Native Americans

2:45pm

Sat November 17, 2012
The Spotlight: Native Americans

The Spotlight: Native America: Our Nation’s First Nations

Grand Canyon National Park celebrated Native American Heritage Month with a day of special events. Photo from November 18, 2010
Erin Whittaker, NPS Flickr - Creative Commons

1:15pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Environment

Loophole Lets Toxic Oil Water Flow Over Indian Land

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 9:55 am

Dirty water from the oil wells flows through oil-caked pipes into a settling pit where trucks vacuum off the oil. A net covers the pit to keep out birds and other wildlife. Streams of this wastewater flow through the reservation and join natural creeks and rivers.
Elizabeth Shogren NPR

The air reeks so strongly of rotten eggs that tribal leader Wes Martel hesitates to get out of the car at an oil field on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. He already has a headache from the fumes he smelled at another oil field.

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1:47pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Arts & Culture

Documentary: "Not Just Native History, This is American History"

Rocky Mountain PBS

Urban Rez is a documentary that explores the history and modern-day effects of 1950s policies that encouraged American Indians to leave their homelands to relocate to urban areas across the country, including Denver.

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1:18pm

Sun October 28, 2012
Commentary

Around The River Bend, A Flood Of History

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 5:41 pm

The Ho-Chunk Indians still consider the river to be sacred, and it's easy to feel that calm, floating along the Bark.
Liam O'Leary

The Bark River is my backyard, childhood river. And yet, in a lifetime of travel, I'd never explored it.

I knew it carved the land from the Ice Age to settlement times, from the Black Hawk War of 1832 (in which young Abraham Lincoln appears) to the era of grist mills. But the Bark also flows past impressive Indian mounds. It nurtured poets, naturalists and farmers.

When former Marquette University professor Milton Bates published his Bark River Chronicles through the Wisconsin State Historical Society, I jumped at the chance to learn about the river with him.

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9:36am

Mon October 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Russell Means, Indian Activist And Actor, Dies

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 1:48 pm

Russell Means, left, talks to media in 1973 in the village of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
Anonymous AP

Russell Means, who was best known for his movie roles and his unrelenting and oftentimes controversial protests in favor of Native Americans, died this morning at his ranch in Porcupine, S.D.

Means starred in a number of Hollywood films including the Last of the Mohicans. South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Charles Michael Ray filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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