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Native Americans

Fallan Jacobs (left) and Wakerakatste AKA "Mama Bear."
Jackie Orchard

On today’s 51%, we visit the Akwesasne Nation near the U.S. – Canada border to learn about indigenous women leaders.

A still image taken from an interview at the Akwesasne Freedom School
Greg Hitchcock

    A new locally-produced documentary in the works explores the role and fragmentation of native peoples during the American Revolution. Greg Hitchcock, based in Gloversville, is the filmmaker behind the project focused on the Haudenosaunee, also called the Iroquois Confederacy. 

What was once an island is now a peninsula, due to siltation from local railroad and port projects. In recognition of its history, the property still retains the name "Papscanee Island."
Open Space Institute

An island nature preserve near downtown Albany is back in the hands of descendants of its original inhabitants.

Dillon Honyoust / Facebook

Residents of Cambridge in Washington County remain bitterly divided over the public school's use of an American Indian logo and moniker.

WebEx Screenshot

An update now to a story we brought you yesterday about the fate of Cambridge Central School's Native American mascot and moniker. A final decision is still some time off.

Cambridge Indians Logo & Moniker
Cambridge Indians Football / Facebook

Once a symbol of school spirit, a mascot is dividing residents of a Washington County school district. A meeting tonight could decide the issue.

Book cover for "This Land Is Their Land"
Bloomsbury Publishing / Bloomsbury Publishing

David J. Silverman is a professor at George Washington University, where he specializes in Native American, Colonial American, and American racial history. He is the author of "Thundersticks," "Red Brethren," "Ninigret," and "Faith and Boundaries."

His new book, "This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving," reveals why some modern Native people hold a Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving, a holiday which celebrates a myth of colonialism and white proprietorship of the United States.

Cambridge Indians Logo & Moniker
Cambridge Indians Football / Facebook

An update now to a story we brought you last week: Cambridge Central School's Native American mascot and moniker were discussed at last Thursday’s school board meeting. A change doesn’t appear imminent.

A glass bead found among other artifacts at two historical locations near Geneva, New York.
Cornell University Library

Artifacts recovered from two Native American towns in Central New York are being showcased in a digitized collection via Cornell University. 

 Indigenous Values Initiative logo
Indigenous Values Initiative

The Indigenous Values Initiative is hosting a virtual conference series starting Thursday, August 6 to discuss the impacts of the discovery doctrine, a concept outlining how the colonial powers claimed lands starting in the 15th Century. 

     There is a grass roots movement to get a new state seal and motto for Massachusetts.

Thompson Trio Putting UAlbany Lacrosse On The Map

May 1, 2014
Dylan Buckley

On a recent day, the UAlbany men’s lacrosse team scored another goal against Capital Region rival Siena, adding to the total of the number No. 1 offense in all of Division I lacrosse.

Advances in biotechnologies have been vital in the analysis of the DNA of the first peoples of America.

Dr. Ripan Malhi, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana, discusses both the importance and the difficulty of this type of research.