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  • Potlatch

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    Between 1884 and 1951, it was a crime in Canada (and the US) for First Nations to potlatch; dancing, singing, feasting, and gift-giving — in ceremonies comprising the system of redistributing wealth among the coastal aboriginal peoples — was punishable by two to six months in jail. Today, the indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest… more

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  • An Open Mind

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    The current conflict between the indigenous Wabanaki and the State of Maine reminded me of the need for better cross-cultural communication made possible by unmediated understanding. One tool in conflict resolution is the Values Orientations Method developed by the Florence R. Kluckhohn Center. Stepping back from misunderstanding and misanthropy to examine conflicting cultural orientations is… more

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  • Spirit of Reconciliation

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    I was remarking the other day to a friend how odd it was that there are no tribal colleges in California, despite the fact it has the largest Native American population in the United States. Part of this, no doubt, has to do with the devastating effect of greed exemplified by the Gold Rush and… more

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  • Unique Status

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    NorthWest Indian News and Native American TV look at the reality of taxes, tribal sovereignty, and common misunderstandings about the unique political and legal status of American Indians. more

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  • Injustice at Justice

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    Readers might recall a year ago the purge of US Attorneys by the Department of Justice. In today’s article, Indian Country Today notes that five of the eight fired were active members of the DOJ Native American Issues Subcommittee, and were known as strong advocates for legal justice on reservations. John Dossett, general counsel for… more

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