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.

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #chicago-blackhawks, #cleveland-indians, #florida-state-university, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #kansas-city-chiefs, #mahomes-patrick-1995, #mascots, #national-football-league, #native-americans, #seminole-indians, #thorpe-jim

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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.

#bernhardt-david-l, #bhp-billiton-ltd, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-land-management, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-lands, #forest-service, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #resolution-copper-mining-llc, #rio-tinto-plc, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

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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.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #environment, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #new-mexico, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#content-type-personal-profile, #curtis-charles-1860-1936, #harris-kamala-d, #hoover-herbert-clark, #kansas, #native-americans, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vice-presidents-and-vice-presidency-us

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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.

#alzheimers-disease, #black-people, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #diabetes, #heart, #jama-journal-of-american-medical-assn, #millennial-generation, #minorities, #native-americans, #statistics, #united-states, #your-feed-science

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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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‘We Are Losing Parts of Our Culture’: Virus Tears Through Choctaw Community

More than 10 percent of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has had the coronavirus, and the tribe is bracing for a second wave and more devastation.

#choctaw-indians, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #mississippi, #native-americans

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Alarmed by Scope of Wildfires, Officials Turn to Native Americans for Help

Indigenous groups have a long history of intentionally setting fires to keep ecosystems healthy. Policymakers are now more interested in the practice.

#california, #forests-and-forestry, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #wildfires

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Pandemic Highlights Deep-Rooted Problems in Indian Health Service

Few hospital beds, lack of equipment, a shipment of body bags in response to a request for coronavirus tests: The agency providing health care to tribal communities struggled to meet the challenge.

#arizona, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #indian-health-service, #medicine-and-health, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #new-mexico, #nez-jonathan, #poverty, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #tests-medical, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why New Mexico’s 1680 Pueblo Revolt Is Echoing in 2020 Protests

Indigenous groups in the Southwest are imbuing their activism this year with commemorations of the 340-year-old Pueblo Revolt, one of Spain’s bloodiest defeats in its colonial empire.

#albuquerque-nm, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #native-americans, #new-mexico, #race-and-ethnicity

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Inside a Nursing Home Devoted to Treating Those With Covid-19

In a New Mexico long-term care facility, residents rely on care providers for medical care and moments of connection.

#canyon-transitional-rehabilitation-center-albuquerque-nm, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #native-americans, #new-mexico, #nursing-homes

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Black, Native American and Fighting for Recognition in Indian Country

Enslaved people were also driven west along the Trail of Tears. After a historic Supreme Court ruling, their descendants are fighting to be counted as tribal members.

#black-people, #cherokee-indians, #choctaw-indians, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #seminole-indians, #slavery-historical, #treaties

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A Nostalgic (if Isolating) Road Trip Along Route 66

Driven by an early fascination with the American West, a photographer set off to travel part of America’s most celebrated highway.

#albuquerque-nm, #antique-and-classic-cars, #arizona, #automobiles, #gallup-nm, #holbrook-ariz, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #new-mexico, #photography, #roads-and-traffic, #travel-and-vacations, #winslow-ariz

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Justice Dept. Executes Lezmond Mitchell, a Native American Man Convicted of Murder

It was the fourth time this summer the Trump administration has carried out the death penalty. The case had raised issues of tribal sovereignty.

#capital-punishment, #justice-department, #mitchell-lezmond, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Justice Dept. Is Set to Execute Native American Prisoner

Lezmond Mitchell faces the death penalty for his part in the 2001 murder of a Navajo woman and her 9-year-old granddaughter, a case that has raised issues about tribal sovereignty.

#capital-punishment, #justice-department, #mitchell-lezmond, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Kansas City Chiefs Ban Headdresses and Native American-Themed Face Paint at Stadium

The announcement came just over a month after Washington’s football team announced, under pressure from corporate sponsors, that it would drop its logo and the Redskins name.

#kansas-city-mo, #kansas-city-chiefs, #logos, #native-americans, #stadiums-and-arenas

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Lezmond Mitchell’s Death Sentence Is an Affront to Navajo Sovereignty

Trump should commute his sentence to life without parole before his Aug. 26 execution date.

#capital-punishment, #lezmond-mitchell, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #trump-donald-j

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Junipero Serra’s Sins

In California, protesters have toppled statues of Junipero Serra, whose missions brutalized Native Americans. How should we think of him now?

#black-lives-matter-movement, #california, #colonization, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #roman-catholic-church

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‘We’ve Already Survived an Apocalypse’: Indigenous Writers Are Changing Sci-Fi

Long underrepresented in genre fiction, Native American and First Nations authors are reshaping its otherworldly (but still often Eurocentric) worlds.

#apache-indians, #books-and-literature, #dimaline-cherie, #elatsoe-book, #empire-of-wild-a-novel-book, #indigenous-people, #jones-stephen-graham, #little-badger-darcie, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #roanhorse-rebecca, #science-fiction, #the-only-good-indians-book, #trail-of-lightning-book, #writing-and-writers

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On Native American Land, Contact Tracing Is Saving Lives

As the coronavirus spread on the Fort Apache reservation in Arizona, medical teams sought out residents who might have been exposed. The effort paid off in unexpected ways.

#apache-indians, #arizona, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #indian-health-service, #native-americans, #oxygen, #tests-medical

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In 1920, Native Women Sought the Vote. Here’s What’s Next.

The 19th Amendment did not bring the right to vote to all Native women, but two experts in a conversation said it did usher in the possibility of change.

#2020-suffrage, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #constitution-us, #domestic-violence, #land-use-policies, #law-and-legislation, #native-americans, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #politics-and-government, #treaties, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Are More Car-Free Streets in N.Y.C.’s Future?

The tension between “those who see cars as evil and those who see cars as essential” intensifies as social distancing puts a premium on space.

#automobiles, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #coronavirus-reopenings, #indian-health-service, #kayden-jerold-s, #lander-brad, #native-americans, #new-york-city, #restaurants, #roads-and-traffic, #telemedicine

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A Historic Supreme Court Ruling Upends Courts in Oklahoma

Local prosecutors are referring criminal cases to the federal and tribal courts, which are now flooded with new cases.

#cherokee-indians, #criminal-justice, #federal-state-relations-us, #kunzweiler-stephen-a, #lipp-kelsey, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #stitt-kevin, #supreme-court-us, #tulsa-okla

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For the Navajo Nation, a Fight for Better Food Gains New Urgency

As the pandemic has brought home the importance of the global movement for food sovereignty, members are planting and sharing.

#food, #food-insecurity, #gardens-and-gardening, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #new-mexico, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #seeds, #shortages, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

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Why One Team Named the Indians Won’t Be Changing Its Name

A minor league team in Spokane, Wash., has steadfastly stood by its nickname with the support of the local Native American community.

#baseball, #cleveland-indians, #harjo-suzan-shown, #major-league-baseball, #mascots, #names-organizational, #native-americans, #spokane-wash, #uniforms, #washington-football-team

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Native Americans Feel Devastated by the Virus Yet Overlooked in the Data

Statistical gaps can make it difficult to properly allocate public resources to Native Americans. When that’s the case, one leader said, “tribal nations have an effective death sentence.”

#arizona, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #washington-state, #yakama-indian-reservation-wash

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N.Y.C. Seal, With a Native American in Loincloth, Faces Scrutiny

Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was worth examining if the seal, which dates to 1914, “makes sense for the 21st century.”

#de-blasio-bill, #native-americans, #new-york-city, #new-york-historical-society, #race-and-ethnicity, #seal-of-new-york-city

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This 19th-Century Law Helps Shape Criminal Justice in Indian Country

And that’s a problem — especially for Native American women, and especially in rape cases.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #indigenous-people, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #politics-and-government, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #violence-against-women-act-1994

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Cave’s Clues Show It’s More Than Just Oldest Outhouse in the Americas

Preserved dung in Oregon’s Paisley Caves is helping to fill in some mysteries about some of the earliest people on our continent.

#caves-and-caverns, #clovis-nm, #feces, #native-americans, #north-america, #oregon, #research, #science-advances-journal, #your-feed-science

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A Team by Any Other Name Is Fine, It Turns Out

The Washington N.F.L. franchise is picking a new name. As other pro franchises have learned, the process of rebranding can be as unique as the result.

#football, #logos, #names-organizational, #national-football-league, #native-americans, #snyder-daniel-m, #trademarks-and-trade-names, #washington-redskins, #wolff-matthew-1999

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Seeing Native Americans Nowhere, and Everywhere

As Washington’s professional football team retires a team name, a curator at the National Museum of the American Indian talks about our attachment to Native American imagery.

#chaat-smith-paul, #museums, #national-football-league, #national-museum-of-the-american-indian, #native-americans, #washington-redskins

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