Native Americans

Governing
7:48 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Justice Department Supports Native Americans In Child Welfare Case

Chase Iron Eyes, an attorney with the Lakota People's Law Project, is calling for a turnaround of child welfare and foster care systems.
Kevin Cederstrom AP

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 8:40 pm

The Justice Department has weighed in on a class-action lawsuit in South Dakota pitting Native American tribes against state officials, and come down resoundingly in support of tribes.

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Arizona
1:32 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Skateboarding On The Reservation

Skaters watch the action in the White Mountain competition. (Ken Shulman/Only A Game)

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 3:22 pm

Ocean surfers on waves off Malibu and Waikiki show off by “Hanging Ten.” But on Indian reservations in the American Southwest, skateboarders do their best just to hang on. And it isn’t easy. Ken Shulman spent time with two Apache skateboard teams in Arizona and came back with this report.

‘Everybody Wants One’ 

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Code Switch
10:03 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Dueling Markets Show Native American Art Is Big Business

An estimated 175,000 people travel to New Mexico in August to view Native American art.
Larry Lamsa Flickr

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 3:26 pm

The 93rd annual Santa Fe Indian Market is only a month away. It's the biggest and best-known destination for Native artists and Native art collectors on the planet, and this year, it's got competition — a new event called the Indigenous Fine Arts Market.

Native American art and culture is big business. If you don't believe that, look no further than the controversial or illegal sides of the market. If you've been paying attention over the last year, you've seen some lurid and fascinating headlines:

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NFL
1:52 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Washington Redskins' Trademark Registrations Cancelled

Several of the Washington Redskins' trademark registrations have been canceled. The team will appeal the decision.
Nick Wass AP

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:25 pm

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has revoked the trademark of the NFL's Washington Redskins, after ruling in a case brought by five Native Americans who say the name disparages them. While the decision could have wide repercussions, it does not require the team to change its name. It is also subject to appeal, which the team has confirmed it will pursue.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

The Wheelhouse: Death Penalty; Political Musical Chairs; Native American Mascots

Catch up on news from the state capitol and beyond on our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse.
Credit Mamata.mulay / Wikimedia Commons

Connecticut has a complicated relationship with the death penalty. Over more than 50 years, the state executed just two death row inmates because they asked for it. Two years ago it was repealed for cases moving forward, but last week, one more man was sentenced to die for a crime he committed before the repeal.

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Native American Mascots
12:27 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Blumenthal, Murphy Urge NFL to Change Team's Name

Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are asking the NFL to change the name of the Washington, D.C. franchise.
Bernard Gagnon Wikimedia Commons

Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy joined 48 other senators calling for the name of the NFL's Washington franchise to be changed. The letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell referenced the NBA's response to the Donald Sterling controversy regarding comments Sterling made about African-Americans.

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Connecticut First
5:07 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Legislative Session Ends at Midnight; Lawmakers Push for Adoption Bill

Connecticut legislators are putting the finishing touches on their work—as this year's regular legislative session is scheduled to end at midnight tonight. While numerous bills still need approval from one chamber or another, many major pieces of legislation from this year's session have already been approved. The list includes a revised $19 billion dollar state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

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Code Switch
3:45 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Can Student Journalists Ban 'Redskins' From Their School Paper?

This mural by the football field features Neshaminy's mascot.
Aaron Moselle NPR

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:34 am

"Redskins."

That word sits at the center of a controversy in suburban Philadelphia. It's pitted student journalists against school board members, but has left the school community largely shrugging its shoulders.

Student editors at Neshaminy High School in Bucks County have vowed not to print the word, which is the school's Native American mascot.

The Neshaminy School Board, however, is expected to vote later this month on a policy that would reverse the ban.

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Keno
11:09 am
Tue April 22, 2014

All Bets Are Off For Keno Repeal

Keno was all but repealed two months ago. Connecticut lawmakers seem reluctant to drop the game, and a potential $27 million a year.
Credit purple_onion / Creative Commons

The electronic lottery game keno could come to Connecticut after all. Keno surfaced at the very end of last year's legislative session as a way to balance the new two year budget. But earlier this year, when a $500 million surplus was announced, lawmakers distanced themselves from the bingo-like game, and a bill to repeal keno seemed like a done deal.

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Code Switch
3:07 am
Tue April 1, 2014

For Native Americans, Losing Tribal Membership Tests Identity

Some of the 79 people told by the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde that they were enrolled in error. Seated on the floor are Russell Wilkinson (left) and Mia Prickett. Seated second row (from left) are Nina Portwood-Shields, Jade Unger, Marilyn Portwood, Eric Bernando, Debi Anderson and Val Alexander. Standing are Antoine Auger (left) and Erin Bernando.
Don Ryan AP

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 12:04 pm

In western Oregon, members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde are engaged in a debate over what it means to belong.

The tribe's enrollment committee is considering kicking out an entire family that traces its lineage back to the founding of the modern tribe more than a century and a half ago. The family is related to Chief Tumulth, leader of the Watlala, a tribe that controlled river traffic along a key section of the Columbia River.

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Tribal Land Claims
11:44 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Effects of Potential Connecticut Tribal Recognitions in Debate

Dancers at an event at the Pequot Museum last fall.
Credit Brandon Lavallee / Pequot Museum

Federal authorities are considering changes to tribal recognition procedures and it could have a unique impact on Connecticut. But it's unclear exactly what rights any newly recognized tribes would have.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

The Ongoing Debate Over Tribal Recognition

One of the big issues surrounding tribal recognition in Connecticut is the construction of more casinos.
Credit David Zeuthen / Creative Commons

Before Thomas Hooker founded the Colony of Connecticut, before Europeans even knew this land existed, the indigenous people already lived off the land. But over hundreds of years, the United States of America grew into what it is today, and the indigenous people were only granted small slices of land if they are "recognized" by the federal government.

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Connecticut First
3:01 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Winter Storm Warning Continues; Pothole Problems

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Nutmeg History
1:39 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Get To Know Connecticut's Colonial-Era Deputy Governors

Roger Ludlow and Chief Mahackemo are depicted in The Purchase of Norwalk.
Credit Harry Townsend / Works Progress Administration

Before the position of lieutenant governor existed, the Colony of Connecticut had what was then known as the "deputy governor." According to the Connecticut State Library, this position was established in 1639. There were 18 deputy governors, several of whom would alternate off between governor and deputy governor because of one-year term limits.

On a recent episode of Where We Live, we discussed the role of the lieutenant governor and why anyone would want that position. So this got us thinking about some of Connecticut's first #2's when the state was a colony.

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History
4:05 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Saving the Scattered Remnants: Samson Occom and the Brotherton Indians

Reverend Samson Occom. Lithograph, 1830s. This later portrait is based on an engraving made in Europe during the 1780s. The Connecticut Historical Society, 1843.6.00
Connecticut Historical Society

Today the word Mohegan evokes thoughts of a casino, the Mohegan Sun. In the 18th century the most famous Mohegan was probably Samson Occom, a Native American preacher and teacher, who also served as a tribal councilor, herbal doctor, fisherman, hunter, farmer, and was a father, husband, and brother.

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Foxwoods
2:43 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Pequot Tribal Treasurer Resigns

The treasurer of the tribe that owns Foxwoods Resort Casino has resigned from the tribal council as he awaits trial on federal theft charges, the Associated Press reports.

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Around the Nation
3:43 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Proposed Power Lines Tangle With Native American History

Four humanlike figures were painted in a cave in Washington hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 6:25 am

Imagine running power lines through a cathedral. That's how archaeologists describe what the Bonneville Power Administration proposes doing in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington state. The federal electricity provider is trying to string a new transmission line near a cave that contains ancient paintings, a site considered sacred by Native Americans.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Keno: The Conversation That Never Happened

By Dlogic (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Mary Drexler is executive director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.  When Connecticut considers a big move like adding keno to the gambling menu, it's her job to attend all the public hearings and committee meetings at which the change is discussed.  It's her job to offer testimony on the bill and to recruit other experts who can offer opinion on the impact of increased gaming.  This time, she didn't do any of that.  She couldn't, because there were no public hearings or committee meetings. State-sponsored Keno was legalized in Connecticut by, essentially, a back room deal.

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History
2:29 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

America’s Most Devastating Conflict

August 12 is the 336th anniversary of the death of Metacomet, also known as King Philip. His death in 1676 essentially ended King Philip’s War, a violent and bloody conflict between his Wampanoags and the English colonists. While most of the fighting took place in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, people from Connecticut took part in the many of the battles and had an important influence on the outcome of the war.

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Where We Live
11:01 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Rodney Butler on Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket Tribe

Chion Wolf

Foxwoods Casino is an unlikely Connecticut success story. Before 1992, residents never would have guessed they’d have one of the world’s largest casinos in its backyard.

But given the years of profits and massive expansion, the headline of a New York Times Magazine story now seems even more improbable: “Foxwoods is Fighting for its Life.”

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Where We Live
3:13 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Native American Mascot Controversy

Keith Allison (Flickr Creative Commons)

We’ve got the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Hall High Warriors. So what’s in a name?

Hall High School in West Hartford has decided to change their logo, which previously depicted a profile view of a Native American. They will still be known as the “Warriors,” but without the Native American connection.

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Native Americans
2:01 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Retracing The British Retreat Route During the Pequot War

An Archeologist and a team of college students are spending the summer uncovering a little known chapter in Connecticut history.

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Connecticut Casinos
3:06 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Connecticut Tribes Hope to Win Big With Online Poker

By Lucy Nalpathanchil

Connecticut has two casinos that generate millions of dollars a year for the state. 

And after the U.S Department of Justice cleared the way for online gambling, the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots and state officials are closely watching to see what kind of impact internet gambling will have. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports for NPR's Morning Edition. It’s a weekday but plenty of people are sitting at slot machines or playing table games at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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History
1:55 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Making Connecticut

Simon Raahauge DeSantis, 2010

What is Connecticut’s story? What happened and who’s in it? Ambitious questions, and the Connecticut Historical Society’s new permanent exhibit, Making Connecticut, is the place to go to explore some answers. Opening on May 25, Making Connecticut is the state’s only overview exhibit of Connecticut history. Displaying more than 500 artifacts, clothing items, documents, images, and photographs, it’s about how Connecticut has changed from the 1500s to today, focusing on people, their lives and work, and the world around them.                                        

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