Native American Rock Opera group to audition for “America’s Got Talent”
Courtesy of 9NEWS.com in Denver
Brule, a Native American rock opera group, is stopping by the Colorado Indian Market this weekend. Then, they’re off for another stage.
Here’s the 9NEWS’ story on the group.
In two weeks, the ensemble will audition for America’s Got Talent. Producers of the NBC show spotted the group as the performed their ongoing show in Branson, Missouri.
This weekend, the Native American dancers, singers and musicians will bring their talents to the stage at the Colorado Indian Market.
“I think it’s one of the best showcases of Native American talent and artistry in the country,” LaRoche said of the event.
Tracing tribal heritage through DNA questioned
It may be true that an Arizona company can tell if a person is Cherokee through blood tests – but does that really make them Cherokee?
The Tahlequah Daily Press reports that one Cherokee Nation representative noted DNA doesn’t necessarily make them a true Cherokee.
“Cherokee is a cultural, social and political designation,” said Julia Coates, at-large Cherokee Nation tribal councilor. “There is no biological definition of ‘Cherokee.’ There are several large biological populations in the American hemisphere, but to my understanding, each contains numerous distinct cultural groups.
Census Bureau expands Oneida reservation to 300,000 acres
New lines drawn by the Census Bureau have hugely expanded the Oneida Reservation in New York. The expansion, in fact, blew up the reservation from 32 acres to more than 3,000, Syracuse.com reports. It’s unclear when the new boundary lines were drawn and government officials are wondering if they’re right.
As of last June, the Oneida reservation on Census Bureau maps was just a 32-acre dot in Madison County. By October, the reservation had sprawled across all or part of at least 18 towns, five villages and three cities. The new map follows the boundaries of the 36-year-old Oneida Indian land claim, which was tossed out of federal court just last week.
The Census Bureau can adjust boundaries of Indian reservations if tribes submit documents showing the change. If there is any controversy, the bureau will seek an opinion from the Department of Interior. County officials say they’re trying to find out if the Oneidas asked for the change and whether Interior, which includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs, weighed in.
An Oneida nation spokesman did not return phone calls Wednesday. An Interior Department spokeswoman said she had no information yet.
A Oneida Nation Daily Dispatch story printed this statement:
According to OIN Spokesman Mark Emery, this isn’t a new issue or a recent amendment to the map.
“The map, which is prepared by the United States, properly reflects the United States’ longstanding position on the Oneida Nation reservation,” he said in a e-mail statement. “Any previous maps that suggested a different reservation were inaccurate legally, factually and historically, and corrections are appropriate. . . “
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