Tag: Native Americans

Matter: Crossing From Asia, the First Americans Rushed Into the Unknown

Nearly 11,000 years ago, a man died in what is now Nevada. Wrapped in a rabbit-skin blanket and reed mats, he was buried in a place called Spirit Cave. Now scientists have recovered and analyzed his DNA, along with that of 70 other ancient people whose remains were discovered throughout the Americas. The findings lend […]

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Native Americans Score Big Wins in Midterms After Years of Efforts

“The candidates themselves were just exceptional in this year’s races,” said Mellor Willie, a founder of 7Gen Leaders, a “super PAC” formed this year to bolster emerging Native American political leaders. “But it often comes down to money, and that’s where we came in.” 7Gen Leaders was a crucial source of financing for the two […]

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Night of Firsts: Sharice Davids, Ayanna Pressley and More Make History in Midterm Elections

There were historic firsts across the country on Tuesday night, as voters chose from a set of candidates that was among the most diverse ever to run in the United States. Native American, Muslim and African-American women, and L.G.B.T. candidates, were among those who broke barriers. Here are some of the winners who will made […]

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Democrat Sharice Davids Becomes First Native American Woman Elected To Serve In Congress

YouTube Sharice Davids, a Democrat, has defeated the incumbent, Republican Kevin Yoder, in the Kansas 3rd Congressional District race. With the win, Davids, one of a record number of Native American candidates running in the midterm elections, will become both the first Native American woman to serve in Congress, and the first LGBT person to […]

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Minorities Are Most Vulnerable When Wildfires Strike in U.S., Study Finds

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. Having grown up in San Diego, Ian Davies has strong memories of the 2003 Cedar Fire, which at the time was California’s largest-ever wildfire. Now, as a graduate student at the University of Washington, Mr. Davies has published a new […]

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In North Dakota, Native Americans Try to Turn an ID Law to Their Advantage

FORT YATES, N.D. — Nobody in the squat yellow house serving as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s get-out-the-vote headquarters knew its address. It was on Red Tail Hawk Avenue; they knew that much. But the number was anyone’s guess. Phyllis Young, a longtime tribal activist leading the voter-outreach effort, said it had fallen off the […]

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Democrats, Don’t Take Native American Voters for Granted

Ahead of the midterm elections, the state of North Dakota is using one of the most restrictive voter identification laws in the country to engage in that most American of traditions: excluding and discriminating against indigenous people. Thanks to the state’s Republican Party, all who want to take part in the democratic process must have […]

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The Argument: How Screwed Up Is American Democracy?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play In the latest episode of the Opinion podcast, “The Argument,” the columnists debate just how rotten America’s democratic system has become and how it could be fixed. David Leonhardt chastises Republican attempts to suppress […]

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A Look at Where North Dakota’s Voter ID Controversy Stands

North Dakota is home to one of the most important Senate races of 2018, and less than three weeks before Election Day, it’s embroiled in a fierce battle over who will be able to participate. On Oct. 9, the Supreme Court allowed a new state voter identification requirement to take effect, meaning North Dakotans will […]

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Where the Streets Have No Names, the People Have No Vote

This month, the Supreme Court released a 6-to-2 decision upholding a law requiring North Dakotans who want to vote to provide a street address. It’s a good thing for the Republicans that so many Native Americans don’t have them. People often think of their street names and house numbers as banal. But they’re an essential […]

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Elizabeth Warren and the Folly of Genetic Ancestry Tests

This week, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts announced that geneticists had analyzed her DNA and proved her longstanding claim that she has Native American ancestry. Senator Warren had caved in to months of ridicule by President Trump, who mocked her using a racist term and ultimately refused to believe her “useless” DNA test. The question […]

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The Elizabeth Warren Fiasco

In the event, she didn’t apologize, presumably because she thought that she did have a legitimate claim to minority status. And then she — or some too-clever strategist with her ear — set out to prove it with a DNA test, so that she could throw it back in Trump’s yawping face. And the DNA […]

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Actual Native Americans Have More to Worry About Than Warren’s DNA

On Monday, Senator Elizabeth Warren attempted to put to rest the controversy over an old story about how she claimed to have Native American heritage while she was a law professor. She released a DNA test that concluded that there is “strong evidence” for “Native American ancestry” as her family had believed, though her Native […]

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New Mexico Grapples With Its Version of Confederate Tributes: A Celebration of Spanish Conquest

“We can’t forget our Spanish ancestors but we also need to understand the reaction that some traditions generate,” said Mr. Baca, 35, a school bus driver who portrayed De Vargas in the 2014 Entrada. Mr. Baca contended that issues of ethnicity in New Mexico were often far more complex than outsiders understand, pointing to long […]

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