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article Native Communities Face Higher Risks During Coronavirus Pandemic Thanks to Legacy of Colonization (4/9/2020)
(USA) -- When my medical school asked its first-year students to move out, I had to decide where to go, and quickly. I could go to South Dakota, where one of my Chiefs...
article Native Communities Face Higher Risks During Coronavirus Pandemic Thanks to Legacy of Colonization (4/8/2020)
(Indian Country) -- When my medical school asked its first-year students to move out, I had to decide where to go, and quickly. I could go to South Dakota, where one of...
article Michigan tribes awarded $4.5 million in COVID-19 funding from HUD (4/8/2020)
(Michigan) -- Michigan’s 12 federally recognized Native American tribes have been awarded $4.5 million in block grants for affordable housing activities to protect...
article Message from an Indigenous mother to her three-year-old during COVID-19 (4/8/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- “Will aunty die from the virus?” My three-year old daughter asked me that question one morning, as we sat on the floor playing under the...
article Empty streets and full hearts: Videos document pandemic life (4/7/2020)
(Wyoming) -- With so many people hunkered down, working from home, avoiding travel and abstaining from public places, it’s hard to gain a sense of what’s...
article Mi'kmaq community finding ways to come together and maintain tradition during COVID-19 (4/5/2020)
(Prince Edward Island) -- The Mi'kmaq community in P.E.I. is finding creative ways to maintain culture and tradition during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of...
article Virtual powwow connects dancers, drummers and vendors amid pandemic (4/4/2020)
(Indian Country) -- A social media movement, started in the United States, is connecting powwow dancers, drummers, vendors and visitors from across North America, while...
article COVID-19 not the first pandemic Indigenous Peoples have quarantined from (4/2/2020)
(Canada) -- COVID-19 isn't the first foreign disease that Indigenous people have had to seek refuge from. Five generations ago, on the west coast of what is today...
article Native Americans put digital spin on traditions amid virus pandemic (3/31/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- Native Americans across the U.S. are organizing online and social-distancing powwows and posting videos of dances as a way to offer hope and spiritual...
article Native American Man Dances Away Coronavirus Sickness in Milwaukee (3/30/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- Yotahalahkwatasé Flores, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, took to the sidewalks of Milwaukee to dance away the emotional “sickness...
article COVID-19 crisis tells world what Indigenous Peoples have been saying for thousands of years (3/26/2020)
(New York) -- COVID-19 and other health endemics are directly connected to climate change and deforestation, according to Indigenous leaders from around the world who...
article Girl's Native American healing dance goes offers comfort during COVID-19 outbreak (3/25/2020)
(South Carolina) -- A 7-year-old from Anderson County is using her dance moves to spread a message of peace and healing during the COVID-19 outbreak.
12 Total Articles on this Issue

DOI

article Trump to open more wildlife refuge land to hunting, fishing (4/9/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration plans to open 2.3 million acres of land for hunting and fishing at more than 100 national wildlife refuges and fish...
1 Article on this Issue

Muscogee Creek

article Muscogee (Creek) culture thrives through education (4/9/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The Muscogee (Creek) have kept their languages alive since around 900-1000 A.D. Greg Anderson, secretary of education, employment and training and acting...
article MUSCOGEE/CREEK NATION: Exiled To Indian Country (4/7/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- “Our language and ways are from where our strength comes,” said Dana Tiger, an artist and registered Muscogee tribal member. The Muscogee (...
article Collaborative effort brings museums together for MVSKOKE VOICES exhibition (3/28/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- For over 40 years the Red Earth Art Center in Oklahoma City, and the Seminole Nation Museum in Wewoka have worked to achieve their similar missions to...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Cherokee Nation Mourns Tribal Member (4/8/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is mourning the death of one of their own. The tribe's director of the self governance department passed away from COVID-19,...
article A Treacherous Choice And A Treaty Right (4/7/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Last Fall, the Cherokee Nation appointed a delegate to the U.S. Congress—a first for the Cherokee Nation or any tribal government in the United...
article Cherokees relish newfound respect despite threats (4/6/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- In the early spring of 2018, Joe Byrd found a seat on the airport shuttle headed to Tulsa International Airport, and over the radio heard a familiar, yet...
article Cherokees relish newfound respect despite threats (4/6/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- In the early spring of 2018, Joe Byrd found a seat on the airport shuttle headed to Tulsa International Airport, and over the radio heard a familiar, yet...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Agua Caliente

article California tribal ranger ‘Mountain Bob’ looks back on 20 years of solitude (4/7/2020)
(California) -- Just south of downtown Palm Springs, the rugged San Jacinto Mountains that fringe the city drop abruptly to the desert floor. This hillside pass, known...
article The Agua Caliente Story Takes Root in School Curriculum (4/6/2020)
(California) -- The story of the Agua Caliente people spans generations since time immemorial. The unique partnership between the Tribe and the Palm Springs United...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Lori Piestewa

article Community member hikes Piestewa Peak after annual memorial sunrise service is cancelled (4/7/2020)
(Arizona) -- It has been 17 years since U.S. Army Spc. Lori Piestewa was killed in action in Nasiriyah, Iraq on March 23, 2003. Piestewa was 23 years old and a mother of...
1 Article on this Issue

Pascua Yaqui

article 'Horse healers' give Pascua Yaqui kids a therapy option (4/7/2020)
(Arizona) -- Leslie Cruz’s therapy partner has recently started licking her hands when she greets him. He isn’t rude. He’s a horse named Shrek. Cruz...
article Pascua Yaqui tribe limits attendance at ceremonies during Lenten season amid pandemic (4/5/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Pascua Yaqui tribe is limiting who can attend ceremonies for the remainder of the Lenten season. The ceremonial leaders say only cultural participants...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article Healthy Land, Healthy Food, Healthy People: A Cochiti Invitation to Join Us at the Table (4/6/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The tendency for philanthropy to act in silos severs the connections between land and food, food and people, and health and environmental balance. It is...
article Healthy Land, Healthy Food, Healthy People: A Cochiti Invitation to Join Us at the Table (4/6/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The tendency for philanthropy to act in silos severs the connections between land and food, food and people, and health and environmental balance. It is...
article Florida's extinct Calusa tribe built sophisticated fish enclosures, study says (4/2/2020)
(Florida) -- Florida's Native American Calusa nation had much more advanced engineering systems than previously realized, and they allowed members to capture and...
article This Chef Is Feeding The Elderly And At-Risk In Indian Country During The Pandemic (3/31/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The poorest, most at-risk communities are always the ones that suffer the most in a crisis like this one. In the United States, that often means...
article Herbal remedies, alternative medicines are keeping Detroit store busier than ever (3/31/2020)
(Michigan) -- The usual serenity inside the herb shop was interrupted once again by the ringing of the phone. “Natures Products!” said Gary Wanttaja, the...
article The Chef Bringing Native American Flavors to Communities in Quarantine (3/27/2020)
(Minnesota) -- What’s in your kitchen pantry? If you answered quinoa, green beans, or potatoes, you have, perhaps unbeknownst to you, been eating Native American...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article The Skinwalker Is No Mere Werewolf (4/6/2020)
(USA) -- The Navajo skinwalker wanders far across the American cultural landscape. Often reduced to a mere werewolf trope, this shadowy being frequently emerges in film...
1 Article on this Issue

Fort Sill Apache

article Exiled to Indian Country: Fort Sill Apache Tribe (4/5/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- From the United States – Mexico Border to military prisons in Alabama and Florida, the Chiricahua Apache tribe would find itself as the last Native...
1 Article on this Issue

Census

article 50 Years Ago: Census raises questions about true Diné count (4/2/2020)
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Census Office has hired more than 30 workers, most of them Navajo, to help determine how many people are living on the Navajo Reservation on April...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article First Nations Know Pandemics. This Time, They Say, Will Be Different (4/1/2020)
(Canada) -- “We got it. We just stayed right in bed; every girl that was in the convent was in bed. I was so sick then. I tried to fight it, you know, and the nun...
article State Journal features Poler's efforts to bring First Nations perspectives to campus (3/26/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- UW-Madison’s Omar Poler (Sokaogon Ojibwe) was featured in a Wisconsin State Journal report headlined, “Know Your Madisonian: Bringing...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Lummi Nation

article The Wild: NW tribes' legacy, and power, of telling a good story (4/1/2020)
(Washington) -- My friend Lisa Wilson loves a good story. I’ve asked her to share one that is very special to her and her people. It’s a “creation...
1 Article on this Issue

Residential Schools

article Stewart Indian School’s Earl Dunn was area’s first basketball star (4/1/2020)
(Nevada) -- Earl Dunn first caught everyone’s attention by putting a basketball through a hoop. He then earned everyone’s respect by the way he lived his...
article Residential school closure 50th anniversary event postponed (3/31/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The Ktunaxa Nation March 28 announced that the 50th anniversary commemoration event marking the closure of the Kootenay Indian Residential School...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Chaco Canyon

article Chaco Canyon's famous 'tree of life' might have just been a bench (3/31/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A towering ponderosa pine discovered in the center of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, known as the "Plaza Tree," was once thought to symbolize life...
1 Article on this Issue

Colville Tribe

article Colville Tribes issues closure of non-tribal fishing (3/31/2020)
(Washington) -- The Colville Tribal Fish and Wildlife announced today the closure of non-member sport fishing on the Colville Indian Reservation in response to COVID-19...
1 Article on this Issue

Land Issues

article Historic Michigan tribal burial ground threatened by coastal erosion (3/31/2020)
(Michigan) -- In June of 1662, hundreds of invading Native Americans from the Iroquois nation were killed on the shore of Lake Superior by local Chippewa defending their...
article Tribal council voices opposition to Hwy 101 development (3/30/2020)
(California) -- The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band “adamantly opposes” the proposed development at the Betabel property along Highway 101, the tribe wrote in a...
article These Native American women came to Philadelphia to see their ancestral land. They found apartments and a parking garage. (3/25/2020)
(Philadelphia) -- Six women from the Iroquois Confederacy in upstate New York traveled to Philadelphia recently to reconnect with a patch of tribal land. They came to...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

LGBTQ

article 5 Young Transgender Activists to Know on Trans Day of Visibility (3/31/2020)
(North America) -- March 31 is Trans Day of Visibility — a day used to celebrate transgender and nonbinary people for being who we are. The act of being visible...
1 Article on this Issue

Crow Tribe

article Chicago exhibition shows how Crow art, history and culture are inseparable (3/29/2020)
(Chicago) -- Bethany Yellowtail is operating her fashion business from her home in Los Angeles, an unexpected setback for the busy designer whose latest clothing line...
1 Article on this Issue

Hopi Tribe

article What Hopi And Navajo Teachings Tell Us About Pandemics (3/28/2020)
(Arizona) -- Shannon Francis is a member of the Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation. She shares how her ancestors' beliefs shape her thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic.
1 Article on this Issue

Mescalero Apache

article Standing on ceremony: Coming of age among the Mescalero Apache (3/27/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Photographer Jan Butchofsky believes that no one person among the Mescalero Apache knows every aspect of what’s involved in the 12-day coming-of-...
1 Article on this Issue

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla

article Umatilla Tribes Remember History In Struggle With Pandemic (3/25/2020)
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have a history with pandemics. More than 3,000 people live on the Umatilla reservation. Tribal...
1 Article on this Issue

Mashpee Wampanoag

article Mashpee Veterans Memorial Project Moves Forward (3/25/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- A project to upgrade the Veterans Garden across from Mashpee Town Hall moved ahead with the recent installation of two new flagpoles, one flying the...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article British museum returns First-Nation artefacts to Canada (4/8/2020)
(Canada) -- A Devon museum has agreed to hand over a 19th century tribal leader’s regalia to his Canadian descendants. The Crowfoot regalia, which belonged to...
article Margaret Seelye Treuer, Minnesota's first Ojibwe judge, dies at 76 (4/8/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Margaret Seelye Treuer was resolute. Her determination helped her go from humble beginnings on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation to become the first...
article Viral ‘Pass the brush challenge’ features local Native American women (4/7/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Some New Mexican Native American women are going viral in a social media challenge. It’s called the ‘Pass the brush challenge’ on the...
article 'Crack Marksmen': Canada's Aboriginal Snipers in WWI (4/6/2020)
(Canada) -- Of all the Allied countries fighting Germany in 1914-1916, only one, Canada, included modern aborigines within its ranks. Raised in Canada’s woodlands...
article Native American trails key to settlement (4/6/2020)
(North Carolina) -- As our ability to change the geography to suit our needs grew more powerful and bridges became less expensive to build, highways were built around...
article Tribes taking culture online during pandemic (4/6/2020)
(Arizona) -- "We have to find a way to keep people dancing," Tiny Rosales said. "We have to keep dancing no matter what." So Tiny Rosales created...
article Indigenous Practices Could Help Islands Prepare for Rising Seas (4/6/2020)
(Worldwide) -- Communities in the Caribbean and on islands off the coast of West Africa must adopt the nomadic, less stationary modes of living their ancestors embraced...
article The Alaska Native Teacher Upending the Legacy of Colonial Education (4/4/2020)
(Alaska) -- It’s early August in the subarctic tundra, and the light winds from the Bering Sea bring cold moisture over the blueberry bushes glistening in the...
article Researcher merges science, Native American tradition (4/4/2020)
(Michigan) -- When Michigan State University graduate student Jared Gregorini studies in the forest, he often leaves a tobacco plant. That’s because Gregorini,...
article Ultrasound technology helps Hul'q'umi'num' language learners pronounce sounds authentically (4/4/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Before she died, Rae Anne Claxton Baker's grandmother told her that one of her greatest regrets was not teaching her how to speak Hul'q'umi'num'.
article Native graphic designer reinvents star quilt designs through handmade cards (4/4/2020)
(North Dakota) -- On the back of each of Debbie Desjarlais' handmade greeting cards is the story of how a morning star quilt came into her family's possession....
article Cultural lessons: Museum of Indian Arts & Culture makes Native-based curriculum available to download (4/3/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Each year, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs’ Wonder on Wheels mobile museum travels throughout the state. A special curriculum is...
article Native graphic designer reinvents star quilt designs through handmade cards (4/3/2020)
(Montana) -- On the back of each of Debbie Desjarlais' handmade greeting cards is the story of how a morning star quilt came into her family's possession. Each...
article "I Chose to Serve Because of My Mother. I Wanted to Make Her Proud." — Chief Warrant Officer Two Misty Dawn Lakota (4/2/2020)
(USA) -- Highlighting Native Americans’ extraordinary record of service in the U.S. Armed Forces is important to the museum’s goal of promoting a more...
article 'We needed positivity': Online jigging competitions mixing traditional dance with modern tech (4/2/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- Concerns about the coronavirus cancelled traditional competitions, but that isn't going to stop dancers from sharing their culture. Online jigging...
article Boy brightens smiles across Long Point First Nation with painted rocks (4/2/2020)
(Quebec) -- Be safe. Stay strong. Be happy. These are some of the messages 11-year-old Eli MacInnis Polson is spreading across Winneway, Que., an Algonquin community in...
article Henry Boucha is more than a hockey legend (4/2/2020)
(Minnesota) -- This time of year people want to talk hockey when they encounter Henry Boucha. Not now. Hockey – all sports – has hit a complete stop with...
article Nunavut drumming group finds new way to get together, despite physical distancing (4/1/2020)
(Nunavut) -- A drumming group in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, has found a new way to host its weekly drum dance, which has been going on for more than a decade. The group is...
article Stewart Indian School’s Earl Dunn was area’s first basketball star (4/1/2020)
(Nevada) -- Earl Dunn first caught everyone’s attention by putting a basketball through a hoop. He then earned everyone’s respect by the way he lived his...
article Exeter City Council brings forward decision on repatriation of Crowfoot Regalia to the Siksika Nation (3/31/2020)
(Canada) -- Exeter City Council officers today posted papers on its website recommending that a group of ceremonial items that once belonged to Chief Crowfoot, a Chief...

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