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Navajo Nation Declares State of Emergency Over Water Shortages
Feb 06, 2013
The Navajo Nation is facing such severe water shortages due to frozen waterlines, run-down water storage containers and weather-damaged water systems that President Ben Shelly has declared a state of emergency for the reservation.He signed an emergency resolution on Friday...
Rushdie Ban Reveals the Shameful Truth about Kolkata
Feb 03, 2013
 “I hate Calcuttans,” the young woman in the row behind me whispered loudly to her friend sitting next to her.We were at the Jaipur Literature Festival and someone had risen from the audience to share a comment.“I am so-and-so from...
Nebraska Governor Approves New Keystone XL Pipeline Route
Jan 24, 2013
A day after President Barack Obama highlighted climate change in his inauguration speech, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, a Republican, approved the new route through the state for the contested Keystone XL pipeline wending its way through the U.S. from Canada...
Alaska Natives Tackle Youth Suicide With Lessons From the Land
Jan 19, 2013
Suicide-prevention camps for Alaska Native youth can start with a bang. A loud one. Some years ago, Yup’ik mentor Keggulluk was setting up a camp in northern Alaska with the help of an at-risk teen he’d taken under his wing....
Fight Starts Anew for Violence Against Women Act
Jan 15, 2013
Native American and congressional advocates of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) are frustrated that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., held up a compromise in the waning days of the 112th Congress that would have allowed the legislation to...
Idle No More's Theresa Spence to Continue Fast
Jan 14, 2013
First Nations were split over the effectiveness of meetings between their leaders, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a later gathering with Governor General David Johnston on Friday January 11.Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence boycotted the first meeting and went...
What Census Box Are Hispanics Supposed to Check Now?
Jan 08, 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau is considering changes to its questionnaire to make it easier for Latinos to identify themselves. Those in favor of the possible changes say they will lead to a more accurate snapshot of America's Hispanics. Those against...
Vinegar Key Ingredient to Preventing Cervical Cancer in India
Jan 07, 2013
Above: A medical team at Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India, poses with a woman who has just tested negative for cervical cancer, and her son who brought her in for screening. (Photo: Joanne Silberner)This story is part of a...
Isolated No More: 'Idle No More' Transcends U.S.-Canada Border
Jan 03, 2013
Above: Mista Wasis addresses the crowd at the Idle No More rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on December 21. Photo by Nadya KwandibensNAM EDITOR'S NOTE: Extensive and ongoing coverage of the Idle No More movement can be viewed in...
Indian Rape Protests Foretell Feminist Spring
Dec 31, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO – As a co-founder of Narika, a Bay Area-based helpline for South Asian victims of domestic violence, I have come across many incidents of sexual assault against women in my community. It happens with numbing regularity.But few things...
Social Paranoia Feeds U.S. Gun Culture
Dec 27, 2012
The gun has an indelible presence in America’s popular consciousness. The myth-making entertainment industry has embellished and magnified the gun’s prominent role in the narrative of the nation’s founding and rapid expansion across the continent over Indian lands and trackless...
Canadian Tribal Leader Resolute in Hunger Strike
Dec 24, 2012
Image: A Dakota group drums in honour of Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike, as 600 people attending an Idle No More rally in Vancouver, B.C. pray for her health. (Photo: David P. Ball)As Attawapiskat First Nation chief Theresa Spence enters...
'O Jacintha, We’re Just Kidding'
Dec 21, 2012
Ed Note: The suicide earlier this month of Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse in London’s King Edward VII Hospital where Kate Middleton, wife to Prince William, was being treated for morning sickness, points to what Canada-based author and journalist George Abraham...
STEM Jobs Bill Could Drown in Partisan Quagmire
Dec 13, 2012
 A prominent Indian American technology entrepreneur slammed the Obama administration for its opposition to a House jobs bill that would allocate 55,000 immigrant visas to foreign students who have obtained an advanced degree in science or technology in the U.S.The...
Ravi Shankar Was Our Columbus
Dec 12, 2012
Ravi Shankar was our Columbus. While one explorer came looking for India, the other took India to the world. Perhaps that’s why it’s only fitting that the first time I saw him perform was not in India, but at the...

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