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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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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 Hogansburg Triangle is in pink on this map.
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, saying too much time had passed since the 18th century treaties the claims are based on. Other courts have followed that ruling with other tribes' land claims.

So this week, when a judge recommended throwing out 85% of the Mohawk land claim in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe focused on the 15% that has a chance to survive. David Sommerstein reports.  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 lacrosse championship, the Mann Cup, on Saturday.

Thompson's team, the Peterborough Lakers, was losing two games to none against the Langley Thunder. The Lakers' younger goalie was pulled in favor of 36 year-old Thompson in game three. The Lakers went on to rattle off four straight wins with Thompson in goal and win the team's second Mann Cup in three years.

Thompson announced his retirement from the Buffalo Bandits major league lacrosse team earlier this year. He says this may also be his last game with the Lakers because he wants to spend more time with his family and training lacrosse players in Akwesasne.

David Sommerstein profiled Mike Thompson in May 2011. Here's that story.  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 Pow-Wow, a friendly competition of dancing, drumming, and singing that's at the heart of native culture.  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
The Turning Stone casino floor. Photo: Oneida Nation

Oneida Nation makes "responsible gaming" pledge

The Oneida Nation in central New York says it's promising to reinvest much of its revenues from its hugely successful Turning Stone casino in the local economy. That vow...  Go to full article
Peter Garrow

The spiritual side of playing lacrosse

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, near Massena, is hosting a day devoted to the game of lacrosse. The event, at Generations Park in Hogansburg, will include some of the best...  Go to full article
Photo: Akwesasne Housing Authority

St. Regis Mohawk tribe gets USDA grant to help build diabetes center

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will get a $129,000 grant to build a diabetes center, from USDA rural development.

The USDA allotted $206,900 for the facility last...  Go to full article
The story of Navajo code talkers (above) is well known. But Native American soldiers speaking Mohawk, Chochtaw, Commanche and other native languages also helped to win the war.

Mohawks seek recognition for WWII code talkers

A Mohawk veterans group wants the federal government to recognize the contributions of "code talkers" during the D-Day invasion of Europe during World War Two. The Navajo...  Go to full article

Governor takes first step to gambling expansion

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has released a bill to amend the state's constitution to legalize non-Native casino gambling in New York.  Go to full article

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