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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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Native Americans in baseball's past & present
David Sommerstein visits a new exhibit at the Iroqoius Museum celebrating ball players who were Native American.
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Hydo Power in Cree Country
Brian Mann looks at hydro-electric development in Cree country in northern Quebec, where the desire for carbon-neutral energy resources comes into conflict with aboriginal rights, spiritual practice, and wilderness preservation.
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Following in the Footsteps of Our Ancestors: An Exhibition of Hotinonshonni Contemporary Art
An exhibit at the Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University explores the past, present, and future of the Iroquois Confederacy through the eyes of its members.
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High Steel" Prowess at Ironworker Festival
Mohawks and other Native Americans have built the world's most famous buildings and bridges, including the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center. They work the "high steel," a dangerous profession practiced high above the ground. The skill and craft of ironworking took center stage last month near Syracuse in a sort of ironworker olympics.

Mohawks Oppose NY Tax Plan

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe last week lashed out against the state's plan to collect cigarette and gas taxes on reservations. Earlier this month, the state taxation department released a plan to tax non-native purchases at native-owned gas and tobacco shops. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Iroquois Ironworkers To Celebrate Skills & Culture

The Mohawk ironworkers are famous for building America's tallest skyscrapers, including the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center towers. But less is known about how the ironworker trade fits into the cultural fabric of several Iroquois Nations. This fall Turning Stone casino in central New York will host an ironworker festival and competition to spotlight the skills and tradition of native high steelworkers. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The hardy and attractive native "snowball" hydrangea

Native Plants for Smarter Gardens

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about a need for more native plants in North Country gardens. Native varieties, though sometimes difficult to find, are attuned to local soils, weather, and pests. They can make the garden easier, cheaper, and less toxic to maintain.  Go to full article
(L to R) Chiefs Maggie Terrance, Barbara Lazore, Jim Ransom, and Sub-Chiefs Andrew Jacobs, Rita Swamp, and Emily Lauzon.

New Mohawk Chiefs Outline Agenda

The new chiefs of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council took the reigns this month at a critical juncture in the tribe's history. They were elected in a tribal election in...  Go to full article

Iroquois Gather to Protest Casino Deals

Members of all six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy will gather tomorrow for the first time in decades. They plan to criticize casino and land claim deals pending in New...  Go to full article

Tribe Wants Clean Air Zone

The first Native American tribe in the Midwest to seek a special air pollution protection for its reservation has run into some roadblocks. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's...  Go to full article

Mohawks Return to Polls

Members of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will return to the voting booth for a run-off election tomorrow. Two candidates tied for a chief position in an election earlier this...  Go to full article
St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Chiefs

Tribe Debates Land Claims-Casinos Deal

A complex deal between the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and Governor Pataki got its first public airing on the Akwesasne reservation last week. The pact covers land claims,...  Go to full article
Carol Ann Maracle prepares the feast.

Making Fry Bread the Mohawk Way

Last week an environmental conference on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation featured a traditional dinner in honor of activist Katsi Cook. The menu included moose meatloaf,...  Go to full article

Chief Alma Ransom on Historic Deal with State

David Sommerstein talks with Mohawk Chief Alma Ransom about why she signed the historic, but controversial, memorandum of understanding with Governor Pataki.  Go to full article

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