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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.
 

More Native American news from indianz.com, a continental news service based on the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska and with offices in Washington, DC


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Brain drain challenges First Nation communities across Canada - CBC.ca

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New First Nations Education Act an 'illusion of control' - CBC.ca

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Adam Beach touts 'pop-up' film theatres in First Nations communities - Globalnews.ca

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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 Plattsburgh Press-Republican is reporting that the Bingo Palace and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino could merge in a project that might also include a new, seven-story hotel complex. [I]n an announcement of the referendum on its website, the Tribal ...

Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lavagabunda/3619026326/">Sandra Cuffe</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Sandra Cuffe, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Mohawks threaten to boycott Canadian customs

Mohawks on the Canadian side of Akwesasne say they'll boycott Canadian customs if progress isn't made in talks with the Canadian government.  Go to full article
The new, low-level bridge going up last summer underneath the old span to Cornwall. Photo: Mohawk Council of Akwesasne  Communications.

New Cornwall bridge opens, but it still feels closed to Mohawks

Friday at 7am, Canada opens a new bridge across the St. Lawrence River to Cornwall. Officials said the $75 million project will speed up travel and contribute to economic growth.

The port-of-entry into Canada has been plagued by long wait times since it was moved off Cornwall Island four years ago.

But Akwesasne Mohawks say the new bridge won't make traffic move faster. And they say the new bridge won't do anything to ease travel between Mohawk communities divided by the international border. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Casino gaming sites in New York. Photo: NY Governor's Office

Casinos: how did we get here from Las Vegas?

If voters pass the proposed amendment to the state constitution to allow casino gambling today, New York will become the 21tst state to legalize commercial, Las Vegas style casinos.

Across much of the country nowadays, gambling seems like the natural state of things. But it wasn't always that way, as we hear from David Chanatry, with the New York Reporting Project at Utica College.  Go to full article
New York's plans to expand gambling  must be approved by voters in November. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ragingwire/5873815259">ragingwire</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Coalition promotes casino amendment; judge set to hear lawsuit

The push for passage of a ballot amendment to allow up to seven new gambling casinos in New York has begun. A coalition of business leaders, labor unions, and local elected...  Go to full article
New York's plans to expand gambling  must be approved by voters in November. Photo: ragingwire, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Casino amendment draws opposition

Another anti gambling group has released a study challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo's and the legislature's claims about the benefits of permitting more casinos gambling in New...  Go to full article
Akwesasne Mohawk collage artist, musician and poet Alex Jacobs at a display of his work in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Photo: Todd Moe

A Santa Fe artist with roots in Akwesasne

Alex Jacobs is a Native American visual and performing artist who has called Santa Fe home for almost 30 years. But he hasn't forgotten his roots in Akwesasne, the St....  Go to full article
Akwesasne Mohawk casino. Photo: David Sommerstein

St. Lawrence, Franklin counties receive revenues withheld by tribe

The Watertown Daily Times reports this morning that St. Lawrence and Franklin counties each...  Go to full article

Cuomo confident of accord on Mohawk land claim

During his visit to Plattsburgh last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he's confident that talks with the Mohawk community will reach an accord over land issues in the North...  Go to full article
Chief Paul Thompson speaking at Wednesday's press conference, with Chief Ron LaFrance (left). Photo: David Sommerstein.

Mohawk chiefs hope casino pact paves way for more land

On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo and the chiefs of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe announced a surprise deal in Albany. It grants the Mohawks' exclusive gaming rights in the North...  Go to full article
Akwesasne Mohawk casino. Photo: David Sommerstein

What the Mohawk casino deal means for the North Country

Mohawk tribal chiefs joined Governor Cuomo in Albany yesterday to announce a new deal on casino exclusivity.

They signed off on settling a long-running dispute...  Go to full article

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