Native American cultures are getting a helping hand from a surprising source…tourism. The stereotypes of insensitive non-Indians picking through baskets and turquoise jewelry, while still alive and well, is not what the American public, or the world, looks for in a vacation. They want an experience, and often as not, they want to learn.
Cherokee Nation representatives say a banner displayed during a high school football game that recalled the Trail of Tears shows the need to continue educating students nationwide about the Indian removal era.
Administrators of McAdory High School in McAlla and Jefferson County schools officials have apologized for a banner shown during a Friday night game which said McAdory's opponents, the Indians, should "Get ready to leave in a Trail of Tears."
Oklahoma's casinos have seen recent increases in income while revenue is down for the state lottery and horse tracks.
Casino City's North American Gaming Almanac says Oklahoma's casinos saw revenue up 6.4 percent between 2010 and 2011. In the same period, lottery revenue was off 2.3 percent and horse racing revenue fell 8.8 percent
The Pennsylvania town where famed athlete Jim Thorpe was laid to rest in 1953 has asked a federal appeals court to throw out a ruling that could clear the way for his remains to be moved to American Indian land in Oklahoma.
Lawyers for the town of Jim Thorpe say that a judge erred when he ruled the town amounts to a museum under the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
The town's appeal was filed Monday in Philadelphia.
A lawsuit filed by descendants of American Indians killed in the Sand Creek Massacre argues the federal government hasn't fully paid reparations for the slaughter of their Cheyenne and Arapaho ancestors in 1864.
The Department of Interior isn't commenting on the pending litigation.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver, Colorado on behalf of four Oklahoma-based members of the Sand Creek Massacre Descendants Trust. It seeks class-action status.
The case of a Native American child at the center of a custody dispute that went to the U.S. Supreme Court has another complication. Dusten Brown, the girl’s biological father, has now filed for adoption.
Brown and other relatives of three-year-old Veronica filed court papers in Oklahoma Monday to adopt the child. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month South Carolina courts should decide who gets to adopt Veronica.