By DIRK LAMMERS
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP)

The FBI says a black civil rights activist was killed during the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, and it suspects militant members of the American Indian Movement are responsible, according to recently released documents.

The hundreds of pages of reports provided to Buffalo, N.Y., attorney Michael Kuzma and shared with The Associated Press recently shed new light on the 40-year-old case of Ray Robinson, an activist and follower of Martin Luther King Jr. But the documents fall short of pinpointing where Robinson was buried and do little to fulfill his family’s wish to have the remains brought home to Detroit.
 
U.S. Viewers can watch Empire of Dirt during NUHO online film festival Thursday 2/27 for $1.99   Gemini-nominated actress and Producer Jennifer Podemski, best known for her roles in Bruce McDonald’s acclaimed feature film Dance Me Outside, CBC’s The Rez and Degrassi: The Next Generation, has recently produced “Empire of Dirt” about a Canadian First Nations dysfunctional family of women.
 
By Gene Lehmann BYNG, Oklahoma (Chickasaw Nation)

There definitely is something about Merry

Rev. Howard and Mrs. Lorena Baker knew their daughter would be born at Christmastime. When she did arrive, on December 20, 1950, they christened her Merry Carol.
 
New York, NY (ICC)
Native American Music Awards & Association Founder and CEO, Ellen Bello, has recently contributed to a book entited, Wild Success: The Endangered Species Act at 40, celebrating 40 years of the Act and published by the Endangered Species Coalition. Never before has such a wide range of authors written together about protecting threatened and endangered wildlife.
 
Chickasaws closely monitor
water quality within boundary

ADA, Oklahoma (Chickasaw Nation)
Brent Shields is a physician of sorts. He checks the health of streams and rivers as they flow through the Chickasaw Nation.
 
Famed Chickasaw performer discovered through photos, correspondence, clippings
By Deborah Large
NEW YORK, New York  (Chickasaw Nation)

The American Museum of Natural History in New York houses a unique Te Ata collection that details much of her life while married to Clyde Fisher, the first chairman of the Hayden Planetarium.
 
By Brian Wright-McLeod
News From Indian Country

Where do we come from? How did we get here? Who are we? Those are some of the fundamental questions that the human race has often quandered throughout time.

As the indigenous peoples of this continent, some academics cite the Bering Strait Land Bridge Theory as the originating point for all aboriginal cultures of the Western Hemisphere, though they never really thought to ask the original people about our version of how we came into this world. As with many creation stories, it seems that indigenous people descended from the stars and did not, however, pass through the airport terminal of Euro-political propaganda of convenience.
 
Story and Photo By Marley Shebala
WINDOW ROCK, Arizona (NFIC)

Navajo Nation Speaker Johnny Naize stated that he will “step up” and not step down as speaker on Jan. 6.

Naize’s late night statement was in response to proposed legislation for his removal as speaker that Council Delegate Alton Shepherd is sponsoring. Naize would continue serving as a Council delegate.