By Jasmine Garsd
By Melanie Fenstermaker for The Herald Journal
When Col. Patrick Connor led a group of U.S. calverymen in a daytime attack on the Shoshone in Idaho, at least 250 men, women and children were killed. The events of that bitter cold January morning in 1863 are referred to as the Bear River Massacre, and although it was the largest Native American massacre in U.S. history, few people know the story.
For years, the exact location of the massacre was lost — but now, more than 150 years later, archaeologists are searching for the site, hoping to better document the event and educate the public about its significance.
By some estimates, sexual assault on U.S. Indian reservations is the worst in the world with one in three Native women assaulted during their lifetime. Unbelievably, it’s higher even than war-torn Serbia or the Republic of Congo. And the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming is no exception.
It’s the kind of big issue that would normally scare most people away. But not nine courageous women at Wind River Reservation who are trying a totally new approach. They deliver emergency care in person. And it all started when Eastern Shoshone member L'Dawn Olsen started writing letters to the editor of the Wind River News. Some of them directly addressed her daughter’s accused attacker.
By Kim Morrison - World Casino News
On Friday, Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran was charged with embezzlement, fraud, money laundering and campaign finance violations by New Mexico‘s Democratic attorney general.
The 64-count complaint was filed against Duran, one of the state’s highest ranking Republicans, late Friday in a Santa Fe state district court by Attorney General Hector Balderas’ office. No news conference was held or statement given by Balderas regarding the complaint. No information beyond the court filing would be released, according to James Hallinan, Balderas spokesman, who said, “Our office will proceed transparently by way of preliminary hearing.”
The Seneca Nation of Indians announced a $40 million, two-story expansion Friday of the downtown Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino.
The expansion includes an additional 360 slot machines and 10 table games.
Construction, scheduled to begin in October, is expected to be completed in early 2017. When done, the casino will feature 1,200 slot machines and 32 table games.
“Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino has been extremely popular from the day we opened the doors,” said Audrey Oswell, chief operating officer for Seneca Gaming Corp.
By Ernestine Chasing Hawk, Native Sun News Editor.
When I was growing up on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, there were many traumatic happenings in my little life and it seemed that no one really cared.
I was also constantly bullied at school and every now and then I see some of those women who were at the helm of the harassment I endured for years and now some of them are even on tribal council. (My good friend, Peggy White Face, would later tell me, “Oh Ernie you were so cute, they were all just jealous of you.”)
But back then I didn’t have anyone I could confide in other than my sister Judy and my brother Sonny, but we really never talked openly about the more serious things going on in our lives.
By Dina Gilio-Whitaker - Indian Country Today
Of all myths associated with American Indians no myth is as pervasive as the myth of the vanishing Indian. We are all familiar with many of the other myths that were invented over the last 500 years and thanks to the work of Native activists, writers, intellectuals, and their allies we have begun to dismantle some of them in meaningful ways.
By Richie Richards Native Sun News Staff Writer
ALLEN –– Some American Horse School parents would like their children to receive the counseling they were promised by school officials and others during the initial weeks following the Jan. 24 incident at the Rush Hockey Game.
Of late, supporting the 50 American Horse School (AHS) students and the 7 chaperones who were present on Jan. 24 for the Rush Hockey Game at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center when Trace O’Connell by his own admission, had deliberately splashed beer on kids during a “celebratory motion,” has been a call for justice and social change.
By Jody Porter, CBC News
The state of emergency over water quality concerns at Grassy Narrows First Nation is a "shameful" situation created by Conservative neglect, according to the NDP.
The First Nation, located about 100 kilometres north of Kenora, Ont., declared the emergency this week over potentially cancer-causing chemicals found in its local tap water.
The water treatment plant in Grassy Narrows First Nation is missing basic parts and has not functioned properly since it was built about a decade ago, according to Deputy Chief Randy Fobister.
By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press
It wasn't long ago that First Nations people were banned from gathering in large groups, performing their traditional songs or dance.
Those laws are now gone and a celebration of the once-forbidden activities draws more than 20,000 people to downtown Winnipeg every fall. The Manito Ahbee festival and powwow brings together people from across North America to revel in aboriginal culture, artistry and music.
Now celebrating its 10th year, the festival carries a new significance in an age of reconciliation.