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Blackfeet Nation

article Blackfeet Reservation Prepares For Ground Blizzard
(Montana) -- A ground blizzard is brewing on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northern Montana. How is the tribe preparing for high winds and snow drifts? Katy...
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California's Genocide

article Local tribe refuses governor’s apology
(California) -- In April 1846, Captain John C. Fremont led a contingent of American troops in a preemptive strike against an indigenous village along the Sacramento...
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Columbus/Indigenous Day

article Columbus Day replaced by Indigenous People’s Day in Potsdam schools
(New York) -- Potsdam schools will no longer celebrate Columbus Day. Instead, it will celebrate Indigenous People’s Day. It all started with Potsdam elementary...
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Election 2020

article A tale of two oil pipelines and their place in the presidential race
(Indian Country) -- The political debate over how to regulate the fossil fuel industry in the United States is more important — and ideologically divisive — than ever...
article Steve Bullock’s issue was tribal sovereignty … now he’s gone
(Washington D.C.) -- The presidential candidate who paid the most attention to Indian Country is calling it quits. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock began his longshot campaign...
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Grand Canyon

article Tribes, Conservation Groups Oppose Dams Near Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- Native American tribes and conservation groups are speaking out against a pair of dam projects proposed near the Grand Canyon. Phoenix-based Pumped Hydro...
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Havasupai Tribe

article Flood at Famed Arizona Waterfalls Sends Tourists Scrambling
(Arizona) -- A popular tourist spot deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon known for its blue-green waterfalls will make repairs after heavy flooding over the Thanksgiving...
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Health Care

article 'The buck stops here,' commissioner says, laying out a reform plan at Minnesota DHS
(Minnesota) -- A senior official from the Walz administration acknowledged Monday that the state Department of Human Services (DHS) has been "soft around the edges...
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Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article Public memorial service will honor Antonio “Tony” Renova in Great Falls on Thursday
(Montana) -- A public memorial service has been scheduled in Great Falls to honor Antonio “Tony” Renova, the five-year old boy who died after he was...
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Marijuana & Hemp

article Tribe studies cannabis, hemp
(Wyoming) -- A Wyoming tribe is looking to hemp and medical marijuana as potential ways to bolster the Wind River Reservation economy and treat illnesses, an approach...
article Wyoming Tribe Moves Toward Hemp and Medical Cannabis Legalization
(Wyoming) -- Wyoming’s Eastern Shoshone Tribe is considering hemp and medical cannabis to help diversify the Wind River Reservation economy and offer alternative...
article LEGAL BLOG: New Federal Hemp Regulations: What Businesses Should Know to Comply
(USA) -- Less than one year after hemp production was legalized by the 2018 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its proposed industrial hemp...
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Mining & Drilling

article A tale of two oil pipelines and their place in the presidential race
(USA) -- The political debate over how to regulate the fossil fuel industry in the United States is more important — and ideologically divisive — than ever...
article New measures could help tribal citizens who suffer from oil industry pollution
(North Dakota) -- New oil-and-gas pipeline protection measures could help people like Mandan Hidatsa & Arikara tribal member Lisa Deville and her family, who suffer...
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MMIW

article Native American Views Mixed on Trump Task Force for Missing, Murdered
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans are taking a wait-and-see approach to a new White House task force charged with boosting the physical safety of indigenous people...
article Making Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Visible
(USA) -- 2019 was a groundbreaking year for Native American women. In January, Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo woman from New Mexico, and Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho...
article Toppenish vigil urges public to remember missing and murdered Native people
(Washington) -- They just don’t want their loved ones forgotten. There were plenty of reasons family and friends of missing and murdered indigenous people...
article BLOG: The Crisis Of Murdered And Missing Indigenous Women And Why Tribes Need The Power To Address It
(USA) -- Last week, President Trump signed an executive order creating a task force on missing and murdered indigenous women. The task force, which will develop...
article Cole commends federal efforts to stop predators in Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) last week praised recent federal actions to stem the tide of missing and murdered Native Americans. “I am very encouraged...
article Missing Indigenous Person Task Force to meet in Browning, Great Falls
(Montana) -- The Missing Indigenous Person Task Force (MIPTF) hopes to gain input from and provide resources to the public at community meetings in Browning on Tuesday (...
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Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation turns to solar as coal-fired power plant closes
(Arizona) -- With the historic Navajo Generating Station now finished as a power source for Arizona cities, the tribal nation is turning its attention to alternative...
article Nominees seek service on Navajo Nation court bench
(Arizona) -- Members of the Navajo Nation Council are being asked to consider three pieces of legislation to confirm judges for the tribe's court system. The bills...
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Northern Arapaho

article County attorney says no charges in police shooting
(Wyoming) -- Citing citizens' legal rights to defend their own lives and the lives of others from "immediate peril," the Fremont County Attorney's...
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Osage Tribe

article Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Will Start Filming in March
(Oklahoma) -- Martin Scorsese‘s The Irishman is now on Netflix and will probably be a contender come Oscar season. But Scorsese is already moving on to other...
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Public Smoking

article Michigan tribe awarded grant for e-cigarette education
(Michigan) -- An Upper Peninsula nonprofit organization is supporting a program that educates young people in the Hannahville Indian Community about the dangers of e-...
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Redskins

article Neshaminy To Fight Human Relations Commission Decision
(Pennsylvania) -- No matter what happens, the Neshaminy School District is about to shell out more money. At their annual reorganization meeting on a snowy Monday...
article State official: Neshaminy should stop using ‘Redskin’
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Executive Director Chad Dion Lassiter made his feelings clear despite a commission ruling the term can continue...
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Residential Schools

article Steve Sxwithul'txw survived residential school. Now he's trying to honour family who didn't
(British Columbia) -- When the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation released the names of almost 3,000 children who died in residential schools, survivor Steve...
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Water Issues

article 'Poison:' Manitoba First Nation seeking class action over boil water advisories
(Manitoba) -- A chief of a Manitoba First Nation is proposing a class-action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of her community and other reserves that...
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Wounded Knee

article 'Remove the Stain': Warren's bill aims to rescind 20 Medals of Honor
(South Dakota) -- Twenty soldiers received the Medal of Honor for actions at Wounded Knee, South Dakota on December 29, 1890. The "Remove the Stain Act" wants...
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Yankton Sioux Tribe

article Yankton Sioux Nation Struggling To Recover From Climate Disasters Without Federal Assistance
(South Dakota) -- The Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota has experienced flooding rains and a series of other extreme weather events over the past year. While the...
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Other News

article Alabama honors Native American tribes it exiled
(Alabama) -- Johnodev Chaudhuri left his seat several times before the ceremony to straighten the Muscogee (Creek) Nation flag, one of 19 flags of Native American tribes...
article Native American tribes take part in ceremonial flag swap for Alabama Bicentennial
(Alabama) -- Representatives of nine Native American tribes who have lived on the land that became Alabama took part in a flag exchange with Gov. Kay Ivey at the capitol...
article To save Everglades, guardians fight time
(Florida) -- Grabbing a clump of vegetation to steady herself, Tiffany Troxler gingerly slides her feet along the makeshift boardwalk as she ventures out into the marsh...
article As sea levels rise, archaeological sites throughout Virginia Beach are at risk, experts say
(Virginia) -- Dotting the rural areas of Virginia Beach — teeming just below farms, fields and Back Bay islands — are a host of archaeological sites...
article LA Times Looks at the Trinidad Lighthouse Conflict
(California) -- On Friday, the LA Times posted a feature story on the replica Trinidad lighthouse which was built in 1949 and the conflict when the little building had...
article How 'Indian Relocation' Created a Public Health Crisis
(Minnesota) -- Melissa Walls of the Center for American Indian Health in Duluth, Minnesota, talks about the lasting health effects of “Indian Relocation”...
article NAC: Fighting HIV/AIDs in Native America
(Indian Country) -- HIV infection rates among Native Americans continue to rise. The most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a 46...
article ‘We cried for happy news’: Eagle Village is first Seattle housing project to address needs of homeless Native adults
(Washington D.C.) -- The first night Patricia St. Marks stayed at Eagle Village, she stayed up for hours talking with another resident who had just moved in. She was too...
article Author and Native American advocate Gerald Vizenor named Stanford Haas Center’s 2020 Distinguished Visitor
(California) -- Gerald Vizenor – author of more than 30 books, novels and poetry collections, and recipient of the Western Literature Association’s Distinguished...
article Kansas man becomes first Native American to receive Lamar Hunt Award
(Kansas) -- A former Haskell Indian Nations University coach is the first Native American to receive the Lamar Hunt Award. The award is given to those that demonstrate...
article Yvon Bergner on native heritage and leading new SGA committee collectively
(Michigan) -- Valparaiso, Indiana senior Yvon Bergner spent many of his middle and high school weekends traveling with his family in a trailer up, down and around the...
article How Did Center Line Get Its Name? A Fractious Indigenous History, Some Say
(Michigan) -- The City of Center Line has roots in the Native American community. Those ties span from present day, back to when the city was little more than an area of...
article BOOK: Where Did All the Indians Go?
(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 Is 'The Shining' Really About Native American History?
(Hollywood) -- Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining has been interpreted in numerous ways. One of the most popular theories about the film is that it’s about Native...
article Minority women write Indianapolis theater series
(Indiana) -- Indiana Repertory Theatre is featuring productions written by minority women. A goal of the INclusion Series is to give the audience a look at minority life...
article From the Editor’s Desk: Expanding our Alaska Native news coverage in The Cordova Times
(Alaska) -- The Cordova Times Report for America position will cover an Alaska Native news beat. I’ve spoken with other newspaper editors that agree that there are...
article Billings Intertribal Dance Group instructs youth in powwow-style dances
(Montana) -- Moving to a beat is a natural human instinct that stems from birth, and it all starts with a mother’s heartbeat. That’s why everyone can dance...
article The Science And Politics Behind The Brazilian Amazon Mass-Fires
(Brazil) -- In order to understand the science behind the recent mass-burning of the Brazilian Amazon, we must put this man-made catastrophe in the context of Brazilian...
article Activist vows Lake Horowhenua will stay closed
(New Zealand) -- A Levin activist has vowed to keep the gates to Lake Horowhenua closed until Waitangi Tribunal recommendations are enacted. Philip Taueki made the claim...
article Ngāti Maru treaty settlement progress delayed until early next year
(New Zealand) -- The final steps needed to seal the $30 million treaty deal of a Taranaki iwi will now take place in 2020. Ngāti Maru is the last of the eight iwi of...
article Samoan Government To Close Its Offices Amid Measles Crisis That Has Left 53 Dead
(Samoa) -- The Pacific island nation of Samoa will shut down government services for two days so that civil servants can focus on a nationwide immunization drive as the...
article The Indigenous Rights Report
(Worldwide) -- The Council of General Chiefs of the Pemon have denounced the third massacre of Indigenous Peoples in Venezuela this year. Details are scarce, but...
article Indigenous harbourside walk gets green light
(Australia) -- Sydney's first harbourside walk dedicated to Indigenous history is set to be given the green light, sparking a search for a Gadigal name, the...
article Biologist 'gobsmacked' the salmon sperm he helped freeze 20 years ago may now boost a dwindling stock
(British Columbia) -- After a particularly bad year for salmon returns because of a landslide near Big Bar, the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council partnered with the Spruce...
press release Bennett's Premiere Auctions Group Brings the Inaugural Auction of the David L Root Ancient Indian Artifact Collection to Global Bidders via Proxibid
(Nebraska) -- Proxibid, the most trusted way to connect buyers and sellers of highly valued items, has been selected by Bennett’s Premiere Auctions Group to be the...

12/1/2019

article A U.S. tribe wants to resume whale hunting. Should it revive this tradition?
(Washington) -- Each year at this time, gray whales begin the roughly 6,000-mile journey south from their summer feeding grounds in Alaska to their calving and breeding...
article Hopi commits to reducing arsenic in water at cultural center
(Arizona) -- Federal officials say the Hopi Tribe has failed to meet a deadline to reduce arsenic in drinking water at the tribe’s cultural center. The Hopi Tribe...
article State announces tribal economic development funding
(Montana) -- Native American owners of small businesses on the Flathead Indian Reservation sometimes struggle to qualify for a bank loan, but they can get $7,000 grants...
article Wyoming tribe considering hemp and medical marijuana to diversify reservation economy
(Wyoming) -- A Wyoming tribe is looking to hemp and medical marijuana as potential ways to bolster the Wind River Reservation economy and treat illnesses, an approach...
article As Noem opposes hemp, tribes see opportunity
(South Dakota) -- As Alex White Plume gathered his children and grandchildren along the bank of Wounded Knee Creek to harvest hemp in September, he was one of just a...
article Deb Abrahamson blames mining pollution for her cancer, keeps fighting toxic legacy on Spokane reservation
(Washington) -- Even when Deb Abrahamson talks about herself – about being diagnosed with a cancerous, newborn-sized tumor in her uterus, about the misdiagnoses...
article Former top public servant calls on western premiers to settle outstanding Indigenous land claims
(Canada) -- Canada's former top federal public servant says uncertainty over Indigenous land title in the West is holding back the regional economy — and is...
article Mark Ruffalo won't put down his megaphone
(Washington D.C.) -- Shortly after moving to Callicoon, New York, in the late aughts, Mark Ruffalo received an invitation to make the brief journey to Dimock,...
article Tribe bows out of lake management efforts
(Idaho) -- Idaho Gov. Brad Little has called for a third-party assessment of Lake Coeur d’Alene’s water quality while the Coeur d’Alene Tribe is...
article Jett named 2019 Visionary Leadership Award Winner
(Oklahoma) -- Shane D. Jett, CEO of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, recently received the 2019 Visionary Leader Award in recognition for his...
article Klamath Tribes gear up for 2020 Census
(Oregon) -- As the nation prepares for upcoming census the Klamath Tribes are also preparing to launch a campaign to increase tribal member participation in the 2020...
article AMBER Alert System upgrade caters to Native Americans
(Oklahoma) -- Native American communities now have access to resources to help better protect their children through an upgrade in the AMBER Alert System. Through a...
article Meet Doris Peltier, an advocate for Indigenous women living with HIV
(Canada) -- Doris Peltier has dedicated her life's work to advocating for the wellbeing of Indigenous women living with HIV/AIDS. The 63-year-old Anishinaabe mother...
article Patients, relatives benefit from smudging at area hospitals
(South Dakota) -- Richie Richards remembers gathering with 20 of his relatives to visit their dying cousin in 2016. The group helped Joseph Marshal stand up next to his...
article Beyond the curriculum: How Matawa Learning Centre brings culture to the classroom
(Thunder Bay) -- Matawa High School in Thunder Bay offers First Nations teens a holistic education. In addition to standard curriculum courses — like math and...
article NMMI student organizes raising of Navajo flag
(New Mexico) -- Through perseverance and planning, Diné (Navajo) students worked to leave a legacy honoring and representing Native American students at New Mexico...
article 'We took a giant leap forward': Northern B.C. First Nation holds 1st potlatch in 73 years
(British Columbia) -- For the first time in more than seven decades, the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation hosted a potlatch celebration on its traditional territory....
article Overall: Cherokee Nation wants to create its own National Register of Historic Places
(Oklahoma) -- Twenty-four years before Oklahoma statehood, the Cherokee Nation allocated $9,000 to build a set of nine courthouses spread across northeastern Indian...
article Mi'kmaw artist draws on past abuse for first illustration project
(New Brunswick) -- When Mi'kmaw artist Pauline Young was commissioned to illustrate two picture books she didn't hesitate to take on the project. But she admits...
article Only a matter of time before wolves settle in Central Oregon
(Oregon) -- Wolf packs have established themselves in all points of the compass from Central Oregon, and it’s probably only a matter of time before one settles in...
article New hockey class aims to support First Nation youth in Thunder Bay
(Thunder Bay) -- Mike Kompon left home at 16 to play junior league hockey. He still remembers the tough transition of moving away from his family. His experience helps...
press release Statement from Abigail Echo-Hawk regarding executive order to establish federal MMIWG task force
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, the Trump Administration issued an executive order to establish a federal task force to address the missing and murdered Indigenous women and...
article USDA, BIA Partner To Spur Economic Development, Strengthen Tribal Communities In Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve tribes...
article American Indian Movement West: No to Bolivia Coup! Hands Off Venezuela, Cuba!
(California) -- We, the people assembled in the American Indian Movement West conference in San Francisco, November 25 and 26, declare: Whereas, Evo Morales is the first...

11/30/2019

article New York’s Mohawk tribe works to restore their culture
(New York) -- For decades, Native American children were forcibly removed from their families and lands to attend boarding schools where English was mandatory and their...
article Federal Task Force To Address Crime Epidemic Against Native Women And Girls
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday creating a White House task force on missing and slain American Indians and Alaska Natives. The task...
article Mullin, Cole support murdered and missing indigenous people initiative
(Washington D.C.) -- Oklahoma’s two tribal member congressmen, Markwayne Mullin and Tom Cole, endorsed the Trump administration’s initiative for addressing...
article Native leader says Trump's empty promises won't halt crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women
(California) -- President Trump's promise to halt the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women is no more than an empty promise aimed at getting votes, says...
article Belated bill to help solve indigenous cold cases gains steam
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill originally meant to help law enforcement investigate cold cases of murdered and missing indigenous women has floundered in Congress for two...
article Navajo Country Music Pays Tribute to ‘Indian Cowboys’ and Outlaw Legends
(New Mexico) -- They started out from hamlets deep in the Navajo Nation, driving hours on washboard roads. When the Saturday night crowd finally arrived at Redd’s, the...
article 50 Years After the Occupation of Alcatraz, Native American Activists Gather—and Resist
(California) -- Frigid air and wet ground did little to deter the 4500 people who gathered before dawn on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay this Thursday for the...
article Colin Kaepernick speaks at Native American 'Un-Thanksgiving Day' held on Alcatraz
(California) -- Colin Kaepernick spent the holiday at a Native American 'Un-Thanksgiving Day' on Alcatraz, later criticizing the US government 'for stealing...
article Art as service: U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s work has its mystical qualities and yet belongs to everyone
(New Mexico) -- Joy Harjo, the U.S. poet laureate, was born and raised in Oklahoma, but New Mexico has been her second home. She thinks of herself as a “dual...
article 'Things are shifting': Tanya Talaga sees change in Thunder Bay
(Thunder Bay) -- Eight years ago, Toronto Star reporter Tanya Talaga was sent on assignment to Thunder Bay. She went there with a plan of writing about why First Nation...
article Native Americans from across New England gather in Plymouth for National Day of Mourning
(Massachusetts) -- As we mark Thanksgiving, many are also marking the 50th National Day of Mourning. It's a day Native Americans recognize the oppression of their...
article Top 5 atrocities committed by Christopher Columbus
(North America) -- It’s difficult to think of a more perverse hero than Christopher Columbus, the Italian who led Europe’s first landing party in the...
article Members of local tribes raise their hands to end the silence on missing, murdered indigenous women
(Utah) -- In response to the growing problem of missing and murdered Native American women, a local indigenous organization held a rally to raise awareness on...
article NENEMA: Governor Inslee should revoke support for smelter project
(Washington) -- A proposed smelter that threatens the health and natural resources of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians was named a project of “statewide significance...
article Photograph of climate activist at Standing Rock to be preserved at Library of Congress
(North Dakota) -- When 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation last month, she squeezed in a brief photo shoot to...
article 'It's beautiful': Fort Good Hope elders welcome N.W.T.'s newest protected area
(Northwest Territories) -- It's the end of November and the early afternoon twilight fades to darkness, but Vicky Orlias doesn't seem to mind. The elder stands...
article Warren Names NM U.S. Rep. Haaland, a Native American, Co-Chair of Her Campaign
(Washington D.C.) -- Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has picked New Mexico U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland as one of three female co-chairs of her campaign. Haaland, a...
article Lawsuit: County officials wouldn’t release daughter’s body
(Idaho) -- Two parents who are members of a Northern Idaho tribe have filed a lawsuit contending Kootenai County officials refused to return their daughter’s body...
article McSally Calls on VA Secretary to Improve Native Veterans’ Access to Mental Health Care
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Martha McSally (AZ) yesterday asked Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to improve Native Americans veterans’...
article Michigan tribe awarded grant for e-cigarette education
(Michigan) -- An Upper Peninsula nonprofit organization is supporting a program that educates young people in the Hannahville Indian Community about the dangers of e-...
article Santa Ynez Chumash Tribe donates $250,000 for high school aquatics complex
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians donated to the building of an aquatics complex at Santa Ynez High School on Friday. The Tribe gave $250,000 to the...
article New Minnesota History Center exhibit tells stories of the state and its land from a Native perspective
(Minnesota) -- Every time you say “Minnesota,” you’re uttering a Dakota word that describes the reflection of the sky onto water. Tribal peoples have...
article Sisseton Wahpeton Nation created through movement, sometimes willing but sometimes forced
(North Dakota) -- The Lake Traverse Reservation of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate juts into the southeastern edge of North Dakota, while the rest of the triangular stretch...
article Christian Allaire: Vogue’s most fashionable Ojibwe
(New York) -- Seen on social media wearing the latest cowboy boots, leather pants, western fringed shirts, a smart blue ascot, or any other chic, contemporary styles,...
article Maria Campbell on the pain and relief of re-releasing Halfbreed with uncut account of RCMP rape
(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 5 things to see at Indio Powwow this weekend
(California) -- The annual Cabazon XXXVIII Indio Powwow from the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians returned to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino for a three-day cultural event...
article On Lake Titicaca in Peru, villagers want to draw tourists--but on their own terms
(Peru) -- In the beginning, there was a lake cradled in the mountains of a high plateau in the Andes. How it got here was simple: The universe cried, and its tears...

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