Category Archives: Native Americans

500 Questions, 100 Nations: A Guide to Native America

Indian mascots, teaching moments

In July, the National Football League’s Washington, D.C., team said it would retire its mascot name, the Redskins. A new name will be announced at a later date. This week, Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team made a similar announcement about … Continue reading

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Native American Heritage Day is today

Today, the day after Thanksgiving, is often associated with bargain hunting and creative recipes for leftover turkey, but it is so much more than that. This day-after-the-holiday holiday was created in 2009 to complete the story of the first Thanksgivings. … Continue reading

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Maria Tallchief Google doodle worth a look

Google has a doodle out for Native American Heritage Month that is worth a look. The doodle features Maria Tallchief (1924-2013), one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century. A member of Oklahoma’s Osage tribe, she was America’s first … Continue reading

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Navajos helped flip Arizona

The Navajo Nation, which figured prominently in President-Elect Joe Biden’s win in the swing state of Arizona, illustrates three top issues in Election 2020. One issue is access to the vote. Many tribal members lack the physical address they need … Continue reading

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CBS, CNN expanding race coverage

CNN this week announced it will expand and advance its coverage of race in America. In a memo to staff on Monday, CNN president Jeff Zucker wrote, “There are structural changes and investments we can and will make to better … Continue reading

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Redskins team name to be retired

A disagreement that festered for decades will reportedly take a new turn Monday when Washington’s National Football League team announces a new name for the team. But that might not be the end of the story. A change in the … Continue reading

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What is Native American tribal sovereignty?

A U.S. Supreme Court decision today reaffirmed the sovereignty of tribal land covering a large part of eastern Oklahoma. Indian Country Today reported “The decision was hailed as a win for tribal sovereignty but also raised questions about its potential … Continue reading

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Americans value diversity, disagree on how to achieve it

A Pew Research Center study out this month reports that, while most Americans think the nations increasing diversity is a good thing, they do not agree on how to achieve it. Pew reports, “Most say it’s a good thing that … Continue reading

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Associated Press changes style on race, gender

Related: AP changes style to capitalize Black and Indigenous AP explains why it will not capitalize white The Associated Press stylebook sets the tone and conventions for news media across the United States and around the world. New editions typically … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court’s Neal Gorsuch on Indian treaty rights

National Public Radio has an interesting article on a Supreme Court decision about Indian treaty rights. It explores the partisan split on the court and how conservative judge Neal Gorsuch sided with the liberal minority in a 5-4 decision. The … Continue reading

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