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After 233 Years, Congress Has Full Indigenous Representation

Lawmaker points out the difference Peltola's election made

(Newser) - When Rep. Mary Peltola took the oath of office last week, a demographic milestone was achieved not just for Alaska Natives, but for Indigenous Americans in general. For the first time in the history of Congress, the nation's Indigenous people are represented—by a Native American, an Alaska Native,...

'Man of the Hole' Dies, Rendering a Tribe Extinct
'Man of the Hole' Dies,
Rendering a Tribe Extinct
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'Man of the Hole' Dies, Rendering a Tribe Extinct

Last surviving member of Indigenous tribe in Brazil had been tracked for decades

(Newser) - No one will be bothering the "Man of the Hole" anymore. Officials from Funai, Brazil's Indigenous protection agency, say the last surviving member of a native tribe who'd been tracked for years has died, leaving his tribe officially extinct, reports the BBC . The body of the man,...

Her Alaskan Election Surprise May Lead to History
Her Alaskan Election Surprise
May Lead to History
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Her Alaskan Election Surprise May Lead to History

Democrat Mary Peltola has a decent chance to become first Alaska Native in Congress

(Newser) - One of the bigger surprises from this week's primary voting came out of Alaska , where Democrat Mary Peltola leads Sarah Palin and a slew of other Republicans in the race to be the state's lone member of Congress. The seat is vacant because of the death of Republican...

Canada Finds Pope's Apology Inadequate

Trudeau and Indigenous survivors note that Francis didn't mention sexual abuse in schools

(Newser) - The Canadian government made clear Wednesday that Pope Francis' apology to Indigenous peoples for abuses in the country's church-run residential schools didn't go far enough, suggesting that reconciliation over the fraught history is still very much a work in progress. The official government reaction came as Francis arrived...

Pope Apologizes for Church 'Evil' in Canada

Francis visiting Indigenous people devastated by 'cultural genocide'

(Newser) - Pope Francis apologized Monday for the Catholic Church’s cooperation with Canada’s “devastating” policy of Indigenous residential schools, saying the forced assimilation of Native peoples into Christian society destroyed their cultures, severed their families, and marginalized generations in ways still being felt today. “I humbly beg forgiveness...

Vatican Museums' Lesser Known Collection Is a Contested One

Indigenous groups want back the artifacts and art 'gifted' for 1925 exhibition

(Newser) - The Vatican Museums are home to some of the most magnificent artworks in the world, from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to ancient Egyptian antiquities and a pavilion full of papal chariots. But one of the museum’s least-visited collections is becoming its most contested before Pope Francis' trip to Canada,...

Yellowstone Dumps Massacre Leader's Name

Gustavus Doane of Mount Doane boasted of slaughtering Native Americans, including children

(Newser) - The name of a man who led a massacre of at least 173 Native Americans, including women and children suffering from smallpox, has been scrubbed from a peak in Yellowstone National Park. The 10,551-foot Mount Doane was named for Army officer and explorer Gustavus Doane, who ordered the 1870...

In Brazil, a Troubling Clue Emerges Over Missing Duo

Blood is found on boat of fisherman who was one of the last to see journalist, guide alive

(Newser) - Blood has been found in the search for a British journalist and his indigenous guide who vanished Sunday in Brazil's remote Amazon rainforest. The blood, to be tested to determine whether it is human or animal, was found on the boat of fisherman Amarildo da Costa, known locally as...

Clash Over WiFi Password Turns Deadly for Remote Tribe
Clash Over WiFi Password
Turns Deadly for Remote Tribe
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Clash Over WiFi Password Turns Deadly for Remote Tribe

Venezuelan soldiers reportedly reneged on deal to share network with Yanomami

(Newser) - A clash between Venezuelan soldiers and members of the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon turned deadly over the most unlikely of reasons: a WiFi password. The dispute left four members of the Indigenous tribe dead and three more injured, reports the Washington Post . Three soldiers also were reported injured. The...

State Adopts Alerts for Missing Indigenous People

Washington's system, the nation's first, is similar to Amber Alerts

(Newser) - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday signed into law a bill that creates a first-in-the-nation statewide alert system for missing Indigenous people. The law creates a system similar to Amber Alerts and so-called silver alerts, which are used respectively for missing children and vulnerable adults in many states. The system...

Disney World Under Fire After Performance by 'Indianettes'

Texas high school band and dance team performed at Florida theme park

(Newser) - Disney World is being widely criticized after a Texas high school band and drill team performed in one of the Florida theme park's parades over spring break and was accused of appropriating Native American culture. In video of the Port Neches-Groves High School performance, which went viral, the school'...

In Cape Town, an Indigenous Win on 'Obscene' Amazon Project

Court temporarily halts retail giant's building of African HQ in Cape Town

(Newser) - Thousands of years ago, South Africa's earliest dwellers roamed the land. Now, as Amazon tries to build its new African headquarters there, it's facing a battle from Indigenous locals who say the company shouldn't be building on what they say is sacred land—and last week, they...

He Was Chopping Down Trees. He Heard Weak Cries for Help

2 young brothers, ages 6 and 8, who'd been missing for nearly 4 weeks found in Amazon rainforest

(Newser) - For almost a month, locals in Brazil's Amazonas state desperately scoured the rainforest in search of two young Indigenous brothers who'd vanished while trying to capture tiny birds. This week, a miracle: The BBC reports that a man from the village of Palmeira stumbled upon little Gleison Ferreira,...

'Holy Grail' of Shipwrecks Is Caked in Gold and Controversy
'Holy Grail' of Shipwrecks Is
Caked in Gold and Controversy
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'Holy Grail' of Shipwrecks Is Caked in Gold and Controversy

Colombia moves toward excavation of the San Jose despite disputed claim of ownership

(Newser) - Colombia's government is taking steps to recover the so-called "holy grail" of Spanish colonial shipwrecks—thought to hold up to $20 billion worth of gold, silver, and precious stones—from its waters and at the same time taking heat from others with claims to the centuries-old treasure. As...

'To Us, Thanksgiving Is a Day of Mourning'

Native American group is holding solemn event in Plymouth

(Newser) - Members of Native American tribes from around New England are gathering in the seaside town where the Pilgrims settled—not to give thanks, but to mourn Indigenous people worldwide who've suffered centuries of racism and mistreatment. Thursday’s solemn National Day of Mourning observance in downtown Plymouth, Mass., will...

Meet Canada's 'Rachel Dolezal'
Meet Canada's 'Rachel Dolezal'

Meet Canada's 'Rachel Dolezal'

CBC finds Carrie Bourassa, a leader in Indigenous health, is not Indigenous

(Newser) - One of Canada's leading experts in Indigenous health issues gave a TEDx talk in 2019 dressed in a shawl and Métis sash. Holding a feather, Carrie Bourassa identified herself as "Morning Star Bear," before describing Métis, Anishinaabe, and Tlingit heritage. In a shocking twist, a...

Climate Protesters Push Biden, Congress
Arrests Mount
in Climate Protest

Arrests Mount in Climate Protest

Indigenous, environmental groups push Biden and Congress on fossil fuel projects

(Newser) - Indigenous groups and other environmental activists marched to the Capitol on Friday as they continued a weeklong protest demanding that Congress and the Biden administration stop new fossil fuel projects and act with greater urgency on climate change. Nearly 80 people were arrested on the fifth day of the "...

Columbus Day Sprang From Violence
History of Columbus Day
Is a Violent One
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History of Columbus Day Is a Violent One

President Harrison acted after a mob killed Italian immigrants in New Orleans

(Newser) - Monday is Columbus Day, though the term "politically fraught" is a common one used these days to describe the federal holiday. A look at its history, as well as views from supporters and critics:
  • Going away? Many states and municipalities have either ditched Columbus Day and replaced it with
...

Rare American Language Loses One of Its Last Speakers

Marie Wilcox spent 20 years creating a Wukchumni dictionary

(Newser) - Marie Wilcox, a Native American woman in California who saved her tribe’s dying language, has died. She was 87. Wilcox was once the last fluent speaker of Wukchumni but she worked for more than 20 years to produce a dictionary of the language spoken by her tribe in California’...

Biden Marks Columbus, Indigenous Peoples' Days

President acknowledges atrocities committed by European explorers

(Newser) - President Joe Biden on Friday issued the first-ever presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, lending the most significant boost yet to efforts to refocus the federal holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus toward an appreciation of native peoples. The day will be observed on Oct. 11, along with Columbus Day, which is...

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