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Links 1 through 10 of 75 by Latoya Peterson tagged firstnations

"In 2007, the Cherokee Nation ruled it would no longer recognize the descendants of freedmen as members of the Cherokee Nation. But in January, Cherokee Nation District Judge John Cripps ruled in favor of the freedmen descendants, citing an 1866 treaty between the United States and the tribe that granted equal rights to the freedmen.

"In Monday’s 4-1 decision, the court maintained that citizenship was extended to the freedmen by an 1866 Cherokee constitutional amendment — not the treaty — and that Judge Cripps did not have the authority to overturn its results."

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"The reclusive 'Chappelle's Show' star said that he didn't even get a chance to begin his routine that night because attendees in the front row began heckling immediately and that he was worried that it would become a 'reverse Kramer' situation--a reference to the bigoted tirade "Seinfeld" alum Michael Richards launched into at a comedy club in 2006. Instead, he stayed on stage for 46 mostly silent moments."

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Good on NY Post for this story, but they won't retract their "Hooker" story about Nafissatou Diallo, the woman who come forth about Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly raping her? Hmph.--AJP "Faruq 'Peter' Wells--who worked on the 'Today' show, 'Dr. Oz' and 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'--endured the abuse after returning from a vacation and eventually quit his job when NBC's Human Resources Department told him to ignore the problem, the court papers charge.

"The worst indignity came when one co-worker pelted him with the doll and barked, 'Here's your long-lost daughter!' the papers say."

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"The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center has recorded a special It Gets Better video aimed at LGBTQ Native American Youth to communicate to them that there is life after bullying and that they are valuable beyond measure.
"Particularly touching is the sentiment expressed by one young woman who says 'I know you don’t know me, but you are still my brother. You are still my sister. You are still my friend. [...] You are not just okay. You are valuable.'”

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"The effects of climate change may be felt across the globe, but in the United States, compared to the general population, indigenous peoples feel the impact disproportionately, a report published Wednesday by the National Wildlife Federation concluded. The average 45 percent unemployment rate among Tribes means that the added costs and damage, both social and economic, resulting from climate change only exacerbate the struggles for communities facing high rates of poverty."

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Forewarned is forearmed.--AJP "'The Response' has generated a squall of controversy, much of it centered around Fischer, the AFA’s Director of Analysis for Government and Public Policy. Fischer is perhaps best known for warning the people of America that President Obama 'wants to give the entire land mass of the United States of America back to the Indians. He wants Indian tribes to be our new overlords.' But it was Fischer’s article 'Native Americans Morally Disqualified Themselves from the Land' published last winter that has generated the harshest criticism for its blatant racism against the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island."

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"Lorena Halwood, who works with domestic violence victims on the Navajo Nation, said family abuse violates not only the law but the traditional Navajo way of life, which preaches harmony and talking with one another to mitigate problems. She stood with others in the Navajo Nation's capital this week, asking tribal lawmakers to support legislation that would specifically criminalize domestic violence for the first time on the reservation."

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"Seventy percent of the 57,000 American Indians living in New York City are of Hispanic origin, according to census figures. That is 40,000 American Indians from Latin America — up 70 percent from a decade ago.

"The trend is part of a demographic growth taking place nationwide of Hispanics using 'American Indian' to identify their race. The number of Amerindians — a blanket term for indigenous people of the Americas, North and South — who also identify themselves as Hispanic has tripled since 2000, to 1.2 million from 400,000.'"

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"After high school there are six distinct pathways all students take: postsecondary education, unemployment, military, employment, incarceration and death. For Native American men only 8 percent go to college, and the unemployment and employment numbers are too close for comfort—39.2 percent and 48 percent respectively. Remaining figures show 1.9 percent go into the military, 2.7 percent are incarcerated and 0.3 percent have walked on.

"'Only 26 percent of African Americans, 18 percent of Hispanic Americans and 24 percent of Native Americans and Pacific Islanders have at least an associate degree,” points out Dr. John Lee, a policy director for the College Board. 'If current demographic and educational trends continue, the overall education level of the American workforce will decline for the first time in our nation’s history.'”

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"Most Indian people who are under fifty years of age cannot recall a time when our indigenous sacred ceremonies were illegal, but I can. Let me repeat, our ceremonies were illegal—people went to jail for dancing the Sun Dance, for constructing and using the purification lodge, for practicing the Peyote Way, and for many other of our traditional ways."

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