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  • Beneath Native Land: Occidental Petroleum in South America

    Much of the oil sought by Occidental Petroleum is under Indian land. In the Peruvian Amazon, OXY "polluted principal water sources used by several groups of Indians in the Peruvian Amazon. It did so for close to 30 years, at a time when the region lacked the protection of environmental laws. People in the region say they're still living with this legacy. The second half of the story takes place in Ecuador [where] ... the company uses more modern technology and is notably cleaner. But as the indigenous movement has strengthened and sometimes hampered oil drilling, Occidental has used coercive methods to gain approval for exploration."
  • Most Indians haven't benefited from 1990s casino boom: analysis shows

    In this article, Pace uses computer-assisted reporting to find "the American Indian gambling industry has boomed, with annual revenues increasing from $100 million in 1988 to $8.26 billion in 1998. Poverty and unemployment rates changed little during that period."
  • The Fierce Anthropologist

    The writer raises doubts about legendary anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon's method of collecting data on one of the most remote tribes on earth -- Yanomami Indians. He also disagrees with some of the observations made by Chagnon in his book 'The Fierce People' which is a standard text in anthropology classes worldwide.
  • They Call it Suicide

    This article examines the many deaths of Guarani Indians that are declared a suicide. Rubinstein finds that many people believe most of the deaths are murders and that the government and local agencies are doing little about them.
  • "In the Valley of the Shadow"

    This article examines the crisis facing the Goshute tribe of New Mexico, whose paltry government-allotted land lies surrounded by Superfund sites, toxic waste dumps, polluted factories, chemical weapons manufacturers and soon - quite possibly - "virtually the entire stock of high-level radioactive waste that has been produced by America's 128 commercial nuclear power plants." In the face of heated opposition from Utah lawmakers, environmentalists and "anybody without a vested interest in the project," the biggest proponents of a nuclear waste dump on their land are the Goshute Indians themselves.
  • Another Broken Trust

    The ABA Journal "tells the inside story of government mismanagement of the most significant American Indian case ever filed. The government's bungling in the 1996 case came on top of allegations in the lawsuit that it for more than a century already had mismanaged billions of dollars held in trust for at least 300,000 Indians, some of the nation's most impoverished citizens."
  • Whites Loot Indians' College Benefits

    The Detroit News finds several universities awarding teaching jobs and minority scholarships to applicants with unproven Native-American backgrounds.
  • The Blood of the Tigua

    Texas Monthly reports how "Officially, the issue tearing apart West Texas' largest Native American tribe is one of lineage: who is and is not a member. But the real dispute is over money - earned in unimaginable amounts at the casino on their reservation and coveted by rival factions willing to risk everything....whose casino generates, by the most conservative of estimates, a $60 million tax-free windfall each year. It is a staggering reversal of fortune, an upset in power unprecedented in this corner of the state...Only a generation ago, the Tigua were living in mud huts that they lit with kerosene lamps, scavenging food from the city dump, and walking the streets of El Paso barefoot."
  • System failure

    Elizabeth Guilette, a University of Arizona medical anthropologist, had been hearing the stories for years. Midwives and nurses in developing countries were reporting that children growing up in areas with high levels of pesticide use were diplaying problems in learning and physical skills.
  • Dark Days on Black Mesa A People Betrayed

    Traditional Hopi settlements are threatened as their groundwater reserves are rapidly depleted by a multi-national coal company. A 1966 lease agreement between the tribe and Peabody Coal Co. was negotiated by an attorney many Hopi revered, John Boyden. Records and interviews now reveal that Boyden was representing Peabody at the same time he negotiated the coal lease on the Hopi's behalf. Many Hopi want Peabody to find another water source and have asked the U.S. Department of the Interior to intervene. Former Interior Secretary Stuart Udall is among those demanding that the federal government stop Peabody from using the groundwater.