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  • Look Who's Cashing in at Indian Casinos

    A Time investigation reveals that casino gambling on Indian reservations benefits only a handful of Indians and many non-Indians. For 90 percent of the nation's Native Americans, gaming has "done nothing to lift them out of poverty," according to the contest questionnaire. The series shows who's profiting from casinos and how some successful tribes are using their new-found riches to influence the political system.
  • American Indian Rule: Sovereignty Abused

    An investigation by the Detroit News reveals "widespread civil rights abuses" on American Indian reservations in Michigan and across the country. "American Indians, our investigation revealed, often live in societies with no independent justice system, limited access to public records, restrictive election laws and scant protections against legislative misconduct. In addition, most Indians have little control over their tribe's finances and their tribal membership is subject to the whim of their leaders."
  • American Indian Rule: Sovereignty Abused

    The Detroit News reports on abuses of power by the governing bodies of Native Americans reservations in Michigan and across the nation. The report details abuses of democracy, judicial process and financial benefit on the part of the leaders. Tribal leaders used their powers to expel political enemies, change election rules in their favor and stifle criticism of their mishandling millions of dollars in tribal money.
  • Questions Unanswered in True case

    The story examines the controversies surrounding the investigation into the death of Philip True, a San Antonio Express-News writer. The report questions the freeing of the two Huichol Indians held in True's death, and finds that "the case ... highlights an often-corrupt judicial system." The article follows the chronology of the case and points to some discrepancies in the official confessions of the suspects. It also examines the complaints of the suspects that they have been "beaten and tortured by men in uniforms."
  • Reflections on the Little Bighorn

    A collection of articles about the Plains Indians and the Battle of Little Bighorn, 125 years later. Details the Indians struggles with settlers, their battles with Custer and their efforts to maintain their ethnic heritage. "This Little Bighorn retrospective was researched, written, edited and designed by students and staff at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communication."
  • Census 2000: Morris gets a little older, more crowded

    Another follow-up to the release of the state-by-state break down of Census 2000 data by the staff of the Daily Record reveals that not only is Morris County becoming more crowded, with 12 percent more houses and apartments then 1991; the county is also getting older. Census data also showed the median age of the county's 470,000 residents at 37.8, three years older than 1991 and 2.5 years older then the rest of the county. The Record's analysis of the data shows that the make-up of the family in the area is also changing. Thirty-one percent of the households in the county are traditional nuclear families, with the percentage of married couples with children, 16 percent, rising faster then the percentage of families without, 10 percent. The Record also found that the number of singles in the county increased by 30 percent, and with it the number unrelated housemates. Further analysis showed a shift in the county's ethnic make-up, Asian Indians surpassed Chinese as the dominant Asian group in the area, 2.3 percent vs. 2 percent.
  • The Last Indian Fighter; Slade Gorton is American Indians' Public Enemy No. 1

    Former Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA), who supported natural resource industries such as timber and mining companies, was frequently at odds with the Native American community. This article is a good first step to learning more about Gorton's positions and issues facing Native Americans.
  • Passing over Peltier

    "Leonard Peltier's supporters took on the FBI and South Dakota politicians in a losing battle for President Clinton's attentions." In a special investigative report, de Yoanna examines the clemency case of American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who "in 1977 received two consecutive life sentences for the point-blank shooting deaths of two FBI agents during a gun fight" on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. American Indian activists and members of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee believe Peltier was framed in the shoot out because of the FBI's handling of the case and have been seeking help from the government ever since. Activist and Peltier himself believed former President Clinton provided the best chance for Peltier's freedom after visiting the Pine Ridge reservation in 1999 and stating that he would make a decision on the Peltier case in November 2000. De Yoanna looks at how heated emotions from American Indian activists, FBI agents and people from inside and outside Washington may have escalated Peltier's case. In the resulting aftermath, some American Indians, along with Peltier believe Clinton traded Peltier's freedom for his own to escape prosecution once out of office.
  • Reservation Crime is Out of Control

    The Argus Leader reports on the increasing crime rates on several South Dakota Indian reservations, rates that "surpasses crime in some of America's major metropolitan cities." Officials believe most of the crime is due to alcohol abuse. "In 1998, Pine Ridge authorities made 9,000 arrests for public drunkenness-roughly one for every five residents and made another 780 arrests for drunken driving. . .Tribal, state and federal officials stress that two other key factors contribute to crime: Extraordinarily high unemployment rates . . . and huge numbers of people living in poverty." Reporter Lee Williams examines these issues along with how local police officers and the community are trying to stop it.
  • Census 2000: A Decade of Change

    In a five-day series, the News Tribune explains the trends behind 2000 U.S. Census numbers for the South Puget Sound area and Washington State. The numbers revealed that "suburban cities in the South Sound were among the fastest-growing in the state." Reporters explain the effects of growth in the area and discuss efforts to rein it in through Washington State's Growth Management Act. Along with growth has come an influx of immigrants to the state. "Since 1990, the number of Hispanics statewide more than doubled, to 441,509." Other articles address: redistricting, Korean-Americans in South Sound, and confusion over the number of American Indians in the area.