Sitting Bull is best known for defeating General Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn. But for many Lakota, his resistance to federal appropriation of sacred lands reflects humility towards the land and compassion towards his people — with his death 120 years ago being his ultimate moment of sacrifice. We explore Sitting Bull's spiritual legacy as a force for identity and healing among the living.
A Northern California Native American group is getting its ancestral land back. San Francisco-based Save the Redwoods League announced this week that it had donated 160 acres in northwestern Mendocino County to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council. The donation was made in exchange for a conservation easement that will prevent the land from being developed. This is the first time that the Redwoods League has entered into a conservation agreement with a tribal group, said Ruskin Hartley, executive director of Save the Redwoods League.
An Oklahoma Indian tribe is reclaiming what's believed to be ancient pottery that was dropped off at a Goodwill Industries donation trailer in western New York. Officials with Goodwill Industries tell The Buffalo News ( http://bit.ly/KVjX58) that the 7 1/2-inch tall vessel turned up at the organization's warehouse last month. When a photograph of the item was posted on Goodwill's online auction site, the group received emails identifying the vessel as ancient Indian pottery.
A tiny Native American reservation outside Las Vegas is trying to persuade the federal government that its community faces serious health risks from a nearby coal-fired power plant by appealing to a nationwide campaign to increase visibility at national parks.
At my request, NPR has released more information than any mainstream media organization on the diversity of its editorial staff and audience. My analysis two weeks ago turned on the question of which baseline to use in measuring progress. Now I have asked six national leaders and experts of different views what they think of how NPR is doing. They responded with great insight, some frustration and dollops of humor. The goal is for NPR to sound like America.
Fonda Walters’ higher education journey started when she was just 5, a Navajo girl growing up in Tuba City, whose father frequently asked her at dinner, “Where are you going to college? And, what are you going to study?” Answers to the questions he posed changed through the years, but Walters always knew college was possible and probable because her parents never doubted her potential. Now, she is a proud member of a family of six siblings, all of whom are first-generation college-degree earners, including a brother who has earned his doctorate.
The Kayapo are famous warriors and they adeptly defend their territory, with force if needed. But this week they were not here to fight, they were here to dance and share their culture and perspectives with the people of São Felix. They began by dancing right off the boats and onto shore, the women singing unearthly high-pitched notes and the men chanting deeply while they all stomped their feet in time. It was one of the most incredible scenes I have ever witnessed.
Bolivia is experiencing déjà vu as a band of marchers makes an arduous trek from the east of the country to the capital, La Paz, hoping to stop the government from building a highway through a pristine national forest -- exactly like they did last year. Roughly 300 people started the journey of more than 350 miles last week.