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'With Full Proof I Can Say These 39 Are Dead'

Indian construction workers kidnapped by ISIS in 2014 found in mass grave

(Newser) - In the days after Mosul fell to ISIS, 40 Indian construction workers who'd been on assignment on the Mosul University campus were kidnapped. Only one, Harjit Masih, managed to survive after what he says were four days in captivity in June 2014. He was shot in the thigh; the... More »

Dylann Roof Wants to Fire His 'Biological Enemies': His Lawyers

His current lawyers are Jewish and Indian

(Newser) - Dylann Roof, the convicted white supremacist murderer of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, wants to dismiss and replace his legal team because they are his "political and biological enemies," he says in a handwritten letter filed with the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals Monday. Roof, who'... More »

Native American 'Healer' Faces Gamut of Sex Charges

Charles Chipps Sr.'s indictment highlights sex-abuse issues

(Newser) - An Indian medicine man is sitting in a Missouri federal prison, accused of sexual abuse—a crime that critics say is not unusual on Native American reservations but is snarled by a complex legal system, abuse of tribal power, and families who prefer to keep such allegations under wraps, the... More »

6 Survive Nepal Plane Crash

Aircraft hits hill on approach to Jomsom airport

(Newser) - A plane carrying 21 people crashed in the Himalayas this morning as it was attempting a landing in the north of Nepal. At least 15 people were killed, reports the BBC . The Agni Air plane crashed into a hillside about a mile from the Jomsom airport, a hub for trekkers.... 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 »

'Guide to Dating Indians' Is Just Plain Wrong

Andrea Miller 'embarrasses' children of biracial marriages

(Newser) - Maureen O'Connor is the child of a biracial marriage, and she would like Andrea Miller to “STFU.” Why? Because Miller, creator of YourTango , thought it would be a good idea to write a Guide to Dating Indians for the Huffington Post . The handy guide includes information from why... More »

James Cameron Fights for 'Real-Life' Na'vi in Brazil

Director opposes construction of $11 billion Amazon dam

(Newser) - For indigenous groups in the Amazon, the plot of Avatar is all too familiar, the movie's director says. James Cameron is helping Indian groups and environmentalists battle a hydroelectric plant on Brazil's Xingu River. "I'm drawn into a situation where a real-life Avatar confrontation is in progress," he... More »

Newest TV Trend: Indian-Themed Shows

Popularity of Slumdog Millionaire made way for successors on TV

(Newser) - Bollywood is coming to Hollywood, with more Indian actors and TV shows about Indians and Indian Americans coming to the small screen. The interest in all things Indian “was boiling, hovering there, with the increasing popularity of Indian clothing, food, and Bollywood movies”—and then Slumdog Millionaire came... More »

India Mega Weddings Go Global

Families spend millions bringing traditional ceremonies to exotic locations

(Newser) - India's wealthy elite have started taking their famously lavish wedding ceremonies on the road. Luxury hotels in locations like Macau, Thailand, and France compete fiercely to host the giant weddings, which often involve hundreds of guests and support staff flown in for a ceremony and celebrations that can last up... More »

Asian Boy Bias Skewing US Birth Stats

(Newser) - Many Asian American parents' strong bias for sons is beginning to emerge in US birth statistics, reports the New York Times.  Chinese, Korean and Indian immigrant families are more likely to abort female embryos and use in-vitro fertilization to have a treasured boy, particularly after the first or second... 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 »

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