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Laura Ingalls Wilder Name Nixed From Major Book Award

Racial concerns led to the American Library Association vote

(Newser) - A major children's book award is getting a name change after honoring author Laura Ingalls Wilder for decades. The Association for Library Service to Children's board has voted to remove the name of the author, best known for her Little House on the Prairie novels, over racism concerns.... More »

Video Shows Border Patrol SUV Hit Guy and Drive Away

Paulo Remes says he knew it was going to happen

(Newser) - "They just ran me over, bro." Those words are echoing across social media today after a Border Patrol vehicle was caught on video apparently striking a Native American man and driving away, the New York Times reports. Shot by the man on his phone, the video shows him... More »

Police Stop Native American Boys Who Made Mom 'Nervous'

Lloyd Gray and Thomas Gray get pulled off university tour

(Newser) - Two Native American brothers discovered the dark side of visiting Colorado State University this week when a nervous mother called the cops on them, CNN reports. The teens, identified by KOAT as 17-year-old Lloyd Gray and 19-year-old Thomas Gray, were on a campus tour Monday when a prospective student's... More »

Tribe Says His Death Was a Hate Crime. Others Aren't Sure

A killing in Washington state of a young Native American has emotions high amid tales of bias

(Newser) - ProPublica has been collecting data for its "Documenting Hate" project, and hate crimes and bias incidents against Native Americans in the US are prevalent. But one out of Grays Harbor County in Washington is in the spotlight, with Rahima Nasa focusing on the death of a 20-year-old Quinault... More »

Woman: Mom Took My Baby Because Father Is White

Baby removed from Florida hospital by tribal police

(Newser) - Two days after her birth, Ingrid Johnson was removed from a Florida hospital and her parents in what appears to be a familial dispute that has grown into a wider battle about the jurisdiction of tribal authorities, the Miami Herald reports. On Sunday, officers from the Miccosukee tribal police arrived... More »

Bioterror Tests Planned Near Graves of Native American Kids

Five tribes are opposing the Department of Homeland Security's plans

(Newser) - Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the US Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government's plan, saying the agency didn't inform them about chemicals it plans to release on grounds the tribes consider sacred because more... More »

Navajo Nation: Trump's 'Pocahontas' Crack 'Unfortunate'

Elizabeth Warren says she couldn't believe it

(Newser) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she could hardly believe it when President Trump attacked her as "Pocahontas" during a White House ceremony to thank World War II Navajo Code Talkers. "This was supposed to be a ceremony honoring war heroes," Warren tells the Washington Post . "All he... More »

Trump Makes 'Pocahontas' Crack in Front of Navajo War Heroes

President was standing under a portrait of Andrew Jackson at the time

(Newser) - At a White House ceremony Monday honoring Native American war heroes, President Trump referred to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas." The president was paying tribute to three Navajo "code talkers" who helped the US military create an all-but-unbreakable code based on their native language during World... More »

For Some Americans, Today Is 'Day of Mourning'

"No thanks, no giving"

(Newser) - Members of Native American tribes from around New England are gathering in the town where the Pilgrims settled for a solemn National Day of Mourning observance. Thursday's noon gathering in downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts, will recall the disease, racism, and oppression that European settlers brought. It's the 48th year... More »

Piles of Old Shells Are Important, Endangered History Lesson

Behind the effort to save the middens of Maine

(Newser) - "They were eating oysters like crazy," an archaeologist says of Native Americans who visited what is now the coast of Maine for thousands of years. And it's a good thing they did. The piles of discarded oyster shells created by hungry Native Americans over centuries are an... More »

School Sends Boy, 4, Home for Long Locks

His mother says the policy is 'trivial'

(Newser) - When Jessica Oates sent her 4-year-old son to his first day of kindergarten in the Houston area, she hadn't yet signed a letter stating that his shoulder-length hair, which has never been cut, is long for cultural or religious reasons. Part Cocopah Indian, Oates tells Inside Edition that long... More »

These Americans Will Not Be Watching the Eclipse

Navajo tradition says rare phenomenon is a 'time of renewal'

(Newser) - Not all Americans will be watching Monday's much ballyhooed eclipse . For some Native Americans, the rare phenomenon is an opportunity to stay inside and honor age-old tradition. When the moon passes over the sun, Navajo Bobbieann Baldwin and her children will draw their blinds. "It's time of... More »

3 Native American Boys Exhumed With Greatest Care

Remains of students at Carlisle Indian Industrial School to return to Wyoming

(Newser) - The headstone designated the resting place of Hayes Vanderbilt Friday—a name given to a Northern Arapaho child in what the Philadelphia Inquirer calls a "brutal, turn-of-the-century experiment in forced assimilation." The government-run Carlisle Indian Industrial School was established in 1879 as a place to scrub Native American... More »

Tribe Thinks Fatal Hit-and-Run Is a Hate Crime

Says witness heard accused yell racial slurs; cops say there's no evidence

(Newser) - A 31-year-old man was charged Tuesday with second-degree homicide after he allegedly drove over two young men at a Washington campground, one of whom later died. But the Quinault Indian Nation believes he should also be charged with a hate crime. Based on a firsthand account from a "tribal... More »

Cherokees Sue: CVS, Walmart 'Flooded' Them With Opioids

Cherokee Nation files complaint against 6 companies in tribal court over Okla. 'epidemic'

(Newser) - Native American communities experience some of the highest substance-abuse rates in the US: Babies are born addicted to prescription drugs due to exposure in utero, while Native American high school students take OxyContin at much higher rates than other teens, per NPR . Now the Cherokee Nation is fighting back in... More »

Tribal Chief Who Signed Treaty With Pilgrims to Be Reburied

Massasoit Ousamequin's remains were scattered when a railroad was built

(Newser) - The remains of the Wampanoag leader who forged a peaceful relationship with the Pilgrims will be reburied at his original gravesite in Rhode Island, the AP reports. Members of the Wampanoag Nation have spent 20 years tracking down the remains and artifacts of Massasoit Ousamequin. It was their "spiritual... More »

Dakota Pipeline Oil Almost Ready to Start Flowing

Local tribes are still challenging project in court

(Newser) - Oil could be flowing through the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in less than two weeks, according to court documents filed by the developer just before police and soldiers started clearing a protest camp in North Dakota. Energy Transfer Partners has finished drilling under Lake Oahe and will soon... More »

Hundreds Attend Funeral for 8.4K-Year-Old Man

20-year Kennewick Man dispute is over as 'Ancient One' is laid to rest

(Newser) - The ancient bones of the Kennewick Man have been returned to the ground. More than 200 members of five Columbia Plateau tribes and bands gathered at an undisclosed location over the weekend to lay the remains of the man they call "the Ancient One" to rest, according to an... More »

Did Salmonella Bring Down the Aztecs?

Scientists present the first genetic evidence of the pathogen

(Newser) - In modern times, a strain of salmonella called Paratyphi C. causes a typhus-like outbreak called enteric fever that can kill as many as 15% of those it infects, mostly in developing countries. Now, evolutionary geneticists think this strain of salmonella could be what sickened and killed millions of natives in... More »

Meet the First Native American to Win an Electoral Vote

Environmental activist Faith Spotted Eagle got one in Washington state

(Newser) - When Washington state's 12 electors cast their presidential votes this week, four of them defied their state's popular vote and ditched Hillary Clinton. Three of those dissenting votes went to Colin Powell and the fourth went to Faith Spotted Eagle. If that name has you wondering who on... More »

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