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1. Get the Politicians Out of Immigration Reform

2. BIA Head Kevin Washburn Speaks to ICTMN About Bay Mills and the Need to Resolve Water Rights

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

3. South Dakota Native Election Victories—And What They Say About 2016

Courtesy Troy Heinert
In the upcoming South Dakota legislative session, beginning in January, newly elected South Dakota State Senator Troy Heinert, Rosebud Sioux, will be wrangling measures to improve life for Natives and others throughout the state. Heinert, formerly in the South Dakota House, is shown here at his day job as a rodeo pick-up man.

4. And the Awards Went to: Screen Natives Honored at Red Nation 2014

Photo: Teresa S. Thompson
Actor Jeremiah Bitsui accepts his award for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series at 2014 Red Nation Film Festival. Photo: Teresa S. Thompson.

5. Rosebud Sioux Tribe Calls House Keystone XL Passage an ‘Act of War,’ Vows Legal Action

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Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council President Cyril Scott, in aqua shirt, at the People’s Climate March on September 21 in New York City.

6. New Study Shows Native Americans Traveled to Easter Island Before European Contact

Easter Island Moai
AP Photo/Karen Schwartz
This August 2012 photo shows heads at Rano Raraku, the quarry on Easter Island. The sculptures have bodies attached, but they are buried under the dirt and not visible. About 400 moai are here in various stages of carving. A new study indicates that Native Americans visited Easter Island before Columbus sailed to the Americas.

7. Choctaw Corruption Case Continues


8. Will They or Won’t They? Leonid Meteors Could Sparkle or Fizzle

If northeastern Turtle Island gets a break in the clouds, its inhabitants could see 15 to 20 meteors per hour emanating from the head of Leo the Lion after midnight.

9. Bob Hicks, Pioneering Advocate for Natives in Hollywood, Walks On at 80

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Chairman Bob Hicks at the First Americans in the Arts awards ceremony in the early 2000s, with Dawn Jackson, the organization’s vice chair. Image source:

10. Métis Hero Louis Riel Commemorated on Anniversary of Execution for Treason

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Louis Riel’s grave in Manitoba

1. President Shelly Salutes Past, Present And Future Navajo Veterans

2. Veterans Day Tribute – Native Names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall

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A veteran looks at the names of those who died etched into the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, Sunday, May 26, 2013.

3. Honoring Veterans III: Honor the Wind

4. Annual Veterans Day Celebration in Reno to Give Special Thanks to Women

US Marine Fred Vigil Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
U.S. Marine and Native American Fred Vigil plays his traditional flute at a Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Veterans Day Celebration.

5. Lakota Women Warriors Add Culture to Oath of Military Service

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The Lakota Women Warriors at the 2014 Black Hills Pow Wow. Left to right: Kella With Horn, Lisa Jendry and Brenda White Bull

6. 5 Notable Native American Veterans

7. More Than 150 Attend Cherokee Nation Veterans Day Event

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Pictured, from left, Veteran Marvin Cochran and guests of Cherokee Nation’s Veterans Day program salute during the posting of the flags.

8. Pop Goes the History: What’s Wrong With Nazi-fied Nicki Minaj and Redface Gwen

Between Nicki Minaj’s Third-Reich imagery and Gwen Stefani’s Indian maiden in bondage, you have to ask—what the hell is going on with music videos?

9. Watch the Trailer for MTV’s ‘Rebel Music’ Featuring Frank Waln, Nataanii Means, Inez Jasper

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Lakota hip hop artist Frank Waln is one of several young Native talents spotlighted on ‘Rebel Music,’ which premieres online on Thursday. Image source:

10. Video: First Nation Soldier Reminisces About World War II Service on Remembrance Day

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Decorated soldier Philip Favel reminisces about serving during World War II.

11. Indigenous Veterans Recognized Across Canada on Remembrance Day

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Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians Grand Chief Gord Peters exhorts Canada to unite and acknowledge all that First Nations and other Indigenous Peoples have contributed to Canada.

12. Remembrance Day Strikes Deeply as Canada Honors Soldiers Slain at Home

Poppies traditionally commemorate veterans, especially those who did not come home, for Remembrance Day.

13. A Killer in Indian Country: CDC Talks Seat Belt Safety

CDC Car Seat
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention take a look at how car seat and seat belt safety can keep everyone safer on the road.

14. Cherokee Citizen Wins Gold at World Traditional Wushu Championships

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Wade Blevins practices his weapons form while in China for the World Traditional Wushu Championships. He earned a bronze medal in that event, but gold in the bare-handed division.

15. The Forgotten People of the Other America

16. Suzan Harjo to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

1. Video: Magical Mauritius Comes to Life in Time Lapse Wonder

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Mauritius does not often come up on our radar, but this time-lapse video shows why it should.

2. Dr. Karen Goodnight Named Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Woman of the Year

Karen Goodnight
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Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, right, and Lt. Gov. Jefferson Keel present the 2014 Dynamic Woman of the Year Award to Dr. Karen Goodnight, Goldsby, during the Chickasaw Nation Arts and Culture Awards ceremony Thursday, October 2, at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

3. Cherokee Nation hosts Veterans Day ceremony Monday

4. Aboriginal Veterans Day Commemorates First Nations WWI Snipers, Soldier Sacrifice

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This monument to veterans on the Westbank First Nation was designed and built by Colville artist Smoker Marchand.

5. Videos: Students Drum and Sing to Welcome Senators to Wisconsin

Waadookodaading Students Singing

6. Top 5 Cities in the World With the Most Indigenous People
New Zealand Maori sharing in the sacred act of hongi.

7. AIANTA and Route 66 to Launch Landmark Project in New Mexico

8. Native American Rock Music

1. Perspectives on Self-Determination: A Response to Champagne, Newcomb & Wilkins

2. Montana’s ‘Magic,’ Basketball Great Elvis Old Bull Dies

Elvis Old Bull was one of Montana’s greatest basketball players.

3. Navajo Nation Gaming Expands Board, Elects Martha King as Chairperson

4. Golf Digest Honors Notah Begay III For His Work With Native Youth

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Notah Begay III receives the Golfers Who Give Back Award from Golf Digest’s Editor-in-Chief Jerry Tarde.

5. Seminole Tribe Fights Florida Power Company to Save Panther

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The endangered Florida panthers habitat is under siege, the latest threat being a potential power plant.

6. Alaska Native Bodybuilder Seeks to Be First to Win Natural Olympia Title

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LaRita Laktonen-Ward hopes to become the first Alaska Native woman to win Natural Olympia. Photo by Stephen Dunlap Photography. Image source:

7. Assembly of First Nations Announces Three Candidates for National Chief

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Left to right: Ghislain Picard, Perry Bellegarde and Leon Jourdaine are all running for the position of National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, in a special election to be held on December 10.

8. New App Connects People With Landscape
Story Clark developed the app Travel Stories GPS

9. Half of Native Mortgage Applicants Were Denied in 2013

10. Mapping the Market for Sex: Challenging Attitudes to Create Change

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1. Drinking-Water Arsenic and Heart Disease Linked in Study of Native Americans: New York Times

The New York Times profiles the work of Dr. Ana Navas-Acien at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Navas-Acien has found a link between drinking-water arsenic and heart health by studying data from an ongoing survey of American Indians drinking water from private wells in the Dakotas and the Southwestern U.S.

2. Is This Model Wearing the Most Disgusting Native American Halloween Costume Ever?

Model Leilani Dowding posted this photo on Facebook with the caption 'I just got massacred by a #cowboy Note Fur is FAKE!!! #HalloweenCostume #happyhalloween #americanindian #halloweenMakeUp #halloween'
Model Leilani Dowding posted this photo to Facebook with the caption, ‘I just got massacred by a cowboy Note Fur is FAKE!!!’ She appended the hashtags HalloweenCostume, happyhalloween, americanindian, and halloweenMakeUp.

3. What Worked, What Needs Work, and Why Be Optimistic About Native Vote

Paulette Jordan wins an Idaho legislative seat.

4. Winnipeg’s First Aboriginal Mayor Takes Office

Winnipeg’s mayor elect Brian Bowman celebrates his victory in the civic election on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

5. Young Artist Micah Wesley: ‘The Colonizers Have Done a Number on Us’

Detail of 'Redskin: Proof of Kill, Purchase, and Commodification' by Micah Wesley. Oil, Acrylic, and Enamel on 12 pieces of cardboard; installation at the University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History.
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Detail of ‘Redskin: Proof of Kill, Purchase, and Commodification’ by Micah Wesley. Oil, Acrylic, and Enamel on 12 pieces of cardboard; installation at the University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History.

6. Former Redskins QB Scrambles Brains with Defense of Team Name

Jay Schroeder played for the Redskins from 1985-87.

7. Selling the Sacred: Get Your Master’s in Native American Shamanism?

Lakota elders
Christina Rose
Lakota elders Phyllis Swift Hawk, Marie Randall, and Carol Iron Rope-Herrera oppose cultural trespassing and appropriation, and believe the way to learn about spirituality is to be taught by someone who has studied in a hands-on way, rather than through a book.

8. New York State of Mind: The Native Peoples of Long Island

9. Hopi Impound Navajo Sheep from Partition Lands in Controversial Move

Marley Shebala
Navajo families from the Hopi Partition Lands walked to Navajo Council chambers on October 30 to tell President Ben Shelly about the confiscation of their livestock from Hopi Partition Land.

10. Native Alaska Votes and Celebrates

Stephanie Woodard
Election judges have to be versatile in Alaska: As Kristi Logusak (left) looks on, Desiree Green holds Clara and Kendall Wassillie’s baby, so mom and dad can vote.

11. Jon Stewart on Those “Ambushed” Redskins Fans & America’s Original Sin

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Jon Stewart

12. The Season of the Natives

1. Vice Says ‘Sexy Indian Chief’ Has to Go: Retailers Shouldn’t Sell Native Costumes

2. United Against a Slur: 10 Photos From Anti-Redskins Protest in Minneapolis

3. Must Watch: Video of Homeless Native Piano Player Racks Up 3.5M Views

4. Explore ‘New Horizons’ at Bacone College’s Faculty Art Show

Tony Tiger Bacone Art Show
Bacone College
Tony Tiger, Bacone art director, talks with young artist Skyla Sikora about printmaking and the faculty art show at Merritt D. Betts library.

5. Video: Mitigation and Emissions Reduction Is Our Key to Survival, Scientists Say

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Mitigation is our way out of the climate mess, if we act now, scientists say.

6. Video: Leech Lake Youth Sing Honor Song for Capitol Christmas Tree

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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Young men of the Northland Eagles Hand Drum Group performed an honor song written for the 2014 Capitol Christmas tree.

7. Election Morning 2014 in an Alaska Native Village

Stephanie Woodard
Togiak voter support specialists Stephanie Poulsen, left, and Angel Aoiojiak, using VHF radio (a kind of village-wide party line) to announce a potluck later this evening to celebrate Election 2014. They’ll spend the day helping elders and others get to the polls.

8. Top 5 Cities in Canada With the Most Indigenous People

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And the winner is … Guess which Canadian city has the highest aboriginal population?

9. Thousands Protest Washington Team in Minnesota; Social Media Tells of Clashes

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Revered activist Winona LaDuke, Ojibwe, addresses a crowd of at least 3,500 people outside TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 2 , 2014 in protest of the Washington team name.

10. Mapping the Market for Sex: New Report Details Minneapolis Sex Trade

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11. Team One Spirit Runs for Youth at 2014 NYC Marathon

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James Pine(left) and Zuya White Plume after running the NYC marathon on November 2, 2014.

12. Yes, It’s an Imperfect System But the Native Vote Is Worth Counting

13. UPDATE: Invader-States Hijacked UN World Conference–Act II

1. Videos: Cherokee Elders Tell Halloween Tales, Part 3

Cherokee Elders tell Halloween tales
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Cherokee Elder Joe Grayson tells a Halloween tale.

2. The Truth About Our Origins Will Set Us All Free

3. Video: Spooky Space Songs Lend Ghostly Howl to Halloween

Ghostly space sounds from NASA set the tone for a hair-raising Halloween.

4. Alaska Senate Race Is a Test of Policy (Not Character)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, shops at Alaska Federation of Natives convention last week. Election dolls with messages of support for candidates and ballot measures. The AFN board endorsed Sen. Mark Begich for re-election. (The dolls are sold by Ursla Irvin from Chevak, Alaska.)

5. Judge Denies Lawyers, Juveniles Will Be Tried As Adults in ABQ Murders

Courtesy Albuquerque Police Department
A judge on Wednesday denied the two juveniles accused in the fatal beating of two Navajo homeless men in Albuquerque to have all non-felony charges tried in juvenile court.

6. Indigenous Leaders Caution Against Racist Assumptions in Wake of Ottawa Shooting

Justin Tang, AP
People gather around the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial as they mourn the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard at the memorial on October 22. He was buried in Hamilton, Ontario, with full honors on Tuesday October 28.

7. Impressive Speakers Planned for Sunday’s Redskins Protest

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Protesters hold up signs during a Redskins protest last year in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

8. How Sacred Objects Heal: A Tlingit’s Journey, Part II

Courtesy Barbara Searls and Freda Westman
The author’s mother, Phoebe Ward Hopper, wearing the button blanket and headband she made herself and wore to the annual ANS/ANB conventions in Alaska. Unfortunately, the front of the headband with the eagle design is not visible. (Courtesy Barbara Searls and Freda Westman)

9. Sun Says Happy Halloween With Big Jack-o-Lantern Face

10. Russia Prevented Indigenous Leaders From Going to World Conference

11. Video: Halloween Costume Tips from American University Queers and Allies

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American University Queers and Allies offer appropriate Halloween costume tips.

12. The Perils of Culturally Appropriative Halloween Costumes

13. Kansas City Chiefs QB Tyler Bray:Great to ‘Represent as a Minority in NFL’
QB Tyler Bray shows kids football drills at the Sports Pavilion on October 28 in Lawrence, Kansas as part of NFL Play 60 and Indian Health Service Haskell Diabetes Prevention Program.

14. 17 Redface Costumes You Can Buy: Walmart Really, Really Doesn’t Get It

15. Save Our Children, Save Ourselves

16. Oneida Indian Nation to Honor Veterans in 14th Annual Ceremony