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Colorado's 1864 Order to Kill Native Americans Voided

Gov. Jared Polis rescinded the awful proclamation Tuesday

(Newser) - Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday rescinded a 19th-century proclamation that called for citizens to kill Native Americans and take their property, in what he hopes can begin to make amends for "sins of the past." The 1864 order by Colorado’s second territorial governor, John Evans, would...

With One Team Bumped From Big Tourney, Ireland Does 'Right Thing'

Ireland's lacrosse team gives up spot in World Games to Native American team

(Newser) - Native Americans are said to be the inventors of lacrosse —it's the modern-day version of the indigenous game of baggataway—so a recent gesture by Ireland's lacrosse team is not only a generous one, but a nod to the sport's history. Only eight international lacrosse teams...

Native Americans Welcome Big Change in Butter Packaging
Say Goodbye to the
Land O'Lakes 'Butter Maiden'
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Say Goodbye to the Land O'Lakes 'Butter Maiden'

Native American woman who appeared on brand's packaging for decades has been nixed

(Newser) - If you can't quite put your finger on what's different about your butter the next time you pick up a pack of Land O'Lakes, allow us to fill you in. There's something missing from the packaging—the Native American "butter maiden" who used to be...

Cherokee Nation: 'This Is History in the Making'

US tribe is first to deposit heirloom seeds in global vault

(Newser) - "There will always be a part of the Cherokee Nation in the world," declares the Native American tribe, which will be the first to store its heirloom seeds in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, better known as the "doomsday vault." In a statement , Senior Director of...

Body of Selena Not Afraid Found Near Rest Stop

Sheriff says foul play not suspected in death of indigenous teen

(Newser) - The search for a Native American teenager whose disappearance brought attention to the wider issue of missing and murdered women from the community came to a tragic end Monday morning. The body of 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid was found less than a mile from the I-90 rest stop in rural...

A TSA Agent Had to Check Her Hair. Then: 'Giddyup!'

Native American woman Tara Houska says she was humiliated at being treated like an animal

(Newser) - A Native American woman who went through security at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport says she was humiliated by a TSA agent who yanked her long braids and treated her like "a horse." CNN reports Tara Houska, an environmental and indigenous rights activist, was flying into Minnesota Monday from...

Man Accused of Killing 6-Year-Old Son in Horrific Tub Exorcism

Complaint says Pablo Martinez held boy he said was 'demonic' under faucet of scalding water

(Newser) - A horrific crime out of Arizona, where a father is accused of the first-degree murder of his 6-year-old son after an apparent exorcism attempt. The Arizona Republic reports that Pablo Martinez, said to be in his 30s, was arrested after the incident on the Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation outside Tucson,...

He Fled the Feds in 2011. He Was Just Found 'Squatting'

Michael Duane Strain, busted on Native American reservation in Montana, was on most wanted list

(Newser) - They thought he was hiding in Minnesota, but they nabbed him in Montana. USA Today reports 62-year-old Michael Duane Strain, one of the 15 most wanted fugitives on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms' list, was busted last week by US Marshals Service deputies on a Native American reservation...

Our Poet Laureate Has Been Named. It's Historic

Joy Harjo, 68, is first-ever Native American in the role

(Newser) - The first Oklahoman to ever be bestowed the title of US poet laureate has another distinction to brag about: She'll also be the first Native American to serve in the role when she takes over for Tracy K. Smith in the fall and becomes the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant...

This Sight Will Soon Be Banned in Maine

Gov. Janet Mills signs law banning Native American mascots in public schools

(Newser) - Maine has adopted a ban on Native American symbols as public school mascots, making it the first US state to do so, reports CNN and the Hill . "While Indian mascots were often originally chosen to recognize and honor a school's unique connection to Native American communities in Maine,...

Utah High School Is Latest to Ditch Native American Name
School Drops 'Redmen' Name

School Drops 'Redmen' Name

Utah high school is latest to ditch Native American name

(Newser) - Sports teams will no longer be known as the "Redmen" at a southern Utah high school, becoming the latest to get rid of a Native American name deemed offensive despite opposition from some residents and a national American Indian group, the AP reports. The Iron County School Board voted...

As Old Document Surfaces, Warren Apologizes Again

1986 Texas bar registration shows identification as 'American Indian'

(Newser) - Her private apology has moved public: Sen. Elizabeth Warren tells the Washington Post she is sorry for identifying as Native American for nearly two decades. "I can't go back. But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted," the...

Only 9 Navajo Code Talkers Were Left. Sadly, That Number Just Fell

Alfred K. Newman has died in New Mexico at age of 94

(Newser) - Hundreds of Navajos assisted in bringing down the Japanese in World War II by helping to develop an intricate code based on their native language. Just nine of those Code Talkers survived into 2019—but now there are only eight. The Arizona Republic reports 94-year-old Alfred K. Newman has died...

Cherokee Nation: Warren's DNA Test 'Inappropriate, Wrong'

'A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship'

(Newser) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test that shows "strong evidence" of at least some Native American ancestry—but the Cherokee Nation is not impressed. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskins Jr. said in a statement Monday that a DNA test is "not evidence for tribal...

Warren to Trump: Pay Up That $1M
Warren to Trump:
Pay Up That $1M
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Warren to Trump: Pay Up That $1M

President challenged her to take a DNA test

(Newser) - Now that Elizabeth Warren has taken an ancestry test that shows "strong evidence" of Native American ancestry, she wants President Trump to pay up on a challenge. In a tweet , Warren reminded Trump that he once publicly challenged her to take such a DNA test for $1 million. "...

Elizabeth Warren Releases DNA Test on Ancestry
Elizabeth Warren Releases
DNA Test on Ancestry
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Elizabeth Warren Releases DNA Test on Ancestry

Stanford expert sees 'strong evidence' senator has Native American ancestry

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren has just made her strongest move yet to rebut President Trump's frequent mocking of her as "Pocahontas." The Massachusetts senator released the results of a DNA test to the (subscription-only) Boston Globe that finds "strong evidence" she has at least some Native American ancestry....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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