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House Republicans strip LGBT, Native American protections from Violence Against Women Act

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have answered the Senate’s proposal to renew the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by presenting their own version of the bill, but with protections of LGBT Americans taken out and a loophole that could exempt Native Americans victims of domestic abuse. According to…

Passions grow over first Native American saint

Gazing down a frozen New York field, the statue of a Mohawk girl about to become the first Native American saint exudes calm. Yet the real Kateri Tekakwitha had a brutal existence — and ghosts from her dramatic life still haunt these hills. The 17th-century figure will make history when the Vaticancanonizes her later this…

First Native American lesbian elected to Minnesota House

Susan Allen became the first openly lesbian Native American to be elected to a state legislature after winning a special election in Minnesota on Tuesday night. The Democratic candidate beat her Republican opponent, Nathan Blumenshine, by a 53 percent to 43 percent vote. Allen will replace Democrat Jeffrey Hayden, who…

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