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Arts and Entertainment
1:51 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

An Alliance Between Circuses A World Apart

"Circus Without Borders" is a documentary about the ArtCirq and Kalabante circuses. (Screenshot)

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:47 am

Circus performance – especially acrobatics – is both entertainment and art. In some parts of the world, it’s also survival.

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Native American
2:21 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Youth Suicides Plague South Dakota Reservation

The entrance to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Sioux tribe, is pictured on Sept. 9, 2012. (Kristi Eaton/AP)

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 1:21 pm

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Sioux tribe, is wrestling with a sudden surge of teen suicides.

Seven young people have taken their lives since early December, and some fear others are being encouraged do so on Facebook – and with nooses that have been hung near kids’ homes.

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Native American
1:37 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

The Navajo Nation Approves A Junk Food Tax

(Rachel Rohr)

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 12:36 pm

In an effort to curb high rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, the Navajo Nation has imposed a first-in-the-nation tax on all junk food.

Now, if you want to buy chips, cookies, soda and the like on the Navajo reservation, you’re going to pay an extra 2 percent on top of an existing 5 percent sales tax.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson gets details from Laurel Morales, a reporter with the Fronteras Desk at KJZZ in Phoenix.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:43 am
Fri April 3, 2015

More (Political) Red Means Less Green For Oklahoma; Feds Table Tribal Recycling

President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their Nov. 29, 2012 lunch.
Pete Souza The White House

For the past three presidential election cycles, Oklahoma has cemented its status as the “reddest of the red states.” No Democratic presidential candidate has won a single county in Oklahoma since Al Gore in 2000, and in 2004 neither incumbent President George W. Bush nor Democratic nominee John Kerry visited the state nor spent any advertising dollars here.

Oklahoma received only $1,300 in ad revenue from national GOP and Democratic organizations during the 2012 election cycle, according to campaign finance data analyzed by FairVote and The Journal Record's Brian Brus:

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News
8:42 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Advocates Say Sexual Assault At Epidemic Level In Indian Country

The Monument Quilt lays on the lawn at the state capitol in Oklahoma City. Each section tells the story of survivors of sexual assault.
Credit Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Sexual assault survivors and agencies that advocate on their behalf gathered at the state capitol in Oklahoma City on Thursday to share their stories of sexual violence in Indian country.

American Indians are two and a half times more likely to experience sexual assault crimes compared to any other group, and one third of native women will be raped during her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Health
8:33 am
Sun February 15, 2015

State, Tribal Leaders Seek Insure Oklahoma Expansion

Credit www.insureoklahoma.org

State and tribal leaders in Oklahoma are exploring opportunities for a federal waiver that could mean health insurance for more than 40,000 low-income uninsured tribal members in the state.

While state leaders oppose a Medicaid expansion offered under the federal health care law, this latest idea to expand Insure Oklahoma would involve no state funds.

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Oklahoma Watch
8:11 am
Fri January 23, 2015

In Perry, Tribal Rights Clear Way For Neighborhood Casino

The Oteo Missouria Tribe has razed three homes in an east Perry neighborhood to build a casino and parking lot.
Jocelyn Pedersen Oklahoma Watch

The house, crouching in the middle of a neighborhood in east Perry, sat unoccupied for years.

Its shingles were rotted, and its metal porch railing was bent. Weeds and brush rose from the foundation past gaping, empty windows.

Last year, city officials notified the owners that they needed to clean up the property. The city wasn’t prepared for the counteroffer.

The Otoe-Missouria Tribe, which oversees the property, held in federal trust, proposed instead to raze the home and build a casino.

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Code Switch
3:59 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Broken Promises On Display At Native American Treaties Exhibit

Suzan Shown Harjo points to a signature on Treaty K at the National Archives. The document will be on display in 2016 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian for an exhibit on treaties curated by Harjo.
James Clark NPR

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 4:33 pm

For centuries, treaties have defined the relationship between many Native American nations and the U.S. More than 370 ratified treaties have helped the U.S. expand its territory and led to many broken promises made to American Indians.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:43 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Beyond Casinos: Oklahoma Tribes Tackle Environmental Projects, Tourism Industry

Cory Moates, owner of Moates Excavating, left, and Tim Kent, environmental director of The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, inspect ongoing chat disposal from a site near Quapaw. The pit is the top of a collapsed mine near Picher.
Rip Stell The Journal Record

Monday The Journal Record published its Tribal Economic Impact issue, a deep dive into how Oklahoma’s federally recognized Native American groups fund their services and contribute to Oklahoma’s economy.

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Assignment: Radio
1:15 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Germany's Fascination With Native American Culture

Credit Eklectique-photo

Last month marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The University of Oklahoma held a symposium commemorating the event. Guest speakers came from around the world to lecture about their specific knowledge base around the fall of the Berlin Wall. Assignment: Radio’s Hayley Thornton attended expecting to learn about a culture on another continent. Instead she learned about German’s fascination with a culture closer to home.

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