Casinos, Native American tribes, and Major League Baseball are betting the most money ever on 2 competing California ballot initiatives. Neither Democrats or Republicans seem to care.

California voters will face two sports betting propositions on the ballot this fall. Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Image California voters will face two propositions on the ballot relating to sports betting this fall. Proposition 26 is aimed at in-person betting on tribal lands, while Proposition 27 is focused on online gaming. The […]

The Native American Healer Reviving the Medicine of Her Ancestors

When an elderly Lakota woman limped into the medical tent, one foot sporting a painful burn, Linda Black Elk knew just the herb that would help. She began boiling yarrow, a plant that blossoms golden yellow and has been prized for its healing properties for centuries. Though she had applied the remedy countless times, Black […]

Native Americans managed the prairie for better bison hunts

Enlarge (credit: Alfred Jacob Miller via Wikimedia Commons) Layers of charcoal residue buried beneath the northern Montana prairie show that pre-Columbian indigenous hunters on the Great Plains once burned patches of grassland to stimulate new growth. This created a tempting feast for bison herds, which the hunters then used to lure the bison in for […]

Court: Native American tribe can’t be a “sovereign” shield during patent review

Enlarge / Mylan Inc. CEO Heather Bresch holds up a two-pack of EpiPen as she testifies during a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee September 21, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images) In a unanimous decision, an appellate court has resoundingly rejected the legal claim that sovereign […]

Video shows Border Patrol vehicle striking down a Native American man and driving away

Associated Press/Russell Contreras A video that went viral on social media appears to show a Border Patrol vehicle striking down a Native American man in Arizona and driving away. Border Patrol says it is “actively investigating” the incident. The man in the video told the Arizona Daily Star he was treated in a hospital for […]

Meet the Socialite Who Helped Preserve — and Destroy — Native American Culture

The first time Alice Cunningham Fletcher heard Native American music — a cacophony of drumming and screaming — was on an autumn camping trip among the Sioux in 1881. Yet all around her, people were dancing and enjoying the complex rhythms and ululations. Fletcher’s training as an anthropologist told her to ignore her own preconceptions […]

This Harlem Native Rocked Roland Garros … Back in 1956

Three years after Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947, the world of tennis saw its own segregated traditionalism under siege. Thanks to a young woman from Harlem — a fierce competitor with a forehand forged on the Police Athletic League playgrounds — delaying integration was no longer feasible. Althea Gibson had […]

Could She Be the First Native American Congresswoman?

OZY first published this profile in September 2017. On Tuesday, June 5, Haaland won her Democratic primary election — putting her in prime position to make history this fall in the mostly blue seat. Deb Haaland seems most at ease when she’s pacing the hallways of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Striving to […]

Gmail’s native Offline mode is making its way to users’ accounts

You might have access to Google’s native Offline mode very, very soon if it hasn’t landed on your account yet. The feature, which debuted as part of Gmail’s redesign at Google I/O, has started rolling out to users. If you’re using a work or school account, your Google admin will have to enable it in […]