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1. Native Groups to Rally Against Redskins in Minneapolis

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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
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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. Mother and Son Overcome Adversity to Earn Master’s Degrees Together

Lila Bruyere, 61, and her son, Shawn Johnston, 37, fought back from addictions and will become the first mother-son duo to graduate from the same program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Mat McCarthy/Wilfrid Laurier University
Lila Bruyere, 61, and her son, Shawn Johnston, 37, fought back from addictions and will become the first mother-son duo to graduate from the same program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. They will both receive their master’s degrees from the faculty of social work’s aboriginal field of study program on October 31, 2014.

2. Walmart Takes Twitter Beatdown Over ‘Fat Girl Costumes;’ Pocahottie Still OK

Walmart.com’s ‘fat girl costumes’ page is one of the all-time lowlights of e-commerce.

3. Children in the Crosshairs: Alaska Native Grandmother Fights ICWA Ruling

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Familial bonds are paramount among the Tununak, as in most Native cultures. More than 90 percent of the tribe’s village was wiped out during the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, and just 400 Tununak remain today.

4. Our Brothers and Sisters: 6 Sacred Animals and What They Mean in Native Cultures

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The turtle is but one of many sacred animals throughout Native cultures.

5. Rosebud Sioux Member to Head 1st Tribal Lending SD Branch

6. The Federal Drug Administration Continues to Ignore Tribal Governments

7. Thorpe Family Considering Appeal of Ruling on Jim Thorpe’s Remains

Matt Rourke / Associated Press

8. Methane ‘Hot Spot’ Seen From Space Hovers Over Four Corners

NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan
The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher).

9. Going Door-to-Door in Rural Alaska in Search of Voters

AP Photo/Gregory Bull
Gabe Tegoseak, right, talks to Harold Snowball as he goes house to house for Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, in Barrow, Alaska. Tegoseak walks the ice-slicked streets, knocking on doors, looking for votes.

10. Destroying the Specter of Breast Cancer in Native Communities

11. Money Koch Bros. Stole from Tribes Could Swing Mid-Term Elections

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South Dakota Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland interacts with Native communities along his campaign trail. Weiland is in a too-close-to-call race with Republican Mike Rounds and Independent Larry Pressler.

12. ☆ 3 HOURS ☆ NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE ♫ Baby Bedtime Sleeping Music ~ Best Lullaby Sleep Songs


1. Walter Echo-Hawk Receives Human Rights Honor by International Organization

Courtesy Crowe & Dunlevy
Walter Echo-Hawk

2. Four EPA Tribal ecoAmbassadors to Research Environment and Health in Indian Country

Four tribal ecoAmbassadors have been chosen by the Environmental Protection Agency.

3. Displaced and Forgotten: Film About Native Flood Evacuees Wins Prize

Three years after massive flooding in Manitoba, some 2100 people are still living in a limbo of hotel rooms and temporary housing.

4. Coast Salish Unite Against Tripling Capacity of Kinder Morgan Tar Sands Pipeline

Chris Jordan-Bloch
Swinomish Chairman and NCAI President Brian Cladoosby with Cultural Coordinator of the Swinomish Tribe and members of First Nations.

5. To Bring Frank Herbert’s ‘Soul Catcher’ to Screen, Hollywood Enlists Tribal Elder

Published in 1972, ‘Soul Catcher’ is the only book by ‘Dune’ author Frank Herbert that isn’t science fiction.

6. Election: The Message From Alaska Natives, ‘It’s Our Time’

Courtesy James Tucker, of law firm Wilson Elser, in Las Vegas
Alaska Natives extreme isolation

1. ‘Together We Must Heal’: Indigenous Peoples in Canada React to Ottawa Shooting

Sean Kilpatrick/Associated Press
Tributes to Corporal Nathan Cirillo, the 24-year-old father who was gunned down while on a short-term assignment on ceremonial guard at Canada’s National War Monument in Ottawa.

2. ‘The Heavens Became Black': The Curse of Wisconsin Point

3. Was Kini Zamora Robbed on the ‘Project Runway’ Finale?

Kini seemed destined to win ‘Project Runway’ — did that prevent Tim Gunn from giving him better advice?

4. Daniel S. Collins Sr.: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series

Courtesy Beverly Jensen/Shinnecock Indian Nation
Daniel S. Collins Sr., chairman of the Shinnecock Indian Nation Council of Trustees.

5. Deschene Out of Navajo Election, Presidential Vote Looks to Be Postponed

6. NunatuKavut to Lead Best Practices Tourism Mission

7. Winterhawk – Black Whiskey

8. Without You – The Plateros – Navajo music

9. Red Bone – Redbone – Come and Get Your Love

10. Indigenous – Things we do – Music Video


1. Cherokee Citizen Leads Tribal Health System to National Recognition

Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation citizen James Martins, of Afton, talks with Northeastern Tribal Health System CEO and fellow Cherokee, Kim Chuculate, during a regular visit to the clinic.

2. A Family Tradition of Military Service Leads Birdwell to the VA

Courtesy Veteran Affairs Department
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) met the new Director of the Office of Tribal Government Relations for the Veterans Affairs Department, Stephanie Birdwell in March 2011.

3. $19 Million NIH Grant Aims to Draw Natives Into Biomedical Research

4. On Ebola & ISIS: A Flaming Chariot Called Fear

5. Oneida Indian Nation’s SavOn Stores Raise Over $7,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Association

6. Alaska May Have the World’s Largest Voting Booth

Courtesy AlaskaNativeVote.com
A new video urges Alaska Native voters to get to the polls. And early. “Get Out the Native Vote” reminds people that they can vote until November 4th in one of the 128 newly established voting sites across the state.

7. Trickster Art Photo: Romero’s Ceramic Coyotes

8. Duane Champagne’s Orwellian Form of Self-Determination

9. Video: Parched Southwest Tells ‘the Story of Water’

The Story Group/Vimeo
Even without climate change, ‘the story of the Southwest is the story of water,” says climate scientist Gregg Garfin in this video about the Southwest chapter of the National Climate Assessment released in 2014.

10. Deconstructing the Doctrine of Discovery


1. Life Is Worth Living: Walking to Prevent Suicide During Native Heritage Month

Rayna Madero/Facebook
Rayna Madero is challenging everyone to walk one mile a day for suicide prevention throughout the entire month of November.

2. Mr. McConaughey, You’re All Wrong, All Wrong, All Wrong About the Redskins

AP Photo/ Evan Vucci
Actor Matthew McConaughey, right, stands with Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder during NFL football practice at Redskins Park, on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

3. EPA Grants to Drought-Stricken Southwest Tribes Total $43 Million

Rich Pedroncelli/AP
The dried-out bed of Lake Mendocino, California, in February 2014. The state is gripped in its worst drought in recorded history.

4. Skwachàys Lodge Combines Native Culture and Social Good

Hans Tammemagi
Skwachàys Lodge is an Aboriginal-art hotel and represents a unique milestone for indigenous people. It is located in Vancouver, Canada.

5. Two Weeks to Go and Races Come Down to Turnout in SD, Alaska and Wisc.

6. There’s a War Going On! Janet Rogers Writes Dispatches From the Front Lines

Talonbooks
‘The white and purple image on the cover reflects the Iroquoian use of wampum, day and night, peace and war, life and death, and Janet carries the wampum and the message.’

7. Don’t Panic About Ebola, IHS Says: Get Your Flu Shot

U.S. Centers for Disease Control
Portion of CDC flier urging American Indians to get vaccinated from the flu, a much bigger danger than the Ebola virus.

8. Evidentiary Hearing Scheduled November 10 in Fairbanks Four Case

Courtesy April Monroe Frick/Free the Fairbanks Four

9. NIGA-Blue Stone Create First Guide to Tribal Economic Development

Blue Stone Strategy Group Chairman Jamie Fullmer at the United Tribal Leaders Summit, North Dakota, September 2014
10. Why the US Should Put Native Tribal Sovereignty in a New Constitution

1. Canada Reels in Shock and Grief as Murdered Soldier Identified and Harper Condemns Attack

REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Armed RCMP officers approach Centre Block on Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in Ottawa October 22, 2014.

2. Video: Partial Solar Eclipse Dims Midday, Sunset Skies Across Turtle Island

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A typical partial solar eclipse.

3. Jude Schimmel Is All Smiles on Media Day; Gearing up for Start of Season

University of Louisville
U of L Seniors, Bria Smith (21), Shawnta’ Dyer (12), Sheronne Vails (3), Sara Hammond (00), and Jude Schimmel (22) pose for a photo during media day on October 20, 2014.

4. In 1927, an Indian Team Played the Champion New York Football Giants — and Won

Source: indieinfilms.com
Still from ‘Playground of the Native Son.’ Source: indieinfilms.com

5. Cherokee Citizen Canaan Duncan Named to Oklahoma 30 Under 30 List

Courtesy Cherokee Nation
Pictured, from left, are: Cherokee Nation Government Relations Executive Director Courtney Ruark-Thompson, Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson, Cherokee citizen and 30/30 Next Gen honoree Canaan Duncan, and former Congressman Dan Boren.

6. Run, Run, Run! Todd County Falcons Ready to Defend Dakota Cross Country Title

Kernit Grimshaw
Kelsie Herman, Rosebud Sioux, of Todd County High School is going to the South Dakota Class A Cross Country Championship Meet ranked No. 1 in the state in the 4000-meter, with a time of 15:01.00.

7. Protecting a Key Native American Site from Erosion

Wikipedia
Powhatan in a longhouse at Werowocomoco (detail of John Smith map, 1612)

8. Canada Parliament on Lockdown as Gunmen Open Fire in Ottawa

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Police converge on Parliament Hill after one or more gunmen opens fire, shooting a uniformed soldier guarding the War Memorial in Ottawa and then entering the Parliament building. Lawmakers and Prime Minister Stephen Harper were moved to safety.

9. Who’s Your Favorite Native Musician? 2014 NAMMYs Ballot Is Online, Vote Today!

Photo by Kim Acosta. Source: nativeamericanmusicawards.com
Tony Duncan performs onstage at the 2013 NAMA ceremony. Duncan won Artist of the Year. Photo by Kim Acosta. Source: nativeamericanmusicawards.com

10. Fight the Power: 8 Contemporary Heroes and Leaders of Native Resistance

Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee, has been fighting for Native justice for decades.

11. Navajo High Court’s Delayed Decision Keeps Deschene in Race for Now

12. The Role of Latin in Empire and Colonization