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Black Lives Matter

article Prayer, Song And Drum Beats: Indigenous Groups Show Solidarity For Black Lives In Boston (7/10/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- This was not simply a protest. On Wednesday afternoon, a demonstration called Dismantle Now! BIPOC Solidarity Against White Supremacy used Indigenous...
press release Writers on the Range: We either lie about them or omit them (7/7/2020)
(Indian Country) -- Finally, “Black Lives Matter” gains traction. Showing videos and telling stories that bring attention to the large numbers of deaths by...
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Cherokee Nation

article NAGLE: Cherokee Nation adopted racism from Europeans. It’s time to reject it. (7/10/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- On a warm Saturday morning this June, a crane pulled up to the courthouse square in downtown Tahlequah, Oklahoma. As controversial monuments were being...
article Cherokee Nation plans virtual activities to maintain historical, cultural connections (7/9/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. identified members of the At-Large Advisory Committee to guide his administration on ways to better...
article Cherokee language advocate makes ‘40 Under 40’ list (7/8/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A Cherokee Nation citizen, employee and language mentor holds a spot on Oklahoma Magazine’s 2020 “40 Under 40” list, which shines a...
article Cherokee Nation delays reopening of cultural tourism sites (7/7/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- After announcing that it was planning to reopen cultural tourism sites in a phased approach later this month, the Cherokee Nation says it is delaying that...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Columbus/Indigenous Day

article Why Christopher Columbus Is So Offensive to Native Americans (7/10/2020)
(USA) -- Over the past few weeks, statues of Christopher Columbus have been beheaded, covered with red paint, lassoed around the head and pulled down, set on fire and...
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False Idols

article In Windsor, a former Mystic fixture could be removed from pedestal again (7/10/2020)
(Connecticut) -- Maj. John Mason, his right hand ever clutching his sheathed sword, could be forgiven for looking unsettled these days. Hauled out of Mystic in 1995,...
article Trump’s National Garden of American Heroes Pushes Another Modernism Ban (7/9/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump outlined the case for his reelection in divisive terms over the Fourth of July weekend. At a rally on Friday at the Mount...
article New Mexico Statue Defenders Oppose 'Pueblo Revolt of 2020' (7/9/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Some Hispanics and Native Americans in a New Mexico valley want to reinstate the statue of a Spanish colonial ruler that officials removed in June as...
article Before Kit Carson Rides Off, a Few Words From His Great-Grandson (7/7/2020)
(Colorado) -- John Carson is not having a peaceful retirement. And it just started this week. For the past fourteen years, after leaving a job teaching high school...
article When Statues Move (7/7/2020)
(Virginia) -- The Monument Avenue statues commemorating Confederate leaders are undergoing removal. Artists, whatever their reasons, built them. Now, Richmond artist...
article OUTSIDE: Why Removing Roosevelt's Statue Is Good for Hunters (7/7/2020)
(USA) -- I believe in the important role hunting plays in conserving North America’s wild animals and wild places. This conservation model was created around the...
article Indigenous activists demand removal of Iowa monuments, restructuring of historical narrative (7/5/2020)
(Iowa) -- An imposing figure that stood in the center of the women's march in 2017, an event attended by nearly 26,000 people, caused Christine Nobiss' heart...
article A 'Walk against Winston' stirs debate over another Halifax statue (7/3/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- On a fine summer evening, a group of people recently marched up to Halifax's Winston Churchill statue and surrounded it. Slowly, they applied...
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Mascot Issue

article Ed Hardin: In Cherokee – home to Redskins, Braves and Indians fans – debates over team nicknames pique curiosity (7/10/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- We might think we fully understand the mascot controversy sweeping the country right now. And we might assume that every Native American on every...
press release Here's why Palm Springs High School won't take the Indians out of its name (7/10/2020)
(California) -- Long before Palm Springs became a world-renown resort destination, before all the golf courses dotted the region and the date palms arrived from overseas...
article Mayor, community members urge Morden hockey team to ditch controversial nickname (7/10/2020)
(Manitoba) -- A senior hockey team in rural Manitoba that's resisted calls to discard its controversial name is facing new pressure from the southern Manitoba city...
article SM North alumnus, Native American starts counter-petition in favor of keeping Indian mascot (7/9/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- After seeing the petition to change Shawnee Mission North’s Indian mascot by the school’s 100th anniversary, 2012 alumnus Emmitt Monslow...
article NAC: New momentum against offensive team mascots (7/8/2020)
(Indian Country) -- After decades of outcry by Native American leaders, the ball may finally be moving down the field in the fight to change offensive pro sports team...
article Indigenous team names are under fire again — but this time feels different (7/8/2020)
(Canada) -- The Edmonton Eskimos announced today that they're revisiting their name. This came the day after a major sponsor threatened to end its relationship with...
article Tribal Leader Speaks Out Against Braintree Wamps Mascot (7/8/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- The head of the Massachusetts Native American tribe of Ponkapoag, has called on Braintree High School to drop its mascot, the Wamps. Tribe Sagamore...
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Land Issues

article Indigenous tribe in California faces off with a border wall that’s destroying their history (7/9/2020)
(California) -- On Monday June 29, The indigenous Kumeyaay people held a protest at the border wall between California and Mexico. Activists accused President Donald...
article What Is the U.S.-Mexico Border to Indigenous Peoples Who Have Lived There? (7/7/2020)
(USA) -- For Indigenous peoples of the Americas, the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly a symbol and tool of genocide. When this border was created, Indigenous peoples...
article Latgawa name should be commemorated on county land (7/4/2020)
(Oregon) -- On the recent proposal to change the three “Dead Indian” geographic names, the Jackson County commissioners voted to respond to the Oregon Geographic Names...
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Native Voices

article Plaza MAC cofounder's documentary explores Native American massacres (7/9/2020)
(New York) -- How do you forgive historic massacres? And then a recent senseless killing? Campbell Dalglish, Plaza Cinema cofounder, began a documentary eight years ago...
article N. Bird Runningwater: Enduring Indigenous values (7/8/2020)
(Indian Country) -- This year the world changed in a way that many of us would never have dreamed possible. The Covid-19 pandemic has swept across the planet and has...
article RICKERT: We Don’t Need Donald Trump and His Cohorts Telling Us Who Our American Heroes Are (7/6/2020)
(USA) -- President Donald Trump went to Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day and brought a message aimed to excite his base as the summer progresses to the...
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Nez Perce Tribe

article The story of the Seven Devils Mountains as told by the Nez Perce Tribe (7/9/2020)
(Idaho) -- The state of Idaho is riddled with Native American place names like Lapwai, Kamiah, Kooskia and Weippe. The culture and heritage runs deep in the Gem State....
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Agua Caliente

article The Self-Determined Sixties (7/8/2020)
(California) -- The 1960s introduced a wave of change in U.S. culture, politics, and history, from the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement to the advent of color...
article 'You Can't Eat Dirt': Tribal leader Vyola Ortner and the transformation of Section 14 (7/3/2020)
(California) -- “As Indians in Palm Springs, we had to cooperate with the dominant white culture in some ways in order to succeed. ... From my perspective, we did...
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Redskins

article As Redskins review name, Dan Snyder's once-touted Native American foundation has gone dark (7/8/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- In the face of mounting public pressure to change the name of his NFL team, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder wrote in a 2014 letter that it...
article Redskins, Indians and the Long Push to Drop Native American Mascots (7/5/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- In the early 1970s, Stanford’s athletic teams were a source of great pride. They were also the target of simmering outrage. Stanford won two...
article The History and the Controversy of the Washington Redskins Name and Logo (7/5/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins are, following some significant corporate pressure, reportedly considering a name change. This is a frequently debated topic...
article A brief history of the word ‘redskin’ and how it became a source of controversy (7/3/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins are beginning a review of the controversial name, after a number of the team’s largest corporate sponsors called for a...
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Salt-River Pima Maricopa

article Dr. Deborah Birx wears mask gifted her by Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (7/8/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Masks can be a fashion statement, Dr. Deborah Birx said, as she showed off the face mask gifted to her from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian...
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California's Genocide

article The California Native American Genocide (7/7/2020)
(California) -- In fourth grade, attending a public school in Fullerton, I learned about the history of California. One aspect that was not covered in this curriculum...
article Genocide in California’s History (7/6/2020)
(California) -- What do you think of when someone says “California”? Beaches? Sunshine? Hollywood? How about the largest act of genocide in American history...
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Mississippi Band of Choctaw

article Looking back on Native American history in Pearl River County, part 1 (7/7/2020)
(Mississippi) -- Pearl River County was formed in 1890 when parts of Hancock and Marion counties were combined, but some of the first residents of the Pearl River County...
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Black Hills

article Native Americans protest Trump’s Mt. Rushmore rally (7/5/2020)
(South Dakota) -- In a fiery speech, President Trump railed against “angry mobs” that were trying to “tear down statues” at a rally at Mt....
article For some Native Americans, Mount Rushmore is a symbol of broken treaties, white domination (7/3/2020)
(South Dakota) -- President Donald Trump views his Friday trip to Mount Rushmore as celebrating America's "heritage" on the July Fourth holiday weekend....
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First Nations

article Curve Lake First Nation gets turtle crossing signs in local dialect (7/5/2020)
(Ontario) -- A southern Ontario First Nation is hoping to protect turtles while helping revitalize their local dialect through new turtle crossing signs. Curve Lake...
article Planned excavation work in Oka, Que., digs up concern from Mohawk longhouse (7/3/2020)
(Quebec) -- The traditional governing body in Kanesatake, Que., is opposing a proposed archeological dig in the municipality of Oka. Excavation work is scheduled to be...
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LGBTQ

article New We Matter campaign asks youth to submit their definition of two-spirit (7/5/2020)
(Canada) -- A new social media campaign is asking Indigenous youth to submit their own definition of "two-spirit," which will then be compiled into a "two...
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Métis

article 'Almost like a miracle': McMurray Métis discover elder interviews thought lost in fire (7/5/2020)
(Canada) -- A summer student working for the McMurray Métis has uncovered a valuable cache of interviews with elders, their stories and memories preserved on computer...
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CSKT

article Watch this — Unstruck drum: Arlee powwow goes silent but memories stay strong (7/4/2020)
(Montana) -- In an otherwise silent arbor, the sound of Joseph Upham’s ankle bells rings surprisingly loud as he performs a traditional prairie chicken dance...
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Penobscot Tribe

article Penobscot Tribe Elder honored in Normandy for bravery on D-Day (7/4/2020)
(France) -- A bronze bust of a Penobscot Nation tribal elder who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day was installed today on that very same beach. The Charles Shay...
1 Article on this Issue

Cultural Appropriation

press release NAC: Haka and cultural appropriation (7/3/2020)
(Brazil) -- Brazilian motivational speaker faced backlash for including haka in his programming. He’s not Maori, but uses the traditional Maori dance that he says...
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Indian Country

article Which presidents – if any – did right by Native Americans? (7/3/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Although George Washington has consistently been ranked the second or third best of our presidents by both historians and the general public, we...
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Pocahontas

article Disney criticised for historic portrayal of Native Americans (7/3/2020)
(Hollywood) -- Disney has been criticised for its on-screen representations of Native Americans and is being urged to pay reparations to advocacy groups. Shannon O...
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Other News

article State Supreme Court vacates racist 1916 ruling in Yakama fishing rights case (7/10/2020)
(Washington) -- It took more than a century to clear Alec Towessnute of criminal charges for fishing on traditional tribal grounds on the Yakima River. In an order...
article Washington state justices void 1916 tribal rights ruling as racist (7/10/2020)
(Washington) -- Washington state’s Supreme Court on Friday vacated a 1916 ruling that allowed a prosecutor to bring criminal charges against a tribal fisherman as...
article OP/ED: The Oka Crisis — looking forward after 30 years (7/10/2020)
(Quebec) -- I don't want to rehash details of the Oka Crisis. I learned about fear and betrayal, learned to accept things I never wanted to believe. I have no wish...
article Former local tribe not consulted about Northampton roundabout dig (7/9/2020)
(Vermont) -- Some indigenous people who lived in the area that’s now Northampton have descendants who are part of Elnu Abenaki, officials from the state-recognized tribe...
article Happy Nunavut Day! Here are some ways to celebrate virtually (7/9/2020)
(North Canada) -- Nunavut Day will look different this year as the COVID-19 pandemic shifts the typically outdoor event to virtual activities. It's also the first time...
article Indian Pueblo Cultural Center creates virtual guides (7/9/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center may be closed during the pandemic but they’re still sharing Native American tradition. The center has created a virtual...
article Museums Once Coated Native Cultural Objects in Toxic Pesticides (7/9/2020)
(California) -- In 1995, elders from the Hopi Tribe traveled to the Harvard Peabody Museum to retrieve three Hopi “Friends,” or ceremonial masks. It should...
article National Gallery of Art Acquires Its First Painting by a Native American Artist (7/9/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Gallery of Art has made a landmark addition to its collections: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s I See Red: Target (1992), an 11-foot-...
article Some Polynesians Carry DNA of Ancient Native Americans, New Study Finds (7/8/2020)
(Polynesia) -- About 3,000 years ago, people on the eastern edge of Asia began sailing east, crossing thousands of miles of ocean to reach uninhabited islands. Their...
article Researching the history of Native Americans in Dover (7/7/2020)
(Ohio) -- Ken Keeler was born in Westlake around the city’s Sesquicentennial – 1961. He and his family have been longtime members of the Westlake Sportsman...
article The last stand for Stand Watie (7/7/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- On June 23, 1865, 155 years ago, Stand Watie became the last major Confederate field commander to surrender to the Union, which took place at Doaksville,...
article What Chocolate-Drinking Jars Tell Indigenous Potters Now (7/7/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- When an archaeologist found traces of cacao residue in Puebloan cylinder drinking jars a decade ago, the implications were huge. Her discovery of...
article Encyclopedia of Am. Indian History & Culture – a different kind of history book (7/6/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A two-page photo spread in the “Encyclopedia of American Indian History & Culture” shows Natives as sentinels, single file and hand-in-hand at the...
article Making A Medicine Bag In A Pandemic (7/6/2020)
(Alaska) -- An artist from Kasigluk has used his time during the pandemic to make a medicine bag. Golga Oscar was attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in...
article The Magic Mountains of the Acoma Pueblo and Thomas Mann (7/6/2020)
(New Mexico) -- In 1912, the young novelist Thomas Mann accompanied his wife, Katia, to the Wald Sanitarium in Davos, Switzerland, so she could receive treatment for...
article Native Americans March In LA, Reminding Angelenos Of Our City’s History (7/5/2020)
(California) -- Demonstrators from local Native American tribes gathered near Olvera Street on Saturday to support the Black Lives Matters movement, and to remind...
article Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas Fights to Preserve Indigenous History (7/5/2020)
(Texas) -- Christa Mancias and many others held their fists up at Columbus Park in San Antonio. “Columbus didn’t discover America. We don’t live in the...
article Siksik parka wins Tuktoyaktuk's best traditional dress competition (7/5/2020)
(Northwest Territories) -- One look at Terri Lee Kuptana's handmade parka and you'll understand in your bones that it's something special. The siksik (...
article 14 Native American Artists in Rock + Metal (7/4/2020)
(USA) -- Native American influence is deeply engrained in rock and metal, whether you realize it or not. From the greatest guitarist of all time, to the innovator of the...
article BOOK: Stories of cultural resilience in the art of Northwest coastal and Alaska Native people seen in new book (7/4/2020)
(Alaska) -- As a child growing up near Seattle, few things about my regional surroundings were as enchanting to me as the art of Northwest coastal Natives. It adorned...

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