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Court orders Dakota Access Pipeline to be shut down by August 5

The Trump administration has been handed a stunning defeat after a district court ruled Monday that the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline must shut down by August 5 during an in-depth environmental review.

Thursday is an annual 'Day of Mourning' for many Native Americans

Happy Thanksgiving to you in the land your forefathers stole. That’s the message Native Americans are preparing to send as they convene their 50th annual National Day of Mourning in the seaside town of Plymouth, Massachusetts where the Pilgrims settled.

Indigenous communities in U.S. hit hard during shutdown

The fallout from the federal government shutdown is hurting Native Americans as dwindling funds hamper access to health care and other services. The pain is especially deep in tribal communities with high rates of poverty and unemployment.

San Francisco: Hundreds protest Trump's oil pipeline orders Special

San Francisco - In the wake of President Donald Trump's executive orders reviving the highly controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, Native Americans and their allies protested around North America this week.

New Senate Indian Affairs chair supports Dakota Access Pipeline

Washington - The incoming Republican-controlled Senate has named John Hoeven, a staunch proponent of the highly controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, as the new chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Native Americans raised wild turkeys way before our Thanksgiving

Tallahassee - As we sit down to a Thanksgiving turkey this Thursday, give thanks to the Native Americans who first cultivated wild turkeys in the American southeast hundreds of years before the first Thanksgiving on our shores in 1621.

Paiute Indian leader to Oregon militia: 'This is still our land'

Burns - Paiute Indian leaders and tribal members have condemned the armed militia occupation of Oregon land which they have called home for thousands of years.

Choctaw activist jailed over fine found dead in Mississippi cell

Philadelphia - A Native American activist jailed in Mississippi for failure to pay a minor traffic citation was found dead in his cell earlier this month.

Facebook name policy is discriminating against Native Americans

Facebook's policy of only allowing accounts with "authentic" names is resulting in Native American users being blocked from using their real names.

Man attends police brutality rally, gets killed by cop next day

Rapid City - A knife-wielding Native American man was shot and killed by South Dakota police a day after attending an anti-police brutality protest in the state's second-largest city.

Congress gives sacred Native American land to mining company

San Carlos - Attached to the 2015 defense spending bill approved by the United States Senate on Friday is a provision giving sacred Native American land to a foreign mining company partnered with the government of Iran.

Obama to increase education and development for American Indians

President Barack Obama promises to increase economic development and education among Native Americans in a recent visit to an indian reservation, the first in his presidency.

Op-Ed: Long live Red Cloud

In the 500 year war between the original immigrants and the post-15th century immigrants to North America, no warrior looms larger than Red Cloud. One-hundred and four years ago today, this brave Oglala Lakota chief died in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Photo Essay: Fountain of Youth Park Celebrates 500th Anniversary Special

Saint Augustine - The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is commemorating the 1513 arrival of Ponce de León in Florida and the legend of the Fountain of Youth. The lush grounds, exotic birds, and water from the spring are sure to please modern-day adventurers.

'The Lone Ranger' and 'Despicable Me 2' get early holiday start

Because it is holiday time in the states, the box office rings with early start times. OK, the early starts seem to be the norm more and more these days.

Native American student fined, denied diploma for wearing feather

Atmore - A Native American teen from Alabama is being fined $1,000 and denied her high school diploma for wearing an eagle feather in an expression of her tribal heritage.

Native American vets want recognition, memorial

A grassroots effort has been brewing among Native American Indian tribes around the country to erect a soldier statue on the National Mall in recognition of Native American Indians, as well as Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians.

Site of Wounded Knee massacre up for sale, sparks controversy

Rapid City - The site of Wounded Knee where US troops massacred men, women and children more than a century ago is up for sale. The decision by James Czywczynski to put the site he owns up for sale at an asking price of $3.9 million has sparked a controversy.

Native American students accused of being 'anti-Thanksgiving'

After the University of Virginia's American Indian Student Union had their "anti-Thanksgiving" potluck, conservatives took to the Internet accusing the students of waging "war on Thanksgiving" and promoting a liberal agenda.

Review: 'Rich Hall's Inventing the Indian' Special

This hour and a half documentary takes a sideways look at the portrayal, misportrayal and betrayal of the first masters of the American continent.

Pope Benedict canonises first ever Native American saint

In a ceremony held today, Sunday, at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI created seven new saints, one of whom, Kateri Tekakwitha, is the first Native American to be canonised.

Op-Ed: Michael Bad-Hand Terry talks at Oregon Trail Interpretive Center Special

Baker City - On June 17, I attended a very special 2-½ hour presentation on the Plains Indians at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, which is located 5 miles outside of Baker City, Oregon.

Op-Ed: Native Americans Finally More than Casinos

Finally some form of justice has come to the Native American who needs little further definition than being indigenous to the continent.

U.S. drug czar targets Native American meth labs in ad campaign

Albuquerque - White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske today unveiled a new anti-methamphetamine (meth) ad campaign tailored for Native Americans in New Mexico.

Obama to Native American Leaders:You Will Not be Forgotten

U.S. President Barack Obama has told the leaders of the country's 564 federally recognized Native American tribes that they have a friend in the White House and the needs of their people will not be forgotten whilst he is in office.

Op-Ed: Glenn Beck Barks Up The Wrong Tree When Criticizing Van Jones

Glenn Beck's criticisms of Barack Obama's appointed Czars is usually well aimed, but he's wrong when he slams Van Jones for the Green Jobs' czar cries for social justice.

Native Hawaiians Move Towards Sovereignty Not Towards Gambling

Two states in the United States have no legalized gambling, Utah and Hawaii. Most folks wouldn't think that liberal Hawaii frowns on gambling, but there is missionary history. Besides locals believe paradise doesn't need it.

Could You Be My Cousin?

Native American family trees appear to have one of six women in them. 95 percent of all Native Americans have been traced back to the DNA of these women who lived between 18,000 and 21,000 years ago.

Genes connect native Americans and Siberians

U.S. scientists have found strong genetic links between inhabitants in Siberia and Native Americans, supporting the theory that humans first entered the Americas via the land bridge across the Bering Strait.

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Native Americans were managing and raising turkeys as early as 1200 – 1400 A.D.
Native Americans were managing and raising turkeys as early as 1200 – 1400 A.D.
Isle De Jean Charles  Terrebonne Parish  Louisiana  after Hurricane Gustav.
Isle De Jean Charles, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, after Hurricane Gustav.
Karen Apricot New Orleans (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Alcatraz Island occupation Grafitti - “Yata-hey  Navajo greeting with Rain Cloud”
Alcatraz Island occupation Grafitti - “Yata-hey, Navajo greeting with Rain Cloud”
US National Parks Service
Members of the 3rd and 4th Division Navajo code talker platoons of World War II  dressed in their un...
Members of the 3rd and 4th Division Navajo code talker platoons of World War II, dressed in their unit's uniform, pose for a group photo during a commemoration of the landing on Iwo Jima
National Archives of the United Statres
Rattlesnake Springs was one of the stockade camps where Cherokees were initially collected after bei...
Rattlesnake Springs was one of the stockade camps where Cherokees were initially collected after being forced off of their land. It is located in the far southeastern corner of Tennessee, near the North Carolina border.
National Park Service, James F. Corn, photographer
Jean Leon Gerome Ferris s depiction of the original American Thanksgiving.
Jean Leon Gerome Ferris's depiction of the original American Thanksgiving.
Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930)
flock of Eastern Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) in Leon County  Florida. The turkey o...
flock of Eastern Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) in Leon County, Florida. The turkey on the far right is a jake. One can tell this by the middle tail feather sticking up high than the rest of the feathers.
Tim Ross
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Pro-gun billboard
Pow wow  Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation - Grand Entry in 2007
Pow wow, Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation - Grand Entry in 2007

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