Native Traditions

State Restricts Composting Center on Sacred Land

September 10, 2007

Author: Gale Courey Toensing

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096415723

BURLINGTON, Vt. - A composting business that has been running without a permit on land that is replete with American Indian archaeological sites has been ordered to curtail operations while it seeks state approval to continue.

The state's Natural Resources Board issued a stipulated order to the Intervale Center on Aug. 6,...

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Athletes Learn Life Lessons

September 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sun Times

http://www.suntimes.com/537968,CST-SPT-prep02.highschool

If a bus headed to South Dakota drove by Barrington football player Matt Kasik, he'd jump on it in a heartbeat.

Kasik, a senior, has learned not to take things for granted. He realizes there are lots of people in the United States who don't have a fraction of what he has.

Kasik was one of 41 Barrington students who traveled to...

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Shell Application Against Native Protesters Adjourned

September 1, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070901.BCBRIEFS01-2/TPStory/National

Vancouver -- An injunction application by Shell Canada to get native protesters off a road in northwestern British Columbia was adjourned yesterday and might not be heard for weeks.

Meanwhile, Tahltan elders can continue blocking the access road near Dease Lake that Shell...

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Developer Sees OK to Build at Ward Site

August 30, 2007

Author: Nina Wu

Source: Star Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2007/08/30/business/story01.html

The developer of the Whole Foods Market store at Ward Village Shops site in Kakaako says it considers the project cleared for completion, but the state is under even more scrutiny for how it is handling native Hawaiian remains.

This month, the state authorized General Growth Properties to remove 10 sets of remains beneath the planned Whole...

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Native Americans Enlist for Turf and Tribe

August 20, 2007

Author: Jennifer Miller

Source: Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0820/p20s01-usmi.html

Fort Defiance, Ariz. - In a grassy clearing amid the dusty hills here, Donovan Nez bends over a bubbling spring. Mr. Nez, 26, is a Navajo Indian and a former marine. Though he wears his dark hair cropped in a military cut, he looks very much the civilian on this Sunday afternoon. He balances on a fallen log, turning every so often to flash a...

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Designation of Sacred Land is Open to Interpretation - Even Among Tribal Leaders

August 18, 2007

Author: DARIN FENGER

Source: Yuma Sun

http://www.yumasun.com/news/sacred_35984___article_news.html/people_lands.html

If the loss of oral traditions, such as prayers and ceremonies, has wounded the collective heart of American Indians, then losing the sacred land that came to define tribes could mean the end of an entire way of life.

Generations of people have come and gone and various cultures have appeared and...

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Far From the Reservation, but Still Sacred?

August 12, 2007

Author: NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/12/business/yourmoney/12tribe.html

SQUINTING against the harsh desert sun, Mike Jackson, leader of the Quechan Indians, looks out past his tribe’s casino and the modern sprawl of Yuma and points to the sandy flatlands and the rust-colored Gila mountain range shimmering in the distance. “They came this way,” he says, describing how his...

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Tribes, Firefighters Cooperate to Save Sacred Sites

August 2, 2007

Author: Jonathan Abrams

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-tribefires2aug02,1,2564373.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california

They were bleary-eyed from lack of sleep as they converged high in the San Bernardino Mountains at twilight.

While two lightning-ignited fires barreled toward Big Bear Lake last summer, the fire...

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Tribes Join Forces Against UC Berkeley's Decision Affecting Native American Ancestral Remains

July 25, 2007

Source: PressRelease News

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/news_press_release,146055.shtml

BERKELEY, Calif., July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Representatives from five Native American tribes -- sovereign governments under Federal law -- today announced the formation of the Native American NAGPRA Coalition (NANC) to protest the University of California at Berkeley's elimination of the Phoebe Hearst Museum's autonomous NAGPRA unit. This unit is the highly...

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Opinion: Sacred Sites, and Their Stories, Must Be Saved

July 22, 2007

Author: MARK TRAHANT

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/320934_trahant24.html

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's hard to imagine a more powerful example of a sacred place than the U.S. Capitol. Early Thursday morning, hours before the solstice, the scene was already one of summer. Tourists wandered the grounds in shorts while congressional staffers rushed off to meetings. A cool breeze moderated the rising...

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Powwow's Drumbeat Draws American Indians to Doctor

July 11, 2007

Author: Ishani Ganguli

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1023544820070711

SILVER SPRING, Maryland (Reuters) - As Wendy Friar put the final touches on a health screening and powwow for Maryland's American Indian community, she had doubts about how the combination would be received.

"To be honest, we hope it's appropriate," said Friar, a community health director at Holy Cross, a Roman Catholic...

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