Native Americans

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The NFL franchise in Washington, D.C., says it is officially retiring the moniker it has had for the past 87 years, which is widely viewed as a slur against Native Americans.

"Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review," the team said in a statement Monday.

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that about half of the land in Oklahoma is within a Native American reservation, a decision that will have major consequences for both past and future criminal and civil cases.

The court's decision hinged on the question of whether the Creek reservation continued to exist after Oklahoma became a state.

Columbus City Hall in downtown Columbus on April 15, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

A local advocate says the city's removal of its Christopher Columbus statue is the result of two forces converging: the current Black Lives Matter movement and the long-standing efforts of Indigenous activists.

On a recent Saturday in Everett, Mass., Native American women have gathered to learn some self-defense techniques. Before the class starts, sage is burned and instructor Shanda Poitra smudges and asks any Native energies to be with her.

"I just prayed, in my mind, thanking [the] Creator for opportunities and being with me today and helping really get the point across today," Poitra says.

The point?

Native women have a basic right to protect themselves.

A recent effort to preserve a historic Native American earthwork in Butler County points to a broader effort to recognize and honor Ohio's early mound builders. Eight ancient earthworks sites dating to the Hopewell era comprise the USA's first Ohio-centric bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Map depicting American Indian trails in Ohio from the book "Archeological Atlas of Ohio," by William C. Mills
Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society / Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Before Europeans settled here, Ohio was home to many different indigeonous cultures. From the Adena and Hopewell people, who constructed massive earthworks such as the Serpent Mound, to the Lenape or Delaware people, who were forced from their lands on the East Coast by expanding colonies.

For many people, turning on the tap or flushing the toilet is something we take for granted. But a report released Monday, called "Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States," shows that more than 2 million Americans live without these conveniences and that Native Americans are more likely to have trouble accessing water than any other group.

The Cherokee Nation has named its first delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. Former Obama appointee Kimberly Teehee's nomination was approved by the tribe's council on Thursday. Although the treaty that created this nonvoting position is almost 200 years old, it had never been filled.

The Red Men Sioux Tribe No. 128 in the Old North is actually a social club that dates back to the 1700s.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Caitlin McGurk lives in Clintonville. Every day on her way into work, she passes a sign on High Street in the Old North: "Red Men Sioux Tribe No. 128."

Nearly 100,000 Native Americans live in Ohio, 28% of them in Greater Cleveland. The community includes people from many tribes who arrived here generations ago after the Indian Relocation Act of 1956 encouraged Native Americans to move from reservations to urban areas.

In July, the baseball world will focus on Cleveland for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. That global spotlight won’t show a trace of Chief Wahoo on the field as the controversial Indians logo was dropped from team uniforms last fall.  But the familiar character with the red face and big-toothed grin is still for sale at the ballpark.  There are legal reasons to keep Wahoo in play.

Before a recent game, Chantice Thomas sat under a sun umbrella, across the road from Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland,

It's decision season at the U.S. Supreme Court, and there are a host of consequential cases the justices are deciding, from a controversial Trump administration proposal to adding a citizenship question to the census to gerrymandering and a question of separation of church and state.

As always, timing of which exact cases will be decided is unknown until the court releases them. The only clues are when the cases were argued, and, sometimes, that's not predictive either.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Native American rights in a 5-4 decision in a case out of Wyoming. Justice Neil Gorsuch, the only Westerner on the court, provided the decisive vote in this case, showing himself again to be sensitive to Native American rights.

Dayton has hired a national consulting firm that city officials say specializes in cultural and historic preservation to conduct testing at the site of a proposed National Football League-funded field.

The recently announced NFL project at Triangle Park has been on hold for more than a week after some Native American groups warned the park is home to Native burial remains. 

The National Football League announced it would sponsor construction of a new professional-quality turf football field at Triangle Park as part of the league’s centennial season.

The Cultural Significance Of Ohio Archaeological Sites

Apr 29, 2019
Courtesy of Ohio History Connection

The fire at Notre Dame this month shook the Western world, with billionaires pledging millions of dollars towards its restoration. 

The 13th century cathedral is an important cultural, historical, and religious symbol of Western Civilization.

Back in Ohio, however, culturally rich archaeological sites dating back more than a thousand years before Notre Dame are legally bulldozed. 

Today on All Sides, a closer look at Ohio’s ancient structures, who built them and how they shape the cultural identity of the state. 

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