Thursday, 18 March 2010

Native American Tribes

The Cherokee Tribe consists of over 200,000 tribal members, making it the second largest Native American tribe in the US. Cherokee Nation is the official website of the tribe and provides a large amount of information about both the history of the tribe and the current issues affecting them, as well as general information about things such as language and cultural projects. The history section of the website provides an indepth overview of the general history of the tribe, key events that involved the cherokee people, information on the trail of tears and other info such as biographies of tribal members and lists of the tribal chiefs. All the history provided is detailed and describes the tribes interactions with both the white settlers as well as just their history. The news part of the website details current affairs that the tribe are involved with such as the setting up of a food distribution centre and acts being passed by the tribal council. A lot of the news is focused on the cherokee nation helping out and being involved with community projects within the tribe including things such as daycare for teenage mums and retirement savings workshops. This coverage suggests that the tribe is very much focused on caring for and protecting its own community, trying to improve the welfare of its members.

The Rosebud Sioux tribe are a native American tribe located in the Rosebud reservation in South Dakota. Their website provides a re large amount of information on all aspects of the tribe and their homeland, including info on their history, education, government, news and culture. The section on history provides videos explaining the tribes creation story, as well as a detailed timeline focusing primarily on political events i.e bills and laws passing, that have affected the tribe. The news section contains stories from both local and national native American media outlets but as with the cherokee website, the current issues seem to be predominantly focused on community welfare issues.

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