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January 13, 2012

Indian Country in the News: Jan. 6 - Jan. 13, 2012

This week's news highlights include an interesting approach to protecting the bison through teen education, a tribe's protest against a new oil pipeline in Canada, the changing Native demographics of Los Angeles and state recognition for two Piscataway communities in Maryland:

  • USAToday: SD tribe looks to teenagers to revive bison demand - "It seems an unlikely concept: teenagers forgoing the immediacy of a McDonald's Big Mac to learn how to cook their own lower-fat version. But that's what some students at the Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota are doing, and it has a deeper significance. The experience is teaching them about bison, an animal considered sacred in their Native American culture. The students are part of a pilot project started by the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe and South Dakota State University researchers to restore the cultural significance of the animal and consumption of bison meat among community members, particularly young people."
  • AP: Aboriginal chief questions Canada’s commitment to environmental review of Pacific oil pipeline - "The chief of an aboriginal community that stands to be most affected by a proposed pipeline to Canada’s Pacific coast called the Canadian government’s environmental review of the project a song-and-dance on Tuesday. Haisla First Nation Chief Ellis Ross questioned whether the Conservative government already has plans to approve the pipeline just as the review gets under way. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has ratcheted up support for Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would allow Canadian oil to be shipped to Asia. Harper’s new staunch public support for the pipeline comes after the United States delayed a decision to approve TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline that would take oil from Canada to the U.S Gulf Coast."
  • NPR: Urban American Indians Rewrite Relocation's Legacy - "Los Angeles County is home to the largest urban American Indian population — more than 160,000. In 1952, the federal government created the Urban Relocation Program, which encouraged American Indians to move off reservations and into cities such as Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles. They were lured by the hope of a better life, but for many, that promise was not realized."
  • O’Malley to sign order formally recognizing 2 American Indian groups native to Md. - "Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to formally recognize two American Indian groups indigenous to Maryland. O’Malley, a Democrat, will sign executive orders Monday formalizing the Maryland Indian Status of the two groups. The ceremony follows a process established by the General Assembly to formally recognize American Indian tribes, bands or clans. According to the Census, Maryland has 58,000 people who identify themselves as having American Indian heritage."


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