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15 Facts About Our National Mammal: The American Bison

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Laws/Regulations,Native Americans

https://www.doi.gov/blog/15-facts-about-our-national-mammal-american-bison

The American bison became the national mammal of the U.S. on 5/9/2016 when President Obama signed into law the National Bison Legacy Act.  Here are 15 facts about bisons including their size, eyesight, lifespan, importance to Native Americans, and why you should be cautious if their tail is sticking straight up.  Includes some great photos.  From the Department of the Interior.

 

2015 Report on the Status of Virginia Tribes

Categories: Native Americans,Virginia Issues

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/RD1212016/$file/RD121.pdf

Brief review of 2015 developments including the federal recognition of the Pamunkey Tribe, announced on July 2, and the challenge raised by a California-based anti-gambling group on October 2.  From the Secretary of the Commonwealth

 

Number of Minority- and Women-Owned Firms Each Increase by More than 2 Million Nationally

Categories: African Americans,Asian Americans,Business/Economics,Hispanics,Native Americans,Statistics,Women

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-209.html

Los Angeles County led the nation in the number of Hispanic-, Asian-, and American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms in 2012 and ranked second in the number of African American-owned firms. Shows an overall rise of minority-owned firms from 5.8 million in 2007 to 8.0 million in 2012. From the Census Bureau

 

Jails in Indian Country, 2014

Categories: Crime/Justice,Native Americans,Statistics

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/jic14.pdf

Provides information about jails in Indian country including number of facilities, number of inmates, types of offenses, and average length of stays. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

Census Bureau Reports at least 350 Languages Spoken in U.S. Homes

Categories: Language,Native Americans,Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-185.html

Press release with links to tables that show variety of languages spoken in U.S. homes. Previously only 39 languages were covered by the American Community Survey. Also covers 150 different Native American languages. From the Census Bureau

 

2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report: Chartbook on Care Coordination

Categories: African Americans,Health/Medical,Hispanics,Income/Poverty,Native Americans,Statistics

http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/2014chartbooks/carecoordination/2014nhqdr-care.pdf

One of the supporting reports associated with the annual National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, which reports on disparities in health care experienced by different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.  This chartbook includes a summary of trends across measures of care coordination from the QDR.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Interior Department Issues Final Determination for Two Federal Acknowledgment Petitioners

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Headlines,Native Americans,Virginia Issues

http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/text/idc1-030832.pdf

Press release on federal recognition for the Pamunkey Indian Tribe of Southeastern Virginia.  From the Bureau of Indian Affairs

 

Indian Gaming: Regulation and Oversight by the Federal Government, States, and Tribes

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Native Americans

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/670603.pdf

Reviews how the federal, state, and tribal governments regulate Indian gaming, according to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, and the role of the National Indian Gaming Commission.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

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