February 5, 2013 |
Stanford researchers have discovered that the introduction of Western religions is changing hunting patterns in the Amazon and affecting the region's biodiversity. The biologists extensively questioned members of the Makushi and Wapishana tribes in the Guyanese Amazon about their eating habits and which animals they hunted. They found that in areas where Western religions had gained a foothold, hunting and eating animals that had been banned by traditional shamans increased. Likewise, consumption of other animals increased in areas that had been protected by shamanic practice.
October 12, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice announced a new policy broadening and clarifying the right of Native Americans to possess eagle feathers and other parts of the birds that they consider sacred but are protected by U.S. law. Federal wildlife laws prohibit the killing of eagles and the possession and commercialization of their feathers. While certain members of Indian tribes have been exempted, the wildlife laws have been a source of confusion among some tribes that feared prosecution for carrying out their customs and traditions.
November 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- When Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the famous Navajo code talkers a decade ago, it failed to recognize members of other tribes who also used their native tongues to transmit wartime messages the enemy could not decipher. This week, the "forgotten" heroes from 33 tribes will receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor. At least one code talker - 96-year-old Edmond Harjo, a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma - is planning to attend the Capitol Hill ceremony Wednesday.
February 26, 1987 |
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that states may not regulate gambling on Indian reservations, dealing California a defeat in its attempt to stop high-stakes bingo games in Riverside County. In clearing the way for the multimillion-dollar betting parlors on Indian land, the high court said that California permits and "actually promotes gambling" in several forms and therefore cannot ban it on reservations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1993
In response to "It's a Contradiction" (Letters, July 11), a short history lesson is in order. The Hebrew race began when God called Abram (later known as Abraham) out of Ur of the Chaldees, or Babylon. All descendants of Abraham through his son Isaac are Hebrews. Isaac had a son named Jacob. His 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel. After the death of Solomon, the kingdom of Israel split into two kingdoms: the kingdom of Israel and the kingdom of Judah. Israel consisted of 10 tribes, plus a portion of the priestly tribe, Levi.
August 15, 2013 |
Native Americans will be weaving baskets from pine needles, making bows and arrows and cooking "acorn soup" in handmade baskets this weekend at the 10th Basketweavers Gathering in Tahoe City, Calif. The event brings together weavers from various tribes who come to make, trade and sell their baskets at the Gatekeeper's Museum. Visitors can spend the weekend learning about the artistry and importance of baskets in day-to-day Indian life and in ceremonial events. The museum itself has a collection of more than 900 baskets made by 80 North American tribes.
January 23, 1998 |
They are the latest trend in political speech, billboards up and down the state thanking state legislators for their support. "I was just as surprised as anyone to see it," said Assemblyman Jim Battin (R-La Quinta), whose face is plastered on a billboard that sits in the heart of his Palm Springs-area district. "I started hearing from a bunch of other legislators that they got billboards just like it in their districts."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1998 |
To live in Southern California is to live among tribes. Tribes of color. Tribes of class. Tribes that worship expensive restaurant food, tribes in black clothes and dark glasses. Jesus tribes. Tribes that celebrate spring by taking the ol' RV out to the river. Tribes that dress up like vampires and go to Disneyland.
November 30, 2003
In suggesting tribes do not contribute enough to California coffers, Brett Fromson ("California Must Hedge Its Bet," Commentary, Nov. 25) ignores federal law and the intent of Congress in enacting the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988. He also ignores the fact that tribes pay hundreds of millions of dollars a year to state and local governments to help alleviate the impact of tribal casinos on Indian lands. The regulatory act was intended to help Indian nations develop strong tribal governments and build tribal economies.