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  • California's Lost Tribes

    More American Indians call California home than any other state. But California's Indians seem invisible because their identity has been buried by an avalanche of federal policies, many of them ill-conceived and destructive, designed to absorb Indians into mainstream society.
  • The Unfashionable

    In the year of "Dances with Wolves," everybody wanted to be on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Nearly a decade later, it can hardly get a quorum. Reporter Peter Carlson looks at the problems still plaguing America's Indian reservations, from extreme poverty to an inefficient bureaucracy at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
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    The story offers a window into Indian gambling casinos in California, and the attraction of criminals and scam artists to these lucrative enterprises. The San Francisco Chronicle learned that a group of land speculators, including a man previously convicted of theft and others sued for fraud, were behind a proposal to develop 321 acres of farmland -- one of the last stretches of open space on the San Francisco Bay. The group has disguised its plans to eventually build a gambling casino at the site. In a profit-sharing scheme, the speculators have teamed up with the Hopland Pomo Indians to establish a new Indian Reservation on the acreage -- and then declare the site immune from federal gaming laws. (March 16, 1996)
  • Let Them Eat Brazil Nuts

    This article explores the "green" and "cause-related" marketing phenomenon in which companies associate themselves with social activities or the use of certain products as a way of distinguishing their brands. The centerpiece of the article is the rain forest harvest, the third world project launched to promote capitalism among Amazon Indians. (March/April 1996)
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    The Grand Rapids Press (MI) investigates allegations of sexual and physical abuse by two nuns at a Catholic school for American Indians in Northern Michigan. Eighty former American Indian students told of physical and emotional abuse. Nine men came forward and accused the nuns of sexually abusing them as children, 1994.
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    The Progressive details how gambling casinos set up on indian reservations is often not as beneficial as promised; white management companies often pressure and bribe their way into contracts which guarantee an overwhelming majority of the profits for years; indians, no longer eligible for federal assistence, are often left no better off than before the casinos came and are exploited by casino management, August 1994.
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    Discover describes the ordeal of finding the cause of a disease which originally struck Navajo Indians in New Mexico; includes a description of the chase, what caused the illness and how the media stigmatized Navajoes and then moved on, December 1993.
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    E Magazine tells the story of the Sequoyah Fuels factory, which processed radioactive uranium with no regard for safety or the environment; finally the efforts of Cherokee indians in the area shut down the plant, January - February 1994.
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    Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News tells the story of how the white art world has tried for most of this century to get a culturally important set of hand-carved totems from an Alaskan tribe, finally succeeding a decade ago but ending in a court decision in favor of the indians; describes the historical, cultural and artistic components of the controversy, April - November, 1993.
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    The Courier (Houma, La.) reveals how the tribal leaders of local indians endangered the tribe's ability to recieve federal assistance grants and that money was improperly funneled to certain tribal leaders, July 25 - 29, 1993.