Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Nov. 2, 2018 / 6:09 PM GMT By Erik Ortiz In North Dakota, where a new voter ID requirement has spurred Native American voter rights group to ensure every election ballot will count, there's another pressing concern: which precinct maps to trust. In an effort to obtain the most reliable maps, the Native American voting rights group Four Directions sent a letter Wednesday asking Secretary of State Al Jaeger, who oversees statewide elections, to verify where the precinct lines are drawn in Sioux County. The county is home to about 3,000 people who live in the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and are eligible to vote; so far, more than 200 absentee ballots from there have been filled out and returned, the group said. That number already outpaces the most recent statewide elections, when more than 120 absentee ballots were returned in Sioux … [Read more...] about After new voter ID law, Native American group concerned over precinct boundaries
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Kenny Still Smoking stands over the tombstone of his 7-year-old daughter, Monica, who was disappeared from school in 1979 and found frozen on a mountain, as he visits her grave on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Mont., Saturday, July 14, 2018. “I talk to her, let her know I’m doing ok, that I’m still kicking,” he said. “I think about her all the time.” (AP Photo/David Goldman) A woman performs a traditional Native American dance during the North American Indian Days celebration on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. (Associated Press) Friends and family members of Ashley HeavyRunner Loring hold a traditional blanket dance before the crowd at the North American Indian Days celebration to raise awareness and funds for her search. (Associated Press) Kenny Still Smoking wipes his eye while talking about his 7-year-old daughter, Monica, who disappeared from school in 1979 and was found frozen on a mountain. (Associated Press) … [Read more...] about Why are Native American women and girls vanishing?
Updated 12:22 pm PDT, Tuesday, August 28, 2018 ALBION, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan college will return a Native American war god idol to a southwestern U.S. tribe. Albion College plans to give back the Ahayuda idol to the Zuni tribe during a private ceremony on Thursday, The Jackson Citizen Patriot reported . "I believe for the Zuni, this is like a return of an ancestor," said Bille Wickre, an art history professor at the college. The Zuni tribe has about 9,000 people who live predominantly in New Mexico, she said. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Yale University will return hundreds of Native American artifacts to the Mohegans for display in a tribal museum in Uncasville Media: Hartford Curant "I think they were very surprised to find that Albion College had one of these," Wickre said. "They're very rare." The idol is about 2 feet (0.6 meters) long and dates back to the 19th century, according to school officials. Ahayuda are traditionally carved from … [Read more...] about Michigan college to return Native American artifact to tribe
By Stephanie Keith (Reuters) - Native American tribes that tried to block the Dakota Access oil pipeline during a months-long standoff with authorities in North Dakota more than a year ago are carrying on their fight in federal court, in what they contend is a symbol of their ongoing struggle for tribal sovereignty. "People think Standing Rock has come and gone," said Danielle Ta’Sheena Finn, a spokeswoman for the Standing Rock Sioux, referring to the sight of the protests. "But we will continue this fight until we are heard and the world knows what happened to us." The pipeline, owned by Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP), has been operational since June 2017, after President Donald Trump granted its permit over the objections of tribes and environmentalists fearful that it would pollute a waterway sacred to the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux. The pipeline approval, part of Trump’s desire to increase domestic energy production, distressed Native people in the United … [Read more...] about Out of spotlight, tribes keep fighting Dakota pipeline
Hannah Natanson, The Washington Post Published 5:31 pm, Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Photo: Photo Courtesy Of The National Museum Of The American Indian Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 The national memorial to Native American veterans will be built on the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian. The national memorial to Native American veterans will be built on the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian. Photo: Photo Courtesy Of The National Museum Of The American Indian Design chosen for first national monument to Native American veterans 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON - The design for the first national monument to Native American veterans in Washington came to Harvey Pratt in a dream. Pratt, a 77-year-old Marine Corps veteran and member of the southern Cheyenne and Arapaho … [Read more...] about Design chosen for first national monument to Native American veterans