Archives For American Indian History

1. No More ‘Imaginary Indians’! NMAI Director Seeks to Tell the Real Story


2. A Martyr’s Crown: For My Grandmother During Domestic Violence Month


3. Video: How a Rising Ocean Could Doom Hawaii and the Pacific Islands

The Story Group/Vimeo
Hawaii and the other Pacific Islands are already being deeply affected by climate change, as this video from the National Climate Assessment illustrates.

4. Navajo Barrel Racer Is Saluted With ‘Kassidy Dennison Day’ in New Mexico

Kassidy Dennison
Dennison will be honored with ‘Kassidy Dennison Day’ in Gallup, New Mexico on November 1, 2014.

5. Cherokee Nation to the Rescue With Clean Water to Stricken South Coffeyville Residents

Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation citizen and volunteer Billy Shufeldt spent three days helping distribute water in northern Nowata County, including Oklahoma Union Public Schools.

6. UK’s Massive Glastonbury Festival Restricts Sale of Feather Headdresses

Yui Mok/PA Wire URN:11034626 (Press Association via AP Images)
Glastonbury Festival 2011. A reveller wearing a Native American Headdress at the Stone Circle at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset. Picture date: Thursday 23 June, 2011. Yui Mok/PA Wire URN:11034626 (Press Association via AP Images)

7. Tobacco May Be Key in New Medicines, In Fighting Ebola?

Courtesy University of Louisville
Tobacco is rising again as medicine.

8. Evo Morales Set to Become Longest-Serving Leader in Bolivian History

AP Photo/Juan Karita
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales gives a thumbs up to people at a trout farm where he stopped to eat in Paracti, Bolivia, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Morales stopped here to eat as he traveled to the city where he’ll vote in tomorrow’s general election. Morales is running for a third term in Sunday’s presidential elections.

9. 5 Fake Indians: Checking a Box Doesn’t Make You Native

Thosh Collins/Facebook
There’s cultural appropriation, dressing up like an Indian for Halloween, with the fake feathers and fringe, but saying you are Native American when you are not, is also an issue. This image is from a Halloween party in West Hollywood in 2011.

10. Get-Out-The-Vote Revs Up on Pine Ridge and Rosebud

Joseph Zummo
New GOTV efforts will soon help Pine Ridge (pictured) and Rosebud voters cross their reservations’ vast distances in order to access polling places for early and Election Day voting.

11. Navajo Attorney General Tsosie Tackles ‘Christian Discovery’

1. Obama at Standing Rock: The Next Vital Steps

2. Bering Strait Theory, Pt. 5: The Theory Comes Crashing Down


3. Friday Funny: What Did the Navajo Elder Say to the Moon?

Astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 lunar module pilot, stands near the
deployed United States flag on the lunar surface, December 1972. Credit:

4. You Won’t Believe This: Filmmaker Says Native Genocide Didn’t Happen

5. Got Tribal ID? North Dakota Natives May Not Be Able to Use Theirs to Vote

Courtesy vip.sos.nd
Nearly one-third of North Dakota’s Native population does not have a tribal ID
that looks like the one pictured.

6. Virtual Community Calls on ‘Redskins’ Sponsors to ‘Stop Harming Children’

Native Voice Network

7. Algonquin Rap, Indie Films Will Reign at Montreal First Peoples Festival

Courtesy Land InSights
The colorful teepees brighten up the Place des Festival in Montreal each summer
at the First Peoples Festival, which this year runs from July 29 through August 5.

8. Ceviche: 5 Variations of the Inka Original Seafood Dish


9. Video: No Butter? No Oil? Chef Bitsoie’s Delicious Native Corn Chowder

10. VIDEO: New Zealand Honors the Creator’s Game With Haka Ceremony
New Zealand presents the Haka ceremony in Denver before the FIL World
Championships began on July 10, 2014.

11. Pow Wow Weekend Planner July 11-13

12. Cherokee Nation Donates Nearly $900K to Improve Water Treatment Plant

(L to R) Front Row: Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor, Principal Chief
Bill John Baker, Locust Grove Mayor Heath Holman and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden
sign the funding agreement for the Locust Grove Water Treatment Plant improvement.
Back Row: Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. looks over the signing.

13. Salish and Kootenai Help Keep Invasive Zebra Mussel Out of Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in the western U.S., is known for its
crystal-clear waters. Experts are fighting to keep it invasive-species-free.

14. This Popular Viral Video Is Really Cool, Except for One Thing

15. Warming Predictions Put Tohono O’odham Nation at Abu Dhabi Temperatures by 2100

Climate Central, a journalism and data think tank, says some parts of Turtle Island

1. A Book Review of ‘The Medicine Valley Series: Tessa’s Dance and Signal Peak’

2. A New Push to Hire More Native Veterans at Indian Affairs

Courtesy Kevin K. Washburn
Washburn: “Individuals who have served in the Armed Forces have a
proven track record for integrity, discipline and leadership, and are
highly qualified candidates in a variety of occupations throughout
Indian Affairs.”

3. Why Is the Redskins Name a Political Issue?

Of the USPTO’s ruling on the Redskins trademarks, conservative radio host
Ruch Limbaugh says, ‘This is not the Patent and Trademark Office — this is
Barack Obama.’

4. Culture Bearers: 5 Carvers Who Kept Northwest Coast Carving Alive, Part 2

Harvey Davis/Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection/Museum of History and Industry
Joseph Hillaire works on a friendship pole for Kobe, Japan in 1961. The pole, which
represents the Sister City relationship between Seattle and Kobe, still stands in
a park in Kobe.

5. Chickasaw Kayaker Competes in Hungary

Chickasaw Nation

6. Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Adapt to Climate Change [Video]

Vimeo/Rosalyn LaPier

7. China Stops Issuing Permits for GM Grain Imports From US

Dakota Ethanol

8. Video: Navajo Teen Turns Community Need Into Science Award

Raquel Redshirt has created solar ovens from parts found on the Navajo Reservation.

9. ‘Redskins’ Is Officially a Dictionary-Defined Racial Slur — in All Cases

Associated Press

10. Meet Wiggle Tooth, Germany’s Stereotypical Native of Hygiene
The main character of the books is a little girl named Wiggle Tooth of the Tooth Tribe.
A stereotypical supporting cast includes a gray-haired shaman, a faithful animal sidekick
and a variety of comedic others.

11. Court Ruling Paves Way for Martha’s Vineyard Casino

12. This Aztec Headdress Came to Europe 500 Years Ago. It Can’t Go Home

Photo: / KHM with MVK and ÖTM
The 500-year-old headdress given by Moctezuma to Cortes won’t be going home to Mexico.
Photo: / KHM with MVK and ÖTM

13. Supreme Court Used Indian Law to Prevent Birth Control for Women

AP Photo

14. HistoryMakers Captures Heart of Black Experience in America

CBS News
Julieanna Richardson interviews Maya Angelou for HistoryMakers.

15. Mary Simon to Receive the 2014 Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations

Courtesy Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business

16. Wondolowski Was This Close to Scoring Against Belgium

US forward Chris Wondolowski (L) shoots past Belgium’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois during
the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 1, 2014.


1. Native American Land and Classism

2. EBCI Tribal Members Named to All-conference Team

Cherokee One Feather
Spencer McCoy celebrates his second consecutive state title after pinning Ryan Sheppard.

3. Talking Points: Sen. Heitkamp Discusses Native Issues

Courtesy Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s Office
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, right, was in attendance for the Champions for Change ceremony in Washington, D.C. recently. Heitkamp is pictured with office intern and one of the five Champions for Change Danielle Finn.

4. ‘Watch Your Red-skinned Back’—Racist Notes Surface in California Schools

Marc Dadigan
Pictured, from left, are Pit River tribal members Tyler LaMirande, 7th grade; Mikaela Gali-LaMirande, 10th grade; Talissa Gali, 5th grade; and Alexis Elmore, 7th grade, have reported systemic bullying targeting them and other Indian students at Burney Junior-Senior High School and Burney Elementary in Northern California.

5. Ho-Chunk Inc. Subsidiary Gets $2.3 Million Federal Contract

6. The Choctaw Gift to the Starving Irish

America Meredith,
‘Choctaw Give Aid to the Irish’ by America Meredith

7. Rescind the Medals of Dishonor

8. A Giant Step Forward for Equal Voting Rights in Native Lawsuit

Courtesy Richard Peterson
American Indians within the Wolf Point School District received positive news on March 14 when an one-person-one-vote agreement was reached.

9. Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms Preps for Grand Opening

Courtesy Tortoise Rock Casino’s Facebook page
The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians expects tourists to flock to California’s High-Desert for its new boutique casino, opening March 31.

10. 7 Indigenous Artists, Activists and Allies Who Took the Icy Winter Challenge Plunge

The Baker Twins, a.k.a. Canadian models Shannon and Shauna Baker, take the Winter Challenge to the Red Carpet.

11. Albuquerque’s Saving Damsels: Rocking That Native Soul in 2014

Photo by Jason Morgan Edwards
JJ Otero of Saving Damsels at Frogville Studios in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in November 2013.

12. Fond du Lac Ojibwe Wins Minn. Boys State 1A Quarterfinal in Triple OT

Star Tribune

13. NFL: M.I.A. Owes Us copy6.6 Million for a Bird, but Redskins Still OK

Photo: Perry Knotts, AP
M.I.A. preforms during the NFL Super Bowl XLVI halftime show at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN. The Giants won the game 21-17. (AP Photo/Perry Knotts)