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An Indian Tribe With 200 Members Gains U.S. Recognition

An Indian Tribe With 200 Members Gains U.S. Recognition

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Department of Interior granted federal recognition to a Virginia Indian tribe for the first time on July 2, more than 400 years after the first permanent English settlers encountered those Indians.  The federal designation allows the Pamunkey Indian Tribe to receive certain federal benefits on medical care, housing and education, among other [...]
In Charleston, the Question Turns to Forgiveness and AngerCHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night’s revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the White man accused of killing nine of the historic Black church’s members, including the pastor. A churchgoer herself, Simmons admits [...]
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Making Alabama Stronger Is the Right Thing to DoWhat makes a state strong? Answers to that question will vary, but healthy people, a dependable workforce, a stable government, safe streets and vibrant communities come to mind. Putting aside my own list for a moment, I wonder what would happen if our lawmakers used such a measuring stick for managing Alabama’s finances. As General [...]
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Arrest of Black Activist Over ‘Lynching’ Is CriticizedSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Sacramento police arrested Black activist Maile Hampton over her role in a Black Lives Matter protest in January, authorities didn’t charge her with obstructing traffic, trespassing or disturbing the peace. They charged her with felony lynching. No one was killed or even hurt in the demonstration. But the 20-year-old woman [...]
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Texas Residents Win Law for Streetlights in NeighborhoodsResidents in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas celebrated on June 26 that their communities are one step closer to receiving streetlights, an infrastructure improvement that residents who live in areas known as colonias have wanted for decades because they boost safety. Residents met in San Juan with state lawmakers to mark the passage of [...]
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Young Kids of Color Are Now Majority for That Group  In recent months, Ferguson, the “Black Lives Matter” movement, Charleston, immigration reform and the growing clout of Latinos have reminded people that race remains front and center in the United States. Now, federal data back up the fact that the country is becoming increasingly diverse in terms of race and ethnicity. For the first [...]
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Pope Will Meet U.S. Homeless, Immigrants and PrisonersVATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He’ll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty — a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the [...]
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‘Racism Is Not Always a Terrorist With a Gun’We mourn for the families of the dead at The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. As we grieve, it’s time to rekindle a conversation about race in America and press for the changes that the Emanuel congregation championed for centuries — changes that also made it a target. The conversation needs [...]
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American Indian Logos Are Banned in Madison SchoolsMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sports fans may have to leave their Blackhawks, Indians or Redskins gear at home if they plan on entering a Madison public school next year. Starting this fall, public school students in Wisconsin’s capital city cannot wear shirts, hats or other items that display the name, logo or mascot of any [...]
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Grassroots Groups: Charleston Shooting Was ‘Terrorism’For many people in the United States, Thursday, June 18 came to an emotional halt of sorts, as they attempted to process the slayings the night before of nine worshippers at The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. News ricocheted about the arrest of the suspect, Dylann Roof. On June 19, the 150th [...]
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