Archives For Health & Wellness

1. Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act: Landmark Legislation or Hollow Victory?

2. Arizona’s Indian Gaming Phenomenon

Lee Allen
Valerie Spicer, executive director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association, told EXPO attendees: “This has been a banner year for Indian gaming in Arizona.”

3. Stealing Children: A Look at Indigenous Child Removal Policies

Margaret Jacobs A Generation Removed
Craig Chandler/University Communications/University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Margaret Jacobs, professor of history and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, has just published a second volume based on her research.

4. What a Scene! Glamour and Talent at the 2014 AIFF Awards

5. Young Dancer at 2014 Indian Festival in Stone Mountain

6. Navajo Presidential Election Not Until 2015 Now

Demonstration of a Native being Nativer than you (see item no. 2 on list).

7. San Manuel Joins Morongo, Card Clubs and Amaya in Push for Online Poker

Associated Press

8. The Black Snake Hears a Song: Declaring War on the Keystone Pipeline

9. EPA Climate Justice Blog: Revitalization Is Good Medicine

10. Popular Indian Mortgage Program Now Costs More

1. Seriously Funny: Comedy Duo James & Ernie Have a Message for Native Youth

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Ernest Tsosie III, left, and James Junes combine comedy and youth activism. Image source:

2. Watch This Squirrel Snatch a Camera and High-Tail It Up a Tree, Filming

David Freiheit/YouTube
This is what it looks like to be preyed upon by a squirrel. Nightmares not included.

3. Morongo Tribe Donates 10,000 Turkeys for Thanksgiving to Those in Need

Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Volunteers help distribute turkeys as part of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians annual Thanksgiving Outreach Program

4. From Dirt Roads to Fiber Optics: FireKeepers Hits the Jackpot
FireKeepers Casino Hotel

5. Native American Heritage Month: 13 Books for Children From StarWalk Kids Media

The organization KidsWalk Media has compiled a list of books great to share with children during Native American Heritage Month.

6. Internet-Breaker Kim Kardashian Gets Glam on Aboriginal Land (With Permission)

Kim Kardashian in a photo from an instantly-famous shoot she did for Paper magazine. Source:

7. Listen Now: Global Indigenous Wisdom Summit Starts Today

Global Indigenous Wisdom Summit
The Global Indigenous Wisdom Summit is a free online series, and it starts today.

8. Lyle Thompson Named 2014 Person of the Year by Lacrosse Magazine

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Lyle Thompson was named Person of the Year by Lacrosse Magazine on November 17, 2014.

9. We Need Diverse Books: Join Twitter Chat With Children’s Literature Expert Debbie Reese on November 18

We Need Diverse Books
The website that aims to address the lack of diversity in children’s literature narratives will host Debbie Reese, publisher of the website American Indians in Children’s Literature, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday November 19.

10. The Ghosts of Colonial Bolivia


11. Urban Native Education Alliance Gets Grant for Circle Of Strength Program

Native Warriors Basketball Program
Sarah Sense-Wilson/Native Warriors Basketball Program/Facebook
UNEA’s Native Warriors basketball program will be the catalyst for improving health, self-esteem and educational achievement of urban Native youth.

12. Welcome, Oglala Lakota County! The Story Behind the Story

Sarah Eagle Heart
South Dakota state representative Kevin Killer, Oglala Lakota, holds the new bumper sticker designed by Jesse Short Bull to announce the renaming of the county that overlaps much of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. On November 4, voters decided in favor of a ballot measure Killer was instrumental in putting on the ballot. The jurisdiction will now be called Oglala Lakota County, named for the people who live there.

13. Federal Government Must Protect Native Children From Violence

1. Reporter Says Obama Awarded Medal of Freedom to Support Anti-Redskins Movement
Reporter Megan Finnerty (left) says Suzan Harjo’s Medal of Freedom award represents the president’s nudge toward changing the Washington football team’s name.

2. Video: Cherokee Elder Joe Fourkiller Recalls His Childhood

Cherokee Elder Joe Fourkiller
Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Elder Joe Fourkiller shares some stories from his childhood.

3. Meeting Economic Development Challenge in Indian Country

William “Mike” Lettig, Executive Vice President and National Executive of KeyBank’s Native American Financial Services segment.

4. Mike Williams Races Toward Recovery

Mike Williams
Mike Williams Sr. writes about mushing and the Sobriety Movement for Alaska Natives in a new book, available May 2015.

5. I Love Ancestry: Responsibility, Honor and Truth

6. Native American Heritage Month Activities and Resources

1. Environmental Advocates Deride House Passage of Keystone XL Legislation

A TransCanada Keystone Pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City, Nebraska March 10, 2014.

2. Obama Administration Strikes Deal With China, Pledges $3 Billion to International Climate Fund

Coal plant emissions are just one source of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that are contributing to global warming and climate change.

3. Battling Diabetes on Reservations: Bridging the Gap and Getting Healthy

Battling Diabetes
Alliance for Diabetes
Diabetes is one of the toughest health challenges facing American Indian communities.

4. KC Chiefs Celebrate Native Heritage Month With Help From Hall of Famer

Kansas City Chiefs
Priest Holmes is inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame during the team’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

5. Kansas City Chiefs Partner With Local Tribes; Redskins Still Defiant

Associated Press

6. Surfing as Sovereignty: How Native Hawaiians Resisted Colonialism

Eddie Aikau is credited with having defused a potentially explosive situation at a time when tensions were high on the islands.

7. Bighorn Hunt on Colville Reservation Revives Ancient Cultural Tradition

Courtesy Colville Confederated Tribes
Jordan Leskinen with the bighorn ram he shot for his grandmother.

8. Photo: A Protest Unites Thousands Against a Slur

9. Changes on Lummi Nation Council

10. BIA’s Funding Maze Hampers Tribal Self- Governance

11. Don’t Listen to Predators

12. Native American Heritage Month

13. National Congress of American Indians

14. Smithsonian American Indian Heritage Month

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

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

Molly Riley/AP
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

Courtesy Lakota Women Warriors
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

Courtesy Cherokee Nation
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

Cherokee Nation
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. Omaha Steaks and NB3 Foundation Partner for Native American Heritage Month

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Omaha Steaks
The Notah Begay III Foundation and Omaha Steaks are partnering during November to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.

3. Nike Introduces New N7 Apparel With Native Superstars’ Help
From left to right: Spencer O’Brien, Jacoby Ellsbury, Veronica Lind, Jeremy Thompson and Tahnee Robinson are Nike’s latest N7 Ambassadors.

4. Jibwe Author Jim Northrup Waxes Poetic—Literally—on Manoomin

‪Ivy Vainio/YouTube
Anishinaabe author and Marine Corp. vet Jim Northrup relaxes and recites ricing poetry beside Dead Fish Lake on his home Fond du Lac Reservation.

5. ‘Fiction Gives Me Freedom’: Author Jim Northrup on ‘Dirty Copper’ and His Alter Ego

Fulcrum Publishing
‘Dirty Copper’ is Anishinaabe author Jim Northrup’s latest collection.

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

7. Suzan Shown Harjo to Discuss Redskins at Drexel Conference

8. November is Native American Heritage Month

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

Vimeo/Alexander Kodisch
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
Marcy Gray
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

Francesca Lucia/Global Okanagan
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