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renee werner, 13, stands solemnly on the right side of the black-and-white photo, just feet from where a casket sits ready for burial.to her right, four american indians wearing traditional garb look down at the plot where their kaposia ancestors’ bones will be reburied.werner — whose last name is now ponto — often reflects on that day, when a ceremony was held to acknowledge the reburial of dakota indian remains on a piece of south st. paul land, where they were supposed to remain undisturbed.but ponto, 72, worries the site’s future is in danger, because part of it was sold to a private citizen. she’s prepared to fight for its protection. she wants the two recently sold lots, which were part of a tract donated to the south st. paul school district in 1927 for preservation, returned to the






west metro briefs: work restoring lake minnetonka american indian burial mounds


the hennepin county board is expected next week to approve $700,000 to repair and restore ancient american indian burial mounds found near lake minnetonka.in 2015, bulldozers unearthed burial mounds as reconstruction began on bushaway road, part of county road 101. experts had surveyed the land and thought the burial mounds were located 30 to 50 feet east of the construction site.work was halted immediately and plans redrawn at the breezy point intersection to nix a roundabout and realign the road, as hamline university archaeologists worked with the minnesota indian affairs council to restore the mounds.since that initial contract for $345,000 in 2015, county officials say there’s still more work for archaeologists, forensic specialists and trained field staffers to recover bone fragments






state apologizes for disturbing fond du lac burial site


duluth, minn. — state transportation officials have notified members of the fond du lac band that more human remains have been found at a highway construction site in duluth.minnesota department of transportation commissioner charles zelle has apologized to members of the fond du lac for disturbing a native american burial site. mndot stopped the highway 23 project as soon as the fond du lac band notified them about the burial site. the first remains were found last week with additional bones found this week.wdio-tv (http://bit.ly/2rypxcj ) reports mndot has hired an archaeology firm to do further site analysis. fond du lac conservation officers will provide security at the site to make sure nothing more is disturbed.






standing rock comes to berkeley through work of native american activist – the m


berkeley — in 1999, as emeryville looked to develop a former industrial site along shellmound street, corrina gould was among a group of activists who proposed an alternative vision to the city council.“we asked them to leave it as open space, and a place for ohlone people to come and pray for our ancestors,” said gould, an oakland resident and longtime native american activist. “but this was the dot-com era. there was a big push for gentrification. emeryville said it needed the money, and so they created what was supposed to be a ‘green’ mall.”today, with almost 400,000 square feet of shops, 383 homes, a hotel and a 15-screen cinema, bay street emeryville describes itself as a social hub whose character is “drawn from the rich history of its bayside site as a place where people have gathe






standing rock comes to berkeley through work of native american activist – the m


berkeley — in 1999, as emeryville looked to develop a former industrial site along shellmound street, corrina gould was among a group of activists who proposed an alternative vision to the city council.“we asked them to leave it as open space, and a place for ohlone people to come and pray for our ancestors,” said gould, an oakland resident and longtime native american activist. “but this was the dot-com era. there was a big push for gentrification. emeryville said it needed the money, and so they created what was supposed to be a ‘green’ mall.”today, with almost 400,000 square feet of shops, 383 homes, a hotel and a 15-screen cinema, bay street emeryville describes itself as a social hub whose character is “drawn from the rich history of its bayside site as a place where people have gathe






more bones unearthed in duluth days after state apologizes for desecrating india


more human remains have been found at a duluth road construction site, a week after work was stopped and a day after state transportation officials apologized for desecrating indian graves.jim jones, cultural resource director for the minnesota indian affairs council, said investigators were called to the site friday to examine the remains after they were spotted by someone walking through the area late thursday night.but jones said it was unclear whether they were indian remains.“we can’t say for sure,” he said.work was halted last month on about a half-block portion of the hwy. 23 construction project after members of the fond du lac band of lake superior chippewa told state officials the area had a “high potential” of being an indian burial site.on june 6, remains were found in another






more bones unearthed in duluth days after state apologizes for desecrating india


more human remains have been found at a duluth road construction site, a week after work was stopped and a day after state transportation officials apologized for desecrating chippewa indian graves.jim jones, cultural resource director for the minnesota indian affairs council, said investigators were called to the site friday to examine the remains after they were spotted by someone walking through the area late thursday night.but jones said it was unclear whether they were native remains.“we can’t say for sure,” he said.work was halted last month on about half-block portion of the highway 23 construction project after members of the fond du lac band of lake superior chippewa told state officials the area had a “high potential” of being a native american burial site. on june 6, remains wer






wisconsin committee to vote on burial sites bill


madison, wis. — a wisconsin legislative committee is set to vote on a bill that would require the state historical director to consider evidence for adding land to the state's burial sites catalog.catalog inclusion means developers need a permit from the wisconsin historical society director. republicans introduced a bill in 2015 that would have allowed quarry owners to excavate ho-chunk nation burial mounds to prove human remains are buried there. the measure went nowhere but spurred legislative leaders to appoint a committee to study burial site protections.the committee came up with a bill that requires the director to consider whether evidence of human remains exist before cataloguing a site and establishes a process for challenging decisions.the assembly committee on environment and f






south metro briefs: mendota heights site recognized by national register of hist


pilot knob, a sacred indigenous burial ground and gathering place referenced in early explorers' and settlers' writings, was listed march 14 on the national register of historic places as a site worthy of preservation, according to a pilot knob preservation association news release. the site is called "oheyawahi" in dakota, meaning a "sacred place much visited; the place where people go for burials."the 112-acre site comprises both public and private land in mendota heights. within that area is historic pilot knob, a 25-acre natural area owned by the city of mendota heights with views of the minnesota and mississippi rivers, fort snelling and the minneapolis and st. paul skylines.oheyawahi/pilot knob was an important landmark in minnesota's early history. the rock formation atop the hill w






gunfight between indian police, rebels kills 5 in kashmir


srinagar, india — rebels attacked a police squad in the indian portion of kashmir, triggering a gunbattle that left three civilians, one officer and an assailant dead, police said sunday.the unit came under fire saturday night as it reached a road accident site on a key highway connecting kashmir valley with the rest of india, said senior police officer s.p. pani.he said the dead civilians were road construction officials of a private company.one civilian and one police officer also were injured in the shootout, he said.police believe two insurgents escaped under the cover of darkness after the officers swiftly retaliated in malpora , a village 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of srinagar, the main city in the indian-held kashmir.on sunday, thousands of people participated in the burial of t






woman killed as indian troops battle kashmir rebels


srinagar, india (ap) — police say a woman has been killed and several others injured during anti-india protests and clashes in indian-controlled kashmir that erupted after government forces launched an operation against rebels in the disputed region.police say indian troops on saturday came under fire from militants as soldiers laid a cordon around southern dyalgam village.senior officer muneer ahmed khan says after a brief exchange of gunfire, militants took a refuge inside a home where some civilians were also trapped. he says the woman was killed in the crossfire.intense clashes followed as hundreds of civilians marched near the gunbattle site in solidarity with rebels while demanding an end to indian rule over the region.most read storiessave over 90% on select subscriptions.india and






american indian movement founder dennis banks dies at 80


dennis banks, a longtime national american indian activist who was acquitted in the famed 1970s wounded knee murder trial, has died, his family said early monday. banks was 80 years old.“our father dennis j. banks started his journey to the spirit world at 10:10 pm on october 29, 2017,” reads a post on banks’ facebook page signed by his children and grandchildren.“as he took his last breaths, [son] minoh sang him four songs for his journey,” the notice continued. “all the family who were present prayed over him and said our individual goodbyes. then we proudly sang him the aim [american indian movement] song as his final send off.”native news online, a national website covering american indian issues, reported sunday in a dispatch from rochester that banks developed pneumonia following ope






gunfight between indian police, rebels kills 5 in kashmir


srinagar, india (ap) — rebels attacked a police squad in the indian portion of kashmir, triggering a gunbattle that left three civilians, one officer and an assailant dead, police said sunday.senior police officer s.p. pani said the unit came under fire saturday night as it reached a road accident site on a key highway connecting kashmir valley with the rest of india.he said the dead civilians were road construction officials of a private company.police believe two insurgents escaped under the cover of darkness after the officers swiftly retaliated in malpora , a village 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of srinagar, the main city in the indian-held kashmir.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.on sunday, thousands of people participated in the burial of the militant who c






gunfight between indian police, rebels kills 5 in kashmir


srinagar, india (ap) — rebels attacked a police squad in the indian portion of kashmir, triggering a gunbattle that left three civilians, one officer and an assailant dead, police said sunday.the unit came under fire saturday night as it reached a road accident site on a key highway connecting kashmir valley with the rest of india, said senior police officer s.p. pani.he said the dead civilians were road construction officials of a private company.one civilian and one police officer also were injured in the shootout, he said.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.police believe two insurgents escaped under the cover of darkness after the officers swiftly retaliated in malpora , a village 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of srinagar, the main city in the indian-held kashmir






gunfight between indian police, rebels kills 5 in kashmir


srinagar, india — rebels attacked a police squad in the indian portion of kashmir, triggering a gunbattle that left three civilians, one officer and an assailant dead, police said sunday.the unit came under fire saturday night as it reached a road accident site on a key highway connecting kashmir valley with the rest of india, said senior police officer s.p. pani.he said the dead civilians were road construction officials of a private company.police believe two insurgents escaped under the cover of darkness after the officers swiftly retaliated in malpora , a village 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of srinagar, the main city in the indian-held kashmir.on sunday, thousands of people participated in the burial of the militant who came from a village in the indian portion of kashmir. they chan






south metro to host metro-wide pow wow event for graduating seniors


farmington public schools has joined forces with other south metro school districts to host its first-ever powwow for graduating american indian students.students from burnsville, lakeville, shakopee and prior lake-savage schools will participate in the south of the river pow-wow to celebrate their cultural heritage and achievements. the public also is invited.the event, held in collaboration with the shakopee mdewakanton sioux community and the prairie island indian community, will recognize more than 25 american indian students saturday, may 20, at burnsville high school.numen smith is one of the leaders behind the event. smith began working for the farmington district last year as its first indian liaison. in 2015, the minnesota legislature approved funding that gave farmington about $2






south sudan rebels say they've abducted 2 indian engineers


kampala, uganda — south sudan's armed opposition says it has abducted two indian engineers and accused them of working with the government.it was not clear when the abduction in oil-rich upper nile state occurred. the east african country has been devastated by three years of civil war, and its oil industry is a key source of income.opposition spokesman william gatjiath deng said saturday the two indian nationals would be held until a decision is made by opposition leader riek machar, who is in exile in south africa.another opposition spokesman, mabior garang, says ransom or other demands are unlikely because they would be "would be inconsistent with our objectives."spokesmen for south sudan's army were not immediately available for comment. the indian embassy in south sudan had no immedia






indian americans rise to key roles in trump’s administration


the trump appointments coincide with a surge in the election of indian americans to congress, though all are democrats.washington —indian americans are the most prominent ethnic minority in president donald trump’s largely white, male administration.with nikki haley as u.s. ambassador to the united nations, ajit pai as chairman of the federal communications commission and seema verma nominated to lead the centers for medicare and medicaid services, indian americans have key roles in shaping administration policy, from international relations to internet access to health care.another indian american, harmeet dhillon, a san francisco trial lawyer who is a member of the republican national committee, is a top candidate to lead the justice department’s civil-rights division.most read storiesun






woman killed as indian troops battle kashmir rebels


srinagar, india — a woman was killed and several others injured during anti-india protests and clashes in indian-controlled kashmir that erupted on saturday after government forces launched an operation against rebels in the disputed region, police said.indian troops came under fire from militants as soldiers laid a cordon around southern dyalgam village following a tip that rebels were hiding there, said senior police officer muneer ahmed khan.after a brief exchange of fire, militants took a refuge inside a home where civilians, including women, were also trapped. khan said the woman was killed in the crossfire.however, locals said that several men and women rushed to the house where the militants took shelter and asked soldiers to give them safe passage. the residents said troops were no






south metro to host metro-wide pow wow event for graduating seniors


farmington public schools has joined forces with other south metro school districts to host its first-ever powwow for graduating american indian students.students from burnsville, lakeville, shakopee and prior lake-savage schools will participate in the south of the river pow-wow to celebrate their cultural heritage and achievements. the public also is invited.the event, held in collaboration with the shakopee mdewakanton sioux community and the prairie island indian community, will recognize more than 25 american indian students saturday at burnsville high school.numen smith is one of the leaders behind the event. smith began working for the farmington district last year as its first indian liaison. in 2015, the minnesota legislature approved funding that gave farmington about $27,000 to






south dakota jury acquits consultant who helped american indian tribe develop ma


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressflandreau, s.d. (ap) — south dakota jury acquits consultant who helped american indian tribe develop marijuana resort.the associated press






egypt says it's found burial chamber dating back 3,700 years


cairo — egypt's ministry of antiquities says a burial chamber dating back about 3,700 years has been found, attached to a recently discovered pyramid belonging to the 13th dynasty.the ministry says the discovery was made at an archaeological site in the area of dahshour, on the outskirts of giza. the ministry says the chamber was likely that of the daughter of 13th dynasty king emnikamaw, whose pyramid is located about 600 meters (yards) away.wednesday's statement says the chamber contains four canopic jars and a plate with hieroglyphic writings meant to protect the body.last month, archaeologists found remains of a pyramid in the same area with hieroglyphics bearing king emnikamaw's name.the ministry says excavation work is continuing to reveal the rest of what's left of the pyramid.






grieving chicago-area family's lawsuit: casket tipped into grave, top came off


one of the chicago area's top jewish funeral homes botched a burial so badly — spilling the casket into the grave so the cover toppled off — that dozens of mourners began to scream, cry and run to their cars, according to a lawsuit filed by the deceased man's family this week.over 100 family and friends gathered in april for the burial of chicago tax attorney paul horowitz at shalom memorial park in arlington heights, a jewish cemetery operated by shalom memorial funeral home, according to the lawsuit.as the casket was being lowered into the ground, it "crashed and plummeted suddenly," causing the top to be dislodged and exposing the white burial shroud the body was buried in, according to the lawsuit and the family's attorney. the rabbi conducting the service and others jumped into the gr






remembering the anti-apartheid giant ahmed kathrada |


johannesburg, south africa - flags were lowered to half-mast and mourners lined the streets outside westpark cemetery on wednesday morning. many embraced tearfully as the white hearse, escorted by a fleet of police motorcycles and bearing the coffin draped in the ruling african national congress flag of green, yellow and black, made its way towards heroes' acre. this burial site for prominent south africans is the final resting place for ahmed kathrada, stalwart of the anti-apartheid struggle, activist and former political prisoner. south africa is a nation in mourning. after three-quarters of a century fighting for equality, freedom and dignity, kathrada's watch has ended. fondly known as "uncle kathy", kathrada died in hospital early on tuesday morning, aged 87, due to complications foll






indian outsourcing firms look to get ahead of immigration curbs


new delhi—under pressure from president donald trump’s administration, indian outsourcing firms are working behind the scenes to prevent potential immigration curbs in the u.s., their most important market.indian information-technology firms are boosting efforts to lobby u.s. lawmakers and are considering ways to train american workers for tasks that indian workers come to the u.s. to do.indian prime minister narendra modi...






shortage of native american doctors raises concern


phoenix (ap) — dena wilson never doubted what she wanted to do with her life while growing up on the pine ridge indian reservation in south dakota.her mother worked at the indian health service as a social worker, and aside from a brief desire to be a bird in kindergarten, wilson knew she wanted to become a doctor.wilson attended chadron state college in nebraska and then the university of washington for medical school. after that, she pursued a cardiology fellowship at the university of arizona’s medical center, and she worked for a native cardiology program in northern arizona before coming to phoenix to work for the indian health service.“just growing up, receiving care in the indian health service, knowing there was such a shortage, and never seeing any other native providers, this was






pilot knob in dakota county is designated historic site


while wandering through the woods and prairies of the pilot knob area in mendota heights last week, gail lewellan overheard a fellow hiker and college student telling his friends about its historical significance.“it was so heartening for me,” said lewellan, co-chair of the pilot knob preservation association.lewellan and many others have fought for recognition of pilot knob as an important cultural and historic site for nearly 15 years. this spring, it achieved a milestone — it was named to the national register of historic places, an honor that advocates and american indians hope will garner it additional protection from development.“this designation opens the door to a new level of public awareness,” lewellan said.the 112-acre site is composed of public and private land, including about






pilot knob in dakota county is designated historic site


while wandering through the woods and prairies of the pilot knob area in mendota heights last week, gail lewellan overheard a fellow hiker and college student telling his friends about its historical significance."it was so heartening for me," said lewellan, co-chair of the pilot knob preservation association.lewellan and many others have fought for recognition of pilot knob as an important cultural and historic site for nearly 15 years. this spring, it achieved a milestone — it was named to the national register of historic places, an honor that advocates and american indians hope will garner it additional protection from development."this designation opens the door to a new level of public awareness," lewellan said.the 112-acre site is composed of public and private land, including about






pilot knob in dakota county is designated historice site


while wandering through the woods and prairies of the pilot knob area in mendota heights last week, gail lewellan overheard a fellow hiker and college student telling his friends about its historical significance."it was so heartening for me," said lewellan, co-chair of the pilot knob preservation association.lewellan and many others have fought for recognition of pilot knob as an important cultural and historic site for nearly 15 years. this spring, it achieved a milestone — it was named to the national register of historic places, an honor that advocates and american indians hope will garner it additional protection from development."this designation opens the door to a new level of public awareness," lewellan said.the 112-acre site is composed of public and private land, including about






pilot knob in dakota county is designated as a historic site after 15-year effor


while wandering through the woods and prairies of the pilot knob area in mendota heights last week, gail lewellan overheard a fellow hiker and college student telling his friends about its historical significance.“it was so heartening for me,” said lewellan, co-chair of the pilot knob preservation association.lewellan and many others have fought for recognition of pilot knob as an important cultural and historic site for nearly 15 years. this spring, it achieved a milestone — it was named to the national register of historic places, an honor that advocates and american indians hope will garner it additional protection from development.“this designation opens the door to a new level of public awareness,” lewellan said.the 112-acre site is composed of public and private land, including about






american indian movement founder dennis banks dies at 80


dennis banks, a longtime national american indian activist who was acquitted in the famed 1970s wounded knee uprising trial, has died, his family said early monday. banks was 80 years old.“our father dennis j. banks started his journey to the spirit world at 10:10 p.m. on october 29, 2017,” reads a post on banks’ facebook page signed by his children and grandchildren.“as he took his last breaths, [son] minoh sang him four songs for his journey,” the notice continued. “all the family who were present prayed over him and said our individual goodbyes. then we proudly sang him the aim [american indian movement] song as his final send off.”native news online, a national website covering american indian issues, reported sunday in a dispatch from rochester that banks developed pneumonia following






american indian movement founder dennis banks dies at 80


dennis banks, a longtime national american indian activist who was acquitted in the famed 1970s wounded knee uprising trial, has died, his family said early monday. banks was 80 years old."our father dennis j. banks started his journey to the spirit world at 10:10 p.m. on october 29, 2017," reads a post on banks' facebook page signed by his children and grandchildren."as he took his last breaths, [son] minoh sang him four songs for his journey," the notice continued. "all the family who were present prayed over him and said our individual goodbyes. then we proudly sang him the aim [american indian movement] song as his final send off."native news online, a national website covering american indian issues, reported sunday in a dispatch from rochester that banks developed pneumonia following






tribal chief who signed treaty with pilgrims to be reburied


providence, r.i. (ap) — the remains of the wampanoag leader who forged a peaceful relationship with the pilgrims will be reburied at his original gravesite in rhode island.members of the wampanoag nation have spent 20 years tracking down the remains and artifacts of massasoit ousamequin. it was their “spiritual and cultural obligation,” said ramona peters, who coordinated the effort.ousamequin signed the first treaty with the pilgrims after they arrived on the mayflower, promising in 1621 in the village that became plymouth, massachusetts, to protect each other, according to the wampanoags. the peace lasted for decades.ousamequin was buried on a hilltop in warren overlooking narragansett bay. his remains and artifacts were scattered when a railroad was built through the burial site nearly






meet the stone age woman with a modern-looking face


the pretty face of a woman who lived more than 13,000 years ago in what is now thailand, and is considered a likely descendant of the first humans to populate southeast asia, is seeing the light of day.scientists have created a digital reconstuction of the woman’s face based on skeletal remains found in 2002 in the tham lod rock shelter in northwest thailand. though fragmented, the remains included the bones of the skull and teeth. [images: a new face for ötzi the iceman mummy]it appears the body was laid to rest on its left side in a flexed position and with a hammerstone (stone used as a hammer) across the forearm.the estimation of facial soft-tissue depths and shapes of facial features (eyes, nose, mouth, ears). susan hayes above the burial was a circle with five large pebbles and round






land transfer brings closure to lummi tribe 20 years after ancestors’ remains di


a procession, song and prayer commemorated a transfer of land at semiahmoo, from the city of blaine to the lummi nation.semiahmoo spit, whatcom county — first there was a human cranium, then a large leg bone, and teeth; then al scott johnnie knew he was looking at the remains of his ancestors, disturbed in the construction of a sewage treatment plant. the violation of a lummi village site and burial ground at semiahmoo spit nearly 20 years ago was remembered this week, in a ceremonial procession. once there, harry robinson, mayor of blaine, signed over the deed to the nearly 2-acre site to tim ballew ii, chairman of the lummi indian business council, on behalf of the lummi nation. “it is good to see this finally happening, that we were able to bring some closure,” said ballew, who signed t






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