Native Americans

State Anthropologist Identifies NW Remains
6:20 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Historical Native American Woman's Remains Found In Clallam County

The State Anthropologist has determined remains found in a septic drain field dig are those of a Native American woman who died anywhere from several hundred to a couple thousand years ago.

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Native American Mascots
4:07 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Kitzhaber Threatens Veto Of Native-American Mascot Bill

Fifteen Oregon school districts, including Molalla, use Native American themed mascots.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is signaling his intent to veto a bill that would ease a ban on Native American mascots.

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Northwest News
6:41 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Hoof-To-Ground: Bringing Wild Bison Back To The West

Credit Photo courtesy of Sandy White Shield, Inter Tribal Buffalo Council.

Northwest Montana’s Blackfeet Indian Reservation stretches across 1.5 million acres. But -- it turns out – that isn’t enough room for the free-roaming bison herd that tribes are attempting to establish. Northwest Native Americans are hoping restored buffalo herds may reopen ancient trade and cultural traditions.

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Klamath Basin Water
6:35 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Senate Will Discuss Klamath Water Conflict As Irrigation Shutoffs Continue

Cattle graze in a heavily irrigated pasture near the Wood River, an upper tributary of the Klamath. The State is ordering irrigators along the Sprague, Wood, and Williamson rivers to shut down.
Credit Amelia Templeton

This week, water regulators are ordering dozens of ranchers along Southern Oregon’s Williamson River to shut down their irrigation pumps.

It’s the latest round of shutoffs near the headwaters of the Klamath River. The state says it is necessary to protect treaty rights of tribes who live downstream. But the water shut-off jeopardizes a multimillion-dollar cattle ranching industry.

For EarthFix, Amelia Templeton reports.

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Native American Mascots
4:29 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Oregon Senate Approves Lifting Ban On Native American Mascots

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 3:05 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Some Oregon public schools may soon be allowed to keep their Native American mascots. The state Senate voted Wednesday in favor of overturning a ban on names like “Chiefs” and “Braves.” The Oregon Board of Education adopted the ban last year.

The legislation says that if a school reaches an agreement with a local tribe, the use of the Native American mascot and imagery is not an act discrimination.

Republican Senator Jeff Kruse argues that these symbols are ubiquitous and non-offensive.

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Native American Mascots
5:21 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Oregon Considers Lifting Ban On Native American Mascots

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 5:04 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon tribal members are lobbying state lawmakers to uphold a ban on Native American mascots in schools. A committee in Salem heard testimony Wednesday on a bill to overturn a ban on names like “Braves” or “Chiefs”.

Last year the Oregon Board of Education voted to phase out American Indian themed mascots in public schools. This bill would allow schools to use names associated with a specific tribe, as long as that tribe approves.

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Klamath Wate Rights
6:50 am
Fri March 8, 2013

After 38 Years of Study, Oregon Backs Tribes’ Water Rights In The Klamath Basin

For the first time, the state of Oregon Thursday recognized that the Klamath tribes hold a senior claim to water in Klamath Lake and several of its tributaries. Amelia Templeton reports, it took the state almost forty years to sort through water rights in the high desert basin and issue an order.

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Colville Wolf Hunt
6:39 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Colville Tribes OK Wolf Hunt On Reservation

The Colville tribes have authorized the hunting of grey wolves, like the one pictured.
Credit Photo by US Fish and Wildlife Service

The Colville Confederated Tribes have authorized a wolf hunt on their reservation. Steve Jackson has more on the story.

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Tribal Sentencing Laws
5:37 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Northwest Tribes Begin To Try Reservation Crime Cases Under Tougher Laws

A tribal court on the Umatilla Indian Reservation is one of the first to hand down a long prison term under new tougher criminal sentencing laws enacted by Congress in 2010.

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Renaming 'Squaw Creeks'
5:06 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Oregon Panel Considers Proposals For Renaming 'Squaw Creeks'

Two relatively obscure waterways in rural southeast Oregon are generating a heated dispute over geographic names. The small streams are both named "Squaw Creek," which is considered offensive to Native Americans. But the landowners in each case object to the proposed new names.

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