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Native American
11:36 am
Mon November 25, 2013

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association 2013 Conference

Edward Hall III
Credit Susan Shannon

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.

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Native American
11:51 am
Wed November 20, 2013

VIDEO: Congress Honors Native American Code Talkers

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) speaking during a ceremony Wednesday honoring Native American Code Talkers.
Credit Speaker of the House John Boehner / YouTube

The Cherokee Nation and Comanche Nation were among more than 30 tribes who received a Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony Wednesday to honor Native American Code Talkers.

Congress passed an act in 2008 recognizing the work of the Code Talkers who used their native language to pass messages to confuse the enemy during World Wars I and II.

Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, one of only a few Native Americans in Congress, spoke during the ceremony.

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Native American
9:40 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Cherokee Nation Calls For More Education On Native American Removal

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Credit Cherokee Nation

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."

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Native American
3:04 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

VIDEO: Tribal Leaders Gather For White House Conference

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell speaking during the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference - November 13, 2013
Credit The White House / livestream

Native American leaders are gathered in Washington, D.C., to express their needs to officials in President Obama's administration.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell welcomed the leaders Wednesday to the White House Tribal Nations Conference held at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The audience includes representatives invited from 566 tribes.

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Tribal Gaming
1:27 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Oklahoma Casino Money Up; Racing And Lottery Cash Not

Credit peggydavis66 / Flickr.com

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

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Native American
9:54 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Gay Marriage Comes To Oklahoma

Despite Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage, a gay couple will be legally married in the state thanks to one man's bloodline.

Darren Black Bear is a member of the Oklahoma-based Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes. It's among the few Native American tribes in the U.S. that allow same-sex marriage.

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Native American
4:23 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Pennsylvania Town Appeals To Keep Body Of Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe's tomb in the Pennsylvania town bearing his name.
Credit Doug Kerr / Flickr Creative Commons

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.

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Native American
10:30 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Descendants Sue Over Reparations For Sand Creek Massacre

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in Colorado.
Credit National Park Service

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.

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Indian Child Welfare Act
11:10 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Native American Adoption Case Gets New Complication

Credit Cherokee Nation

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.

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Religious Rights
8:31 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Religious Statement Or Native American Pride? Court Allows License Tag Challenge

The current Oklahoma license tag.
Credit Oklahoma Tax Commission

A federal appeals court says Oklahoma's Indian "rain god" license plate can be challenged on grounds that amounts to a state endorsement of a religion.

The license plate depicts Allan Houser's "Sacred Rain Arrow" sculpture, in which an Indian shoots an arrow into the sky to bring down rain.

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