontario. (A new, low-level bridge was opened to traffic last...
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...

A market in Hogansburg, now part of the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation, circa 1920. Photo courtesy Indian Time.
A market in Hogansburg, now part of the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation, circa 1920. Photo courtesy Indian Time.

Listen to Beatrice Jacobs, 100, tell stories of Mohawk life

A memorial service was held yesterday for a Mohawk woman who lived to be 100 years old. The family of Beatrice Jacobs says she's lived a healthy life at a nursing home in Snye for the last ten years.

According to her obituary, Jacobs worked in the cafeteria at St. Regis Mohawk School, and later with the Warner Brothers Corset Factory in Massena. She won a "Woman of the Year" award from the local Professional Women's Club and helped found an advocacy group for senior citizens of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.

David Sommerstein met Jacobs in 2000, when she agreed to tell him some stories about what life used to be like in Akwesasne. One was a wintertime story about crossing the frozen St. Lawrence River to Ontario, for work, trade, and dancing.  Go to full article
Part of the area to be cleaned up by Perras Environmental Control.  Photo: David Sommerstein.

Massena firm wins GM cleanup bid

A local environmental firm was selected for the next cleanup phase of General Motors' contaminated site in Massena.  Go to full article
A family at last Saturday's Idle No More march over the Cornwall bridge.  Photo by David Sommerstein.

Big expectations for "Idle No More" meeting in Canada

First Nations chiefs are meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa today. The meeting is a response to months of protests by a grassroots aboriginal group called Idle No More.

The group is demanding the government address issues such as poverty, land claims, and profits from natural resources.

As Karen Kelly reports from Ottawa, it may be difficult for today's meeting to soothe decades of discontent.  Go to full article
Mohawks on Cornwall Island waited to march in support of the Idle No More movement...  Photo: David Sommerstein.

Mohawks march for indigenous solidarity

Akwesasne Mohawks sent the Canadian government a message of native unity on Saturday. Hundreds of people marched across the two bridges from Massena, NY, to Cornwall,...  Go to full article
A protestor at the Idle No More round dance at the Canadian Embassy, Washington DC. Photo: <a href=""> Jonathon Reed</a> CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

Mohawks plan march on international bridge

A group of Mohawks is planning to march on the bridge to Canada near Massena, NY, and shut down traffic Saturday. The demonstration is a part of an indigenous rights movement...  Go to full article
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...  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...  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....  Go to full article
Kateri Tekakwitha shrine in Fonda, NY. Photo: <a href="">Diane Cordell</a>, CC <a href="">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

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