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ANWR

article Trump administration delays Arctic refuge oil leasing to strengthen legal case
(Washington D.C.) -- Opening Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development is one of the Trump administration’s top energy policy goals...
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Census

article ‘We are still here’: Native Americans fight to be counted in US census
(Washington D.C.) -- It was the largest rollback of federal lands protections in US history. When President Donald Trump signed a 2017 executive order that reduced the...
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Chickasaw Nation

article Chickasaw Nation unveils new name, logo for Bank2
(Oklahoma) -- The Chickasaw Nation rebranded Bank2 as Chickasaw Community Bank in an unveiling ceremony Tuesday. The new name, Chickasaw Gov. Bill Anoatubby said,...
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Chinook Tribe

article Chinook win court battle, path for federal recognition open
(Washington) -- A federal judge ruled Jan. 10 that a ban preventing the Chinook Indian Nation from reapplying for federal tribal recognition is unjustified. U.S....
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Crow Creek Sioux

article Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Chairman to deliver State of the Tribes address
(South Dakota) -- Thursday is this year's State of the Tribes at the state capitol and we now know who will give this year's address. State Legislators recently...
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Election 2020

article Dems seeking Native organizer
(New Mexico) -- The Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Party of New Mexico are partnering for a full-time Native American outreach organizer.
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First Nations

article NunatuKavut Community Council launches 2 new programs for medical travel and home repairs
(North Canada) -- The NunatuKavut Community Council has launched two new pilot programs, one to help with travel costs for people needing medical attention and another...
article Tenants of N.S. Indigenous housing group decry deplorable building conditions
(Nova Scotia) -- The tenants of a non-profit housing association meant to benefit Indigenous people living in urban areas in Nova Scotia are speaking out about what they...
article Quebec Cree, Algonquin say moose populations need more protection
(Quebec) -- Some Indigenous hunting groups in Quebec say more needs to be done to protect moose populations in the province. Cree hunters are being asked to avoid...
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Food Sovereignty

article Pueblo Harvest Cafe
(Arizona) -- In 1976, the 19 tribes that make up New Mexico’s Pueblo population gathered to open Albuquerque’s Indian Pueblo Cultural Center on a patch of...
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Health Care

article Medical insurance bypasses Native Americans in New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- Native Americans go without medical insurance at a much higher rate than other residents of New Mexico, a state-commissioned study has found as state...
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Hopi Tribe

article Hopi Look To Tourism, Ranching For Income After Coal Power Plant Closure
(Arizona) -- For decades, coal has been at the center of Hopi life, literally. In the middle of each home is a coal-burning stove that keeps families warm through the...
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Mascot Issue

article Michigan school gets more money to cover changing Rebels mascot
(Michigan) -- The effort to change Godfrey-Lee Public Schools’ mascot from the Rebels to the Legends just got a $23,000 boost. The school district wants to raise $...
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Mille Lacs Band

article Mille Lacs Band chief executive calls for members to be ‘good ancestors’
(Minnesota) -- In her State of the Band address, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin pointed to positive gains and heartbreaking lows, but...
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Mining & Drilling

article The gift of coal for Hopi and Navajo families
(Arizona) -- Imagine actually wanting to get coal in your stocking this holiday season. Or rather a truck load of coal over cologne, perfume, jewelry or whatever it was...
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MMIW

article 'They wanted to come home': 90 Northern Cheyenne kids honor history in run from Nebraska to Busby
(Montana) -- For Paula Castro-Stops, this year’s Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run was a way for her to heal. Volunteering her time for the run allowed her to...
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Navajo Nation

article Candidate named to fill open seat on Navajo Nation Supreme Court
(Arizona) -- A new bill names a candidate to fill the vacant associate justice seat on the three-member Navajo Nation Supreme Court. If approved, Tina Tsinigine would...
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Opioid Crisis

article More than 100 billion pain pills saturated the nation over nine years
(Washington D.C.) -- Newly disclosed federal drug data shows that more than 100 billion doses of oxycodone and hydrocodone were shipped nationwide from 2006 through 2014...
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Pine Ridge

article Oglala Sioux Tribe president aims to create foundation for future leaders
(South Dakota) -- Julian Bear Runner is the Oglala Sioux Tribe's 43rd president, and one of the youngest to hold the office. His last campaign slogan was "a new...
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Shinnecock Tribe

article Shinnecock Protest Building On Ancient Burial Grounds
(New York) -- The Shinnecock Indian Nation is waging ongoing protest to protect its ancient and sacred burial grounds on Shinnecock Hills. “If you went to a...
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Trans Mountain

article Just before Trans Mountain approval, RCMP updated its list of flagged Indigenous activists
(Ottawa) -- Days before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the initial approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline, the RCMP reactivated a seemingly dormant list of...
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Trump Adminstration

article The great dismantling of America's national parks is under way
(Washington D.C.) -- Under this administration, nothing is sacred as we watch the nation’s crown jewels being recut for the rings of robber barons. For more than...
article Rolling Back Environmental Review Could Hurt ND Tribes
(North Dakota) -- A Trump administration proposal to roll back an environmental-review law for large projects could harm North Dakota tribal communities, according to...
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White Earth

article Candidate filing opens Tuesday for White Earth tribal chair and District 3 seat
(Minnesota) -- Election season is here for White Earth: Candidate filing opens Tuesday for tribal chairperson and District 3 committeeperson on the Tribal Council. Both...
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Wind River

article New Memorial Sculpture Will Honor Wind River's Veterans
(Wyoming) -- A new veteran's memorial sculpture is set to be completed in Fort Washakie this summer. Organizers are asking for the public's help identifying...
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Yurok Tribe

article DNSO, Yurok Tribe Enter Into Cross-Deputization Agreement
(California) -- Sheriff Erik Apperson realized a long-standing goal when he swore his colleague, Yurok Tribal Police Chief Greg O’Rourke and four of his officers...
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Other News

article Task Force Report Calls For Sweeping Changes To Maine Tribes' Relationship To State Government
(Maine) -- A new report is proposing sweeping changes in the way Maine’s tribes interact with state government. The findings come from a task force charged with...
article TSA apologizes to traveler over treatment at MN airport
(Minnesota) -- An official of the Transportation Security Administration apologized Tuesday to a Native American air traveler who says an agent treated her offensively...
article Indian Tribes Will Have Six-Month Window of Opportunity to Apply for Former EBS Spectrum at 2.5 GigaHertz
(Washington D.C.) -- Federally-recognized Indian tribes will have a six-month priority window, beginning February 3, in which to apply for access to the radio frequency...
article Prairie Edge named Retailer of the Year by SD Retailers Association
(South Dakota) -- Prairie Edge in Rapid City was named Retailer of the Year at the South Dakota Retailers Association annual banquet in Pierre. Prairie Edge art gallery...
article Tribal Attorney In Maine Posthumously Pardoned For 1968 Pot Charge
(Maine) -- Maine's governor issued what's believed to be the state's first posthumous pardon — acknowledging that state officials had framed a lawyer...
article 'BMO has to answer for this': Angry Vancouver mayor to review why 12-year-old, grandfather arrested at bank
(British Columbia) -- Mayor Kennedy Stewart, in his role as chair of the Vancouver Police Board, will be reviewing what led to Maxwell Johnson and his granddaughter...
article Investigation ordered into arrest, handcuffing of Indigenous 12-year-old and grandfather
(British Columbia) -- The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner has ordered an investigation into the detention and arrest of an Indigenous man and his 12-year-old...
article Nevada Urban Indians Clinic taking new patients
(Nevada) -- Tucked away in the Quail Complex on South McCarran Boulevard among the other doctor's offices, is the Nevada Urban Indians Clinic. Many people who walk or...
article Cape college partners with tribal arts school
(Massachusetts) -- In a unique collaboration with the Institute of American Indian Arts, Cape Cod Community College has added the tribal college in New Mexico to its...
article Five Colleges, Inc., receives $2.5M grant for Native American and Indigenous studies
(Massachusetts) -- Good news was delivered to several Western Massachusetts colleges and universities looking to enhance their study of Native American and indigenous...
article Micro schools and more school choice helps tribal children succeed
(Arizona) -- In San Carlos, Arizona, over two hundred parents came to the community center on a summer evening hoping to find a better education for their children. It...
article City of Winnipeg moves forward on policy for changing potentially offensive names of monuments, places
(Manitoba) -- An initiative prompted by Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman that would create a committee to review monuments and places and "address the absence of...
article Historian: Recounting Chief Big Foot's last days at Geneva Lake
(Wisconsin) -- Originally one people, or a collection of closely related bands, the ethnic identities of the Ojibwa, Odawa, and Potawatomi developed after the...
article OP/ED: The US claims to value honour, but has it ever?
(Indian Country) -- For my people, the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation), honour is a key component of who we are. It is so important to us that it is one of our core...
article St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Rocky Boy’s plans to rebuild after devastating fire
(Montana) -- The ashes from the Dec. 14 fire have yet to be cleared out, but parishioners of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation are...
article Native Sovereignty, Color, Movement, And Gesture Unite Diverse Works By Heap Of Birds In Call For Social Justice
(New York) -- Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds recalls the grueling process of reaching up an enormous 56-inch-by-70-inch canvas two decades ago to create an emotive...
article Omaha Beach sculpture planned for D-Day veteran who now calls Normandy home
(France) -- Overlooking Omaha Beach is a small memorial to honor Native American troops who took part in the Normandy invasion more than 75 years ago, and now a group of...
article Politically Incorrect
(USA) -- When comedians Bruce Williams and Terry Ree first came on the scene, political correctness wasn't a "thing," but ranting politics was definitely...
article Satirical group promoting pipeline through golf courses, cemeteries and schools
(Canada) -- Energy is life – that’s the tagline for one of the videos online promoting the Indigenous Pipeline Council. In another video, the Sacred Remains...
article 9 of the Best Books By Native, First Nations, or Indigenous Authors
(Indian Country) -- This list of books by Native, First Nations, or Indigenous authors for the 2020 Read Harder Challenge is sponsored by TBR: Tailored Book...
article Vancouver Island artist remembered worldwide for his Coast Salish artwork
(British Columbia) -- Family, friends and fans are mourning the loss of Penelakut Coast Salish artist Gus Modeste, who passed away late last week. His carvings and...
article Controversial wall art must go, Santa Fe says
(New Mexico) -- A Santa Fe homeowner said he will appeal a ruling by city government that he must remove pro-Palestinian art from the stucco walls surrounding his east...
article Navajo Artist Creates Controversial Pro-Palestinian Mural on Santa Fe’s Eastside
(New Mexico) -- The artist, Remy, installed reproductions of gruesome photographs from newspapers on a wall in the city’s historic district. The historic...
article Amazon tribes gather to plan resistance to Brazil government
(Brazil) -- Brazilian indigenous leaders began a four-day tribal gathering in the Amazon on Tuesday to plan their opposition to far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s push...
article NAC: Australia’s lesson on fire management
(Australia) -- The bush fires in Australia have burned an estimated 20-million acres, claiming at least 24 human lives and countless wild animals. The size and severity...
article Confederated tribes break ground on Walla Walla River hatchery
(Washington) -- Spring Chinook salmon haven’t swum in the Walla Walla River basin since the 1900s, but the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation...
article Spurs' Patty Mills brings Indigenous Night to AT&T Center to celebrate San Antonio's story
(Texas) -- Much of the Spurs' Patty Mills' off-the-court life involves advocacy for his Torres Strait and aboriginal culture and his native Australia. His...

1/13/2020

article A well of grief: the relatives of murdered Native women speak out
(USA) -- On a warm summer day in 2018, Lissa Yellow-bird Chase packed her vehicle with sunscreen, iPads, spiritual items and water. She drove to the bank of Lake...
article Tribes hope Indian Land Claims Task Force will lead to recognition of sovereignty
(Maine) -- On Tuesday Jan. 14, the Maine Indian Claims Task Force will present to the Maine Judiciary Committee regarding the state of sovereignty of tribal societies in...
article New Mexico GOP trying to court Latino, Native American voters
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico Republicans will embark on an aggressive strategy to win over Hispanic and Native American voters in 2020 as the party experiences its most...
article On the largest freshwater island in the world, Lake Huron’s Native Americans warn of the fragility of water
(Illinois) -- In their native tongue, the Anishinaabe people have many words for water. There’s nibi, the water you drink. There’s gimewan, the water that...
article How Terese Marie Mailhot stopped writing what other people wanted
(Canada) -- “I feel stuck in something feminine and ancestral in its misery.” Those are some of the first words that Terese Marie Mailhot jotted down in her...
article Indigenous-led protest to slow western portion of Ontario's 401
(British Columbia) -- An Indigenous-led rolling blockade that travelled between London, Ontario and Six Nations, Ontario slowed traffic, which the organizers said is to...
article CATO: Stop Treating Adopted Kids Differently Based on Race
(Washington D.C.) -- The Indian Child Welfare Act strips basic constitutional rights from any child who is racially classified as “Indian.” ICWA was...
article Family, volunteers put faith in FBI as search for Hardin girl hits day 13
(Montana) -- As temperatures dipped below freezing Monday, family and volunteers packed up their temporary search command at the rest stop where Selena Not Afraid was...
article What you need to know about filing an Indian day schools settlement claim
(Canada) -- Thousands of former students who suffered harms while attending federally operated Indian day schools are now able to submit claims for compensation. The...
article N.W.T. sees 29 name changes after waiving fees to reclaim Indigenous names
(North Canada) -- Ashley Lennie was a teenager when she found out the name on her birth certificate, Inglangasuk, was a different surname than the one she has used her...
article Keystone XL work camps would bring hundreds to S.D. areas with few law enforcement officers
(South Dakota) -- A data researcher testified Monday the Keystone XL project would bring hundreds of workers into rural areas of South Dakota that have only handfuls of...
article Meetings scheduled for Navajo Nation plaintiffs in Gold King Mine spill case
(New Mexico) -- Meetings are scheduled for members of the Navajo Nation who are plaintiffs in a 2018 legal filing against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and...
article EPA to ease rules on power plants storing deadly coal ash
(Washington D.C.) -- Utilities soon could get federal approval for the riskiest way to get rid of coal ash. The latest Trump EPA proposal to prop up the financially...
article Kanesatake, surrounding municipalities join forces to create permanent liaison committee
(Montreal) -- Six months after tempers flared over a proposed bequest of land on disputed territory, the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake and mayors of surrounding...
article Rep. Grijalva Comes to Defense of Tohono O’odham Nation in Its Opposition of Border Wall Through its Reservation
(Arizona) -- Just after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, the Tohono O’odham Nation, with tribal lands in Arizona that run 62-miles along the...
article Blackfeet Tribe issues emergency declaration for weather
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Tribe issued an emergency declaration Monday due to extreme wind chills in the forecast. Tribal officials issued the declaration along with...
article KBIC becomes part of most recent CEMP agreement
(Michigan) -- How does a nickel mining operation impact a culturally and ecologically significant area such as the Yellow Dog Plains? What can be done to know if the...
article There Might Not Be A Citizenship Question On The 2020 Census But DHS Will Give The Census Citizenship Info
(Washington D.C.) -- After President Donald Trump’s efforts to have a citizenship question on the 2020 census was stopped by the Supreme Court last June, he is now...
article BIA sets up tip line for meth use on Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- According to members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is taking a new approach to fighting the meth epidemic. The BIA is...
article Mi'kmaq First Nation leading project to increase cultural content in classrooms
(North Canada) -- The Qalipu First Nation says it's on the right track to increase Indigenous content in Newfoundland and Labrador's schools. Although still in...
article LISTEN: Efforts Underway To Save Paiute Language
(Nevada) -- Thousands of the languages around the world are on the verge of extinction. It mostly occurs among Native American tribes, where elders are often the only...
article Nominations accepted for Native American Hall of Honor
(North Dakota) -- Nominations are being accepted until 5 p.m. on March 2 for the North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor. The hall in the North Dakota Heritage Center...
article Pawhuska chef chosen to cater for production team of 'Killers of the Flower Moon'
(Oklahoma) -- Brian Lookout has been cooking for more than 25 years. The kitchen is his stage. "I can't imagine doing anything else," said Lookout. The...
article Review: How Andy Warhol painted the West
(Colorado) -- In 1986, the year before he died, Andy Warhol produced “Cowboys and Indians,” a portfolio of prints commemorating the American West. Featuring...
article Basket weaving moves from potato fields into art and fashion worlds
(New Brunswick) -- Gabriel Frey sits in his workshop, his towering frame hunched under a lamp, the only light illuminating the room. He shifts on his stool and grimaces...
article Walking in two worlds: Canada’s ‘two-spirit’ doctor guiding trans teenagers
(Alberta) -- Sitting on the floor of a teepee, in a circle of patients, friends and relatives, doctor James Makokis cried as he remembered his father struggling to...
article Washington gets closer to restoring a fuzzy, charismatic carnivore you've probably never heard of
(Washington) -- Principal co-investigator Dr. Jeff Lewis, a conservation biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and colleagues set minimum...

1/12/2020

article S.D. Attorney General to 'not take sides' in case that could determine future of ICWA
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota attorney general had decided "to not take sides" in a high-stakes federal lawsuit that could determine the future of a law...
article S.D. Attorney General to 'not take sides' in case that could determine future of ICWA
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota attorney general had decided "to not take sides" in a high-stakes federal lawsuit that could determine the future of a law...
article Sutherland Institute’s campaign against Bears Ears was relentless, effective and mostly funded by a tight circle of activists
(Utah) -- At 9:28 p.m. the night before President Donald Trump signed an executive order to slash Bears Ears National Monument by 85%, Matt Anderson, a policy analyst at...
article Strain on communication between state and tribal leaders continues
(South Dakota) -- As of last month, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council lifted their ban on South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem from stepping foot on the Pine Ridge...
article California’s Indigenous History Is a Story of Genocide and Resistance
(California) -- Every inch of North and South America is Indigenous land. With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, its mythological history still needs to be debunked,...
article Legislative working group recommends clarifying VPSO role
(Alaska) -- In 2019, U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a public law enforcement emergency for rural Alaska after his visit to the state. Alaska lawmakers then...
article Judge: County violated federal Indian law In zoning dispute with Lake Superior Tribe
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge has ruled a northern Wisconsin county violated federal Indian law when it enforced its zoning rules on land owned by tribal members within...
article Star Wars inspires Indigenous art in exhibit of cosplay, droids and paintings
(Arizona) -- Tony Thibodeau was roaming around Indigenous Comic Con when he noticed a bit of a trend: Indigenous people love and relate to the Star Wars story. He...
article Why some Indigenous people see themselves in Star Wars icon Baby Yoda
(Canada) -- If you've been on social media lately, chances are you've come across a cute green creature. Baby Yoda — or "the child" in the Star...
article Julian Brave NoiseCat: Perhaps the World Ends Here
(South Dakota) -- On a chilly and overcast Saturday in March, I parked my rental car at the base of the hill at Wounded Knee. The week before, historic blizzards and...
article ACLU sues school district over ‘bloody Indian’ comment
(New Mexico) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico on Wednesday sued the state’s largest school district and a former teacher over a 2018 incident...
article Missing and murdered Indigenous women crisis
(Washington D.C.) -- According to U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) a key Senate panel has approved two measures that will improve the federal government’s...
article Missing and murdered Indigenous women crisis
(Washington D.C.) -- According to U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) a key Senate panel has approved two measures that will improve the federal government’s...
article Southern Ute Indian Tribe appoints new director of energy
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council recently appointed Kourtney Hadrick as the new director of energy for the Southern Ute Growth Fund. Hadrick has over...
article EPA to Ease Rules on Power Plants Storing Deadly Coal Ash
(Washington D.C.) -- Utilities soon could get federal approval for the riskiest way to get rid of coal ash. The latest Trump EPA proposal to prop up the financially...
article Water Compact legislation fails to protect Montana
(Montana) -- Less than one month ago, Senator Daines introduced Senate Bill 3019, The Montana Water Rights Protection Act, to the U.S. Senate. In his attempt to fix the...
article Q&A: Jessie Conaway prioritizes the 'humanity of partnership' between UW, tribal nations
(Wisconsin) -- In 2015, the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted a centennial summit with Native American nations, the first event of its kind since the tribes had...
article Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories.
(California) -- We analyzed some of the most popular social studies textbooks used in California and Texas. Here’s how political divides shape what students learn...
article 'Broken Circle' author warns of complacency during assembly at Rocinante High School
(New Mexico) -- It's been nearly 30 years since Rodney Barker penned a book about the horrific murders of three Navajo men here in 1974 by a trio of white Farmington...
article California's Indigenous History Is a Story of Genocide and Resistance
(California) -- Every inch of North and South America is Indigenous land. With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, its mythological history still needs to be debunked,...
article MORE TO THE STORY: The Dakota attack that never came
(Minnesota) -- The early years of McLeod County must have been something to see. Not only was the landscape a wild and fruitful one, but for those coming to the region...
article 'Stumptown' helps Tantoo Cardinal make strides for indigenous actors
(Hollywood) -- Even though she had significant roles in films like “Dances With Wolves” and “Legends of the Fall,” Tantoo Cardinal never felt the...
article Celebrating the tradition of Jingle Dress dance and pure love shown by women on the dance floor
(USA) -- Very few pow wow dance is as symphonic or jovial as the Jingle Dress dance is. The dance performed by multiple female dancers looks amazing when they move...
article Why Aboriginal planners say the bush 'needs to burn'
(Australia) -- For thousands of years, the Indigenous people of Australia set fire to the land. Long before Australia was invaded and colonised by Europeans, fire...
article Government Bill Would Permit Extensive Economic Exploitation on Indigenous Lands
(Brazil) -- The federal government is finalizing a bill to be submitted to Congress that provides for the exploitation of indigenous lands, one of President Jair...
article Woman accused of using tribe for fraud gets 6 months
(Texas) -- A woman accused of fooling her victims into paying for tribal membership as a way to work legally in the country was sentenced Friday to a six-month prison...

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