Native Americans in New York State
WXXI examaines how regional Native Americans are trying to balance the traditions of the past with the realities of modern society.
From land rights to healing rituals, cultural and legal conflicts abound the series of stories debuted Friday mornings at 6:35 and 8:35 during Morning Edition only on WXXI-AM 1370:
Friday, March 4: Healing Rituals and Hospitals
For many Native Americans, patient healing rituals are an important part of getting better. But sometimes those rituals clash with hospital protocol. WXXI intern Eleanor Johnstone takes a look at how Strong Memorial Hospital handled a recent case.
Friday, March 11: Have Passport, Can't Travel
Native Americans who want to travel with tribal passports are being told they can't, because the United States - which does not recognize the passports - won't let them back into the country. WXXI's Carlet Cleare reports a Walworth father now has to choose between making his daughter's dream come true, and his own beliefs about citizenship.
Friday, March 18: A Taxing Problem
A decades-old dispute over Native American land rights in the Finger Lakes is coming to a head this year, as area counties consider foreclosing on property owned by Indians. WXXI's Helene Biandudi reports the Cayugas have stopped paying taxes on the land - because they believe it is rightfully theirs.