On June 6, 2001, St. Paul Pioneer Press published an opinion piece by Tim Giago, an Oglala Lakota, about Senator Tom Daschle and the issue of the Black Hills settlement in South Dakota. "The one issue at the top of the agenda of all tribal leaders in this region is the Black Hills settlement." For decades, the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation have refused monetary compensation in the place of the land. "As one of the most powerful politicians in America, perhaps it is finally time Daschle helped to resolve this...most serious...
On June 6, 2001, The Denver Post reported that in the past 30 years Native Americans
"made their return from near annihilation to revival and renaissance...During the late 1960s, the
civil rights movement and the peace movement led to a general awakening of
American society that in turn inspired Indian people toward self-determination." American Indians increasingly became "lawyers, educators and activists," who got a lot of legislation passed in the '70s. "This tremendous resurgence of Indian culture is also due, in large part, to...
On June 3, 2001, The New York Times reported that Indian reservations are attracting large numbers of gamblers, eco-tourists, "as well as...visitors interested in heritage tourism or just something different." A Denver Sioux Indian said, "'As many as 75 percent of the tribes recognized by the federal government are already involved in tourism r are planning to be soon.'... Powwows in the eastern United States are also drawing visitors."
On May 30, 2001, The Denver Post reported on "sacred dancers [who] praise God through movement...Some dance for their congregations, others as a private form of prayer...They share a conviction that movement deepens the spiritual experience...Sacred dance...has a place
in many religions and was part of the early Jewish and Christian church."
On May 23, 2001, The New York Times reported that "despite protests by environmentalists and American Indians, the Bureau of
Land Management ruled this week to allow exploratory drilling of one oil well in
southern Montana...The drilling site is a quarter-mile from
ancient rock art or other historic places. Tribal leaders from Oklahoma and
Montana...continue to hold
religious ceremonies in the area they consider sacred."
On April 21, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported
that a sacred Indian Blessing Ceremony will be a
highlight of the centennial celebration of Central Baptist Seminary
in Kansas City. The seminary is "on a site once occupied by the Delaware
On April 8, 2001, The New York Times reported
that "nearly 6,300 American Indians and Alaskans called Queens
home on the 2000 Census, more than in any other
county in the state...Many of these New Yorkers...
ramble from apartments in Flushing to powwows in Connecticut
to families in South Dakota. The city has 17,300 Indians,
about 650 less than in 1990."
On March 13, 2001, The Tampa Tribune reported that "members of the American Indian Movement plan to stage protests at [March's] Chasco Fiesta pageant and parade [in Pasco County, Florida], saying the annual celebration is racist and promotes stereotypes...References to American Indians as 'heathens' and 'savages' were deleted
from the pageant [a few years ago]. But no more changes are anticipated to deal with AIM's complaints...Last year AIM filed civil-rights complaints with the state Attorney General's
Office and the U.S....
On March 11, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "the American Indian tribe that the state of Kansas gets its name from is
slowly working its way back home. The Kanza last year bought 170 acres in eastern Kansas with hopes of turning
it into a heritage park" and has plans for another park and a child-care health center in the state. The Kanza were forcibly removed from Kansas 127 years ago. Today there are about 2,300 members nationwide.
On March 10, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that, at a recent basketball game, "40 American Indians chanted and pounded a drum on the sidewalk [outside]
to protest the University of Illinois' decision to retain Chief Illiniwek...Demonstrators from several local American Indian groups said the dancing
Indian who performs at halftime during football games is historically inaccurate
as well as demeaning and insulting." Many people disagree that the use of the Chief is racist.
On March 5, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "some American Indians and environmentalists [in Northern California's Siskiyou County] are fighting a Calpine [Corp.]
plan to build a geothermal facility on federal land sacred to the Pit River
Tribe and Shasta Nation." The tribes have 2,500 and 1,...
On March 4, 2001, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, whose
sports teams are called Indians. Now the university is "knee-deep in controversy over whether the nickname 'Indians' is appropriate
for a university." Some students are offended by
the reference to Indians, others "think it's
an honorable symbol" or "are sick of political correctness...
Nationwide, nearly 1,000 public schools and universities have replaced Indian
nicknames and mascots during the past 30 years."
On March 1, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported
on Richard Regan, a member of the Maryland Commission on Indian
Affairs, is "calling for the Washington Redskins to change
the team's name and logo. 'To American Indians, it is almost what the 'n-word' is to
African-Americans,' Regan said." Many, including Native
Americans, disagree that the name is offensive.
Redskins executives do not seem inclined to change the name.
On March 1, 2001, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
reported on the Indian Summer Festival's Winter Pow Wow
at Wisconsin State Fair Park, which will try to banish
winter "by song, dance and some
serious drumming." The article listed
several websites that provide information about
the meaning of powwows:
"Native American Home Pages", Powwows.com,
the Web lodge of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of
On February 25, 2001, The Washington Post published an article that compared the Supreme Court's ruling in Bush v. Gore with its ruling in the case of Employment Division, Oregon Department of
Human Services v. Smith: both were unexpected. The latter case "reversed nearly 50 years of judicial decisions and slapped tough new limits on
the exercise of religious freedom." After the drug rehabilitation center where they worked fired them for consuming peyote, Al Smith and Galen Black sued the center for denying them unemployment...