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March 16, 2012

Indian Country in the News: Mar. 9 - Mar. 16, 2012

This week's news highlights include an in-depth look at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, a controversial decision involving a Wyoming tribe's traditional use of eagle feathers, the "discovery" of indigenous medicine in the Peruvian reainforest and the fight over Jim Thorpe's remains:

  • NYTimes: Foxwoods Is Fighting for Its Life - "Nearly everything about the Foxwoods Resort Casino is improbable, beginning with its scale. It is the largest casino in the Western Hemisphere — a gigantic, labyrinthine wonderland set down in a cedar forest and swamp in an otherwise sleepy corner of southeastern Connecticut. Forty thousand patrons pack into Foxwoods on weekend days. The place has 6,300 slot machines. Ten thousand employees."
  • AP: Wyoming Tribe Gets Rare Permit to Kill Bald Eagles  - "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken the unusual step of issuing a permit allowing an American Indian tribe to kill two bald eagles for religious purposes. The agency's decision comes after the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming filed a federal lawsuit last year contending the refusal to issue such permits violates tribal members' religious freedom."
  • WSJ: Rainforest Remedy May Tackle Toothache  - "An anesthetic gel made from a plant found in the Peruvian rainforest could revolutionize dental treatment, researchers from the University of Cambridge said Wednesday. Indigenous tribes in Peru discovered the pain-killing properties of the Acmella Oleracea plant centuries ago and used it to treat toothache, ulcers and abscesses."



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