Cherokee Freedmen, descendents of African slaves, are in a fight over their citizenship rights in the Cherokee Nation.
In light of reports that linked the name "Geronimo" with the operation that took down Osama bin Laden, Native Americans expressed disappointment Thursday and pointed to the sacrifices they have made in the service.
Video shows the interior and exterior of the compound where Osama bin Laden was hiding and killed.
Efforts to strengthen Native American communities and improve their relationships with the federal government have already borne fruit, President Barack Obama told a group of leaders from more than 500 federally recognized tribes Thursday.
Earlier this fall, VBS.TV went to the Four Corners region of the United States to hang out with indigenous cowboys of the Navajo (Diné) tribe.
VBS.TV spends time with Navajo cowboys who are part of a bronc and bull riding league catering to the Indian community.
President Barack Obama on Thursday signed the Tribal Law and Order Act, which provides greater law enforcement powers for tribal authorities on Indian reservations.
A member of an Afghan tribal council was killed by militants, a day after district elders secured his release from kidnappers, the U.S. military said Wednesday.
BP America Inc. has been fined nearly $5.2 million for submitting "false, inaccurate and misleading" reports on energy production on Southern Ute Indian tribal lands in southwestern Colorado, the Department of Interior said Wednesday.
New York City smokers already pay the highest cigarette taxes in the nation, but a new state law will push those taxes even higher this summer.
The marshes here have long been a refuge for the Native Americans living in Louisiana's bayou.
CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports on efforts by Native Americans to keep oil off their coastal community.
Naming. It is always about naming, about knowing how to name.
Remembering Wilma Mankiller, who died this week, isn't hard, because first of all, who can forget a name like that?
Flags flew at half-staff outside the Cherokee Nation's headquarters in Talequah, Oklahoma, on Tuesday in honor of Wilma Mankiller, the first woman to lead the Native American tribe.
Native Americans on the rugged Navajo and Hopi reservations in northern Arizona are using mirrors and red fabric to signal aircraft that they need air drops after last week's powerful snowstorm, state agency spokesmen said Wednesday.
Thousands of American Indians would receive as much as $1,000 each if they accept a proposed $1.4 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit over government mismanagement of tribal lands.
On a warm summer night last June, James Gardner gave his daughter permission to sleep over at a friend's house, something he almost never let her do.
Federal officials said Monday they are seeking information about the killing of a 64-year-old nun whose body was found Sunday on the Navajo reservation in northwest New Mexico.
Fifteen years after passage of the Violence Against Women Act to combat physical abuse of women and girls, domestic violence remains especially acute among Native American and Alaska Native women, Justice officials said Monday.
The tiny one-room house rests on a hill; no electricity and no running water. A creaky metal cot and a rusting wood-burning stove is all the comfort Herbert Hale says he needs.
Federal authorities indicted 24 people Wednesday on charges of selling, buying or exchanging archaeological artifacts stolen from Native American lands -- part of what Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar called a crackdown on smugglers of such relics.
I once attended a Navajo blessing ceremony, held in a tepee on the red sand of the Sonoran desert.
The slot machines are ringing, music is blasting at the crowded poolside bar, and people are dancing to celebrity DJs at hip nightclubs. But this is not a scene on the Las Vegas strip. This action is taking place on an Indian reservation.
Taos feels like a comfortable Navajo blanket, wrapping you with coziness and color. Pueblos with their sandy hues. Warmth despite the snow on the ground and majestic mountains as a backdrop. Crackling fires in kiva fireplaces and smoke billowing from chimneys.
CNN's Campbell Brown comments on a couple that adopted a child then lost it to a Native American tribe.
As a mother, I can hardly bear to imagine what the Larson family is going through.
On Nov. 4, three states have a choice to start up constitutional conventions on Nov. 4. Hawaii should be a lesson for them -- and itself
Tony Hillerman, author of the acclaimed Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels, died Sunday of pulmonary failure. He was 83
Almost 12% of the deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives are alcohol-related -- more than three times the percentage in the general population, a new federal report says
By 2050, minorities will be the majority in America, and the number of residents older than 65 will more than double, according to projections released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Maricopa County in Arizona added more people than any other in the nation last year, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey released Thursday.
Surrounded by royal guards and the occasional tourist, Her Majesty Mahealani Kahau and her government ministers hold court every day in a tent outside the palace of Hawaii's last monarch
A Native American who shot a bald eagle for use in a tribal religious ceremony must stand trial, a federal appeals court has ruled
A group of native Hawaiians occupied the grounds of the old Hawaiian monarchy's royal residence Wednesday, vowing to stay and do the business of the kingdom's government.
Throughout the West - in Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming - battles are raging over proposed coal plants. Caught up in two big ones is The Blackstone Group, the global asset manager than went public last year.
You're about to read something extremely rare. Maybe not Gutenberg Bible rare, but close. It's an actual quote from Foley (Ala.) High receiver Julio Jones. And much like a Gutenberg Bible, this quote has a little dust on it.
More than 200 acres of land that belonged to the Kingdom of Hawaii before the United States took control a century ago will be returned to Native Hawaiians
Last weekend an unfortunate figure returned to the University of Illinois, and it wasn't Jeff George. Chief Illiniwek, the former school mascot, was back to adorn floats and assorted regalia at Homecoming to the cheers of some and the bitter horror of those who thought the feathered one had been retired for good.
Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell had already been voted World Series MVP by the baseball cognoscenti, but the people's choice for the award was revealed around midnight on Sunday at Coors Field, when Jacoby Ellsbury emerged from his team's dugout in front of a delirious throng of Boston fans in the stands. "MVP!" they roared as Ellsbury stepped onto the field, where general manager Theo Epstein welcomed the center fielder to the postgame bacchanal by emptying a can of Coors on the rookie's head.
Nike unveiled Tuesday what it said is the first shoe designed specifically for American Indians, an effort aiming at promoting physical fitness in a population with high obesity rates.
Adidas becomes a major Olympic sponsor. CNN's Mallika Kapur examines what's in it for the sportswear giant.
Does it have the right to deny a group of blacks citizenship in the tribe? The question is headed for Congress
The influence of traditional minorities in the United States will continue to grow, new Census Bureau statistics suggest, with Hispanics born as American citizens accounting for more than a third of the population increase last year.
Abramoff tended to pick clients far removed from the Beltway who were sometimes either too desperate or too unfamiliar with the lobbying trade to question his unorthodox tactics and exorbitant fees
NORAD, the section of the Pentagon that monitors and assesses U.S. airspace for risks of attack, has decided to delete references to American Indians in titles of readiness exercises by October.
Tips for rafting the San Juan River:
Until the late 1970s, playing the blackjack tables or the slot machines were not regular pastimes for middle America. A trek to Nevada was the only way to get the excitement and ambience of a casino without leaving the country..
Diogenes the Cynic is said to have wandered the streets of Athens, searching in vain for an honest man.
American Indian tribes, now flush with tremendous casino wealth, may be the most intriguing new political force in America today.
For nearly 20 years, Martha Bear Quiver dreamed of owning a home on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana, but she was repeatedly turned down for a mortgage because she couldn't make ...
A juvenile has been arrested in connection with last week's school shootings in Red Lake, Minnesota, authorities said Monday.
Gifts of money, e-mails with condolences and offers of counseling services flooded an Indian tribe here as it prepared for the funerals of nine victims of a school shooting.
A student authorities say killed seven people at his Minnesota high school first shot his grandfather and the man's girlfriend before taking his police-issued weapon, bulletproof vest and squad car to Red Lake Senior High School.
On one of the last sections of prime real estate on Washington's greatest expanse, thousands of Native Americans evoke the storied moments of their past -- and the beginning of a new era.
It was an honor bestowed that I was allowed to mix the cake.
More than one in 10 Americans were the victims of fraud between May 2003 and May 2004, according to a government survey released Thursday, with fees paid for "guaranteed" loans or credit cards the most common scam.
One was a well-to-do Scandinavian royal, the other an unassuming American athlete born in a one-room cabin in rural, destitute Indian territory. On July 15, 1912, in Stockholm, few could question who ruled the day.
Wide disparities in income still exist between white men and women, especially women of racial minorities, a report released Tuesday showed.
When you hear that Valerie Red-Horse was the spokesmodel for Disney's Pocahontas doll, your next thought probably isn't "I bet she has some serious business chops." But then, few investment bankers...
At first Richard Kidman couldn't figure out why, after 23 years of running R.D.'s Drive-In, everything seemed to be falling apart.
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Though most Navajos use their hogans for religious rituals, a handful are renting out the traditional octagonal log-and-dirt huts as a native twist on the B&B.
Outside Philadelphia, Miss., a wrinkled man drops coins into a slot machine. He's wearing overalls and a Marine Corps cap festooned with pins, and tendrils of smoke rise from the pipe clamped in hi...
Lounging in a limo as it cruised through the streets of Las Vegas, Barry Sternlicht, the CEO of Starwood Hotels, picked up the phone. On the line was Arthur Goldberg, who had made his first fortune...
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For a long time Tom Smith, a Cherokee, considered Native Americans to be "lost in the shadows" of corporate America--widely overlooked by recruiters and purchasing managers. His own people didn't h...
I lit the $400 cigar, a "1492" from Cuba, and tried to imagine a life filled with boundless wealth--with 30 houses spread around the world, a mistress to go with my four wives, countless serfs and ...
The Koch brothers' blood feud continues.
In Washington, you can never have too much of a good thing. Take empowerment zones. In 1993 these targeted tax breaks were a way to lure businesses back to inner cities. But rural lawmakers cried, ...
What ethnic group in the U.S. has grown fastest--without the help of immigration? Native Americans, whose numbers soared 137%, to about two million, from 1970 to 1990.
ROUTE 16 through Neshoba County, Mississippi, is a drab stretch of highway lined by scraggly cotton fields, red clay, and pine trees. Whizzing along it, you see neither signs of wealth nor any busi...
College and university officials seeking to diversify their enrollments are unsure how to define ''American Indian'' . . . The issue was spotlighted . . . in the Detroit News, which found that many...
Joining the Cherokee Nation has been worth millions of dollars in construction work to Jon McGrath. The blue-eyed, fair-skinned contractor from Tulsa . . . who is 1/64 American Indian, has obtained...
High-stakes bettors are cashing in at tax-free upstate casinos run by Mohawk Indians . . . Thousands of gamblers from as far away as Michigan . . . travel each weekend to the St. Regis Indian Reser...
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