The failed Voice to Parliament referendum dashed the hopes of many mapping out a path to reconciliation. If we look to the example set by North American Indians, there might be another way forward.
Research reveals what generations of tribes know firsthand: that forced assimilation and unhealthy conditions at compulsory boarding schools takes a permanent toll.
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Native Americans sent to government-funded schools now experience significantly higher rates of mental and physical health problems than those who did not.
Indigenous patients who live in rural areas often have limited access to medical care.
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Unrelenting poverty, underemployment and historical trauma all contribute to the health challenges faced by Indigenous Americans.
Wilma Mankiller served in the top leadership role of the Cherokee Nation from 1985 to 1995.
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Wilma Mankiller’s groundbreaking tenure as chief of the Cherokee Nation introduced the US to the power of Indigenous women’s leadership.
Sacheen Littlefeather speaks at the 45th Academy Awards.
A new report disputes the heritage claims of Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather. A scholar explains why scrutiny over alleged ethnic fraud is essential.
Large portions of Oklahoma are governed, at least in part, by tribal jurisdiction.
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Local governments in Oklahoma are adapting to a 2020 Supreme Court ruling, but state officials have chosen a different path.
A portion of a map that erases the borders Colonial powers drew, and shows instead the Indigenous territories, treaties and languages of North America.
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Land acknowledgments state that activities are taking place on land previously owned by Indigenous peoples. They’re popular – but they may harm more than they heal, say three anthropologists.
The Osage Nation were once among the wealthiest people in the world.
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The discovery of oil and gas made members of the Osage Nation among the richest people in the world. But it also made them targets for exploitation.
The actions of a Crow Nation police officer were in question at the Supreme Court.
A defendant who is not a Native American claimed tribal police had no power over him, even on tribal land. The Supreme Court disagreed.
Handouts from food banks are no substitute for self-sufficiency.
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Indigenous people in the US have high rates of food insecurity and dietary-related health problems. Any attempts to address the problem must start with land justice, argues a scholar of Native health and food.
Community groups, like this one in Phoenix, have been working to get people of color to contribute their information to the census.
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The census will likely count fewer Black Americans, Indigenous peoples, Asian Americans and Americans of Hispanic or Latino origin than there actually are.
Lumbee Reverend Dr. Mike Cummings, center with his back to the camera, prays for protesters in Pembroke, North Carolina.
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has a long history of struggle, protest and resistance to white supremacy and its social effects.
Decapitated: a statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Park in June 2020.
The long history of celebrating Christopher Columbus discovering America is being challenged by indigenous voices and perspectives.
Leaders of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska voted to postpone the 85th Annual Tribal Assembly because of the pandemic.
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American Indians and Alaska Natives are the most impoverished and marginalized group in the US. Tribes are working to protect their people from the coronavirus, but they have few resources to do so.
Alaska Native girls prepare to dance in honor of the beginning of the 2020 Census in rural Alaska. The Census count begins in this state out of necessity and tradition.
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Native Americans who live in villages and on traditional lands have been undercounted by the U.S. Census for decades.
A scene from the best-selling ‘Red: A Haida Manga,’ a revenge story.
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The “Haida manga” by Indigenous artist Yahgulanaas opens a graphic dialogue between the different cultures of the Pacific Northwest and East Asia.
Culverts installed for roads have led to a decline in salmon, which Northwest Indian tribes were ensured access to by treaty.
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A Supreme Court case deals with the narrow issue of tribal salmon fishing rights in the Northwest, but raises fundamental questions about justice for American Indians.
Tribally led wellness encampment in Wyoming.
Compared to the average US citizen, American Indians and Alaskan Natives live shorter lives and are at greater risk for a number of health problems.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in front of a portrait of former U.S. President Andrew Jackson.
Comparisons often ignore the troubling history of how Jackson treated Native Americans. An expert on Native American history draws parallels to the new administration.
Gatherers in Cannon Ball, North Dakota celebrate news that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won’t grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
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The protesters have scored a big victory in the Dakota Access Pipeline conflict, but it’s served only to illuminate the sharp divisions over energy policy in the US.