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What Oklahoman Wes Studi said in Cherokee at the Oscars

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Oklahoman and Cherokee actor Wes Studi introduced a montage of military movies at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night. Studi spoke about his service as a soldier during the Vietnam War. At the end of his speech, Studi spoke in the Cherokee language. According to a Tweet from the Cherokee Nation on Monday morning, he said:“Hello. Appreciation to all veterans & Cherokees who’ve served. Thank you!” Studi most recently starred in “Hostiles” (2017). His starring credits also include the Oscar-winning films “Avatar” (2009), “The Last of the Mohicans” (1992) and “Dances with Wolves” (1990). Additionally, he appeared in...

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Irish prime minister visits the Choctaws to thank them for $170 donation 171 years ago

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DURANT — Two nations bound by 19th-century tragedies — one natural, another man-made — rekindled their unlikely friendship Monday when Ireland Prime Minister Leo Varadkar addressed the Choctaw Nation. “The story of our two peoples — the Irish people and the Choctaw people — symbolizes the spirit of St. Patrick, our patron saint, perhaps better than anything else,” Varadkar told a gathering of tribal elders and dignitaries. Varadkar visited to thank the tribe for $170 given 171 years ago. In 1847, as a devastating potato famine was killing a million people in Ireland and forcing two million more to flee,...

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There’s Never Been a Native American Congresswoman. That Could Change in 2018.

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ALBUQUERQUE — When Deb Haaland was a child, she would rise early on this state’s sun-beaten tribal land, sling a water jar around her waist and climb the mesa overlooking her pueblo. It was as high as she ever thought she would go. Now, she is among a historic number of Native American women running for elective office. None has ever served in Congress, but that could change this year if Ms. Haaland wins. In all, there are at least four indigenous women running for Congress, three more are bidding for governors’ offices and another 31 are campaigning for seats in state...

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A Historic Number of Native American Women Are Running for Office:'We're Helping to Clear a Path'

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Peggy Flanagan had wanted to be a special education teacher. She'd volunteered in special education classrooms for almost a decade. She'd earned her diploma in the field. But toward the end of her time in school, she ended up on a drive past Sen. Paul Wellstone's reelection headquarters. Wellstone, a progressive lion, had served two terms in the Senate. He wanted a third. (He died in a plane crash less than two weeks before the race.) Flanagan liked him, in particular for his simple conviction that politics could improve people's lives. On a whim, Flanagan decided to stop in. "I stuffed envelopes...

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Martin Sensmeier to Star in Jim Thorpe Movie From Angelina Jolie

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Thorpe was the legendary athlete who won two Olympic gold medals representing the United States and went on to help found the NFL. Native American athlete Jim Thorpe is getting the big-screen treatment. Angelina Jolie will produce Bright Path:The Jim Thorpe Story, which will star Martin Sensmeier (Wind River, Westworld) as the multitalented athlete and member of the Sac and Fox Nation. In 1912, Thorpe won two Olympic gold medals representing the United States while his citizenship went unrecognized during a period of cultural genocide against Native Americans. He went on to play Major League Baseball, professional football and eventually founded the...

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