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Alcatraz

article On 50th anniversary, Native elders share Never Before Told Stories of Alcatraz Occupation (12/5/2019)
(California) -- When Richard Oake’s 12-year-old daughter Yvonne died after falling from the guards’ quarters of Alcatraz prison on Jan. 5, 1970, a dark cloud...
article BOOK: 'A Journey To Freedom': Book Highlights Native American Occupation Of Alcatraz (12/4/2019)
(California) -- Fifty years ago, 89 Native Americans set out into the San Francisco Bay by boats. Their destination was Alcatraz Island, home of the infamous federal...
article The Occupation of Alcatraz: LaNada War Jack 'From Self-Determination Back to Termination' (11/28/2019)
(California) -- Dr. LaNada War Jack, Shoshone Bannock, said the Occupation of Alcatraz meant a new era of self-determination which is now threatened by the Trump...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Osage Tribe

article NAC: Perspective on the Osage reign of terror (12/4/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- With a best-selling book and upcoming movie, the tragedy of the multiple murders of Osage people in the 1920s is getting a lot of attention. Descendants of...
article Little-known story of Oklahoma murders deserves to be known (6/30/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- I just read a book that revealed a slice of American history I knew nothing about. Titled “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Native Voices

article Maria Campbell on the pain and relief of re-releasing Halfbreed with uncut account of RCMP rape (11/30/2019)
(Canada) -- Nearly five decades after Maria Campbell first published her seminal memoir Halfbreed, she says she finally feels like it's finished. That's because...
article Custer Died For Your Sins, tributes from Indian Country: Deron Marquez (11/7/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Fifty years ago Vine Deloria Jr. published Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto. It became a must-read for Indian Country and many non-...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Q&A: How Navajo athletes made ‘rez ball’ their own (11/28/2019)
(Arizona) -- “There was no grander sport on the reservations of the Southwest than rez ball,” writes Michael Powell in his new book “Canyon Dreams: A...
article BOOK: In 'Canyon Dreams,' a Navajo town struggles to survive in an often hostile world (11/22/2019)
(Indian Country) -- College and professional sports have a way of dominating the national headlines. But in some parts of America, high school athletics have become...
article BOOK REVIEW: ‘Canyon Dreams’: A new book tells the remarkable story of a high school basketball team on the Navajo nation (11/20/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Veteran journalist Michael Powell just published his first book, and it’s exactly what I would expect from a great writer and reporter: a...
article BOOK: Rez Ball (11/12/2019)
(Illinois) -- Nachae Nez is a basketball star at the largest high school on the Navajo Nation, 17.5 million acres sprawling across parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah...
article Navajo Weavers Lynda Teller Pete and Barbara Teller Ornelas give readers something they've never had — a look at Navajo weaving told by Navajo weavers themselves (6/23/2019)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Weavers Lynda Teller Pete and Barbara Teller Ornelas give a behind the scenes look at the work of Navajo weavers in intimate stories and a stunningly...
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Wounded Knee

article BOOK: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee (11/25/2019)
(USA) -- Much of what has been taught in schools, and propagated through popular culture about the role of Indians (the term used by the author throughout this book) in...
article Review: 'The Heartbeat of ­Wounded Knee' by David Treuer (2/3/2019)
(United Arab Emirates) -- The massacre mentioned in the title of David Treuer’s new book, The Heartbeat of ­Wounded Knee, took place in 1890, in the middle of...
article BOOK: ‘The Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee’ Aims To Usher In A New Narrative For Native Americans (1/25/2019)
(Florida) -- In the 1970 work by Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, the author — a non-Indian with seemingly little connection to any current tribes...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Thanksgiving

article BOOK REVIEW: ‘This Land is Their Land’ a sobering correction of the Thanksgiving myth (11/21/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- A few years ago, I happened to wander through Burr’s Hill Park in Warren, R.I., without quite registering where I was. Evidence of the town...
1 Article on this Issue

Native American Heritage Month

article Ditch The Headdress, Read Up On Native Authors: Here’s How You Can Celebrate Native American Heritage Month Respectfully (11/18/2019)
(USA) -- November is Native American Heritage month. And like most commemorative months dedicated to honoring the culture and history of an oppressed people in the U.S...
article Celebrating American Indians could mean grabbing a book (11/9/2019)
(Idaho) -- When we think of November, most of us will immediately conjure up images in our minds of Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Some...
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Termination

article ‘Indian No More’ shows termination policy effects on Native families (11/1/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- As she was promoting her award-winning book, “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga,” in early 2018, Cherokee author Traci Sorell was asked to finish a...
1 Article on this Issue

MMIW

article Cree Trapper Makes the Case for Indigenous Justice in Canada (10/30/2019)
(Ottawa) -- Missing, murdered and imprisoned Indigenous peoples are haunting Canada’s justice system. That’s an overarching theme in Harold Johnson’s...
article Q&A: Father writes book about daughter's death to raise awareness about MMIWG (9/25/2019)
(Ontario) -- A book written by John Fox Sr. looks at the circumstances surrounding the death of his daughter and his fight for justice for missing and murdered...
article Q&A: Father writes book about daughter's death to raise awareness about MMIWG (9/25/2019)
(Ottawa) -- A book written by John Fox Sr. looks at the circumstances surrounding the death of his daughter and his fight for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous...
article 'Many years of silence to catch up on' as Indigenous writers front and centre at Winnipeg festival (9/22/2019)
(Winnipeg) -- Winnipeg is home to the start of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womens and Girls Inquiry, and home to thousands of Indigenous people. Now writers and...
article "In The Night Of Memory" Novel Explores Missing Native Woman (5/2/2019)
(South Dakota) -- May 5th is National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. In some tribal communities, Native American women face murder rates...
article A missing indigenous woman’s impact is felt in ‘In the Night of Memory’ (4/7/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Early this year the Minnesota House of Representatives heard testimony on bills that would address the huge problem of missing and murdered indigenous...
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Land Issues

article BOOK: ‘Shadowlands’ goes inside ‘one whacked-out American story’ (10/25/2019)
(Oregon) -- The 2016 armed takeover of an Oregon bird sanctuary by antigovernment protesters had a bit of everything: impassioned talk of freedom and “We the...
1 Article on this Issue

CSKT

article Salish Kootenai author shares story of living between two worlds, belonging to neither (10/12/2019)
(Montana) -- Susan Devan Harness grew up in a complicated world where she struggled to find a place to fit in. A member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes of...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Book review: On the financial power of the Koch dynasty (9/10/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Until Donald Trump came along, there was arguably no bigger villain for the American left than Charles Koch. Over half a century, the notoriously secretive...
1 Article on this Issue

Supreme Court

article Justice Gorsuch book touts Scalia’s views and civility in the Trump era (9/9/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Thirty years ago, Neil Gorsuch was in his first year at Harvard Law School when Justice Antonin Scalia, then new to Supreme Court, came to lecture...
1 Article on this Issue

Chumash Tribe

article Santa Ynez Valley author Gary Robinson completes historical novel series, brings local history to life (9/3/2019)
(California) -- Award-winning filmmaker and author Gary Robinson recently celebrated the completion of his historical novel trilogy, Lands of our Ancestors, which...
1 Article on this Issue

Las Vegas Gaming

article Las Vegas’ rise from regional vice destination to glittering hotspot detailed in new book (8/24/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- A Las Vegas historian is telling the behind-the-scenes story of the city’s meteoric rise into becoming the multi-billion-dollar tourist industry it...
1 Article on this Issue

Joy Harjo

article BOOK: The First Native American U.S. Poet Laureate on How Poetry Can Counter Hate (8/22/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Joy Harjo, the first Native American U.S. poet laureate, tells TIME about her new book, ‘An American Sunrise,’ and the state of poetry.
article In 'An American Sunrise,' Joy Harjo Speaks With A Timeless Compassion (8/14/2019)
(New Mexico) -- There is occasional confusion about the nature of the United States poet laureateship: The selection of laureate has nothing to do with the president.
article Joy Harjo’s New Poetry Collection Brings Native Issues to the Forefront (8/13/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Seeing Joy Harjo perform live is a transformational experience. The internationally acclaimed performer and poet of the Muscogee (Mvskoke)/Creek...
article Joy Harjo’s stunning new collection and other best poetry collections this month (8/13/2019)
(Indian Country) -- If you read only one book of poems this summer, make it “An American Sunrise” (Norton) by Joy Harjo, the first Native American to be...
article Arts Scene: Joy Harjo releases new volume of poetry; 'Oh, Tulsa!' exhibit opens (8/3/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Joy Harjo, who earlier this year was announced as the next U.S. Poet Laureate, will mark the release of her latest book of poetry, “An American Sunrise,”...
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eSports

article BOOK: Ninja’s first book isn’t literature — it’s a brand extension (8/21/2019)
(Internet) -- While I paged through Ninja’s first book — with its few words sandwiched between high-gloss promotional photos and charts — I got the...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article Saddle Lake Cree Nation girl earns recognition from UNESCO (8/10/2019)
(Canada) -- Bella Morrisseau Whiskeyjack might only be nine years old but she is about to become a published author. Encouraged by a teacher to enter a speech...
1 Article on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article Indigenous food sovereignty examined in new book (7/31/2019)
(Kansas) -- Sustainability. Locally sourced. Farm-to-table. These are familiar concepts to Americans who are hoping to improve their eating habits. But the term that...
article BOOK: In ‘Red Meat Republic,’ the Story of How Beef Made Chicago and Changed America (5/7/2019)
(Illinois) -- Chicago’s connections to the meat processing industry are well known. The city was once known as the “hog butcher to the world.” But the beef industry didn...
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Residential Schools

article 'The most important non-fiction book in Poland' right now is about a Labrador residential school survivor (7/30/2019)
(Newfoundland) -- Poland is half a world away from the legacy of residential schools, but to the author of a new book chronicling that part of Canada's past, "...
1 Article on this Issue

N.J. Sports Betting

article Chris Christie on Fight for NJ’s Legalized Sports Betting (7/8/2019)
(New Jersey) -- The expansion of legal sports betting in the United States and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s role in it are absent from the 384 pages of...
1 Article on this Issue

Deb Haaland

article New book shows Native Americans are not 'extinct,' New Mexico rep says at Bismarck event (6/23/2019)
(North Dakota) -- The last time U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) was in North Dakota was in 2016, when she supported the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe during the Dakota...
1 Article on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Cherokee owner’s dream comes true with children’s bookstore (6/20/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- What started as a dream has become a reality for the owners and operators of Lavender’s Bleu Literacy Market, an independent children’s...
1 Article on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article Book Review: Standing Rock: Greed, Oil and the Lakota’s Struggle for Justice by Bikem Ekberzade (5/12/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- In Standing Rock: Greed, Oil and the Lakota’s Struggle for Justice, Bikem Ekberzade draws on the voices of Native American protesters to offer...
article Author provides Native perspective of protests (3/2/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Nick Estes has written a very interesting and personal account of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest and the encampments by the Missouri and Cannonball...
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Kickapoo Tribe

article BOOK: Dismantling the Myth of ‘The Heartland’ (4/23/2019)
(Illinois) -- As a Midwesterner, I’ve always been baffled by the term “heartland.” Other parts of the country are not similarly personified —...
1 Article on this Issue

Colten Boushie

article Book about Gerald Stanley case upsets Colten Boushie's family due to lack of consultation (2/21/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- When Jade Tootoosis came across a new book about her cousin's death, she says she felt insulted that her family was not properly consulted....
1 Article on this Issue

LGBTQ

article Why two-spirit, trans writer Arielle Twist is afraid of love (2/9/2019)
(Canada) -- As a Cree, two-spirit and transgender woman, Arielle Twist has every reason to be afraid of love. "I feel like love, for me, right now is love outside...
1 Article on this Issue

Detroit Gaming

article PODCAST: Daughter Of A Numbers Runner Witnessed An Underground Economy In Action (2/4/2019)
(Michigan) -- Growing up, Bridgett M. Davis' mother booked and banked bets from their home in Detroit. She writes about her experience — and the role of "...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article BOOK: The Unique Legacy of an American Indian Modernist (12/5/2019)
(USA) -- Author, Harvard professor, and historian Philip J. Deloria describes the era captured in the nearly lost art of his great aunt, Mary Sully, as a “critical...
article BOOK: “Dreams of El Dorado” is a rollicking, flawed history of America (12/5/2019)
(USA) -- Gold is at the heart of any good history of the American West. In H.W. Brands’s new telling, it is forged by tectonic plates in the veins of the Sierra...
article BOOK: Nobody remembers like Ada Deer (12/4/2019)
(USA) -- As a young woman, Ada Deer met Eleanor Roosevelt, won a beauty contest, and had a one-line role in a Hollywood film. She became a social worker and educator;...
article ‘From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock’ (12/3/2019)
(Indian Country) -- From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock is not quite Kevin McKiernan’s Moby Dick. It’s more like his personal creation myth as a lifelong...
article BOOK: Where Did All the Indians Go? (12/2/2019)
(Indian Country) -- I grew up in southern Idaho and eastern Washington next to large Native American Indian reservations. I went to grade school, junior high and high...
article BOOK REVIEW: Native Women Were Forcibly Sterilized — and They Fought Back (11/28/2019)
(USA) -- I was 12 years old when I first heard about the forced sterilization of my people. A close friend of my family — the kind of person you call “auntie...
article BOOKS: How Jesse Thistle survived addiction, homelessness and incarceration — and became a bestselling author (11/27/2019)
(Canada) -- Jesse Thistle is a Métis-Cree author, a Pierre Elliot Trudeau and Vanier Scholar and PhD candidate specializing in Indigenous homelessness, addiction and...
article Tommy Orange adjusts to all the attention as a ‘There There’ sequel flows along (11/21/2019)
(California) -- When I caught up with novelist Tommy Orange recently, he was in the middle of a run. He had just moved into a house in the Sierra Foothills and was still...
article HarperCollins to Launch Native-Focused Imprint (11/19/2019)
(New York) -- HarperCollins Children’s Books has announced the debut of Heartdrum, an imprint devoted to publishing books by Native creators that introduce young...
article Wisconsin's first Ojibwe activist, priest is topic in new biography (11/19/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Nicknamed “Wisconsin’s fighting priest” for his campaigns on behalf of fellow Native people during the first half of the 20th century,...
article 'American Masters' honors Kiowa author (11/18/2019)
(USA) -- "American Masters" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) ends its 33rd season with "N. Scott Momaday: Words From a Bear," a profile of...
article N. Scott Momaday remembers 1969 Pulitzer, promises memoir (11/17/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for his groundbreaking novel “House Made of Dawn,” said he’s not done...
article Rez Ball (11/16/2019)
(Illinois) -- Nachae Nez is a basketball star at the largest high school on the Navajo Nation, 17.5 million acres sprawling across parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
article 'Momaday was the one we all looked up to' (11/16/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for his groundbreaking novel “House Made of Dawn,” said he’s not done...
article Former U.S. Sen. Dorgan brings Native American struggles to forefront in latest book (11/16/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Former U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan is still stirred by the plight of a young Native American girl abused 30 years ago. It all started with a 1990 Tribune...
article ‘Not Waiting for Inspiration’: An Interview with Tommy Pico (11/16/2019)
(New York) -- Tommy Pico, a queer, Indigenous American poet, has published four book-length epic poems, the Teebs tetralogy, in the last four years.
article N. Scott Momaday remembers 1969 Pulitzer, promises memoir (11/15/2019)
(New Mexico) -- In this Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, photo, Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for his groundbreaking novel "House Made of...
article BLOG: Recommended! STRANGELANDS written by Magdalene Visaggio and Darcie Little Badger; art by Guillermo Sanna; Cover by Dan Panosian (11/15/2019)
(USA) -- Native teens! Go to the Humanoids site and get copies of the comic series, Strangelands. They're written by Magdalene Visaggio and Darcie Little Badger.
article UNM Press Partners With Red Planet Books (11/15/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Since its founding 90 years ago, the University of New Mexico Press has been telling stories of the American Southwest through fiction, history, poetry...
article Books led Ojibwe author David Treuer from the reservation to Middle-earth (11/14/2019)
(Boston) -- David Treuer’s “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America From 1890 to the Present” is one of the finalists for the 2019 National Book...

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