Chan, Zuckerberg fighting Native American vaccine hesitancy
The effort comes as COVID continues to hit Native American people harder than other groups. Echo Hawk said a primary reason for the COVID hesitancy is that many Native Americans distrust the government due to the discrimination and racism Native people have faced throughout American history. A 2020 study by IllumiNative, Native Organizers Alliance, Center for Native American Youth, University of Michigan, and University of California, shows 95% of 6,460 Indigenous participants said they do not trust the federal government. The Native American Community Development Institute in Minnesota is working with the Native American Community Clinic and the American Indian youth nonprofit Migizi, which means “bald eagle” in the Ojibwe language. In December, hundreds gathered for a powwow featuring traditional Native American music and dancing along with the chance to get COVID-19 vaccinations and testing.wftv.com
Chan, Zuckerberg fighting Native American vaccine hesitancy
Dakota and Navajo actor Dallas Goldtooth joins other influencers — people who have earned the community’s trust — in a two-phase public outreach effort by nonprofit organizations IllumiNative, the Urban Indian Health Institute, and 13 Native groups in states including Alaska, Minnesota, and California.
Indigenous news outlets, nonprofits drive deeper coverage
Colorado-based High Country News created an Indigenous affairs desk in 2017 that has published dozens of stories from journalists, authors and experts across Indian Country. Historically, he said, major news outlets have tended to rely on tropes like poverty and addiction when covering Indian Country. Most tribal media organizations are funded by their tribes’ governments — very few of which have rules providing press protections. A 2019 American Society of News Editors survey showed less half of 1% of workers at U.S. newsrooms were Native American. However, the Native American Journalists Association said its membership has expanded significantly since then.wftv.com
Newly affirmed, tribe looks at casino plans with fresh eyes
But he said tribal leaders also want members to look at the idea with fresh eyes, given how much the landscape for gambling has changed. The separate Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe has also broken ground on a more modest gambling hall on Martha’s Vineyard, though that’s been mired in legal uncertainty. The tribe’s reservation encompasses about 170 acres in the town of Mashpee and another 150 acres acres in Taunton. Just prior to last month’s decision, the tribe extended its deal with its Malaysian casino developer partners, Genting Berhad, for another year, according to Weeden. Weeden said the tribe also shouldn’t rule out abandoning the casino plan altogether and finding other ways to bring financial stability to the tribe.wftv.com
US tribes see hope for clean water in infrastructure bill
The massive infrastructure bill signed earlier this year promises to bring change to some Native American tribes that lack clean water or indoor plumbing through the largest single infusion of money into Indian Country. “That’s it.”In other, more remote tribal communities across the country, running water and indoor plumbing have never been a reality. On the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American reservation, about one-third of the 175,000 residents are without running water. He now has running water and plumbing where he lives but hauls water for family members who don’t. That provides little incentive for tribal members to conserve water and raises questions about how new infrastructure will be maintained.wftv.com
How the Native American population in the US increased 87% says more about whiteness than about demographics
The Native American population in the U.S. grew by a staggering 86.5% between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest U.S. Census – a rate demographers say is impossible to achieve without immigration. Birth rates among Native Americans don’t explain the massive rise in numbers. And there certainly is no evidence of an influx of Native American expatriates returning to the U.S. Instead, individuals who previously identified as white are now claiming to be Native American. This growing movement hanews.yahoo.com
US approves Indigenous name change for Colorado mountain
A federal panel has approved renaming a Colorado peak after a Cheyenne woman who facilitated relations between white settlers and Native American tribes in the early 19th century, part of a broader campaign to replace derogatory place names across the United States. Mestaa’ėhehe Mountain, which is pronounced “mess-taw-HAY,” bears the name of and honors an influential translator also known as Owl Woman who mediated between Native Americans and white traders and soldiers in what is now southern Colorado. The renaming of what was known as Squaw Mountain, 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Denver, comes after U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland formally declared “squaw” a derogatory term in November and said she is taking steps to remove it from federal government use and to rename other derogatory place names.news.yahoo.com
A Chinese government spokesperson said the US committed 'evil crimes' against Native Americans in a bid to counter reports of genocide in Xinjiang
Zhao Lijian blasted the US for its diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics, saying reports of genocide fit the US 'better than anyone else."news.yahoo.com
Penobscots don't want ancestors' scalping to be whitewashed
Indigenous History Dawn Neptune Adams holds a copy of the Phips Proclamation of 1755, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Bangor, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) (Robert F. Bukaty)PORTLAND, Maine — (AP) — Most Americans know Native Americans endured atrocities after the arrival of European settlers: wars, disease, stolen land. The filmmakers say they simply want to ensure this history isn’t whitewashed by promoting a fuller understanding of the nation’s past. The declaration is familiar to many Penobscots because a copy of the document was displayed at the tribal offices at Indian Island, Maine. Both Europeans and Native Americans engaged in scalping, but English colonists greatly expanded the practice when the government sanctioned the effort with bounties, the filmmakers said.wftv.com
Penobscots don't want ancestors' scalping to be whitewashed
Most Americans know about atrocities endured by Native Americans after the arrival of European settlers: wars, disease, stolen land. Members of the Penobscot Nation in Maine have produced an educational film addressing how European settlers scalped — killed — Indigenous people during the British colonial era, spurred for decades by cash bounties and with the government’s blessing.news.yahoo.com
Governor apologizes for Nevada's role in Indigenous schools
Nevada Native Boarding Schools Nevada Gov. The Stewart School in Carson City is among more than 350 residential schools that the U.S. Interior Department plans to examine as part of the Federal Boarding School Initiative Review, which includes an investigation into student deaths and known and possible burial sites. Stacey Montooth, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission, said it was unclear how many children had attended or died at the Stewart Indian School. Amber Torres, chairwoman of the Walker River Paiute Tribe, said assimilation policies like boarding schools robbed Native Americans and their descendants of Indigenous languages.wftv.com
Tribes to mourn on Thanksgiving: 'No reason to celebrate'
Thanksgiving Indigenous Mourning FILE- Supporters of Native Americans pause following a prayer during the 38th National Day of Mourning at Coles Hill in Plymouth, Mass., on Nov. 22, 2007. Denouncing centuries of racism and mistreatment of Indigenous people, members of Native American tribes from around New England will gather on Thanksgiving 2021 for a solemn National Day of Mourning observance. Thursday's solemn National Day of Mourning observance in downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts, will recall the disease and oppression that European settlers brought to North America. “We Native people have no reason to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims," said Kisha James, a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag and Oglala Lakota tribes and the granddaughter of Wamsutta Frank James, the event's founder. '”It’s the 52nd year that the United American Indians of New England have organized the event on Thanksgiving Day.wftv.com
Haaland highlights Native Americans' progress on Alcatraz
The group was removed after a 19-month occupation but the takeover became a watershed moment in Native American activism. “Alcatraz was borne out of desperation,” said Haaland, who was accompanied by some of the dozens of people who occupied the island in 1969. The tribal nations summit coincided with National Native American Heritage Month and for the first time was hosted by the White House. Biden ordered several Cabinet departments to work together to combat human trafficking and crime on Native American lands and announced permanent protections for Bears Ears National Monument, which is sacred to Native Americans. Native American tribes will also receive billions of dollars from the $1 trillion infrastructure deal signed into law by Biden this week.wftv.com
Biden to protect Native American sacred site, boost safety
President Joe Biden will announce steps Monday, Nov. 15, to improve public safety and justice for Native Americans during the first tribal nations summit since 2016, the White House said. Biden was set to announce the measures when he addresses the first tribal nations summit since 2016. The White House is hosting the summit virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected Native Americans and Alaska Natives at disproportionate rates. Since taking office in January, Biden has taken several steps that the White House says demonstrate his commitment to tribal nations. Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty said she hoped the summit would help eliminate red tape when building critical infrastructure on tribal lands.wftv.com
Biden to sign public safety order during tribal summit
President Joe Biden will announce steps Monday, Nov. 15, to improve public safety and justice for Native Americans during the first tribal nations summit since 2016, the White House said. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) (Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON — (AP) — President Joe Biden will sign an executive order to help improve public safety and justice for Native Americans during the first tribal nations summit since 2016, a White House official said. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the summit coincides with National Native American Heritage Month and is being hosted by the White House for the first time. Biden’s order will mandate the Justice, Homeland Security and Interior departments work together to help combat human trafficking and crime on native lands, officials said. Since taking office in January, Biden has taken steps several steps that the White House says demonstrate his commitment to tribal nations.wftv.com
White House to host 1st summit of tribal nations since 2016
President Joe Biden will announce steps Monday, Nov. 15, to improve public safety and justice for Native Americans during the first tribal nations summit since 2016, the White House said. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) (Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON — (AP) — President Joe Biden will announce steps Monday to improve public safety and justice for Native Americans during the first tribal nations summit since 2016, the White House said. The summit is being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected Native Americans and Alaska Natives at disproportionate rates. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the summit coincides with National Native American Heritage Month and is being hosted by the White House for the first time. Since taking office in January, Biden has taken steps several steps that the White House says demonstrate his commitment to tribal nations.wftv.com
102 died at Native American boarding school in Nebraska
— (AP) — Researchers say they have uncovered the names of 102 Native American students who died at a federally operated boarding school in Nebraska. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the discovery comes as ground-penetrating radar has been used in recent weeks to search for a cemetery once used by the school that operated in Genoa from 1884 to 1934. The Genoa school was one of the largest in a system of 25 federally run boarding schools for Native Americans. Locating them has proved challenging for both the Genoa project and others working to gather information on the schools. For copyright information, check with the distributor of this item, Omaha World-Herald.wftv.com
102 died at Native American boarding school in Nebraska
Researchers say they have uncovered the names of 102 Native American students who died at a federally operated boarding school in Nebraska. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the discovery comes as ground-penetrating radar has been used in recent weeks to search for a cemetery once used by the school that operated in Genoa from 1884 to 1934. The Genoa school was one of the largest in a system of 25 federally run boarding schools for Native Americans.news.yahoo.com
US judge won't reconsider tribes' bid to block Nevada mine
She said the newly discovered evidence is “too speculative” to warrant a temporary injunction blocking collection of cultural artifacts. Nevada Lithium Corp.’s construction is scheduled to begin earlier next year at Thacker Pass, about 230 miles (370 kilometers) northeast of Reno. They argue the sacred lands could be “irreparably harmed," which Judge Du said they had failed to prove when she ruled against them in September in federal court in Reno. The accounts were in an autobiography first published in 1929 by Bill Haywood, a well-known American labor organizer. One was from a cavalry volunteer who said he participated in the slaughter and the other by a tribal member who survived it.wftv.com
Leading law school seeks to remove genocidal founder's name
The vote authorizes one of the nation's leading law schools to work with state lawmakers and others to change the institution's name. Hastings Law School was founded in 1878 by Serranus Clinton Hastings, a wealthy rancher and former chief justice of the California Supreme Court. Its graduates include Vice President Kamala Harris and former California Assemblyman and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. There is no forgiveness in this," Willie Brown said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. However, the Hastings name for the college is enshrined in state law and can't be changed without first changing the law.wftv.com
MIT grapples with early leader's stance on Native Americans
As the third president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Francis Amasa Walker helped usher the school into national prominence in the late 1800s. MIT is now grappling with calls from Native American students and others to strip Walker's name from a campus building that is central to student life — part of a broader push for the nation’s higher education institutions to atone for the role they played in the decimation of Native American tribes. “Walker might be the face of Indian genocide and it is troubling that his name is memorialized at MIT,” says David Lowry, the school’s newly-appointed distinguished fellow in Native American studies and a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.news.yahoo.com
Maxine Waters leads reparations push for Black Tulsans enslaved by Native Americans
Descendants of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 are in line to get reparations from the United States government, but […] The post Maxine Waters leads reparations push for Black Tulsans enslaved by Native Americans appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
Native American filmmaker and journalist Myron Dewey dies
CARSON CITY, Nev. — (AP) — Myron Dewey, a filmmaker and journalist who help draw worldwide attention to the concerns of Native Americans fighting an oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, has died. Dewey won acclaim for his live footage of the 2016 demonstrations over the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation, which straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. His visuals of Native Americans being sprayed with water cannons in freezing weather were viewed by hundreds of thousands after appearing online and in the news. Friends and relatives said they will remember Dewey for his commitment to advocating for Native Americans, for being a devoted friend and family member and for the authenticity of his work. Dewey, who primarily resided in Schurz, Nevada, on the Walker River Paiute Reservation, started his career as a wildland firefighter in Nevada.wftv.com
Haaland: Petito case a reminder of missing Native Americans
Missing Traveler Interior Secretary FILE - In this April 23, 2021, file photo Interior Secretary Deb Haaland speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington. Haaland said extensive news media coverage of the death of Gabby Petito while on a cross-country trip should be a reminder of hundreds of Native American girls and women who are missing or murdered in the United States. A report prepared for the state of Wyoming found that at least 710 Native Americans were reported missing between 2011 and late 2020. A former New Mexico congresswoman, Haaland pushed for a law signed last year to address the crisis of missing, murdered and trafficked Indigenous women. Haaland said she sees her mission as interior secretary in part as a way to elevate attention on Native American issues.wftv.com
Coronavirus: 1 in 500 Americans have died of COVID-19, data shows
Since the start of the pandemic, about 1 in 500 Americans have died of COVID-19, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and John Hopkins University. As of Thursday afternoon, nearly 667,000 people had died nationwide of COVID-19, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University. The numbers show about .2% of the population – or 1 in 500 people – has died of COVID-19. Among people between 40 and 64 years old, 1 in 240 Native Americans, 1 in 390 Hispanics and 1 in 480 Blacks have died of COVID-19, according to the Post. About 41.6 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported nationwide since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University.wftv.com
The Latest: Trump blasts Fauci and Birx as 'self-promoters'
The Department of Health reported more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases Monday, the highest since the pandemic hit the country. Fauci told CNN it seemed like the Trump virus team was “fighting with each other rather than fighting the virus.”AdIn his statement, Trump says “Dr. Texas has administered more than 10 million vaccine doses. Jared Polis has announced that residents over age 16 will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine starting Friday. Ad___NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson says it’s agreed to provide up to 400 million doses of its one-dose COVID-19 vaccine to African countries, starting this summer.
Tribes want Native statue to replace one tied to massacre
The new statue would replace the one depicting a Union Army soldier who helped carry out the Sand Creek Massacre of 230 Cheyenne and Arapaho people in 1864, one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history. AdRyan Ortiz of the Northern Arapaho Tribe testified virtually in favor of the new statue for the Capital Development Committee. He said the massacre is the origin of historical trauma for the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes and that the statue would be a chance to right previous wrongs. Otto Braided Hair, a Northern Cheyenne tribal member and descendent of a Sand Creek survivor, has worked on education surrounding the massacre for the last 20 years. The Sand Creek Massacre site is tucked away in rural southeastern Colorado and honors the victims.
President Biden releases his COVID-19 strategy. Here’s everything you need to know
“We didn’t get into this mess overnight, and it will take months to turn this around,” Biden said at the White House. A key difference is that under Biden, the federal government is assuming full responsibility for the COVID response. And instead of delegating major tasks to states, he is offering to help them with technical backup and federal money. Biden is seeking to expand testing and vaccine availability, with the goal of 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office. But administration officials stressed that reopening schools safely depends on increased testing.
Biden puts forth virus strategy, requires mask use to travel
New York officials are pushing for more COVID-19 vaccine doses as the effort to speed up inoculations collides with a lack of vaccine. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that the city will run out of first doses of COVID-19 vaccine sometime Thursday without fresh supplies. The U.S. mask order for travel being implemented by Biden will apply to airports and planes, ships, intercity buses, trains and public transportation. As part of his COVID-19 strategy, Biden will order the establishment of a COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force to ensure that minority and underserved communities are not left out of the government's response. Biden is ordering FEMA to reimburse states for the full cost of using their National Guards to set up vaccination centers.
Fast rollout of virus vaccine trials reveals tribal distrust
(Nina Mayer Ritchie/Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health via AP)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The news came during a hopeful time on the largest Native American reservation. About 460 Native Americans participated in the trials for the vaccine by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, including Navajos. Vaccine trials nationwide have been moving quickly, which doesn’t always align with tribal guidelines on considering research proposals. In South Dakota, the Cheyenne River Sioux tribal health committee initially pushed back on Dr. Jeffrey Henderson's proposal for trials of the Novavax vaccine. That case came to mind when Annette Brown, a Navajo woman, heard about her tribe's willingness to participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials.
In historic pick, Biden taps Haaland as interior secretary
FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., Native American Caucus co-chair, speaks to reporters about the 2020 Census on Capitol Hill in Washington. President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate Haaland as interior secretary. The historic pick would make her the first Native American to lead the powerful federal agency that has wielded influence over the nation's tribes for generations. Scott Applewhite, File)President-elect Joe Biden selected New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as his nominee for interior secretary on Thursday, a historic pick that would make her the first Native American to lead the powerful federal agency that has wielded influence over the nation's tribes for generations. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it clear Wednesday that Biden had her blessing to choose Haaland, saying she would make an “excellent choice” as interior secretary.
Teams say Indian names show respect, history says otherwise
FILE - James Watson, left, protests before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians, Monday, April 1, 2019, in Cleveland. The Cleveland Indians are changing their name _ they just don't know to what or when. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)Colorful names for teams are nearly as old as team sports themselves. But a few have clung to Native American names and imagery, arguing they reflect honor and respect. “Shortly after the so-called ‘Indian Wars’ of the 1880s, that’s when we see sports teams start to use the names on a wide basis,” said Hunt.
AP Interview: Indians owner says name won't change in 2021
(AP Photo/David Dermer, File)CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Indians are changing their name — they just don't know to what or when. “The new name, and I do not know what it is, will not be a name that has Native American themes or connotations to it.”The decision was welcomed by Native American groups that met with the club. "I’m not just a fan of the Cleveland Indians, I’m a fan of Cleveland baseball. In recent months he met with fans, business leaders and researchers focused on Native American culture and issues. “We’ll be the Cleveland Indians of 1915 to whatever year is that we ultimately change.
More US churches are committing to racism-linked reparations
(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK – The Episcopal Diocese of Texas acknowledges that its first bishop in 1859 was a slaveholder. Some major denominations, including the Roman Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention, have not embraced reparations as official policy. The Episcopal Church has been the most active major denomination thus far, and others, including the United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, are urging congregations to consider similar steps. This will include scholarships for students attending seminaries or historically Black colleges and assistance for historic Black churches. But Dietsche expects some funds will help congregations launch their own reparations initiatives, particularly if their churches had historical involvement in slavery.
The Latest: Japan's daily virus cases rise above 3,000
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)TOKYO — Japan’s daily coronavirus cases have exceeded 3,000 for the first time while the government delays stricter measures for fear of hurting the economy ahead of the holiday season. ___SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The U.S. has reached a record 3,309 daily coronavirus deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. ___PHOENIX — Arizona reported 8,076 confirmed coronavirus cases, one of the state’s largest daily total. Italy has registered 1.8 million confirmed cases and more than 63,000 confirmed deaths, sixth highest in the world. He says the latest outbreak at Orange County jails had 74 confirmed cases, 75 tests pending and more inmates waiting to be tested.
AP-NORC poll: Only half in US want shots as vaccine nears
Buck said he and his family will probably get vaccinated eventually, if initial shots go well. Despite the hopeful news, feelings haven’t changed much from an AP-NORC poll in May, before it was clear a vaccine would pan out. Among Americans who won’t get vaccinated, the poll found 43% are concerned the vaccine itself could infect them — something that’s scientifically impossible, since the shots don’t contain any virus. Protecting their family, their community and their own health are chief drivers for people who want the vaccine. ___The AP-NORC poll using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population.
Tribes dispute reservation where a $1B casino is planned
The Mattakeeset Massachuset tribe contend the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe doesn't have exclusive claim to the lands under their planned First Light casino in the city of Taunton, as they've argued for years. “Larry is well-meaning but very confused,” said Steven Peters, the Mashpee Tribe’s spokesman. Meanwhile, the tribe’s prominent, longtime chairman was arrested last month on federal bribery charges in connection with the casino project. At least two members of other Massachusetts tribes have raised the issue in recent years, and local casino opponents have made similar arguments in their long-running federal court challenge. Peters, the spokesman for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, said he and other tribe scholars haven't reviewed Bangs’ book.
Native Americans critique data, surveys following election
The wording stood out because there's often a lack of reliable data on Native Americans, she said. She and others have found success in getting people to respond to surveys by forming partnerships with Native organizations, tribes, tribal colleges and Native news outlets. And not all states have kept data on how COVID-19 has been impacting Native Americans and other communities of color. While crime statistics are not collected by polling or surveys, it's another area where limited data hurts Native Americans. For example, no one knows how many Native American women and children are missing or have been killed in the U.S.
AP Interview: Biden adviser says race central to virus fight
Addressing racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus crisis cannot be an afterthought, a top adviser to President-elect Joe Biden on the COVID-19 pandemic response said Tuesday. “We cannot get this pandemic under control if we do not address head-on the issues of inequity in our country," she said. The virus in the U.S. has killed more than 268,000 and caused more than 13.5 million confirmed infections. Gathering that information became easier last week when the federal government recognized Biden as the winner of the Nov. 3 election, she said. ___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.
Native American votes helped secure Biden's win in Arizona
Native Americans were among the difference-makers who swung the race to Biden in Arizona. That show of force is now translating into leverage for Native Americans seeking more representation in top levels of the federal government. Native voters say they were motivated by many of the same things as other voters. She also was part of a group helping to boost voting among Native Americans. “People need to start paying attention to not only Navajo votes but across the board nationally, Native votes,” Davis said.
Indigenous candidates' wins in Congress give hope for change
But until recently, Congress didn't have many Indigenous members who were pushing for solutions and funding for those issues. It's fueled by efforts to recruit Indigenous candidates and back them financially, get-out-the-vote efforts and Native communities flexing their political muscle. The U.S. Senate has not had a Native American member since Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado retired in 2005. Most notably, it worked to pass two bills to help address the epidemic of missing and slain Native American women. Native Hawaiians are not among the more than 570 federally recognized Native American tribes, though they've sought the designation.
Minority pushes Trump agenda largely unpopular among tribes
Native American dancers perform at a Donald Trump rally Oct. 15, 2020 at the rodeo grounds in Williams, Arizona. Lizer says Native American values - hard work, family and ranching - align more with the GOP than with Democrats. The Navajo Nation vice president says Native American values — hard work, family and ranching — align more with the GOP than with Democrats. But Native Americans may be more politically divided than assumed, though not evenly. “Indian Country is not blue, it's purple," Mullin, who is Cherokee and one of two Native American Republicans in Congress, told The Associated Press.
400 years on, Mayflower's legacy includes pride, prejudice
Annawon Weeden, 46, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, sits for a portrait outside his home in Oakdale, Conn., Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The soul-searching extends across the Atlantic to England, where Mayflower descendants say they, too, are trying to reconcile pride and prejudice. When the Pilgrims arrived at what we now know as Plymouth, Massachusetts, the Wampanoag tribe helped the exhausted settlers survive their first winter. But Native Americans also endured racism, oppression and new diseases brought by the European settlers. “It’s opening up everyone else’s eyes to how unbalanced the world is and unequal,” said Troy Currence, Hazel Harding Currence's son and a medicine man from the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe.
Battered by the virus, tribes race to boost census count
Some predict a historic undercount of Native Americans in this year's census as the coronavirus complicates efforts to encourage participation. Only 24% of residents of Montana tribal areas had been counted as of Sept. 1, woefully lagging the national rate of 85%. The distances, language barriers and wariness of giving up details about sometimes-crowded living conditions have long made it difficult to get an accurate census count, especially given a distrust of the federal government rooted in a history of broken treaties. But the Census Bureau estimated those living on reservations were undercounted by 4.9%, twice as much as any other group. Most people filled out this year's census online, another challenge in tribal areas where many homes don't have internet access.
Spanish colonial monuments fuel race strife in US Southwest
Protesters say figures such as Oñate, who led early Spanish expeditions into present-day New Mexico, shouldn’t be celebrated. Earlier this month, demonstrators tried to tear down an Oñate statue outside an Albuquerque museum using chains and a pickax. “This is the work of a small, radical Native American group, not our Pueblos,” Ortiz said. As a result, Nieto-Phillips said elite Hispanics in the region took on a solely Spanish American identity over their mixed heritage as a means to embrace whiteness. Meanwhile, Latinos in other southwestern states often identify as Mexican American or mestizo, a mixture of Spanish and Native American ancestry.
Warren still dogged by past claims of indigenous ancestry
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Cherokee citizens are calling on Elizabeth Warren to publicly disavow a family story of indigenous heritage as a way to dissuade others from making false claims they say often romanticize Native Americans. The test was meant to answer critics, including President Donald Trump, who accused Warren of making false claims about her past. Warren has said her claims of Native American ancestry were part of “family lore." She said she never benefited financially or professionally from her claims of being indigenous and acknowledged not everyone will accept her apologies. Pierce acknowledged that Warren has listened and learned from Indian Country and that her platform includes issues that matter to Native people.
Brevard sheriff cites 1764 schoolhouse massacre in push for arming school staff
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – In a new video on his Facebook page, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey made his case for a controversial marshal program to train and arm school staff to respond to an active shooter situation. He referenced the Enoch Brown school massacre, which occurred in 1764 when a group of Native Americans attacked a settlers' school house, killing and scalping the schoolmaster and nine children, News 6 partner Florida Today reported. Ivey said those who who want to use the Parkland shooting to further their own political agendas need to "stop it." So this is not about political agendas or positions on gun control." The event in history Ivey is referring to was part of the Seven Year War, also known as the French and Indian War.