Tag: Native Americans

Native Americans Find Surprising Ally in N.J. Fight: Trump Administration

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] MAHWAH, N.J. — A knee-high pile of rocks sits in a far corner of a gated community set among rolling hills known as the Polo Club. To the Ramapough Lenape Nation, which owns a patch of land in the […]

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These High School Murals Depict an Ugly History. Should They Go?

SAN FRANCISCO — In one of the murals, George Washington points westward over the dead body of a Native American. Another depicts Washington’s slaves, hunched over, working in the fields of Mount Vernon. These images aren’t in a museum exhibition but on the walls of a public high school. In this famously left-of-center city, liberals […]

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With Indigenous Languages in Steep Decline, Summer Camps Offer Hope

In July, about 20 7- and 8-year-olds will gather at a summer camp in the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation, in Northern California. They will sing songs, put on puppet shows and play games. And there will be one special rule: No English. That’s because this five-day summer camp is held almost entirely in Hupa, the […]

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Can Museums Heal History’s Wounds?

In the early 1920s, the director of the Bristol Museum in Britain received a package containing two human skulls. The donation came from Alfred Hutchins. He had left England seeking brighter horizons and by the late 1800s was living in Southern California. There he became an amateur archaeologist, excavating Native American graves on the Channel […]

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Why Are We Still Slaughtering the American Bison?

In a 120-acre pasture on an Indian reservation in northeastern Montana, five prime examples of America’s national mammal rumble and snort. They shake their enormous heads and use them to plow aside the snow to get to their feed. In the night, I like to think, they put those shaggy heads together to ruminate on […]

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‘A State of Emergency’: Native Americans Stranded for Days by Flooding

PINE RIDGE, S.D. — Ella Red Cloud-Yellow Horse, marooned for days by a blizzard and then a flood, needed to get out. Supplies at her house were running low. She had come down with pneumonia. She had a chemotherapy appointment to keep. But her long driveway was blocked by mountains of mud — impassable even […]

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What’s Wrong With This Diorama? You Can Read All About It

On the first floor of the American Museum of Natural History, a diorama depicts an imagined 17th-century meeting between Dutch settlers and the Lenape, an Indigenous tribe inhabiting New Amsterdam, now New York City. It was intended to show a diplomatic negotiation between the two groups, but the portrayal tells a different story. The scene […]

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While Blackface Is a Source of Outrage, Redface Is Still Somehow Permissible

Photo: Jason Miller (Getty Images) While elected officials such as Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and designer brand Gucci drew outrage after attempting to derail Black History Month with a pair of ill-conceived blackface scandals, nobody bats an eye when a sea of Atlanta Braves fans busts out the Tomahawk Chop—their signature celebration that was adopted […]

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The Opioid Crisis Isn’t White

Last April, The Baltimore Sun ran an op-ed essay by a woman in mourning. Her sister, a “middle-class suburban mom,” had become addicted to alcohol and opioids and died. Two years earlier, The Wall Street Journal published the names and photographs of some of the 300,000 Americans who had died of opioid overdoses since the […]

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Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Ancestry Draws a Shrug From These Voters

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Anna Stein, 44, doesn’t have a preferred presidential candidate yet for the 2020 Democratic nomination. But one thing is certain, she says: Elizabeth Warren’s handling of her Native American ancestry claims will not factor into her decision. A.J. McConnell, 70, suspects he’ll vote for Kamala Harris, the California senator, for president. But […]

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Trump Declared a Border Emergency. Here’s How It Could Be Undone in Court.

ALBUQUERQUE — Almost immediately after President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday so he could proceed with his ambition to build a wall along the border with Mexico, some of his opponents announced their next move: We’ll see you in court. Citing a dearth of evidence for a border crisis and fears over what […]

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Trump’s Trail of Fears

On Saturday, after Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts formally announced her campaign to oust President Trump from the White House, he took aim at her on Twitter. “Today, Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President,” he said, making a strange, meta-textual reference to his previous tweets before launching […]

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Trump Mocks Warren With Apparent Reference to Trail of Tears, Which Killed Thousands

When Senator Elizabeth Warren formally announced her 2020 presidential bid this weekend, President Trump responded with a familiar line of attack. He mocked Ms. Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, for her claims to Native American ancestry, again calling her by the slur “Pocahontas.” Mr. Trump then appeared to refer to the Trail of Tears, the infamously […]

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Elizabeth Warren to Kickoff Presidential Bid

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was expected to formally begin her campaign for president on Saturday with a rally in this former mill town, before traveling to New Hampshire, Iowa and four other states. The selection of Lawrence was symbolic: It was the site, in 1912, of one of the most famous […]

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Why the Weinstein Company Bankruptcy Hurt Native Women

As dozens of women stepped forward in fall 2017 with accusations that Harvey Weinstein had sexually assaulted them, the writer and director Taylor Sheridan made several demands of Weinstein’s doomed company: No longer distribute his latest feature, “Wind River,” starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, about a murdered Indigenous woman on a reservation in Wyoming, […]

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Been Lyin’: Documents Reveal Elizabeth Warren Identified as Native American as Far Back as 1986

Image: Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. (Getty Images) Democratic Senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren is going to need a bigger shovel. Seeming to directly contradict Warren’s long-held claim that she never used her dubious Native American ancestry to gain any professional advantage, The Washington Post reported that the Massachusetts Senator identified herself as “American Indian” […]

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Colonists Brought Death, Disease and Climate Change to the Americas, Study Finds

When they arrived in the Americas centuries ago, European colonists brought pestilence and death. Their arrival was so devastating, in fact, that it may have contributed to a period of global cooling, according to a new study. The research, to be published in the March issue of the journal Quaternary Science Reviews, represents an ambitious […]

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Videos Show a Collision of 3 Groups That Spawned a Fiery Political Moment

They were high school boys who had traveled from Northern Kentucky for the annual March for Life in Washington. He was a Native American man in town for a march to support indigenous people. On Friday, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, their worlds collided and generated an explosive political moment that has generated one […]

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President ‘Both Sides’ Proves Once Again He Is a White Nationalist Who Enables Racists

Screenshot: ICT Here is you reminder that your “president” is a hate mongering white nationalist who enables and bolsters racism every chance he gets. Mr. Both Sides, who could only be bothered to spend all of two minutes at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on Monday, took to Twitter later that night to defend […]

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