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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.

The Turning Stone casino floor. Photo: Oneida Nation
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 comes with New York poised to legalize non-native owned casinos.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Ft. Drum Monday. Photo: Joanna Richards

Governor praises coal-to-biomass plant conversion at Fort Drum

Governor Andrew Cuomo was at Fort Drum yesterday, where he toured an idled coal plant that is being converted to produce power using wood biomass. He met with the press afterward. As Joanna Richards reports, the governor announced he would send a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta urging the Defense Department to draw up a contract with the plant to provide energy to Fort Drum.  Go to full article
Pat Curran is on the cutting edge of a new and challenging energy revolution. Photo: Jasmine Wallace

Massena pellet mill at the forefront of renewable energy industry

This week, North Country Public Radio has been taking another look at how renewable and local energy might reshape the region's economy.

State and local leaders are making big investments in everything from hydro to biomass. And more and more families and businesses are slowly converting away from fossil fuels, adding solar panels or small wind turbines. But big hurdles remain. Start-up costs for green energy technology are steep. Government incentives can be confusing. Many consumers are sticking with natural gas and oil, at least for the time being.

One of the men on the front line of this turbulent energy revolution is Pat Curran. He opened Curran Renewable Energy in Massena three years ago with $11 million in support from the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency. He makes burnable wood pellets, supplying some big institutions, including Clarkson University in Potsdam and the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

Wood pellets are cheaper than fuel oil and much better for the environment. But Curran has struggled to find enough customers to keep his plant operating. Jasmine Wallace has our profile.  Go to full article
This wind farm on Canada's Wolfe Island can be seen from the Cape Vincert shore. Photo: NapaneeGal via Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Cape Vincent mulls new rules governing wind development

The town of Cape Vincent has been torn over the prospect of a wind farm for years. A local committee has just completed a proposed new zoning law. Joanna Richards reports...  Go to full article
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu meeting with President Obama. Photo: Charles Watkins, White House photographer

Energy Secretary gives a nod to state's broad-based policy

U.S. Energy Sectretary Dr. Steven Chu was in Albany recently, just a few weeks after President Barack Obama visited the capitol.

Chu told The Innovation Trail's...  Go to full article

Brasher supervisor sees a casino in the future

Gov. Cuomo's proposal to expand gambling in New York gave one rural St. Lawrence County leader an idea.

"I was thinking when I read the governor's proposal to put...  Go to full article
Furs traveled from the north via sled and bateau. Photos courtesy of the Hudson's Bay Company Archives

1919 film: "Treasures of the Far Fur Country"

In 1919, two intrepid cameramen left New York City to trek across the Canadian North. Traveling by foot, canoe, dog sled and icebreaker they filmed scenes from Hudson's Bay...  Go to full article

Senator back in Albany after casino fistfight

A state Senator from Western New York was back at work at the state capitol yesterday, following an incident over the weekend at the Seneca Nation Casino in Niagara Falls...  Go to full article
The solar installation at this house in Ithaca provides about 100% percent of what's needed at this residence. Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond.

Federal support for renewables in question

The U.S. government supports renewable energy with money for research and tax breaks. But as the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, that backing has come under...  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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