Author Archives: Andrew Bentley

The First Thanksgiving, The Last of Its Kind

A Native American view of the first Thanksgiving, a time to mourn, a time to celebrate.

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Violence Against Native American Women

Andrew discusses how VAWA is helping prosecute crimes against women by non-Native assailants.

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ICWA, Part 2: About Baby Veronica

Andrew discusses the impact of the ICWA on the Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl and how it is still affecting Native Americans today.

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Indian Child Welfare Act: A Closer Look

Andrew touches on the Indian Child Welfare Act and the reasons why it was created.

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Wounded Knee for Sale: Update

The land where the massacre of Wounded Knee occured is up for sale by a private individual. He had offered the land to the Oglala Sioux Tribe who did not purchase it due to the inflated asking price and other reasons. Learn more.

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By the Numbers: Indian Gaming

Indian Gaming, while increasing revenue for some tribes, does not impact all Native American tribes. Many remain impoverished, struggling economically.

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By the Numbers: Tribal Economies

Some Native American tribes are successful in growing their economic independence, but only 3 of the about 65 reservations that National Relief Charities serve are included in that group. There is much need on the reservations that we serve.

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Sequester & Cuts to Indian Treaty Programs

Andrew discusses the impact that the sequestration has on the Indian Health Services and the health care that American Indians were promised.

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Buy Native: Indian Arts & Crafts

Andrew discusses the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and how it protects consumers and producers from buying mass-produced items that claim to be Native American made when they are not.

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Infant Mortality on Pine Ridge

The infant mortality rate on the Pine Ridge reservation is 300% higher than the national average.

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