In the end, the Braves are keeping with tradition - as in the signature 'A' that is the team's logo. MLB.com posted a photo of the new navy blue batting practice caps with a red and white scripted 'A.' The team will wear those hats at spring training, which starts Tuesday. The Braves said a decision on the batting caps had not been made yet when a potential design was leaked several weeks ago. That design drew ire for its "screaming Indian" logo.
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, on Friday asking the federal agency to issue an order prohibiting the continued use of Native American mascots. The lawsuit involves names 35 schools in Michigan including several in West Michigan. West Michigan schools named in the filing include: Athens Indians, Belding Redskins, Dowagiac Chieftains, Hartford Indians, Morley-Stanwood Mohawks, Paw Paw Redskins, Remus Chippewa Hills Warriors, Saranac Redskins, Saugatuck Indians, Tekonsha Indians, White Cloud Indians, White Pigeon Chiefs.
Obscure as it might be, the issue of tribal court powers and Ms. Millich’s jurisdictional black hole has become the last remaining controversy holding up Congress’s broad reauthorization of the landmark Violence Against Women Act. The Senate on Monday is expected to approve the 218-page bill with broad, bipartisan support. But in the House, Republican negotiators are still struggling over a 10-page section that would, for the first time, allow Native American police and courts to pursue non-Indians who attack women on tribal land. Supporters and opponents of the language acknowledge the plight of women like Ms. Millich. Native American women are two and a half times more likely to be raped. One in three will be assaulted, and three out of five will encounter domestic violence, said Senator Tom Udall, Democrat of New Mexico.
Native Americans from across the state sang and danced in opposition to bear hunts in Nevada as the aroma of burning sage filled the air outside the Nevada Legislature building Monday. About 50 supporters of a bill to block bear hunting in the state converged on the building to protect "bear nation." Many Native Americans view the bear as a sacred animal and vehemently disapprove of the state allowing hunters to kill their "relative," said Raquel Arthur, representing the Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe.
Dozens of pairs of Central New Yorkers – one Native American and one non-Native – took to Syracuse Stage Monday night. Tadodaho Sidney Hill joined former Rep. Maurice Hinchey to demonstrate a collaboration of government-to-government relations. Onondaga Nation Chief Irving Powless Jr. joined Bob Venables, a historian, to show a collaboration of sharing Haudenosaunee history. Several other pairs of people joined together on the stage to represent collaborations in art, music, education, environmentalism and more.
Minnesota regulators are investigating how the Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe handled barrels of Cold War military waste that it recovered last summer from Lake Superior.The Duluth News Tribune reports the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has an open investigation under way into how the barrels were brought to shore in Minnesota and transported through the state without proper permits or advance notification.
A former chairman of the Mashantucket Pequots who launched their gambling empire has been honored by his tribe. Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler says he met recently with Skip Hayward and presented him with a plaque and a jacket marking the 20th anniversary of the tribe’s Foxwoods Resort Casino. Hayward’s grandmother, Elizabeth George, had been the last member of the tribe who still lived on the reservation in southeast Connecticut. He led the tribe in the 1980s in its effort to get federal recognition as members moved to the reservation from around the Northeast.
The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has donated about $1.4 million in education money to 47 entities in northern Idaho and eastern Washington state. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports the money donated Friday will be used to upgrade technology, purchase textbooks and offer students scholarships. Coeur d'Alene Tribal Chairman Chief Allan says the tribe is proud to be able to help out teachers and schools that have faced challenges due to budget cuts.