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Protesters, Police Clash While Pipeline Company Could Be Fined

Two protesters arrested, others treated for hypothermia

(Newser) - Officers in riot gear clashed again Wednesday with protesters near the Dakota Access pipeline, hitting dozens with pepper spray as they waded through waist-deep water in an attempt to reach property owned by the pipeline's developer, the AP reports. The confrontation came hours after North Dakota regulators criticized the... More »

Dakota Pipeline Protest Fund Tops $1M

But the money is disappearing quickly in Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations

(Newser) - As the protest in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline escalates, so has the main crowdfunding page linked to it. The AP reports that since April, a GoFundMe account set up to raise money to aid protesters has far surpassed the $5,000 its organizer had originally hoped it... More »

Hilary Duff, Boyfriend Sorry for Halloween Costumes

They dressed up as pilgrim, Native American chief

(Newser) - Hilary Duff apologized "from the bottom of her heart" Sunday for the Halloween costumes she and new boyfriend Jason Walsh wore to a Halloween party Friday. The couple—in a photo that can be seen here —were dressed as a sexy pilgrim and a Native American chief, with... More »

Riot Charges Dropped Against Reporter at Pipeline Protest

Amy Goodman was accused of trespassing and rioting after her coverage

(Newser) - Another arrest related to protests over a proposed oil pipeline in North Dakota is making headlines. In this one, journalist Amy Goodman was accused of participating in a riot while covering a protest that turned violent last month, but a judge rejected the charge on Monday, reports Gothamist . Goodman works... More »

In More Places, Christopher Columbus Who?

Movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day gaining steam

(Newser) - Why does the US have a national holiday commemorating a man many see as an immoral conqueror? That's a question they're asking all across the US, NPR reports, with places including, most recently, the city of Phoenix and the entire state of Vermont altering the holiday in order... More »

Feds Settle Old Disputes With 17 Indian Tribes

Leaders praise Obama after $492m settlement

(Newser) - President Obama's to-do list shrank this week with the announcement of a $492 million settlement with 17 Indian tribes, ending long-standing disputes that in some cases went back 100 years or more. Those affected by the latest settlement include tribes in Arizona, Oregon, and Minnesota that accused the Interior... More »

Oops: Forest Service Ripped Up Sacred 'Trail of Tears'

Employees didn't have permission for construction on Native American site

(Newser) - The US Forest Service has ripped up a portion of the Trail of Tears in the Appalachian Mountains, reopening wounds for Native Americans who consider sacred the land where thousands of their ancestors died during their forced migration westward. Manmade trenches and berms were discovered last summer, but details about... More »

Teens Sat for the Pledge of Allegiance. Their Grades Suffered

Lake County district says it is 'dealing' with teacher

(Newser) - Since the start of the school year, Leilani Thomas and a friend have chosen not to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance at California's Lower Lake High School and seemingly faced no repercussions. Then came last Friday. Leilani—who is Native American and says the American flag represents the... More »

Pipeline Protest Near Reservation Turns Violent

Tribe in North Dakota taking a stand against four-state project

(Newser) - A protest of a four-state, $3.8 billion oil pipeline turned violent after tribal officials say construction crews destroyed American Indian burial and cultural sites on private land in southern North Dakota. Four private security guards and two guard dogs were injured after several hundred protesters confronted construction crews Saturday... More »

Teen Faces Year in Jail Over 0.035 Ounces of Pot

In Oregon, where recreational marijuana is legal

(Newser) - Oregon is one of four states (and DC) where recreational marijuana is legal, but because of dueling state and federal laws, a 19-year-old Native American could face a $1,000 fine and a year in prison over a gram of pot—or 0.035 ounces, enough for roughly three... More »

A Battle Over 1.9M Acres: Inside the Fight for Bears Ears

5 tribes want to see the land made a national monument

(Newser) - A May poll of 500 registered Utah voters found 68% of them hadn't heard about the Bears Ears proposal—an effort by members of five Native American tribes to preserve 1.9 million acres of ancestral land in southern Utah. Should you count yourself in the know-nothing group, a... More »

Native Americans Take Surprising Stance on 'Redskins'

Poll shows 90% don't find name offensive

(Newser) - Thousands of Native Americans who turned out to protest the Washington Redskins back in 2014 were apparently in the minority. A Washington Post poll of 504 Native Americans across every state finds that nine in 10 aren't bothered by the moniker labeled offensive by others. What's more, eight... More »

Crow Tribe's Last War Chief Dies at 102

Joe Medicine Crow remembered hearing stories of Custer

(Newser) - Joseph Medicine Crow, an acclaimed Native American historian and the last surviving war chief of Montana's Crow tribe, has died. He was 102. A member of the Whistling Water clan, Medicine Crow was raised by his grandparents in a log house near Lodge Grass, Mont. His Crow name was... More »

Girl Yanked From Foster Family for Being 1/64th Native American

6-year-old Lexi has lived with the Pages for 4 years and considers them her family

(Newser) - A 6-year-old California girl whose birth parents were plagued by substance abuse and criminal infractions was taken in at age 2 by a foster family. But Alexandria (aka Lexi) is also 1/64th Choctaw Native American, which means where she ends up is dictated by 1978's Indian Child Welfare Act—... More »

Elizabeth Warren: Donald Trump Is a 'Loser'

Massachusetts senator goes on the attack

(Newser) - Looks like Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump won't be getting cozy anytime soon. The Massachusetts senator today called Trump "a loser" on Facebook and Twitter, just days after he was quoted in an interview mocking her claim to Native American heritage. "Let’s be honest—Donald Trump... More »

Website Posts News in Lakota to Save Dying Language

The Native American tongue is rapidly fading

(Newser) - A new website created with a primarily Native American audience in mind is posting news, features, sports and weather entirely in Lakota—the first of its kind to do so—in an attempt to help preserve a language that after forced assimilation policies is now spoken by fewer than 2,... More »

Native American Fans Hurt Over Portrayal in New Harry Potter Story

'I'm broken hearted…my beliefs are not fantasy'

(Newser) - Native American Harry Potter fans are feeling hurt, betrayed, and angry over JK Rowling's newest entry to her magical universe. History of Magic in North America: Fourteenth Century-Seventeenth Century was published online this week and focuses on Native American wizards, the Guardian reports. According to Mashable , the short story... More »

Health Care for Native Americans 'Horrifying'

Advocates tell horror stories at Senate hearing

(Newser) - "Don't get sick after June" is a common refrain in the Native American community—mainly because the Indian Health Service federal agency is "severely underfunded," says a rep for an advocacy group, per NBC News . In fact, witnesses at a Senate hearing Wednesday pleading for funds... More »

NY Town Shamed Into Replacing Offensive Seal

And the 'Daily Show' might be to thank

(Newser) - It turns out the small New York town whose official seal depicts either a "friendly wrestling match" between town founder Hugh White and a Native American or town founder Hugh White brutally choking out a Native American—depending on your point of view—will replace the seal after all,... More »

Oregon Militia Angers Tribe With New Video

Clip showing occupier looking through relics insults Paiute leaders

(Newser) - The Paiute tribe is really getting fed up with the militia occupying federal land in Oregon. The latest straw came Wednesday when an occupier posted a video showing him rummaging through Paiute artifacts and documents. LaVoy Finicum apparently had good intentions. "We want to make sure these things are... More »

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