Indian Tribes

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US Recognizes Pocahontas' Tribe—400 Years Later

It's the first Native American tribe ever recognized in the state of Virginia

(Newser) - More than 400 years after Pocahontas is said to have saved British settler John Smith from being killed by her father, Chief Powhatan, her tribe is being officially recognized by the US government. The Pamunkey tribe, which has lived on or near some 1,200 acres in rural Virginia for... More »

Native American Parents Sue to Let White Pair Adopt Baby

Minn. couple sue over requirement to notify the tribe

(Newser) - A Native American couple is suing Minnesota's department of human services, attorney general, and a commissioner with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, saying the requirement to tell their tribe about their baby violates their right to due process and equal protection. The state law, imposed in 1997, is... More »

Isolated Tribe Makes First Contact, Promptly Catches Flu

The 5 men, 2 women all contracted influenza in matter of days

(Newser) - When an isolated tribe emerged from the Amazon in recent weeks and initiated contact with Brazilian scientists in the village of Ashaninka near the Peruvian border, some called the move "potentially tragic" —and, indeed, though they were quickly quarantined for their own safety, all five men and two... More »

Activist Dies in Reservoir She Battled Against

Chile's Nicolesa Quintreman likely fell in and drowned, say prosecutor, sister

(Newser) - A Mapuche Indian leader who became the face of Chile's environmental movement has been found floating in a reservoir she spent a decade trying to prevent from being created. Authorities say they're awaiting autopsy results, though the death appears accidental. While there's no official cause of death... More »

$45K Offered for Killer of Sacred White Buffalo

Lakota Sioux calf skinned before first birthday celebration

(Newser) - A heartless hunter killed and skinned a rare white buffalo calf, and the Indians who believe the young animal was sacred are offering $45,000 for the killer's capture. White buffaloes are believed to occur once in several million births, and they're revered by the Lakota Sioux and... More »

US to Pay Indian Tribes $1B Over Mismanagement

Some disputes over land, resources more than 100 years old

(Newser) - The White House has settled with 41 Indian tribes to the tune of $1.023 billion in disputes over the federal mismanagement of trust funds and resources, reports Indian Country . Some of the disputes are more than 100 years old. It's among the largest financial settlements to Indian tribes... More »

Gay Marriage Now Legal in Washington State—Sort Of

Suquamish become second US tribe to allow same-sex unions

(Newser) - Gay marriage is now legal in Washington state—as long as the wedding takes place on the Suquamish Tribe's reservation and at least one of the parties is a member of the tribe. The tribal council has voted unanimously to recognize same-sex marriages, making it only the second tribe... More »

Religious Claim in Bald Eagle Killing Doesn't Fly

Native American killed protected bird for Sun Dance ceremony, now in plea bargain

(Newser) - When Winslow Friday shot a bald eagle out of a tree in a Wyoming Indian reservation four years ago, he was hoping to provide his cousin with a headdress for an upcoming Sun Dance. What he got were federal charges for killing the protected bird. It's a law his northern... More »

Peru Army Cracks Down on Amazon Eco Uprising

(Newser) - The Peruvian Army has imposed a curfew and set up checkpoints following deadly clashes with indigenous tribes protesting plans to drill for oil and gas in ancestral homelands in the Amazon region, reports the BBC. Dozens of people, both police and protesters, were killed in the clashes that mark the... More »

Feds May Return Badlands to Sioux

Tribe ousted from Badlands in 1942

(Newser) - The National Park Service might return half of South Dakota's Badlands National Park to the Oglala Sioux, reports the LA Times, some 6 decades after the US military ousted 800 members from the territory during World War II. The measure still needs Congressional approval, and tribal members remain unsure whether... More »

Sacrificed 'Maiden' on Display

Exhibit extremely popular, but some local tribes protest

(Newser) - A girl once sacrificed to the gods is now on display in an Argentine museum, CNN reports. “La Doncella” (Spanish for “the Maiden”), displayed in an icy chamber, has the same calm gaze and gray shawl she wore when she died 500 years ago. Hundreds of visitors... More »

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