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Cultural Appropriation

article Members of Native American Tribes Say Oregon Country Fair's "Story Pole" Is An Abomination (4/26/2017)
(Oregon) -- A wood-carved pole at the Oregon Country Fair is receiving pushback from members of Native American tribes. The "story pole" has been in the works...
article Eskimeaux Change Name After Tanya Tagaq Confrontation (4/20/2017)
(USA) -- Gabrielle Smith is changing the name of her band Eskimeaux, following accusations by Polaris Prize-winning artist Tanya Tagaq and others that the word “...
article Eskimeaux Changes Name To Ó Following Criticism From Inuk Singer Tanya Tagaq (4/20/2017)
(New York) -- Brooklyn-based songwriter Gabrielle Smith has decided to change the name of her band, Eskimeaux, following criticism from Canadian Inuk throat singer Tanya...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

LGBT News

article Native Transgender Woman Denied Food at Christian Shelter Because She Was Wearing Dress (4/26/2017)
(South Dakota) -- Isabella Red Cloud, a Native transgender woman who identifies as Two Spirit was asked to leave the Union Gospel Mission of Sioux Falls, South Dakota...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article CRAMBLIT: Our Mother Language and the Survival of Native Language As a Whole (4/26/2017)
(California) -- Good morning. Hello, my name is André. I am a Karuk tribal member from the Klamath and Salmon rivers. I am from the village of Katiimiin. I am here today...
article Doug George-Kanentiio: Let's name Columbus for what he truly was (4/26/2017)
(New York) -- In 2004 I was in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain) attending the World Parliament of Religions with my wife Joanne Shenandoah and the late Mohawk Nation Chief...
article 'Sound familiar?' / Presidential action, baseball logo, no beer on Oglala border, local battles (4/21/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- This spring, there was a bit of a flap over the Prez traveling to the home of Andrew Jackson to pay homage to the 9th president of the expanding United...
article Ivan Star Comes Out: True tribal histories are concealed in America (4/20/2017)
(South Dakota) -- Oglala District Representative, Stephanie Leasure, offered me an opportunity to provide prayer for the first day the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council’...
article GIAGO: Beware of fake medicine men and fake medicine women (4/17/2017)
(South Dakota) -- For more than 100 years the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota, plus the many other tribes of the Northern Plains, have opened up many of their most sacred...
article MCKOSATO: Religious Freedom, Sweat Lodges and Being Denied Our Basic Rights (4/11/2017)
(New Mexico) -- Religious freedom is a state of mind. Over the generations tribal peoples throughout the United States have been, on too many occasions, denied the basic...
article James Giago Davies: Indian athletes continue to excel in baseball (4/4/2017)
(South Dakota) -- There are two sports people associate most with the Indian athlete—basketball and distance running. Basketball is clearly king today, and...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Council votes to keep Navajo Nation, votes no on Diné Nation name (4/25/2017)
(Arizona) -- On April 19, Legislation No. 0395-16, which sought to amend Title II of the Navajo Nation Code to change the designated name of the Navajo Nation to Diné...
1 Article on this Issue

Osage Tribe

article What the century-old murders of Osage people say about the U.S. (4/25/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- If we’re living in a post-truth era, David Grann didn’t get the memo. The New Yorker journalist has garnered a cult following for his...
article Chilling black and white photos shed light on the Native American tribe who were killed off (4/19/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- THEY were the Native American tribe that were killed off one-by-one after oil was discovered underneath their land. And chilling black and white photos...
article How the Osage murders in Oklahoma led to the making of the modern FBI (4/18/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- Between 1921 and 1926, at least 24 members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma were brutally murdered. The bodies would lay unclaimed and unmourned on...
article 'Killers of the Flower Moon': Inside David Grann's New True-Crime Epic (4/17/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- How do you follow up a critically acclaimed, international bestseller, now-Hollywood movie like The Lost City of Z? If you're author David Grann, you...
article GRAY: Reclaiming the legacy of the Osage Murders story is still elusive to this Osage (4/17/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- My personal journey to understanding my own family history with the Osage murders of the 1920s has led me to a realization that it is more than a sad...
article NPR: Largely Forgotten Osage Murders Reveal A Conspiracy Against Wealthy Native Americans (4/17/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- Members of the Osage Indian Nation became very wealthy in the 1920s after oil deposits were found on their land. Then local whites began targeting the...
article REVIEW: Oil wealth, greed, prejudice fueled murders of Osage Indians (4/17/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- The FBI burnished its reputation by gunning down Depression-era gangster John Dillinger and bringing to justice the kidnapper of Charles Lindbergh's...
article David Grann’s New Book Explores a Time When Killing Native Americans Wasn’t Murder (4/16/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- David Grann was already interested in writing a book about the serial murders of members of the Oklahoma-based Osage Indian tribe when he visited the Osage...
article Osage Nation Museum Collaborates with Tulsa Historical Society & Museum on “Children of the Middle Waters: The Osage Nation Yesterday & Today” (4/3/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- The Osage Nation Museum (ONM) has partnered with the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum in order to bring an exhibit that offers a glimpse of the...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

Tohono O’odham

article Trump's border wall faces another challenge with Indian reservation (4/24/2017)
(Arizona) -- Verlon Jose is vice chairman on the Tohono O’odham Nation -- a tribe of American Indians allowed to cross the border where most Americans cannot....
1 Article on this Issue

Wyandotte Nation

article Captain Bearskin becomes Chief of the Wyanotte Tribe (4/23/2017)
(Arizona) -- One of the interesting outcomes of writing this column is hearing from people, and especially veterans. My Marine pilot friend, Pete Peterson, of Scottsdale...
1 Article on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Opinion: Preservation Efforts Ensure Cherokee Heritage Remains Intact (4/21/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation’s most endangered buildings teach us about the history of our people – the stories and histories of our ancestors who lived...
1 Article on this Issue

Oneida Nation

article New Museum of the American Revolution Shines Light on Oneida Indian Nation Contributions (4/21/2017)
(Philadelphia) -- The new Museum of the American Revolution may have taken 16 years to come to fruition, which seems like a long time, but not nearly as long as the...
1 Article on this Issue

Bigfoot

article Nebraska researchers out to prove Bigfoot exists (4/19/2017)
(Nebraska) -- Perhaps what makes myths and legends so enduring is the debate that accompanies the attempts to prove or disprove them. Television documentaries do their...
1 Article on this Issue

Mashpee Wampanoag

article Native Indian Wampanoag Tribe Reclaims Burial Site: Massasoit, Wampanoag Chief, To Be Reburied (4/18/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- If Wampanoag doesn't strike a chord, this is because it is the name of an erstwhile North American tribe. Its members were the original settlers...
1 Article on this Issue

Coeur d’Alene Tribe

article CdA Tribe’s ‘Powwow Sweat’ program incorporates fitness, tribal culture (4/17/2017)
(Idaho) -- The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has made national news, as NPR reports that the tribe’s developed an innovative “Powwow Sweat” program that...
1 Article on this Issue

Land Issues

article Dakota riders head to U.S. border in search of connection with relatives on the other side (4/16/2017)
(Manitoba) -- Travis Mazawasicuna and about 11 other riders rode their horses to the Boissevain border crossing this weekend, where they met with their relatives from...
1 Article on this Issue

St. Regis Mohawk

article Settlement funds to help preserve Mohawk language, arts (4/16/2017)
(New York) -- Two environmental groups and a language-preservation program will each receive $100,000 in the latest round of awards made from a pollution lawsuit...
article Re-writing Mohawk language courses in St. Regis (4/6/2017)
(New York) -- Reclaiming traditional languages by teaching people to become fluent speakers is a project many First Nations are undertaking, including the Saint Regis...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Indigenous Peoples Day

article Indiana Indian Day to apologize to Native American Indians (4/14/2017)
(Indiana) -- Hoosiers are invited to join students, county historians, Mennonites, Catholics and others to attend Indiana Indian Day to apologize to Native American...
1 Article on this Issue

Residential Schools

article OP/ED: Senator Beyak can complain about free speech all she wants. Fact is, she earned her demotion (4/14/2017)
(Ottawa) -- Senator Lynn Beyak, according to Senator Lynn Beyak, is being oppressed by the forces of censorship. Beyak released a statement last week — after she...
article Canada vs. St. Anne’s Indian residential school survivor H-15019 (4/12/2017)
(Ontario) -- One night the blind old man woke and told him to make space in the small hospital room because his brothers were coming. So H-15019 moved the bed,...
article MAILHOT: Senator Lynn Beyak, Can We Have Your Grandchildren? (4/11/2017)
(British Columbia) -- Senator Lynn Beyak, a member of the Canadian senate committee on Aboriginal people, was criticized for saying there were some ‘good things...
article Non-indigenous youth need to be included in reconciliation conversation (4/10/2017)
(British Columbia) -- A 17-metre high Haida-carved totem pole was raised at the University of British Columbia recently. Dubbed the pole of reconciliation, it honours...
article Native Americans fight bill that would cut funding of Nevada’s historic Stewart school (4/3/2017)
(Nevada) -- Native Americans oppose a bill in the Nevada Legislature that would divert funds earmarked for the preservation of the historic Stewart Indian boarding...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Grand Canyon Escalade

article Is a gondola ride in the Grand Canyon's future? Project stirs concerns about threats to cultural, natural resources (4/12/2017)
(Arizona) -- Leonard Sloan stood at the canyon’s edge and prayed. He spoke in Navajo and English, facing east, hat in hand, words floating into the abyss.
1 Article on this Issue

Seminole Tribe

article Dying Oak Tree Reminds Visitors of Seminole Tribe Warriors Lost in 1838 (4/12/2017)
(Florida) -- On the far western side of the Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park, in Jupiter, Florida, stands what arborists say is an oak tree that is roughly 300 years...
1 Article on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article Manning: Dear Pepsi, Our Resistance is Not for Sale (4/11/2017)
(South Dakota) -- Just hours after PepsiCo Inc. aired their activism-inspired commercial for Pepsi soda, the ad was pulled, prompted by instantaneous and widespread...
article Q&A: Michigan researcher on pipelines and modern colonialism (4/4/2017)
(Michigan) -- In the year since the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe first organized Dakota Access pipeline protest camps in North Dakota, Michigan State University researcher...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Narragansett Tribe

article Opinion: This Day in History: Narragansett Tribe Regains Federal Recognition 34 Years Ago Today, April 11, 1983 (4/11/2017)
(Rhode Island) -- In 1880, the State of Rhode Island began the process of illegally detribalizing the Narragansett Indian Tribe. The state desired tribal lands and...
1 Article on this Issue

Wounded Knee

article A Lost American Religion (4/11/2017)
(USA) -- For centuries, Native Americans have been seen through one or another distorting lens of the Anglo-American imagination: as archetypal savages, as the hapless...
1 Article on this Issue

Mashantucket Pequot

article Pequot Museum Opens Thought-Provoking Interactive Exhibit, Understanding Implicit Bias (4/10/2017)
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center announced it will open a new exhibit, Understanding Implicit Bias, on April 12.
1 Article on this Issue

Kennewick Man

article Northwest Tribes To Conduct Public Ceremony Marking Kennewick Man’s Return (4/7/2017)
(Washington) -- Returning an ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man to the earth was a private affair. After decades of legal battling, a couple hundred people gathered...
1 Article on this Issue

Fort Peck

article No Bison for Fort Peck as Annual Yellowstone Kill Winds Down (4/6/2017)
(Montana) -- More than a thousand wild American buffalo, or bison, have been killed this year in the annual cull of animals from Yellowstone Park—hundreds of them...
1 Article on this Issue

MGM Resorts

article ‘Hiding real black history’: Lawsuit fights plan to move historic cemetery at MGM casino’s doorstep (4/4/2017)
(Maryland) -- Yards from the sleek entrance of the icy-blue MGM National Harbor casino, an eerie sight greets those lining up for table games and Cher concerts: a...
1 Article on this Issue

Video Gaming

article Grand Theft Terra Firma turns Canada's brutal history into a video game (4/4/2017)
(British Columbia) -- Forget Oregon Trail. What if there was a video game about the settlement of British Columbia — one that was as brutal and "rated A...
1 Article on this Issue

Choctaw Tribe

article Was the Pre-Colonial Choctaw Native American Diet Vegetarian? (4/3/2017)
(USA) -- The Choctaw long have been recognized as the best agriculturalists in the Southeast, with historical accounts detailing a rich, plant-based Native American diet...
1 Article on this Issue

Pine Ridge

article Victor D. Swallow: Stories of hardship on the Pine Ridge Reservation (4/3/2017)
(South Dakota) -- These two stories are about life in the late 1920s to early 1930s. Both stories are during the depression when money was scarce, people bartered for...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Genetic Continuity Study Backs Up Oral Histories (4/26/2017)
(USA) -- A new scientific report has shown genetic links between ancient skeletons found in Alaska and British Columbia and the Indigenous Peoples who live in the area...
article Native History: Modocs Win Big at Sand Butte (4/26/2017)
(California) -- Major John Green, field commander in the Modoc War, had a problem. During the night of April 15, 1873, 150-plus Modoc men, women, and children resisting...
article Study suggests humans were in North America 100,000 years earlier than believed (4/26/2017)
(California) -- A team of scientists believe they have found evidence of human activity in North America that dates back 130,000 years — more than 100,000 years...
article April 22 is proclaimed Indiana Indian Day (4/25/2017)
(Indiana) -- Descendants of the Potawatomi and Miami tribes were given a formal apology for their ancestors being driven out of the state, which resulted in the Trail of...
article BOOK: 'Good Friday on the Rez' offers a clear-eyed look at racism, resilience and American Indian reality (4/25/2017)
(Texas) -- Anyone who thinks America's past was greater than its present should read David Hugh Bunnell's memoir Good Friday on the Rez, which definitively puts...
article Why Native Americans Do Not Separate Religion From Science (4/25/2017)
(USA) -- Last year five Native American tribes in Washington state managed to repatriate the remains of the “Ancient One,” as they called him, or “...
article Federal court says hatchery fish OK for Elwha (4/25/2017)
(Washington) -- A federal appeals court has ruled plans to stock the Elwha River with hatchery fish will have no significant impact on native fish or wild salmon...
article $5M donation to enable Native American museum in Ohio (4/24/2017)
(Ohio) -- A $5 million donation to a university in northeast Ohio will enable construction of a museum centering on Native American artifacts and research.
article Hear My Heritage, Eric Hemenway Talks Being Native American (4/24/2017)
(Michigan) -- At 40, Eric Hemenway has already lived an interesting life. And not just because he took off backpacking for 10 years in southeast Asia and almost never...
article In Savoonga, two celebrations of Alaska village life (4/24/2017)
(Alaska) -- On St. Lawrence Island, way out in the Bering Sea and closer to Russia's eastern edge than mainland United States, celebrations last week came back-to-back....
article Sask. tourists shocked to find Poundmaker's pipe in London museum (4/24/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- A Saskatoon-based Indigenous lawyer was "completely surprised" to come across a rare artifact from Poundmaker Cree Nation on a recent trip to...
article To save their dying language, the Arapaho turn to high-tech apps, old-school flash cards and a new generation (4/24/2017)
(Wyoming) -- When Marlin Spoonhunter returned to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming after decades working as an educator in Montana, he realized that something...
article VIDEO: Crews prepare for Gathering of Nations in new location (4/24/2017)
(New Mexico) -- Crews prepare for Gathering of Nations in new location
article A teenager on a Gambell whaling crew scored the village's second successful strike of the season (4/24/2017)
(Alaska) -- Families and community members on St. Lawrence island are eating bowhead whale after a local hunter caught Gambell's second whale of the season last week...
article Students can wear Native American regalia at graduation under bill signed into law Friday (4/23/2017)
(Montana) -- As high schools prepare for graduation ceremonies across Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a bill allowing Native American students to wear traditional...
article A healing song and symbolic feather to close the first day of Medicine X |ED (4/23/2017)
(California) -- Everyone rose to their feet and a hush came over the crowd as Erik Brodt, MD, wrapped up his closing keynote speech to end the first day of Stanford...
article American Indian Festival in Algonac celebrates culture (4/23/2017)
(Michigan) -- Members of the American Indian Communities Leadership Council will present an “American Indian Festival” this weekend to introduce some of...
article Centuries-old Medicine Wheel draws thousands to national forest in Wyoming (4/23/2017)
(Montana) -- For centuries, the Medicine Wheel in the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming has been used for prayer and vision quests by the Crow Tribe and other Native...
article OP/ED: Three years later, is Canada keeping its Truth and Reconciliation Commission promises? (4/23/2017)
(Ottawa) -- The year 2017 is especially symbolic for Canada. In addition to marking the 150th year of its confederation, it also is the third anniversary of the Truth...
article Puebloan Pottery Collection Future Uncertain (4/23/2017)
(Utah) -- The fate of a collection of ancestral Puebloan pottery is being debated in southern Utah. The pottery has been on display at a Blanding museum since 1978....

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