US Supreme Court rules half of Oklahoma is Native American land

A representative of the Choctaw nation – one of the Five Tribes of Oklahoma central to the court ruling, who have welcomed the ruling The US Supreme Court has ruled about half of Oklahoma belongs to Native Americans, in a landmark case that also quashed a child rape conviction. The justices decided 5-4 that an eastern chunk of the state, including its second-biggest city, Tulsa, should be recognised as part of a reservation. Jimcy McGirt, who was convicted in 1997 of raping a girl, brought the case. He cited the…

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California may grant repatriation rights to unrecognised Native American tribes

A new state bill expands federal rights for Indigenous groups to reclaim human remains, burial objects and other sacred artefacts from institutions GABRIELLA ANGELETI   California assemblyman James Ramos, a member of the Serrano/Cahuilla tribes, introduced a new bill to expand repatriation rights for unrecognised Native Americans in the state Indigenous tribes in California who are not federally recognised will be granted rights to reclaim their ancestral objects from museums and institutions in the state if a pending repatriation law is approved as expected on 31 August. The bill—called AB-275 Native American…

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98% Of African Americans Are In Fact Native Indians And Are Owed Millions

By D. Calloway     The tens of millions of Black Americans, or rather Indians, who ‘disappeared’ after 1492 did not all die in the ‘holocaust’ inflicted within America. Hundreds of thousands were shipped to Europe and Africa as Indian slaves. The whole slave trade story was given to all of us in reverse. A mass colony of Africans were not shipped from Africa to America. The truth is that Black Indians were shipped from America to Europe! They were then shipped from Spain to Africa as commodity for African resources.…

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The black Americans suing to reclaim their Native American identity

Their ancestors were black slaves owned by Native Americans. Now they’re suing the Creek nation to fully restore their citizenship by Caleb Gayle Published onFri 2 Nov 2018 04.00 EDT Johnnie Mae Austin and her grandson, Damario Solomon-Simmons, can tell you everything about their ancestry. They can go back as far as 1810, the year Solomon-Simmons’ great-great-great-great-grandfather, Cow Tom, was born. With undeniable pride, they recount the man’s feats of bravery during the civil war, and his leadership within Oklahoma’s Creek population. In fact, they are so determined to let the…

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Sask. may have right to limit gatherings for Indigenous ceremonies, but legal experts caution against doing so

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said sacred ceremonies would be allowed to continue The Canadian Press · Posted: May 16, 2020 2:43 PM ET | Last Updated: May 16 Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, a renowned Indigenous judge, lawyer and advocate for children, says the province must also consider the constitutional right to ceremony. (CBC) Legal experts say the Saskatchewan government may have a case that sacred Indigenous ceremonies be limited in size, but they caution the premier against taking such action. “Is there reason for Premier Scott Moe to pick this hill to dig…

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Why Native Americans struggle to protect their sacred places

Forty years ago the U.S. Congress passed the American Indian Religious Freedom Act so that Native Americans could practice their faith freely and that access to their sacred sites would be protected. This came after a 500-year-long history of conquest and coercive conversion to Christianity had forced Native Americans from their homelands. Today, their religious practice is threatened all over again. On Dec. 4, 2017, the Trump administration reduced the Bears Ears National Monument, an area sacred to Native Americans in Utah, by over 1 million acres. Bears Ears Monument is only one example of the…

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Blood in bio-ethanol: how indigenous peoples’ lives are being destroyed by global agribusiness in Brazil

Kaiowá and Guarani protecting their lands on a possible eviction day, March 2018. Author provided For more than half a century, the indigenous Kaiowá and Guarani people of Brazil have been deprived of their ancestral lands, and consigned to small reserves where it is impossible to maintain their traditional livelihoods. Generations of these indigenous peoples’ lives have been marked by violence and vulnerability as they have tried to reclaim what, according to the Brazilian constitution, is rightfully theirs. And now we have found that increasing globalisation is posing an urgent threat. In March…

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Coronavirus: Europeans introduced devastating novel diseases to the Indigenous Americas – here’s what the survivors learned

When infections sweep through human populations that have never experienced them before, the impacts are biological, social, psychological, economic – and all too often catastrophic. Many continue to loom large in our collective imaginations. The bubonic plague in Europe, smallpox in the Americas, and the Spanish flu are thought to have been the deadliest in history – and led to radical transformations in the societies they ravaged. After Europeans invaded what became the Americas, from the 1490s onwards, most indigenous societies were decimated by waves of smallpox, influenza, measles, cocoliztli (a hemorrhagic fever), and typhus…

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How indigenous people in the Amazon are coping with the coronavirus pandemic

A 15-year-old boy from a remote region of the Brazilian Amazon, near the border with Venezuela, died of COVID-19 on April 9. A member of the 35,000-strong Yanomami people, the boy was the first known death among Brazil’s indigenous communities in the current pandemic. There are now growing fears that COVID-19 will wreak havoc across the Amazon. This fear is unsurprising, given an estimated 90% of the original inhabitants of the Americas died as a result of European colonisation, especially through the infectious diseases Europeans brought with them. Fragmented collective memories of deadly pandemics from…

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