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    Native Mob gang leader sentenced to 43 years in federal prison

    A federal judge sentenced a leader of the Native Mob gang to 43 years in prison.
    Wakinyon Wakan McArthur, 36, was found guilty in March 2013 on racketeering, conspiracy and gun and drug charges. Federal prosecutors wanted to put him away for life, plus another 30 years, but the judge said he should be able to return to society at some point, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

    Tools Found in Alabama Woodland Indian Burials

    Alabama Woodland Indians buried there dead with a variety of tools intended for use in the afterlife. These tools were meant to help the dead in agriculture, hunting and survival. At various burials across the state of Alabama, stone tools, such as adzes, hoes, knives and arrowheads have been found in in close proximity to the dead within closed and sealed burials.

    Meaning of a Dog Totem

    In Native American legends, people relied on the symbolism of animals to guide them through life and impact their decisions. In some cases, an animal seen may translate into a future occurrence. Nine different animals act as these totem guides for each individual as needed at different life stages. A dog animal totem is apparent in the lives of many, as dogs are common household pets. Australian and tarot totems also assign dogs symbolic meanings.

    Martin David Robinson ~ Choctaw

    Martin David Robinson (September 26, 1925 – December 8, 1982), known professionally as Marty Robbins, was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and racing driver. One of the most popular and successful country and Western singers of all time for most of his nearly four-decade career, Robbins often topped the country music charts, and several of his songs also became pop hits.

    Douglas Blue Feather ~ Cherokee Nation

    Douglas Blue Feather, whose ancestry includes American Indian, Iberian, and European, is an internationally known recording artist and performer of music featuring the Native American flute. Recognized as one of the most prolific and accomplished flutists of today, he has released 16 CDs which have been heard on radio stations worldwide.

    As Wild Horses Overrun the West, Ranchers Fear Land Will Be Gobbled Up

    Utah — When he was a boy on a 150,000-acre ranch here in the desert mountains, which are so remote that there is no power line and electricity comes from a turbine in a mountain spring, Mark Wintch would thrill at the sight of a rare band of wild horses kicking up dust as they disappeared over a rise.

    BLM struggles to manage wild horse population as herds grow

    The Bureau of Land Management is spending $50 million a year to store wild horses on private property even as the herds continue to grow.
    Nearly 50,000 wild horses are in storage, The New York Times. Meanwhile, about 48,000 roam on public lands — a number that’s expected to grow to 100,000 in five years.

    FCC will consider petition to outlaw R-word on public airwaves

    The Federal Communications Commission will consider a petition to outlaw the broadcast of the R-word on the public airwaves.
    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has previously said the word is offensive. Now the agency will act on a the petition submitted by law professor John Banzhaf.

    Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Telling the indigenous story with public art

    Public Art, in general terms, is often said to be the catalyst for education and contemplation. It shapes history and reflects the lives and values of a community in a specific geography.
    This proposed art/history project (called The First Nations Sculpture Garden) remembers the past of the indigenous peoples of this area, the Dakotapi, and draws attention to the modern accomplishments of a People who have lived here for thousands of years and still do.

    A tribute to my mother who was lost to cancer

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Crystal Willcuts writes in honor of her mother:
     Who would have thought a short walk on the beach on an ordinary day could symbolize so many things. For me, it stood for inexpressible joy, safety, sorrow, and imminent heartbreak. My most precious memory, other than seeing my children for the first time, is as beautiful as it is mournful.

    Gaming’s $240 billion impact noted; Murren eyes fantasy sports

    The commercial and tribal gaming industries had a combined economic impact on communities where they are located of nearly $240 billion in 2013, according to a study conducted by the research arm of Oxford University.
    The findings, released as the Global Gaming Expo began its three-day run at the Sands Expo and Convention Center on Tuesday, marked the first time both the commercial casino industry and American Indian casinos were included together in one study.

    Report places economic impact of US gaming industry at $240B

    Tribal and commercial casinos contributed $240 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013, the American Gaming Association said in a report on Tuesday.
    The report did not provide exact figures from Indian Country — most of those numbers are well guarded. But the AGA said tribal facilities play an important role in shaping the U.S. gaming industry through jobs, revenues, direct and indirect spending as well as payroll and other taxes.

    Cherokee Nation chief apologizes for attending live pigeon shoot

    The leader of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma apologized for attending a live pigeon shoot but said he didn’t kill any birds despite the existence of a video that shows him with a gun during the event.
    Principal Chief Bill John Baker acknowledged his presence at the fundraiser for Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) earlier this month. The tribe donated $2,500 to the incumbent Republican’s re-election campaign and was listed as a “gold” sponsor of what was billed as a “dove hunt.”

    Native American Legend of The Moon and the Thunders http://bit.ly/11sU8zO

    Look To The Earth by Kenneth Meadows http://bit.ly/15n5Eks

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