It’s long past time for Indian country to have a say in how the government of the United States runs. Why? Because this country cannot be the democracy it purports to be as long as indigenous people do not have a real voice in the political conversation.
So what would be fair? How many American Indians and Alaska Native representatives should be in Congress?
A couple of years ago, Malia Villegas, director of the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center, said population parity would mean at least two U.S. senators and seven members of the House of Representatives. But that’s not going to happen in a winner-take-all election system because the small number of Native votes are spread across districts nationwide. (For what it’s worth: The U.S. is one of the last democracies in the world to continue electing people this way.)
The Ancient One, known to archaeologists and the public as Kennewick Man, has been the focus of controversy between archaeologists and American Indian tribes. The recent matching of DNA samples taken form members of the Confederated Tribes of Colville and the Ancient One show that he is one of their ancestors.
Archaeologists have long made arguments that only tribal groups that can show historical affiliation with ancestral remains and burial belongings can make claim for the return and reburial of their ancestors and associated belongings. For many Indian nations, where they live and how long they lived in a region are found in their oral traditions and creation or migration teachings. Indian nations claim ancestors who may have lived as long as ten or twelve thousand years ago. Archaeologists, relying heavily on scientific methods, do not belief that such arguments are reliable. They argue that tribes migrate, and they are expecting that the culture styles, art, and burial practices of an Indian nation will be similar, if not exactly the same, as when an ancestor lived thousands of years ago.
As a Native American man, and as a man who tries to live my life as a warrior, I would be nothing without the loving guidance of Native women that I know and care about. Every step I have taken to try and succeed or blaze a trail for Native people, my wife Delores has guided each one before I have even put on my shoes in the morning.
By CBC News
The loss of culture and traditional skills is a problem in Aboriginal communities across the country, but a group working in Deline, Northwest Territories is trying to stop that from happening.
The Moose Hide project is a traditional Dene camp, set up in the middle of the small Northern community. Boys at the camp learn to cut wood and make drums, while girls learn to sew, cook, and work with hides.
Elders like Stella Mackeinzo say the camp is needed to pass these skills to the next generation.
By Sima Sahar Zerehi, for CBC News
Inuit have long shared tales of cannibalism on Sir John Franklin's last expedition to the Arctic, and now researchers say they have found evidence to back up those stories.
Researchers from the University of Alberta and the U.K. public body Historic England looked at the remains from 36 cracked bones found on King William Island, in what is now Nunavut. The bones show signs of breakage and polishing consistent with heating in water to facilitate marrow extraction, as well as evidence of having been cut into with a sharp object.
By CBC News Canada
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site hosted its annual Treaty 1 commemoration ceremony on Monday, marking an agreement between Canada's First Nations and the Crown that was made almost 150 years ago.
"It's the place where Treaty 1 itself was actually made, right here, not far from the spot I'm standing," said David Lavallee, a communications officer with Parks Canada in Winnipeg.
"It was the first of the numbered treaties between the Crown and First Nations people in Canada."
By The Canadian Press
The falling loonie is expected to help boost the bottom lines of Canadian retailers heading into the back-to-school season.
There will be an expected four per cent increase in back-to-school spending in Canada this year, according to global professional services firm Ernst & Young.
The lower Canadian dollar likely means consumers will be making their purchases closer to home, said Daniel Baer, Ernst & Young's Canadian retail and consumer products sector leader.
By Trisha Estabrooks, CBC News
Chantelle walks the same streets her sister used to walk, head held high, determined to turn another $20 trick, then kick her crack addiction and figure out how to get a roof over her head.
Determined as well, on this July night, to never forget her sister Edna Bernard - a mother of six who was strangled, lit on fire, then dumped in a farmer's field near Leduc in 2002.
Her sister's remains were among five bodies found since that year within an eight-kilometre radius, something that last week prompted the RCMP to say they're looking for a "serial predator." Police identified the other victims as Katie Ballantyne, Delores Brower, Amber Tuccaro and Corrie Ottenbreit, the latter the most recent to be discovered after disappearing in 2004.
By CBC News
An above-average number of tornadoes may be ripping through — and ripping up — Canada this summer, scientists say.
Just this past Sunday, a tornado near Guelph, Ont., smacked down trees and powerlines and caused "significant damage" to two houses. Last week, a 'monster' tornado whipped through southwestern Manitoba, uprooting trees and smashing fences and buildings for nearly three hours. A week earlier, a tornado touched down southwest of Calgary amid a thunderstorm, funnel clouds and golf ball-sized hail.
NASCAR's two biggest series are headed to Watkins Glen for the weekend.
The Sprint Cup Series is heating up with five races to go until the Chase for the Sprint Cup Challenger Round.
Local driver Regan Smith (Cato) is in fourth place in the driver standings for the XFinity Series.
Here's a look at the schedule for the weekend:
11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series practice (NBCSN)
1-2:25 p.m.: Xfinity Series practice
3:30-4:25 p.m.: Xfinity Series final practice (NBCSN)
4:40-5:55 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series final practice (NBCSN)