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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.
 

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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.

Chief Jake Swamp looks on while his grandson, Frank, hammers a log to loosen strips for basketmaking.
Chief Jake Swamp looks on while his grandson, Frank, hammers a log to loosen strips for basketmaking.

Spreading a Legacy of Harmony

This week the Tree of Peace Learning Center in Rossie in western St. Lawrence County hosts an annual workshop series called the Sacred Circle. It brings together people to teach and learn about a variety of native issues, from how the Iroquois document history to native burial mounds in Ohio.

The Tree of Peace Society was founded two decades ago by Mohawk Chief Jake Swamp. Its mission is to recover and pass on Mohawk and other tribal culture and philosophy. David Sommerstein went to the learning center in Rossie to talk with Chief Swamp.  Go to full article
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Preview: Joanne Shenandoah Concert in Norwood

Todd Moe chats with award-winning Native American musician Joanne Shenandoah. She'll be at the Norwood Village Green for a concert tonight at 7 o'clock.  Go to full article

In Canada, A Church Sex Abuse Scandal Touches Thousands of Natives and Lawsuits Threaten Religious Groups With Bankruptcy

While the Roman Catholic church in the United States wrestles with its sex-abuse scandal, churches in Canada face a crisis of their own. For more than a century, Canada's government forced native children into boarding schools - schools run by the country's leading churches. Now, thousands of former students claim they were raped and beaten, by priests and other school officials. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent, to settle victim claims and to rebuild native communities. But as North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports, the crush of lawsuits is forcing Canadian religious groups into bankruptcy.  Go to full article

Native Pollinators

Martha Foley talks with biologist Bill Romey about native pollinators. They keep a low profile, but were here before the honey bees.  Go to full article

An Alternative School Where The First Language Comes First

For more than 20 years, students on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation have had a choice. Lots of kids go to a regular English language elementary school. But some students...  Go to full article

Wisconsin Oneidas Sue New York Property Owners

Days after the Oneida Nation and New York State announced an agreement to resolve the tribe's decades old land claim, the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin is suing 20 private...  Go to full article

Oneida Nation Sponsors Third "Hate Group" Conference

The Oneida Nation will host a national conference on "hate groups" this spring at their casino in Upstate New York. It's the third such meeting the Nation has sponsored. ...  Go to full article

Mohawk and US Officials Investigate Akwesasne Smuggling Incident

St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police are working with U.S. investigators to determine how seven people smuggled several pounds of marijuana and over two thousand dollars of...  Go to full article

Tribal Coalition Says Property Rights Group is Spreading Hate

Native groups accuse an Upstate property rights group of hateful actions over land claims in central New York. David Sommerstein expands on yesterday's report.  Go to full article

Tribal Coalition Says Property Rights Group is Spreading Hate

A national coalition of native tribes is accusing an upstate property rights group of spreading hateful and threatening messages about native Americans. David Sommerstein...  Go to full article

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