How New Mexico Became the State With the Highest Rate of Full Vaccinations

New Mexico, which has one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S., is a vaccination pacesetter thanks to decisive political decisions, homegrown technology and cooperation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #grisham-michelle-lujan, #native-americans, #new-mexico, #poverty, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Drug Overdose Deaths Have Surged During the Pandemic, C.D.C. Says

The latest numbers surpass even the yearly tolls during the height of the opioid epidemic and mark a reversal of progress against addiction in recent years.

#addiction-psychology, #buprenorphine-drug, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #methamphetamines, #native-americans, #opioids-and-opiates, #your-feed-healthcare

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A Push to Move the Golf Course Atop a Native American ‘Stonehenge’

Historians hoping to preserve the ancient Octagon Earthworks in Newark, Ohio, as a UNESCO World Heritage site face a problem: the golf club that leases the property.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #country-clubs, #eminent-domain, #golf, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hopewell, #interior-department, #moundbuilders-country-club, #native-americans, #newark-ohio, #ohio-history-connection-nonprofit, #supreme-courts-state, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-sites

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Ancient Native American Site Is Defaced in Georgia Forest

Rock faces and boulders bearing figure carvings called petroglyphs were scratched or dabbed with paint, the United States Forest Service said.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #chattahoochee-oconee-national-forest-ga, #cherokee-indians, #forest-service, #georgia, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #vandalism

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Was Keeping Tourists Out the Only Way to Survive?

On the Blackfeet Reservation, at the border of Glacier National Park, businesses needed visitors. The tribe needed to protect people from Covid.

#blackfeet-nation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #glacier-national-park-mont, #native-americans, #shutdowns-institutional

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Deb Haaland Makes History, and Dresses for It

When she took her oath of office, the first Native American cabinet secretary also took a stance for self-expression.

#fashion-and-apparel, #haaland-deb, #harris-kamala-d, #native-americans, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-fashion

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Tribal Communities Set to Receive Big New Infusion of Aid

President Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package provides $31 billion for tribal nations and Indigenous people to address longstanding problems like poor health care.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #indian-health-service, #native-americans, #pelosi-nancy, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Plenty of Vaccines, but Not Enough Arms: A Warning Sign in Cherokee Nation

The tribe in Oklahoma is facing a problem that is likely to become more commonplace across the country: how to vaccinate everyone not eagerly lining up for a shot.

#cherokee-indians, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indian-health-service, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Deb Haaland Becomes First Native American Cabinet Secretary

The Senate confirmed Ms. Haaland to lead the Interior Department. She’ll be charged with essentially reversing the agency’s course over the past four years.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Book Review: ‘Terror to the Wicked,’ by Tobey Pearl

Tobey Pearl’s “Terror to the Wicked” describes a 1638 trial in which three colonists were convicted and executed for murdering a Native American.

#books-and-literature, #jury-system, #massachusetts, #native-americans, #pearl-tobey, #pilgrims-plymouth-mass, #terror-to-the-wicked-americas-first-trial-by-jury-that-ended-a-war-and-helped-to-form-a-nation-book

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Claudette White, Innovative Tribal Judge, Dies at 49

Judge White was an advocate for her people, the Quechan of Southern California. She had been calling out injustice since the third grade. She died of Covid-19.

#arizona, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #deaths-obituaries, #native-americans, #quechan-tribe, #white-claudette-1971-2021

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A Sacred Place Undone by Trump Must Be Saved by Biden

Bears Ears is one of the nation’s most compelling and mysterious landscapes and a place of worship for Native Americans.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bears-ears-national-monument-utah, #federal-lands, #haaland-deb, #land-use-policies, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #wilderness-areas

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Chief of Cherokee Nation Asks Jeep to Stop Using Tribe’s Name

The carmaker that owns Jeep defended its use of the Native American tribe’s name on its S.U.V. and said it was “committed to a respectful and open dialogue.”

#advertising-and-marketing, #automobiles, #cherokee-indians, #discrimination, #hoskin-chuck-jr, #jeep-division-of-fiat-chrysler, #names-organizational, #native-americans, #stellantis-nv, #trademarks-and-trade-names

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Cherokee Nation Addresses Bias Against Descendants of Enslaved People

The tribe’s Supreme Court excised language from its constitution that limited the citizenship rights of descendants of Black people who had been enslaved by the tribe before the Civil War.

#black-people, #cherokee-indians, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #supreme-court-us, #treaties

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Deb Haaland, Biden’s Pick for Interior Dept., Embodies Partisan Chasm

President Biden’s choice for interior secretary faces her confirmation hearing on Tuesday. No other cabinet nominee has divided the two main parties as sharply as she has.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Kindred Spirits: 2 Collections of Native Mythology for Children and Their Adults

In “Ancestor Approved” and “The Sea-Ringed World,” sacred stories provide comfort by bringing people together.

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Native Americans ‘Left Out in the Cold’ Under Trump Press Biden for Action

After showing political clout in the 2020 election, tribal communities are hoping for more attention and money to address their long-running problems with poverty, health care and other issues.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education, #federal-lands, #haaland-deb, #indian-health-service, #infrastructure-public-works, #land-use-policies, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #pipelines, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Writing Native American Stand-Ups Into the History of Comedy

An author who specializes in unearthing forgotten figures argues for the importance of Charlie Hill, the first Indigenous comic to appear on “The Tonight Show.”

#books-and-literature, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #hill-charlie-1951-2013, #native-americans, #nesteroff-kliph, #race-and-ethnicity, #we-had-a-little-real-estate-problem-the-unheralded-story-of-native-americanscomedy-book

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Along the Southwest Border, Trump’s Wall Is Only One of the Insults He Left Behind

Here’s what Biden should do about the poverty, discrimination and environmental destruction.

#agriculture-and-farming, #border-barriers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deserts, #global-warming, #hispanic-americans, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-trade-and-world-market, #land-use-policies, #migrants-environmental, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #stimulus-economic, #water

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Lost Alaskan Indigenous fort rediscovered after 200 years

Color illustration of a log fort with buildings inside its walls

Enlarge / This interpretive sign at the presumed “fort clearing” includes a reconstruction of what the fort probably looked like in 1804. (credit: National Park Service)

In 1804, Tlingit warriors sheltered behind the walls of a wooden fort on a peninsula in southeastern Alaska, preparing to repel a Russian amphibious assault. An archaeological survey near the modern community of Sitka recently revealed the hidden outline of the now-legendary fort, whose exact location had been lost to history since shortly after the battle.

The coolest battle you never heard of

The Tlingit had already sent Russia packing once, in 1802, after three years of mounting tensions over the Russian-American Trading Company (a venture akin to the better-known British East India Company), which had a presence on what’s now called Baranof Island. Because the Tlingit elders—especially a shaman named Stoonook—suspected that the Russian troops would soon be back in greater numbers, they organized construction of a fort at the mouth of the Kaasdaheen River to help defend the area against assault from the sea.

By 1804, the Tlingit had procured firearms, shot, gunpowder, and even cannons from American and British traders. They had also built a trapezoid-shaped palisade, 75 meters long and 30 meters wide, out of young spruce logs, which sheltered more than a dozen log buildings. The Tlingit dubbed it Shis’gi Noow—the Sapling Fort.

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#archaeological-remote-sensing, #archaeology, #battlefield-archaeology, #ground-penetrating-radar, #indigenous-communities, #indigenous-north-america, #native-americans, #naval-history, #science, #tlingit

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Can a Comic Book Contain the Drama and Heat of Activism?

In his Graphic Content column, Ed Park looks at “The Black Panther Party,” a new history of the group, and “Come Home, Indio,” a memoir about growing up part Native American.

#anderson-marcus-kwame, #black-panther-party, #black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #come-home-indio-book, #comic-books-and-strips, #content-type-personal-profile, #native-americans, #newton-huey-p, #seale-bobby, #terry-jim-author, #the-black-panther-party-book, #walker-david-f-1968

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Dogs May Have Come From an Ice Age Meetup of Carnivores in Siberia

Researchers propose that some remote ancestors of Native Americans may have been the first humans to forge the bond with wolves that led to domestication.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #dogs, #durham-university, #larson-greger, #native-americans, #north-america, #oxford-university, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #siberia, #southern-methodist-university, #wolves, #your-feed-science

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How Covid-19 Threatens Native Languages

The average age of Lakota and Dakota speakers is 70. We are running out of time to save them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #lakota, #language-and-languages, #native-americans, #north-dakota, #south-dakota, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Top Official at Indian Health Service Will Step Down

The next director of the health service will inherit an agency that has drawn intense criticism for its failures to provide adequate care both before and during the coronavirus pandemic.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #politics-and-government

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Tribal Elders Are Dying From the Pandemic, Causing a Cultural Crisis for American Indians

The virus has killed American Indians at especially high rates, robbing tribes of precious bonds and repositories of language and tradition.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #native-americans

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Biden Picks Dr. Nunez-Smith to Lead Health Equity Task Force

Appointed head of the incoming administration’s task force on health equity, the Yale University scientist “is not sitting in her ivory tower.”

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #krumholz-harlan-m, #medicine-and-health, #minorities, #native-americans, #nunez-smith-marcella, #poverty, #race-and-ethnicity, #st-thomas-virgin-islands, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #yale-university, #your-feed-science

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Community’s Loss of Hospital Stirs Fresh Debate Over Indian Health Service

Faced with a budget problem, the federal agency responsible for tribal health care solved it by reducing a long-established hospital in New Mexico to a clinic — in the middle of the pandemic.

#acoma-pueblo-nm, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #haaland-deb, #hospitals, #indian-health-service, #native-americans, #trump-donald-j

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After Five Centuries, a Native American With Real Power

The expected nomination of Deb Haaland.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #new-mexico

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An Uncomfortable Seat at the Table

Deb Haaland’s nomination as secretary of the interior is historic. But as the first Native cabinet member, she would have to strike a delicate balance.

#bureau-of-indian-affairs, #curtis-charles-1860-1936, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us

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The Life of Angela Chaddlesone McCarthy, a Modern-Day Warrior for the Kiowa Tribe

“Cause of Life” celebrates the messy, tenacious, and extraordinary lives of five people we lost to Covid-19.

#content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #your-feed-opinionvideo

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Ancient DNA Shows Humans Settled Caribbean in 2 Distinct Waves

Millions of people living on the islands today inherited genes from the people who made them home before Europeans arrived.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #caribbean-area, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #native-americans, #nature-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

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No Chiefs, Braves, Blackhawks and Seminoles. Remove Indigenous Names Now.

The Chiefs, Braves, Blackhawks and Seminoles need to follow the Cleveland baseball team in dropping their offensive names.

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In Last Rush, Trump Grants Mining and Energy Firms Access to Public Lands

The outgoing administration is pushing through approval of corporate projects over the opposition of environmental groups and tribal communities.

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For Opponents of Native American Nicknames, 2020 Has Brought Hope

Leaders in the movement to rid sports of such nicknames and the logos that accompany them saw a domino effect building in public schools after two major professional teams made changes. But there are staunch holdouts.

#education, #indigenous-people, #mascots, #names-organizational, #native-americans

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They Died in the French and Indian War. Their Remains Await Reburial.

The bones of British soldiers and colonial militia were disinterred during a reconstruction of Fort William Henry nearly 70 years ago.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #arizona-state-university, #bones, #fort-william-henry-museum-lake-george-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lake-george-ny, #museums, #native-americans, #skeletons

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Biden Will Pick Deb Haaland to Lead Interior Department

The appointment would make history if confirmed by the Senate, placing a Native American in a cabinet secretary position for the first time.

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Spiders? Cleveland Baseball Team Is In Search of a New Name

As fans speculate what name Cleveland will choose to replace “Indians,” the team’s past presents some fairly odd options.

#baseball, #basketball, #cleveland-indians, #cleveland-spiders, #discrimination, #football, #lajoie-napoleon, #names-organizational, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity

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Cleveland’s Baseball Team Will Drop Its Indians Team Name

The decision comes amid a wider push for sports teams to stop using Native American names and imagery as team names and mascots.

#baseball, #cleveland-indians, #major-league-baseball, #mascots, #native-americans

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The 100-Year Dispute for Jim Thorpe’s Olympic Golds

Thorpe was stripped of his medals in 1912, and named co-champion in 1982. Now, a movement has been renewed to award Thorpe his titles as his own.

#international-olympic-committee, #native-americans, #thorpe-jim

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Is American Dietetics a White-Bread World? These Dietitians Think So

A new generation of practitioners says the profession pays inadequate attention to different kinds of diets, body types and lives.

#academy-of-nutrition-and-dietetics, #black-people, #diet-and-nutrition, #discrimination, #food, #minorities, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states

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Native Americans Helped Flip Arizona. Can They Mobilize in Georgia?

Very few of Georgia’s more than 100,000 voting-age Native Americans cast ballots in November. Even a small increase could make a difference in the Senate runoffs.

#arizona, #elections-senate, #georgia, #native-americans, #voting-and-voters

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Debra White Plume, Defender of Her Tribe, Is Dead at 66

She championed the rights of the Oglala Lakota in South Dakota and was a leader in protests at Wounded Knee and oil pipeline sites.

#american-indian-movement, #deaths-obituaries, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #keystone-pipeline-system, #native-americans, #pine-ridge-indian-reservation-sd, #south-dakota, #standing-rock-sioux-reservation-nd-sd, #white-plume-debra-1954-2020, #wounded-knee-sd

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The Thanksgiving Myth Gets a Deeper Look This Year

For many Native Americans, the Covid-19 toll and the struggle over racial inequity make this high time to re-examine the holiday, and a cruel history.

#bison, #food, #indigenous-people, #native-americans, #pilgrims-plymouth-mass, #race-and-ethnicity, #thanksgiving-day, #united-states

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Book Review: ‘Oak Flat,’ by Lauren Redniss

In her latest work of graphic nonfiction, Lauren Redniss recounts what happened when a copper mining company decided to develop an Arizona tribe’s land.

#apache-indians, #books-and-literature, #copper-brass-and-bronze, #mines-and-mining, #native-americans, #oak-flat-ariz, #oak-flat-fight-for-sacred-land-in-the-american-west-book, #redniss-lauren, #resolution-copper-mining-llc, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How to Do Thanksgiving With Less Waste

For environmental advocates, it includes small measures like reusing ingredients, and broader efforts like rethinking our relationship to the holiday.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #environment, #internal-storyline-no, #native-americans, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day, #turkeys, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Sky Hopinka: Songs of the Earth and the Road

The Indigenous American artist and filmmaker is the subject of two concurrent shows. His work “rivals in visual and linguistic beauty any new art I’ve seen in some time,” our critic says.

#art, #bard-college, #broadway, #documentary-films-and-programs, #hopinka-sky, #native-americans, #photography, #sky-hopinka-centers-of-somewhere-exhibit, #sky-hopinka-lore-exhibit

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Before Kamala Harris, This Vice President Broke a Racial Barrier

Charles Curtis, who served as vice president from 1929 to 1933, grew up in part on Kanza land and spoke proudly of his Native American ancestry.

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The Pandemic’s Real Toll? 300,000 Deaths, and It’s Not Just From the Coronavirus

A C.D.C. analysis finds that overall death rates have risen, particularly among young adults and people of color.

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Rebecca Cryer, 73, Tribal Judge and Oklahoma City Bomb Survivor, Dies

Judge Cryer, who traced her ancestry to the Pottawatamie people, traveled the country to assist poorly funded native courts. She died of the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cryer-rebecca-1946-2020, #deaths-obituaries, #legal-profession, #native-americans, #university-of-oklahoma

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For the Navajo Nation, ‘Everything Takes Time,’ Including Voting

Post offices are few and far between on the reservation, and mail can take a week and a half to reach the county seat. In this year’s election, that has more profound implications than ever before.

#arizona, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #voting-and-voters

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