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Cherokee Nation

article Kimberly Teehee, First Cherokee Delegate
(Washington D.C.) -- In 1835, the Treaty of New Echota set the stage for the removal of the Cherokee people from their homeland in the southeastern United States. The...
article Hoskin offers language investment at State of Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. on Aug. 31 proposed the largest investment in language programs in the tribe’s history and detailed more initiatives...
article Rutherford helping keep Cherokee arts alive
(Oklahoma) -- After a long-time interest in art and creating, Cherokee Nation citizen Lisa Rutherford has learned and added numerous artistic trades into her repertoire...
article Former CN Treasurer, Councilor Chapman dies
(Oklahoma) -- Former Cherokee Nation Treasurer and Tribal Councilor Gary Dean Chapman died Sept. 3 at age 81. According to his obituary, he was born to Ezekiel “...
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Chinook Tribe

article Carving like the Chinook
(Washington) -- In a woodshop outside of La Center one local is churning out art indicative of the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest — but he isn’t...
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Coquille Tribe

press release TERO named program of the year by CTER
(Washington) -- The Council for Tribal Employment Rights (CTER) awarded the designation of TERO of the year to The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation at...
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Cultural Appropriation

article Johnny Depp Defends Dior Campaign: 'It's a Pity That People Jumped the Gun'
(Hollywood) -- When Dior shared its new Sauvage perfume campaign last month, the company was met with criticism. Many were quick to call the commercial, which stars...
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First Nations

article Scheer should break with Harper's approach to Indigenous peoples, says AFN national chief
(Ottawa) -- Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer should signal he won't copy former prime minister Stephen Harper's approach to the relationship between Ottawa and...
article Indigenous fire practices once shaped the Northwest — and they might again
(Washington) -- Upon arriving in Washington, many settlers assumed that the lands they had entered were perfect representations of unspoiled nature. They explored...
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Food Sovereignty

article Tocabe and American Indian Scholarship Fund Present a Night of Indigenous Food
(Colorado) -- Eleven years ago, Ben Jacobs and Matt Chandra launched Tocabe at 3536 West 44th Avenue, Denver's only American Indian restaurant at the time. That...
article BLOG: Soybean School: Exploring growth differences between Manitoba and Ontario
(Ontario) -- A University of Manitoba masters student has found the major difference between growing soybeans in Ontario versus Manitoba is how long it takes to flower.
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Fort McDowell

press release Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation President Bernadine Burnette named one of Arizona’s most influential women for 2019
(Arizona) -- Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation President Bernadine Burnette has been part of her tribal community’s success story for more than 20 years and is also one of...
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Junipero Serra

article MORON ALERT: Priest walks in saint’s footsteps in California mission country
(California) -- St. Paul in the first century AD evangelized the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Thessalonians. Coming forward to...
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Keystone XL Pipeline

article Keystone opponents dig in after NE Supreme Court ruling
(Nebraska) -- Some Nebraska landowners and tribal nations are committed to fight TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, after the Nebraska Supreme Court's...
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Land Issues

article Rent Is Recognition and Restitution for Seattle’s Native Inhabitants
(Washington) -- A grassroots movement encourages non-Native city dwellers to pay monthly reparations to the Duwamish, a Native American tribe that’s petitioned for...
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Marijuana & Hemp

article 16 of Sask.'s 51 pot shops haven't opened their doors nearly a year after legalization
(Saskatchewan) -- Nearly a third of the 51 cannabis retail stores planned for Saskatchewan remain unopened — just over a month out from a potentially key deadline...
article First Nation Federal Framework on Cannabis Update
(British Columbia) -- The work underway on the First Nation Federal Framework on Cannabis was discussed at the inaugural meeting of the AFN Chiefs Committee on Cannabis...
article Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council votes against marijuana facility purchase in Humboldt Township
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Tribal Council, after due consideration, has decided not to go forward with the purchase of the ELF Facility...
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Mascot Issue

article Menomonie board OKs mascot ban resolution
(Wisconsin) -- The Menomonie school board voted 4-2 Monday night to approve a resolution being circulated by the Wausau school district calling for a ban on all mascots...
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Mental Health

article Meet 5 Indigenous youth who are spreading hope in communities on World Suicide Prevention Day
(Canada) -- Sept. 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day. It's an important day for Indigenous youth involved with We Matter, an Indigenous youth-led non-profit...
article 'Eskimo Ninja' Nick Hanson talks about cultural identity, suicide prevention
(Alaska) -- Nick Hanson may be best known as the "Eskimo Ninja" on the American Ninja Warrior television program. Through that platform, he's made it his...
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Mining & Drilling

article Oil drilling plan near Utah monument draws tribal opposition
(Utah) -- The U.S. government will allow oil and gas companies to make lease bids Monday on lands considered archaeologically sensitive near a national monument...
article B.C. First Nation granted injunction to stop Taseko exploratory drilling
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot’in Nation’s injunction has been granted to stop Taseko Mines Ltd. from carrying out exploratory drilling near Teztan Biny...
article Oil drilling plan near Utah monument draws tribal opposition
(Utah) -- The U.S. government will allow oil and gas companies to make lease bids Monday on lands considered archaeologically sensitive near a national monument...
article Mexican gas pipelines halted by indigenous opposition
(Mexico) -- While gas has begun flowing through the South Texas-Tuxpan pipeline in the wake of the Mexican government renegotiating seven pipeline contracts, completion...
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MMIW

article DOJ Hires Missing Persons Specialist, Grant Coordinator
(Montana) -- Montana’s Department of Justice has hired two people to oversee efforts to better report and track missing persons cases. Attorney General Tim Fox...
article Seattle vows to address crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls
(Washington) -- The Seattle City Council adopted a resolution Monday acknowledging violence against indigenous women and girls and vowing to address the crisis by hiring...
article Indigenous elders gather in Winnipeg to talk about climate change, MMIWG
(Winnipeg) -- First Nations, Inuit and Métis elders from across the country are meeting in Winnipeg to share knowledge and talk about issues like missing and murdered...
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Navajo Nation

article Why This Fashion Entrepreneur Moved From L.A. to a Navajo Reservation to Run Her Own Clothing Business
(New Mexico) -- The store has no name. Just a neon sign in the window with a symbol: a Native American storm cloud. It represents rebirth. "I don't feel the...
article Navajo utility wants to build on project to electrify homes
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation wants to build on a pilot project that connected more than 230 homes to the electric grid. The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority worked with...
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Opioid Crisis

article Sacklers Reject Demand That They Surrender Personal Wealth To Settle Opioid Claims
(Ohio) -- The family that owns Purdue Pharma, maker of Oxycontin, has rejected a demand that they give up $4.5 billion of their personal wealth to settle opioid claims...
article The Sacklers Reportedly Stalled an Opioid Settlement Because They Don’t Want to Hand Over $4.5 Billion
(Ohio) -- The family behind Purdue Pharma reportedly doesn’t want to sacrifice a bigger chunk of their personal wealth to settle the thousands of opioid-related...
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Red Lake Tribe

article Red Lake Nation opens shopping center on northern Minnesota land
(Minnesota) -- The Red Lake Band of Chippewa in northern Minnesota has opened a new shopping center on its land north of Bemidji. “It’s finally a reality...
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Shinnecock Tribe

article The Shinnecock Nation's Land: Is It A Territory Or A Reservation?
(New York) -- The Shinnecock Indian Nation’s 800-acre peninsula of land, known as Shinnecock Neck, has been called both a territory and a reservation — state...
article James H. Phillips Jr. Of The Shinnecock Indian Nation Dies September 4
(New York) -- James H. Phillips Jr. died at his home on September 4, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was 93 and was known by many nicknames, “Uncle Jim,...
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Supreme Court

article Justice Gorsuch book touts Scalia’s views and civility in the Trump era
(Washington D.C.) -- Thirty years ago, Neil Gorsuch was in his first year at Harvard Law School when Justice Antonin Scalia, then new to Supreme Court, came to lecture...
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Tobacco & Cigarettes

article Juul Violated Federal Rules by Marketing Vaping Products as Safer Than Cigarettes, F.D.A. Says
(Washington D.C.) -- The agency sent a warning letter to the company. In a separate letter, it also requested more information about the company’s outreach to...
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Yucca Mountain Project

article Forum addresses ecological, tribal opposition to Yucca Mountain
(Utah) -- Annette Magnus will tell you her grandfather’s time spent working at the Nevada Test Site in Nye County ultimately led to his death from cancer....
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Other News

article Johnny Depp defends Dior campaign after Native American outrage
(Hollywood) -- Johnny Depp has defended his new Dior perfume campaign following angry protests from Native Americans.
article Indigenous Women in Canada Are Still Being Sterilized Without Their Consent
(Canada) -- S.A.T.* wanted her daughter in the room. It was the second time she'd ever spoken about her experience with anybody outside her family, friends and...
article Rent Is Recognition and Restitution for Seattle’s Native Inhabitants
(Washington) -- Since time immemorial, the Duwamish tribe has resided along the shores of Seattle’s Puget Sound. The city is named for a Duwamish ancestor, Chief...
article The Complicated Decisions That Come With Digitizing Indigenous Languages
(Internet) -- Imagine: Hundreds of years of environmental, social, and political changes have left the English language with only a handful of speakers. Linguists and...
article Inside the used car dealership of North Dakota grain embezzler: Manager says he never knew about ill-gotten grain
(North Dakota) -- When Hunter Hanson last fall filed for a license to start a used car business at the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Stuart Medrud was by his side....
article Why Violence Persists in New Mexico's Indigenous Border Towns
(New Mexico) -- One March night last year, two teenagers briefly sneaked away from a hotel party in Albuquerque, New Mexico, intent on murdering a Native American...
article House Dems urge Phoenix hotel to remove ‘slur’ from its name
(Arizona) -- Nearly 20 Arizona House Democrats penned a letter last month urging the new owner of the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix to change its offensive...
article Native American Group Suing Over Sacred Remains at The Alamo
(Texas) -- The Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation has filed a lawsuit against the City of San Antonio, the Texas General Land Office, and two other organizations claiming...
article Leaving home: Northern students flock south in pursuit of higher education
(North Canada) -- Fall is a time of change in the North, perhaps most so for the families affected by the great migration south as students leave in pursuit of higher...
article Oregon Schools Slowly Rolling Out Indigenous Studies Curriculum
(Oregon) -- Inside a room at the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians’ new tribal community center are three framed sketch drawings by a Native artist. K...
article The 'naturally disappointing' results of new Wyoming study: Native American students face greater discipline
(Wisconsin) -- Wyoming teachers disproportionately suspend Native American students from school compared to their peers, especially in cases where educators use their...
article Tocabe and American Indian Scholarship Fund Present a Night of Indigenous Food
(Denver) -- Eleven years ago, Ben Jacobs and Matt Chandra launched Tocabe at 3536 West 44th Avenue, Denver's only American Indian restaurant at the time. That...
article Artifacts alter timeline for Native Americans in California
(California) -- On a rugged coastal bluff overlooking Tomales Bay is the site of a former Coast Miwok village that tells a remarkable story about Native American...
article BLOG: The California Gold Rush
(California) -- Sandwiched between the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and the Civil War in 1861, the California Gold Rush is considered by many historians to be the most...
article Historian Patricia Cleary Digs Into The Long-Lost Mounds Of St. Louis
(Missouri) -- A multitude of truncated earthworks — more commonly known as mounds — once dotted the St. Louis landscape. For the ancient Mississippian people...
article The Complicated Decisions That Come With Digitizing Indigenous Languages
(North America) -- How do you measure what’s missing? How do you bring English back? This, of course, is the reality for scores of Native North American languages...
article The Darker Side of John Wesley Powell
(Indian Country) -- Like other early American geologists, the man who explored the Colorado River did anthropologic research that presupposed the racial inferiority of...
article 'We can't stop fighting.' Or laughing.
(New Mexico) -- It all started with a dare that would turn into an 18-year career that shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Even with his most recent obstacle. James...
article Indigenous fashion: Using the runway to create dialogue
(Indian Country) -- It’s a given that the fashion runway is about making statements with fabric and design. The catwalk is also being used to tell Indigenous stories and...
article ‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog’ is now a quietly powerful Indigenous feature film
(Minnesota) -- Many readers will recall Kent Nerburn’s Neither Wolf Nor Dog, first published in 1994 and winner of the Minnesota Book award in 1996. Perhaps no...
article Tender coming of age story in Innu community premieres at TIFF
(Toronto) -- A coming of age story about the relationship between two friends from a small Innu community premiered Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival....
article Butts County Historical Society hosts 30th Native American Festival
(Georgia) -- The Butts County Historical Society hosted its 30th annual Indian Springs Native American Festival and Powwow Saturday and Sunday.
article BLOG: Priest walks in saint’s footsteps in California mission country
(California) -- St. Paul in the first century AD evangelized the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Thessalonians.
article Tribes release salmon at historic Kettle Falls
(Washington) -- Following an opening honor song by Colville Business Council member Darnell Sam, the beautiful ceremony began: the last of three cultural salmon releases...
article Huffman revives push for Point Reyes elk relocation
(California) -- Rather than kill some elk in Point Reyes National Seashore as proposed by the National Park Service, Rep. Jared Huffman is calling for some elk to be...
press release The AFN Launches Honouring Promises: 2019 Election Priorities for First Nations and Canada
(Canada) -- Today, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde launched Honouring Promises: 2019 Federal Election Priorities for First Nations and...

9/8/2019

article Johnny Depp Says Dior 'Sauvage' Film Was Made "With Great Respect" for Native Americans Following Backlash
(Hollywood) -- The actor said they are working with those offended by the film to come to a resolution and that the full film "has never been seen." Johnny...
article Teehee hopes for congressional collaboration on seating her as Cherokee Nation delegate
(Washington D.C.) -- Kim Teehee, who made history last month after being confirmed as the Cherokee Nation’s first delegate to Congress, doesn’t plan to show...
article Miami leaders call Inhofe amendment ‘unfair’
(Washington D.C.) -- Civic and tribal leaders in Miami thought they were following proper channels when working with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Grand...
article Ottawa ordered to compensate First Nations children impacted by on-reserve child welfare system
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa must pay potentially billions of dollars in compensation to First Nations children harmed by the on-reserve child welfare system, following a ruling...
article Young drummers to trade plastic bin for real drum after outpouring of support
(Manitoba) -- A group of young boys from Mathias Colomb Cree Nation in Manitoba are eagerly waiting for a new powwow drum to be delivered to their community after...
article David Hogg: We Need To Recognize "Indigenous Mass Shootings" Conducted By The American Government
(Washington D.C.) -- In an interview with MSNBC host Chris Hayes, gun control activist David Hogg stated that in a "post-genocidal" society such as America...
article In Cherokee Country, Opioid Crisis Seen as Existential Threat
(Oklahoma) -- Here in the foothills of the lush Ozark Mountains, where the Cherokee Nation re-formed its government after U.S. soldiers marched members of the tribe out...
article Minnesota oil pipeline fight highlights Democratic dilemmas
(Minnesota) -- A divisive fight over the future of a crude-oil pipeline across Minnesota is pinning presidential candidates between environmentalists and trade unions in...
article How the bizarre tale of the ‘Oregon standoff’ explains what happened to America in 2016
(Oregon) -- Anthony McCann’s “Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff” is one of those extraordinary books that seems to be about one...
article Italian company asks to access land near Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- An Italian real estate company that has long eyed development outside the Grand Canyon’s South Rim again is seeking permission to improve forest roads...
article Nye County officials on Yucca Mountain: ‘Let’s sit down and talk’
(Nevada) -- Nevada leaders from Gov. Steve Sisolak and current members of the state’s congressional delegation to past governors, senators and representatives have...
article First Nations leadership concerned about who will be included in child welfare ruling
(British Columbia) -- First Nations leadership in British Columbia is calling on the Canadian government to "do the right thing" and ensure nobody is left...
article Cherokee Nation sharing authentic perspective on forced removal with classrooms
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation is working to help transform the way Native American history is presented in classrooms. The tribe is one of many contributing to the...
article Leaving home: Northern students flock south in pursuit of higher education
(Canada) -- Fall is a time of change in the North, perhaps most so for the families affected by the great migration south as students leave in pursuit of higher...
article ‘Most people don’t really know we’re a thing’: Students, faculty reflect on lack of Native representation at Notre Dame
(Indiana) -- While Fr. Edward Sorin and the Congregation of Holy Cross were given the University’s land by the Bishop of Vincennes, this region of Northern Indiana...
article Artifacts alter timeline for Native Americans in California
(California) -- On a rugged coastal bluff overlooking Tomales Bay is the site of a former Coast Miwok village that tells a remarkable story about Native American...
article Sask. woman learns object found on farm is rare Blackfoot artifact
(Saskatchewan) -- A Saskatchewan woman has been told the "odd-looking rock" she stumbled upon on her farm is, in fact, a rare Blackfoot artifact. Tricia...
article In 1971, he took a photo of a Navajo dancer. The portrait lives on. The dancer, too.
(Maryland) -- Barry Moien never considered himself a great photographer. He was less into the artistic side of photography and more into the technical side, more George...
article Why Brazilian farmers are burning the rainforest — and why it’s difficult for Bolsonaro to stop them
(Brazil) -- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, under international pressure to curb the fires now spiking across the Amazon, is trying to crack down on the farmers and...
article Tulalip Tribes banking on beavers to bolster Snohomish River
(Washington) -- She was a King County girl living the high life on Lake Union. He made his home in a cramped culvert leading to a detention pond in Snohomish. Then, one...
article Parade of bison creates a ‘Montana traffic jam’
(Montana) -- Traffic came to a standstill on both sides of Highway 2 on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana on Thursday when a parade of bison crossed the...

9/7/2019

article Oglala Sioux Tribe passes hate crime legislation
(South Dakota) -- Two months after legalizing same-sex marriage, the Oglala Sioux Tribe has approved hate crime legislation aimed at fighting attacks against LGBTQ...
article Sale of Cloud Peak mines leaves Navajo Nation in the dark
(Wyoming) -- As the dust settles after a summer of seismic shifts in Wyoming’s coal industry, the sale of three Powder River Basin mines has entered the final...
article Muscogee (Creek) chief candidates make their cases during forum
(Oklahoma) -- Two weeks before the Muscogee (Creek) Nation primary elections, eight of the 10 people vying to replace James Floyd as the tribe’s principal chief...
article University of Oregon professor’s book argues that U.S. democracy hurt Native Americans
(Oregon) -- A new book by a noted historian attempts to show how expanding American democracy hurt Native Americans in the early days of the nation and how tribes viewed...
article A State Wrestles With Its Imagery: A Sword Looming Over a Native American
(Massachusetts) -- When former State Representative Byron Rushing first looked closely at the Massachusetts state seal, he could not believe his eyes. Created in the...
article First Nations leadership concerned about who will be included in child welfare ruling
(British Columbia) -- First Nations leadership in British Columbia is calling on the Canadian government to "do the right thing" and ensure nobody is left...
article Court affirms ruling on tribal water rights on reservation
(Idaho) -- The Coeur d’Alene Tribe will not have a say on lake levels, nor will it have control of water outside the reservation boundaries according to an Idaho...
article Reaching a deal in national opioids case proving difficult
(USA) -- OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma made headlines earlier this year when it reached a landmark deal with Oklahoma over the toll the opioids crisis has taken on that...
article Engineers in Alaska using the sun to chill thawing permafrost
(Alaska) -- Harnessing the power of the sun to cool the ground sounds contradictory, but it's what a team of engineers with the Alaska Native Tribal Health...
article 'Make this a federal election campaign issue': Crowd gathers for forum on Downtown Eastside
(British Columbia) -- A crowd gathered at Vancouver's Woodwards Courtyard Saturday afternoon for a CBC town hall that convened to address some of the most...
article Proponents of new state hold meeting in Moses Lake
(Washington) -- Proponents of a plan to split Washington into two states held a meeting in Moses Lake that organizers called an attempt to clear up misconceptions about...
article A State Wrestles With Its Imagery: A Sword Looming Over a Native American
(Massachusetts) -- When former State Representative Byron Rushing first looked closely at the Massachusetts state seal, he could not believe his eyes. Created in the...
article Murders of Native American women a crisis in North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- Katina Locklear died at end of a dirt road, her body abandoned next to a bug-infested drainage ditch where frogs jump past any intruder.
article Hula Dancing Helped Native Hawaiians Lower Their Blood Pressure
(Hawaii) -- Traditional hula dancing has been found to help lower blood pressure in a study involving Native Hawaiians. Researchers recruited 250 Native Hawaiians whose...
article Ottawa invests $1M to support Indigenous people with FASD in the justice system
(Saskatchewan) -- The federal government has committed nearly $1 million to helping Indigenous people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Saskatchewan and Yukon.
article Quebec Cree deal with travel, isolation just to see a medical specialist
(Quebec) -- A simple trip to see the doctor can often be anything but simple for Cree patients in Quebec — it can involve days of travel and many weeks, months or...
article SchoolBOX works with First Nation community on lunch program
(Ontario) -- It’s back to school this week for kids in the Keewatin Patricia District School Board in Northwest Ontario, and for those who are living in poverty...
article UNM receives grant to study kidney disease in Native Americans
(New Mexico) -- The University of New Mexico received a grant from the National Institute of Health to study kidney disease in Native Americans. While the number of...
article Wyoming schools disproportionately suspend Native American students, report finds
(Wyoming) -- Native American students in Wyoming are disproportionately suspended from school compared to their non-Indigenous peers, leading to negative outcomes like...
article Kodiak museum to hold Native remains discovered in 1960s until they’re returned to tribe
(Alaska) -- A Kodiak museum has received dozens of ancestral human remains to hold until they can be returned to their Native tribe, officials said. Alutiiq Museum has...
article Watch the First Clip From Ellen Page and Ian Daniel's New Documentary About Environmental Racism
(Nova Scotia) -- In There’s Something In the Water, a new documentary premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, co-directors and...
article Pala honors traditions at inaugural gathering
(California) -- The first Pala Honoring Traditions Gathering replaces the competition-oriented pow wow and will focus on Native American cultures and traditions of the...
article Young drummers to trade plastic bin for real drum after outpouring of support
(Manitoba) -- A group of young boys from Mathias Colomb Cree Nation in Manitoba are eagerly waiting for a new powwow drum to be delivered to their community after...
article Tribes continue to work hard on salmon recovery
(Washington) -- Treaty tribes are encouraged by fish passage improvement projects in the Puget Sound region and other projects that will open access to miles of salmon...

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