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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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Aboriginal leaders: Canada's shame in it's relations with First Nations - Toronto Sun

Toronto SunAboriginal leaders: Canada's shame in it's relations with First NationsToronto SunAboriginal leaders claim the Harper government's decision highlights Canada's "shame" in its relations with First Peoples. They believe it is proof of...

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...

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...

Gitxsan test new legal landscape for First Nations' grievances across Canada - Straight.com

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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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...

Meet the Masters: Mohawk Choir of St. Regis

Catholicism has its roots deeps in the history of Akwesasne, the St. Regis Mohawk reservation straddling the St. Lawrence River between the US and Canada, going back to the French Jesuit mission established there in the 1750s. The church choir there preserves a unique tradition of Christian music sung in the Mohawk language, and acts as a bridge between two often discordant cultural traditions.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Akwesasne Basketmakers

The traditional basketmakers of the Mohawk nation at Akwesasne are known for fine ash splint and sweetgrass work. Some travel to colleges, museums and international pow-wows to teach and show their craft. Samples of their work are owned by major museums, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Vatican.  Go to full article

Fractured Family

Illegal gambling casinos flourished on the St. Regis Mohawk reservation in the 1980s. But the issue of gambling and how it fit into Mohawk traditions and laws, and state and federal law, deeply divided the community there.
Two hundred New York State Police officers raided the casinos in mid-July 1989. They blockaded the reservation, restricting traffic on and off the reserve.
An armed ad hoc Mohawk security force, the Warrior Society, emerged.
Gunfire became common, directed at the power supply of a casino, or at the patrol car of police known to oppose gambling. Within months, most of the gambling halls were open again. Under an agreement worked out between tribal leaders, the Warriors and Gov. Mario Cuomo, state police didn't venture onto Mohawk territory without checking in with the Warrior Society.
The bitter dispute continued. It came to a head in May of 1990, when gunfire killed two Mohawks, bringing New York and Canadian police onto the territory en masse.
In early 1990, North Country Public Radio aired an hour long documentary we called "The Fractured Family: Gambling at Akwesasne," after extensive interviews and research inside and outside the Mohawk community, and its traditional and non-traditional factions. The Fractured Family was written and produced by Pat McKeown and Martha Foley. Production engineer was Beverly Hickman.  Go to full article

Sweetgrass Baskets

Martha Foley followed the scent of sweetgrass to find a group of Mohawk women making baskets at the 1987 North Country Folklife Festival in Massena.  Go to full article

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