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Cherokee Nation

article Deep in a cave, Cherokee texts still have much to teach (4/25/2019)
(Alabama) -- Working deep underground in a vast cavern system in modern-day Alabama, in the south-eastern United States, scientists have been translating messages...
article The Treaty That Forced the Cherokee People from Their Homelands Goes on View (4/24/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- On Friday, April 12, 2019, representatives of the three federally recognized tribes of the Cherokee people—the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma,...
article Tribe’s last monolingual Cherokee speaker dies (4/24/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Mack Vann, the last monolingual Cherokee speaker, died on April 22 in Tahlequah at age 88.
article CHIEF BAKER: Native students have a right to wear eagle feathers in Oklahoma at graduation (4/16/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- High school graduation ceremonies across Oklahoma will soon take place. Graduation from high school is an especially significant occasion for Cherokee...
article National Indian museum celebrates Cherokee tribes (4/14/2019)
(Washington) -- The National Museum of the American Indian celebrated Cherokee history during the sixth annual Cherokee Days festival over the weekend, featuring the...
article Number of Cherokee language speakers declining (4/11/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- When Anna Sixkiller was growing up in the Leach community, everyone around her spoke Cherokee at home, at work, at church. “I thought everybody lived...
article BLOG: Cherokee Wrote Backward Messages in Cave to Speak to the Spirit World (4/10/2019)
(Alabama) -- Nearly 200 years ago, Cherokee gathered inside a cave in Alabama and, using their newly minted alphabet, wrote ceremonial messages onto the walls and...
article Cave Markings Tell of Cherokee Life in the Years Before Indian Removal (4/10/2019)
(Alabama) -- On April 30, 1828, a Cherokee stickball team stepped into the underworld to ask for help. Carrying river-cane torches, the men walked into the mouth of...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Blackfeet Nation

article Blackfeet Tribe examining potential for national park (4/24/2019)
(Montana) -- Some members of the Blackfeet Tribe are looking at the potential for their own national park. Agricultural Resource Management is pushing for a feasibility...
1 Article on this Issue

San Manuel Tribe

article Founding Leader of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to be Honored By University of Redlands (4/24/2019)
(California) -- Santos Manuel, founding leader of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, will be posthumously awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters at...
1 Article on this Issue

Caddo Nation

article Pool: Building and rebuilding at Caddo Mounds (4/23/2019)
(Texas) -- Last week the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris burned, and there was a disaster overtaking a cultural monument about the same time here in East Texas. A...
article Tribal members unite to heal, celebrate (4/20/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Members of the Caddo Nation gathered at the Sam Noble museum Saturday for the annual Caddo Festival, a celebration of their history, art, dances, songs and...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Chickasaw Nation

article Five Chickasaw citizens to be inducted into Hall of Fame (4/23/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Five Chickasaw citizens will be honored with induction into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame today in a special ceremony at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Inclusion...
1 Article on this Issue

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

MMIW

article Jordan Marie Daniel ran and prayed for 26 #MMIW names at 26.2 mile Boston Marathon (4/23/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- She painted a red hand on her face, and she painted big red letters on her legs spelling out MMIW in honor of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women....
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article P.E.I. Mi'kmaw soldier buried in France honoured in new tribute (4/22/2019)
(France) -- It was 102 years ago that Pte. Peter Knockwood from Lennox Island died in battle at Vimy Ridge in France in the First World War — long-gone but not...
1 Article on this Issue

Gun Lake

article Kzoo reservation signs 'healing' for Gun Lake Tribe (4/22/2019)
(Michigan) -- Kalamazoo has installed streets signs that identify the original boundaries of a 19th century Native American reservation, with city and tribal leaders...
article Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Pottawatomi tribe, Kalamazoo say signs recognize history (4/22/2019)
(Michigan) -- Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Pottawatomi members said it was an exciting day for their tribe. Several tribe and community members joined together for the...
article New Street Signs Mark Boundary Of Pottawatomi Reservation In Kalamazoo (4/22/2019)
(Michigan) -- On Monday afternoon, at the signal from City of Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell, a worker slid two new street signs into place at the busy intersection of...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Mashpee Wampanoag

article Wampanoags among us: Herring Pond Wampanoag Medicine Man Troy Currence (4/22/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- I live in Bourne. I am Wampanoag from my mother’s side and also Catawba (Native American) from my father’s side and so my bloodline here...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navajo Native American Dancer Will Perform Dances, Story Tell (4/22/2019)
(California) -- Native American dancer Ben Hale, a member of the Navajo tribe from Arizona, will be performing a variety of dances and telling stories from tribes across...
1 Article on this Issue

Buffalo & Bison

article Where the buffalo roam: National Cowboy Museum exhibit celebrates the American bison (4/21/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Hundreds of years after they thundered across the plains in vast herds, bison continue to roam through paintings and on license plates, in sculptures and...
1 Article on this Issue

Columbus/Indigenous Day

article Two more states are dumping Christopher Columbus to celebrate indigenous people instead (4/21/2019)
(USA) -- More states are ditching Christopher Columbus. Vermont and Maine are the latest to join the growing number of cities, states and municipalities that have...
article Vermont passes bill abolishing Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples' Day (4/20/2019)
(Vermont) -- For three years, the state of Vermont has been celebrating the second Monday of October, traditionally and federally labeled as Columbus Day, as Indigenous...
article Lawmakers move to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day (4/18/2019)
(Vermont) -- The House has easily passed a measure (S.68) to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. But 24 Republicans voted against the change, wanting...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Kiowa Tribe

article Kiowa culture goes digital (4/21/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- For many years, Kiowa elder Dorothy Whitehorse DeLaune has worked with tribal members and Native Studies scholars to sustain the Kiowa language, culture,...
1 Article on this Issue

Land Issues

article Trial Against Mahwah's Ramapough Lenape Tribe Begins Monday (4/21/2019)
(New Jersey) -- A Bergen County Superior Court trial will begin Monday involving the Ramapough Lenape Nation tribe, the township, and the Ramapo Hunt & Polo Club....
article Juaneño tribal leaders are ‘devastated’ by another delay in construction of San Juan Capistrano park (4/18/2019)
(California) -- As plans for a park and cultural center devoted to the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians continue to stall in San Juan Capistrano, tribal leadership is...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Agua Caliente

article Kanye makes 'exclusive trek' in Palm Springs with Agua Caliente Tribal Chairman Jeff Grubbe (4/20/2019)
(California) -- While Kanye West is in town preparing for his much-anticipated Easter Sunday service at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, he stopped by Palm...
article Exhibit at Smithsonian in D.C. notes Agua Calientes' perseverance in Palm Springs' Section 14 (4/10/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Leaders of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians were in Washington on Wednesday at the official opening of a Smithsonian Institution exhibit...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Junipero Serra

article Stanford community celebrates renaming of Sally Ride dorm (4/20/2019)
(California) -- Members of the Stanford community came together to celebrate the renaming of the Sally Ride in Stern Hall on Thursday evening. The residents of Sally...
1 Article on this Issue

Lumbee Tribe

article Playground to take shape at tribe’s Cultural Center (4/20/2019)
(North Carolina) -- Volunteers from the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the community will join KaBOOM! on Wednesday to...
1 Article on this Issue

Pechanga Tribe

article Hundreds of human remains, burial objects to be returned to tribes, San Nicolas Island (4/20/2019)
(California) -- After years of consultation and trips to museums, hundreds of human remains and burial objects removed from San Nicolas Island soon will be returned to...
1 Article on this Issue

Muscogee Creek

article Remember the Ladies: Ethnologist of Tribal History (4/19/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Alice Lee Marriott came to Muskogee at age 20 looking for a job. It was 1930 and the beginning of the Great Depression. She had been born in the Chicago...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article KEELER: Notre Dame and the Fight for Sacred Lands (4/19/2019)
(USA) -- In Chiapas, Mexico, I first considered the difference between the kind of society that builds monumental architecture in stone and the kind that nurtures great...
article GIAGO: After all, what’s in a name? (4/14/2019)
(South Dakota) -- It seems that behind every nickname there is a reason. I was six years old when my parents dropped me of in front of Red Cloud Hall. The building was...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Choctaw Nation

article Choctaw historian to release new book on food sovereignty (4/18/2019)
(Kansas) -- The published works of Devon Mihesuah fill a wide space between two bookends in her office at the University of Kansas. The prolific author juggles her time...
article Kindred Spirits: When the Irish Starved, the Choctaw Tried to Feed Them (Podcast) (4/12/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- As Ireland starved, help came from an unlikely place. How the Choctaw people came to the aid of strangers on an island thousands of miles away is the...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Seminole Tribe

article The Clans of the Seminole Tribe (4/18/2019)
(Florida) -- In Seminole folklore, animals were made by the Creator and were put away in a shell. They each found their way out, and the Creator gave each of them a name...
1 Article on this Issue

Eastern Band of Cherokee

article Cherokee planting method was ‘agronomically sound’ (4/17/2019)
(North Carolina) -- These days my wife, Elizabeth, and I just play around at gardening in several raised beds situated beside the front deck of our home. This year, she...
article The Archaeology of the Nikwasi Mound (4/10/2019)
(North Carolina) -- On Tuesday, April 16, the lecture series “Where We Live: History, Nature, and Culture” at Cowee School Heritage Center, will present a program by Dr...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article Vancouver filmmakers put culinary spin on Indigenous reconciliation (4/17/2019)
(Vancouver) -- There were both profound and practical culinary lessons to be learned as Ryan Mah and Daniel Berish spent the better part of a year scouring the bush in...
1 Article on this Issue

Meskwaki Tribe

article Meskwaki Artist Lays Groundwork For Indigenous Gallery In Iowa City (4/17/2019)
(Iowa) -- A Meskwaki artist is working to open an indigenous art gallery and event space in Iowa City. Multidisciplinary artist and writer Dawson Davenport wants to...
1 Article on this Issue

Nevada Gaming

article Man arrested for looking for deceased gambling executive's buried treasure (4/17/2019)
(Nevada) -- The Nye County Sheriff's Office says that it has arrested 56-year-old Richard Cleaves for trying to find any buried treasure left behind by Ted Binion at...
1 Article on this Issue

Pine Ridge

article 'The Horse Nation Is Here for Us': How Lakota Culture Is Helping Treat Child Trauma in South Dakota (4/17/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Greg Grey Cloud stands in the middle of the arena, thumbs in his hip pockets, beside a black-and-white Paint who wanders and roots aimlessly in the dry...
1 Article on this Issue

Barona

article From the Archives: Bingo! Barona forged a path with first high-stakes games in 1983 (4/15/2019)
(California) -- Security guard Pete Baker stood on the second-floor balcony at the Barona Indian Reservation community center yesterday afternoon and smiled knowingly as...
1 Article on this Issue

Tobacco & Cigarettes

article New Jamestown exhibition looks at tobacco boom and impact on Native Americans, slavery (4/14/2019)
(Virginia) -- For years, Jamestown's focus has been on the settlement's earliest years and how it barely got by after its 1607 founding. A new exhibition at the...
1 Article on this Issue

Habematolel Pomo

article Mendocino National Forest, Habematolel Pomo tribe reestablish traditional plants along Middle Creek (4/13/2019)
(California) -- The Mendocino National Forest and the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake are teaming up on a project to reestablish native riparian vegetation along Middle...
1 Article on this Issue

Mohegan Sun

article Uncas School, Mohegans share in day of gratitude (4/11/2019)
(Connecticut) -- Focused on its school year theme of gratitude, Uncas Network School once again hosted members of the Mohegan Tribe on Thursday for its annual Gathering...
1 Article on this Issue

Residential Schools

article 'A reminder of those horrible days': Tsartlip Indian Day School survivor wants building torn down (4/11/2019)
(British Columbia) -- Former student Angel Sampson says it's difficult to stand next to the small wooden schoolhouse where she attended class at the Tsartlip Indian...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article OP/ED: A strong working relationship involving towns and tribes (4/25/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- I was absolutely dumb-founded by Chris Pinardi’s opinions (April 20, “Begin the process of education) on the local efforts by many of us...
article Filmed in Omaha, 'Election' celebrates its 20th anniversary (4/24/2019)
(Nebraska) -- For his second film, Omaha director Alexander Payne took on “Election,” a novel by Tom Perrotta. Filmed mostly at Papillion-La Vista High School, the movie...
article Meet 8 Indigenous Beaders Who Are Modernizing Their Craft (4/24/2019)
(USA) -- Beadwork is a pillar of Indigenous design. While various tribes hold different design specialties—the Navajo, for example, are best known for their...
article Indian country has sharp reaction to burning of Notre Dame Cathedral (4/23/2019)
(Arizona) -- Native American Indian Country’s reaction is sharp when it comes to the destruction of sacred sites; all sacred sites. While Indigenous sacred sites...
article Native American graduates to be honored with Eagle Feather ceremony (4/23/2019)
(Montana) -- Native American students graduating from Great Falls College MSU will be honored at an Eagle Feather ceremony on Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m. where they will...
article A quest to reconstruct Baltimore’s American Indian ‘reservation’ (4/23/2019)
(Maryland) -- A few years ago, I invited a group of students to go on a short walking tour of the Lumbee Indian community of East Baltimore. Lumbee are indigenous to...
article High school forbids senior from wearing his Native American garb to graduation (4/22/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Like many high school seniors, Tvli Birdshead is excited to graduate this spring. But the 18-year-old has mixed feelings about the upcoming ceremony. The...
article Native American student to challenge policy that bans traditional garb at graduation (4/22/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- A student in Oklahoma is reportedly planning to challenge a policy at his high school that prevents him from wearing traditional Native American garb to...
article Gathering of Nations returning to Albuquerque (4/22/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Albuquerque will host the 36th annual Gathering of Nations pow wow. The event celebrates Native American culture. “This is much, much bigger than...
article How Lakota Culture Is Helping Treat Child Trauma (4/22/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Greg Grey Cloud is combining traditional Lakota horse rituals with equine therapy to treat PTSD—and much more. Greg Grey Cloud stands in the...
article Artificial reef to protect historic Native American mounds (4/22/2019)
(Louisiana) -- An artificial reef has been created near the Louisiana coast to protect several historic Native American mounds from erosion and rising sea levels.
article 'This Land is Home:' Tribal court judge to speak on colonization in Ketchum (4/21/2019)
(Idaho) -- They say history is only one side of the story; this couldn’t be truer for the history of the Americas. Often presented as a straightforward story of...
article Anchorage high school students can now wear traditional tribal regalia at graduation after this mom’s effort (4/21/2019)
(Alaska) -- Tigran Andrew walked onstage last year wearing a sealskin cap with his school-issued green gown at the Service High School graduation in Anchorage. His...
article The beat goes on: Native drum, dance teams take hold at area high schools (4/21/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The drums were loud, and they thundered, on and off, for hours. Drummers and dancers from 17 northern Minnesota schools headed on a Saturday earlier this...
article Children of the First People: Sequel celebrates Alaska Native culture (4/21/2019)
(Alaska) -- A quarter of a century has passed since Tricia Brown and Roy Corral began work on their groundbreaking book, Children of the Midnight Sun. The book, written...
article Hometown Hockey in Enoch Cree Nation shows community's deep ties to sport (4/21/2019)
(Alberta) -- Shane Peacock stares at a series of photos looking out over the ice in the Enoch Recreation Centre. He's in one of them — somewhere in the early-...
article It takes a village: Stories from Native Alaska (4/20/2019)
(Alaska) -- What is it like living in a community that is only accessible by plane and where hunting and fishing are vital for survival? Residents of a remote Alaska...
article Here's How Louisiana Is Using Oyster Shells to Preserve a Sacred Piece of Shoreline (4/20/2019)
(Louisiana) -- This week, 200 tons of shells gathered from New Orleans-area restaurants were transformed into a living shoreline that will protect historical Native...
article Ancient mystery or a hoax? Archaeologists investigate rare find at Lake Powell (4/20/2019)
(Arizona) -- Is it a remarkable discovery or a clever hoax? A hiker in southern Utah has found what appear to be old Spanish coins possibly dating back to the time of...
article Uncovering the past at Chimney Rock (4/20/2019)
(Nebraska) -- Makenzie Coufal lifts a pile of dirt out of the ground with his shovel and places the dirt into a screen for Brian Goodrich to sift through. Nolan Johnson...

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