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New York State's long, contentious relationship with the Seneca Nation appears to have taken another negative turn. On Tuesday, an arbitration panel determined the Nation should resume making casino revenue-sharing payments to the state. "The Seneca people are angry. They can't believe these three judges came up with this decision," said John Kane, host of the radio show "Let's Talk Native."


Native Americans in North Dakota are facing an uphill challenge when it comes to their voting access rights. A recent change to that state’s voting law now requires all voters to have a street address listed on their ID – something many Native Americans living on North Dakota Reservations have never had. But what is the Native perspective on voting in American elections?


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As the Bison stands on the edge of history, about to take its place as an official American icon, some hope that the nationwide recognition will shed light on all parts of the creature’s history – including those the American government may be less than proud of.


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A banner was raised over Central Avenue in the village of Lancaster that supports keeping the school district sports name Redskins. The Lancaster School District is considering changing team nickname and mascot. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says many find the the nickname to be offensive to Native Americans. 


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The month of November has been declared Native American Month, a time set aside to recognize the significant contributions of America's first citizens. But as WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, one local Native American says it is not enough in dealing with the current struggles of those living on native territories. 

A week from Tuesday, voters across New York State will decide on a proposed amendment to authorize up to seven casinos in the state.

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A local member of the Native American community is warning of a possible demonstration against the governor's proposed casino in Western New York.


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Casino gaming revenues and taxes on cigarettes have been mounting issues in recent years for Native Americans in the Western New York region. WBFO's Eileen Buckley recently met with local "Let's Talk Native" radio host John Kane, who is confident these issues will come to a head and be resolved sometime this year.