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(MPRN-Lansing) Schools may be changing their Native American mascots in the near future. That’s thanks to an amendment to the Tribal-State Gaming Compact between the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) and the State of Michigan. 

Courtesy of Monica Padula Washington

Kalamazoo resident Monica Padula Washington says videos on social media that showed attacks on protestors in North Dakota inspired her to make the trip to Standing Rock. Padula Washington joined the protests in November. 


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Members of a Michigan Indian tribe are heading west to help fight a controversial oil pipeline. The Gun Lake Band of Potawatomi says some members of the tribe based in Allegan County will go to North Dakota. It says they'll help support efforts by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to block the Dakota Access Pipeline project.

Michigan documentary filmmaker Audrey Geyer knows what most people talk about when it comes to Native Americans -- casinos or mascots. But she says there’s so much more to their story that isn’t being told. With her new documentary, called Our Fires Still Burn, Geyer shares the past history and contemporary stories that have made Michigan’s Native American tribes into what they are today.


Courtesy of Western Michigan University

Billy Mills says he was innocent and naïve and believed he could win the gold medal in the 10,000 meter run in the 1964 Olympics. But few others thought he had a chance. 


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