Archives For American Indian History


1. Sky Woman, Turtle Island, and the Great Celestial Tree Get a Movie (It’s About Time!)

Source: facebook.com/IroquoisCreationFilm
An image of Sky Woman riding the back of the turtle that becomes Turtle Island in the Iroquois Creation Story. Source: facebook.com/IroquoisCreationFilm

2. Muscogee (Creek) Nation Creates Conservation District With USDA

Muscogee (Creek) Nation
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Agriculture that cements the formation of a natural resource conservation district.

3. Washington State Official Joins Northwest Tribes in Urging Oil Train Regulation

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This derailment and explosion of a train carrying Bakken crude in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada in July 2013, killed 47 people. Northwest tribes and the State of Washington say, ‘No thanks.’

4. Turning Stone Resort Casino Unveils ‘Next Big Thing’ in Retail Luxury and Entertainment

5. Hey, Matt Lauer! Help the Little Wound School Buy a Wrestling Mat

6. History: Remembering Impact of Alcatraz Occupation on 45-Year Anniversary

Alcatraz Occupation Playing Ball
AP Photo
American Indians play ball games outside the prison wall on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco during their occupation of the island in this November 26, 1969 photo. The sign reading “INDIANS WELCOME,” is one of the few physical reminders that 45 years ago a group of American Indians clung to the barren, bony slopes of Alcatraz for 19 months, winning the attention of the world and igniting a passion for civil rights.

7. ICTMN Exclusive: Interior’s Mike Connor Discusses Tribal Land Buy-Back Program

Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor pictured with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

8.  Oregon Man’s Design Selected to Honor Code Talkers on copy Coin

Tom Rogers
Tom Rogers designed the 2016 copy Native American coin.

9. You Won’t Believe How Many Rubik’s Cubes This Guy Solved While Running a Marathon

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Espinoza fell short of his personal goal, but crushed the old world record. Source: facebook.com/PhillipEspinoza

10. Sioux Mother to Return to Court in Latest Fight for Her Abused Sons

Courtesy Audre’y Eby
Audre’y Eby’s sons going to a doctors appointment with their friend, Manape LaMere, on Winnebago Reservation, November 27, 2013.

11. Toward Disestablishing the Doctrine of Christian Domination


1. Video: Climate Change Adaptation Is Half the Battle, Says National Climate Assessment

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Adapting to the climate change that is already manifesting is as important as preventing further environmental deterioration, say the convening lead authors of the Adaptation chapter of President Barack Obama’s National Climate Assessment.

2. Photographers Sue to Stop Grand Teton Elk Hunt

© Thomas D. Mangelsen/Mangelsen Stock
A cow elk is dragged by horse to the Blacktail Ponds Overlook during the Elk Reduction Program in Grand Teton National Park. A lawsuit filed on October 20 by two photographers seeks to stop the hunt.

3. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Talks to ICTMN About Indigenous Knowledge, Stewardship and Tribal Relations

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

4. Governing and Demagoguery

5. Tribes Seeks Sovereignty Grand Slam With Reauthorization of Housing Act

Mark Fogarty
A house in the Black Mesa View subdivision on the San Felipe Pueblo north of Albuquerque

6. This Election, the People are Singing

Courtesy Native Vote
Montana’s future voters. Two young advocates took time from the powwow to tell adults to vote because it matters.

7. Actions Define Destiny: Sharing Indigenous Knowledge in South Africa

George Neptune Peace Indaba
George Neptune
George Neptune poses with other youth delegates on Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for more than two decades.

8. Historic Arthur Amiotte Exhibit Now on Display at The Heritage Center

Arthur Amiotte
Red Cloud Indian School/Arthur Amiotte
World-renowned Lakota artist Arthur Amiotte’s traveling exhibition “Transformation and Continuity in Lakota Culture: The Collages of Arthur Amiotte, 1988-2014″ will be on display at The Heritage Center from November 15 through December 15, 2014

9. Find Your Relatives: Ancestry.com Expands American Indian Collection

Library of Congress Navajos
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
This image from the Library of Congress is simply titled “Navajos” and is from 1905.

10. Honoring Veterans II: Belated Honor for Code Talkers

11. AIANTA to Introduce Indian Country Tourism to the Chinese Travel Market

12. Check Out 17 Beautiful Portraits from Stone Mountain Pow Wow by Amy Morris

Gaylon Nelson at Stone Mountain Pow Wow Oct 30-Nov 02, 2014
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Gaylon Nelson at Stone Mountain Pow Wow 2014

13. That’s so Hawkish! Seahawks Mascot Leaves Handler to Hang With Fans

Taima the Hawk, the Seattle Seahawks live mascot, flew away from her hander to hang out with fans.

14. First Nation Soccer Star in Hall of Fame 100 Years After Death

British Columbia Archives
Harry Manson (bottom row, second from right) helped pioneer the game of soccer. He was inducted into the Soccer Hall of Fame posthumously on November 8, 2014.

15. Must-See Documentary: LaDonna Harris, a Native Ambassador for 50 Years

Actress Cicely Tyson and LaDonna Harris were among a group honored as ‘Women of the Year 1973.’

1. Could the Farmhouse at Carlisle Become a Heritage Center?

This is the earliest known photograph of the farmhouse that was saved from demolition. It is now being considered as a heritage center. It was taken by John Leslie, a Native student.

2. Begaye Back In the Race for Navajo President; Deschene Off Ballots

Russell Begaye and running mate Jonathan Nez gear up for a fast-track campaign.

3. Ecotrust Honors Five Indigenous Standouts for Environmental Vision

Ecotrust
Roberta Reyes Cordero, winner of the Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award, has been instrumental in giving triable people a voice in coastal marine planning in California, the think tank said.

4. 11-year-old Yavapai-Apache Wins North American Championship

Hines family
Adam Hines,11, was crowned a North American champion at the International Kickboxing Federation (IBF) tournament.

5. Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmed by Congress

Gun Lake Casino

6. Top 10 Native Girl Problems: Bannock Crumbs and Missing Rubber Bands

7. Chickasaws, State Cut Ribbon on I-35 Ramps

Chickasaw Nation
State Cuts Ribbon on I-35 Ramps

8. EPA Climate Justice Blog: Healthy Homes—Protecting Children From Environmental Risks

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Asthma, lead poisoning and other ills have been known to plague children in poorer communities, especially places like the colonias along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

9. Cherokee Nation Honors Top Indian-Owned Businesses of 2014

Pictured, from left, are Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker presented Contech LLC owner Bryan Adair with the Certified Indian-Owned Large Business of the Year award as Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden congratulated Adair.

10. Photo: Council Chief Bone Necklace Hand-Colored Portrait

11. San Felipe Pueblo Runner Looking to Carry on Tradition in His Final Meets

Fort Lewis College
Christian Gering (San Felipe Pueblo), right

12. Photo Gallery: Vigil and Memorial for Late Actress Misty Upham

13. Video: Winona LaDuke Talks Bomb Trains, Bakken Bitumen and Riding in a Tesla

YouTube/IndianCountry TV
Winona LaDuke talks enlightenment, ricing and everything in between.

14. Jackie Pierson Keeps Her Comeback Alive on ‘Biggest Loser’

Jackie Pierson beams as Trainer Bob informs her she’s the first ‘Biggest Loser’ contestant to survive two challenges in Comeback Canyon.

1. Videos: Cherokee Elders Tell Halloween Tales, Part 4

Cherokee Elders tell Halloween tales
Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Elder Eli Sequiche tells a Halloween tale.

2. An Anti-Redskins Protest Even Dan Snyder Can’t Ignore

AP Photo/Richard Lipski
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder waves to fans before an NFL football preseason game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

3. Cherokee Nation Opens One-Stop Office in Sallisaw

Courtesy Cherokee Nation
The Sequoyah Building, a former bank located at 100 E. Choctaw Ave. in downtown Sallisaw, now serves as the Cherokee Nation tag office, ICW, career services and commerce satellite offices.

4. Navajo Supreme Court Postpones Presidential Election, Date TBA

5. Who Called the Sheriff? Pine Ridge Voter Turnout Plummets, Then Rebounds

Courtesy Jesse Short Bull
GOTV driver Cedric Goodman Jr. (right) delivers elder Timothy He Crow to the polls.

6. November Cascades of Shooting Stars Bring End to Daylight Savings Time

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Not one but three meteor showers are due in November, the north and south Taurids, which are faint, and the famed Leonids, which any year has the potential to be a blockbuster.

7. Day of the Dead Art: Helping Heal After Losing Loved Ones

John Huerta's Elizabeth
John Huerta
Artist John Huerta’s paintings reflect popular culture and the memories of all of the women he has lost in his life, including his mother, his sister, and his grandmother.

8. Jordin Tootoo, 31, is the first Inuk to play in the NHL

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Jordin Tootoo, 31, is the first Inuk to play in the NHL

9. Making Sure Every Native Voter Has the Opportunity to Cast Their Ballot

Haskell Indian Nations University students produced their own take on Native Vote campaign posters. Brian Johnson produced this poster with model Charmayne Eldrige. Both students are from the Navajo Nation. As the election nears, tribes and organizations are using a variety of strategies to make sure every vote counts.

10. Founding Fathers Knew Indian Nations Are Sovereign


1. Native Groups to Rally Against Redskins in Minneapolis

Associated Press

2. How Sacred Objects Heal: A Tlingit’s Journey, Part I

Courtesy Barbara Searls and Freda Westman
The author’s mother, Phoebe Ward Hopper, in her Alaska Native Sisterhood koogéinaa (sash) and hat. Photo taken in Alaska, 1971. (Courtesy Barbara Searls and Freda Westman)

3. EPA Climate Justice Blog: Bringing Human Rights Home—Engagement and Environmental Justice

U.N. meeting on human rights in Geneva.

4. Video: Native Hawaiians Explain Why the Goddess Pele and Her Lava Are Welcome Guests in Pahoa

U.S. Geological Survey/AP Photo
Lava that has pushed through a fence marking a property boundary above the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii is seen Oct. 28, 2014.

5. National Geographic Honors Gwaii Haanas as an Outstanding Cultural Tourism Site

6. Videos: Cherokee Elders Tell Halloween Tales, Part 1

Cherokee Elders tell Halloween tales
Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Elders tell viewers Halloween tales.

7. Arctic Adaptations: Inuit Architecture Showcased in Prestigious Venice Biennale

Kirt Ejesiak
Visitors check out ‘Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15′ at the 14th International Venice Biennale of Architecture.

8. Shelly Vetoes Council Legislation Amending Fluency, Deschene Continues Fight

9. Tester’s Big Gamble: The Push for Indian Education, Health Care and Environment

Senator Jon Tester at NIEA
Julia Mitchell
Senator Jon Tester speaks at the NIEA Convention in Alaska.

10. United by Rock ‘n Roll: NAMA-Nominated Ollivanders Put the Music First

Ollivanders: Ryan Johnson, Martin Isaacs and Ryan Mickeloff
Photo by darkophoto.com
The Ollivanders: Ryan Johnson, Martin Isaacs and Ryan Mickeloff. Photo by darkophoto.com

11. NM’s Minority Groups Form Alliance to Address Concerns, Beginning With Elections

Courtesy New Mexico People’s Solidarity Alliance Facebook
New Mexico People’s Solidarity Alliance signing of Declaration of Unity

12. You Think Team Names Are Bad? 12 Images of Propaganda Against Natives

13. BIA Head Kevin Washburn Speaks to ICTMN About NCAI, Federal Recognition and More

Cliff Matias
Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn sat with a panel from ICTMN in September while in New York.

14. Unraveling the ‘Redskins’ Lie: Americans Don’t Know Native History


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

Source: HeritageForward.com

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

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

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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

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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

Courtesy world-mysteries.com

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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