Archives For Native Americans

1. Open Crop Art Calls for Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline

Lou Dematteis/Spectral Q, via Bold Nebraska
The crop art image with HEARTLAND #NoKXL protests the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on a corn field outside of Neligh, Nebraska

2. Archaeological Claims to Kumeyaay Ancestral Remains

3. Mashpee Wampanoags Celebrate New Government/Community Center

Gale Courey Toensing
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe recently celebrated the opening of its new government and community center building.

4. Racist Game Justifies Murder of Mexicans and Indians

A screenshot from “Clash of the West Cowboys Shootout.”

5. iGaming Veteran Hired to Lead San Manuel Band’s Interactive Initiatives

6. A Letter to SWAIA Artists Regarding the Departure of John Torres-Nez

courtesy John Torres-Nez
The successful 2013 Santa Fe Indian Market will go down as the first, and last, under Torres-Nez’s stewardship.

7. Tax Day: 10 Things Native People Can’t Claim as Deductions
Nope, no matter how much you spent detailing that beat-up ole rez mobile, you cannot deduct the cost.

8. Tribe Receives NAFOA ‘Deal of the Year’ Award for copy0M MicroGREEN Investment

MicroGREEN website
MicroGREEN created InCycle Cups to reduce the amount of waste that enters landfills.

9. Snyder’s Redsk*ns Hush Money and KTNN’s Questionable Behavior

10. Video: Man on the Street: Who Was Pocahontas? Pre-Wedding Thoughts

11. Did CNN Need to Apologize for This Racist Segment? 25,000 Said Yes

It is so very funny to mock the traditional dress of indigenous, colonized people, eh CNN?

12. Onondaga Nation Files Human Rights Violations against US

Courtesy Onondaga Nation
Onondaga Nation representatives were in Washington, D.C. today to file a petition against the United States with the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

13. Agrihoods: Emerging Self-Sustainable Communities

Farmer D Organics website
In addition to offering an agrihood, Farmer D Organics sells environmentally conscious farm and garden products, like raised bed kits for edible gardening and window boxes for urban gardeners.

14. Rock, Rattle & Drum: 5 Native Musical Instrumental Makers Beating Their Way to the Top

15. Schimmel Is the Highest Native American Drafted in W.N.B.A. History

Associated Press
Louisville’s Shoni Schimmel holds up an Atlanta Dream jersey with WNBA president Laurel J. Richie after she was selected 8th overall in the WNBA draft on, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn.

16. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Streamlines National Eagle Repository Rules

Tribes and the U.S. Government have been working for years on an eagle strategy that balances conservation with religious freedom, and another piece of this puzzle may be in place with the advent of new rules streamlining the procurement process.

1. Walk on Water, Walk for Water

2. Louisville Coach Talks About “Life After Shoni”

Associated Press
Uinversity of Louisville Head Coach Jeff Waltz gives Shoni Schimmel some instructions

3. After Contact, Isolated Groups Recover—But at High Cost

Courtesy Survival International

4. Video: Time-Lapse of Timeless Yellowstone Belies Impending-Explosion Rumors

Yellowstone National Park, full of beautiful sights and sounds, is not going anywhere any time soon, scientists say.

5. Profile of a Healthy ‘Urban Rez’

Courtesy Intertribal Friendship House
Pow wow at Intertribal Friendship House

6. Redskins Sponsorship Taints Navajo Golf Event, Other Sponsors Outraged
This uncredited photograph shows the sign-in desk at the KTNN Celebrity Golf Tournament, with the Washington Redskins OAF banner clearly visible. The image was circulated on Twitter with the hashtags ‘NotYourMascot’ and ‘KTNNscandal.’


1. Native About New York: Matika Wilbur, Brunch and Killing Things

Matika Wilbur

2. A Native Actress Should NOT Play Tiger Lily in the Peter Pan Movie

3. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Testifies Before Congress

Courtesy Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker testifies before the U.S. House Interior Appropriations subcommittee in Washington, D.C., on April 8.

4. Video: Oarfish Spend Last Moments Swimming With Tourists Off Mexico

YouTube/Shedd Aquarium/Un-Cruise Adventures
One of two oarfish that swam with tourists off Mexico in the Sea of Cortes, two days before one of the pair, which normally stick to 3,000-foot-deep waters, washed up dying on the beach.

5. Oklahoma City Indian Clinic Partners With Chickasaw Nationto Build Pharmacy

6. Udall Among Senators Calling for Restoration of Impact Aid Program

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)

7. New Business Report: Indigenous Entrepreneurs in Canada Optimistic But Barriers Remain

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business has issued a report showing that many indigenous economic challenges can be met from within, but others are stymied from without. Archaic laws established during the colonial era are a major barrier.

8. He Killed his Art to Prove a Point. Now He’s Making a Film About It

Logo for ‘This Is a Stereotype’ film project designed by Cannupa Hanska Luger and Dylan McLaughlin

9. Bingo! Viejas Tribe Brings Gaming to Shopping Center Near San Diego

Kathy Foster
Happy players in their new hall at Viejas Bingo

10. UND Student Government Can’t Overturn Veto of Denied Pow Wow Meal Funding

11. Navajo Nation Officially Joins Fight Against Redskins Mascot

‘The Navajo Nation has finally joined the rest of Indian country in this fight,’ syas Navajo Nation Councilman Joshua Lavar Butler.

1. Mother Earth is Drowning in Garbage

In this February 15, 2010 photo released by 5 Gyres, a coastal area of the Azores Islands in Portugal, is shown littered with plastic garbage.
 2. Inuit Answer Hollywood With Sealfie Photo Booths, Giant Group Pic

Leona Aglukkaq/Twitter
Canada Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, Inuit, shows off her sealskin cape after Ellen DeGeneres gave money from a tweeted Oscars selfie to the anti-seal-hunt Humane Society.
Courtesy Ho-Chunk, Inc.
Contract review (from top left to bottom right): Dennis Johnson, Ho-Chunk, Inc. CFO; Heath Rist, All Native Group Vice President; Lance Morgan, Ho-Chunk, Inc. President and CEO; Annette Hamilton, Ho-Chunk, Inc. COO.
Courtesy House of Representatives
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, propose alternative budgets that would take the country in significantly different directions. These budgets are more campaign documents than governing instruments, letting voters know what’s ahead depending on which side wins.
Via Twyla Baker-Demary on Facebook
The Gamma Phi Beta sorority posted this banner on its sorority house
Courtesy Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Chairman Arlan Melendez, Air National Guard Brig. Gen. William Burkes, Pyramid Lake Vice Chairman Terence James, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval in attendance for the grand opening ceremony of the Air National Guard indoor shooting facility.
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency officials say 20,000 gallons of crude spilled from a damaged pipeline into a nature reserve in southwest Ohio.
AP Photo/Redwood National and State Parks, Laura Denn
Hacking off redwood burls leaves the tree open to infection, and eliminates its main means of reproduction.

1. What Is Good Native Governance?

2. Wyoming Senator Drafts Bill ‘To Clarify’ Reservation Borders

AP Photo
U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi has introduced a bill focused on continuing to define the borders of the Wind River Indian Reservation by a 1905 treaty in opposition to the recent Environmental Protection Agency’s findings that states otherwise.

3. Mohegan Sun Arena Is the Place to Watch NCAA Women’s Basketball

AP Images
The Louisville band lead spectators in serenading Schimmel with the chorus of the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” after each basket.

4. Tulalip Fundraiser Helps People Begin to Heal in Washington Landslide

Richard Walker
Snohomish County Fire Chief Travis Hots is blanketed by Tulalip children during a fundraiser on April 5 for a neighboring community devastated by a deadly landslide.

5. One of the World’s Top Destinations: a Primitive Adventure in Colorado’s Ute Nation

Courtesy Ute Mountain Tribal Park
Visitors hike up this latter to get the best view of the cliff dwellings in the Ute Mountain Tribal Park

6. Marine Color Guard and Charity Drive Highlight Pow Wow at Modesto Junior College

The Modesto Bee
Male dancers prepare to enter the dance circle before last year’s grand entry

7. This Music Video Will Take A Tribe Called Red to the Next Level

1. How to Drain the Cesspool of Government Corruption

2. Shadow Wolves – A Smuggler’s Worst Nightmare

Lee Allen
Shadow Wolf John Bothof (Sioux) says “Just because you’re Native American, you don’t always have the inherent skills to be a tracker. They have to be learned and practiced regularly.”

3. Passamaquoddy Tribe Amends Fishery Law to Protect Its Citizens From State Threat

Robert F. Bukaty/AP
Elvers are prized by Maine tribes for both their price and their cultural value.

4. Hearts and Diamonds in the Rough: Quechan Tribe’s Casinos Draw Gamers Across Borders

Quechan Casino Resort
Quechan Casino Resort in Winterhaven, California

5. Up Where She Belongs: Buffy Sainte-Marie Making First Album in 6 Years

Christie Goodwin
‘I don’t think about calendars, deadlines or styles,’ says Sainte-Marie. ‘I just play and sing whatever I dream up.’

6. Grubbe Re-Elected Tribal Council Chairman in Tribal Elections

7. Inaugural University of Redlands Powwow Puts School and Community on the Native Map

Diego James Robles
Lakota northern traditional dancer Nathan Lee dances during an intertribal on Saturday night, during the University of Redlands Powwow.

8. FireKeepers to Debut iGaming Website

9. 6 Recommendations for Adapting to Climate Change, From the United Nations Report

United Nations/Vimeo
The world according to climate change: still from a United Nations–produced video highlighting the risks and potentials for adaptation.

10. Watch Shoni Schimmel Prove She’s the Best Shooter in College Ball

Shoni Schimmel won the women’s 3-pointer championship, then defeated the winner of the men’s division as well.

1. Facing Off: Man in Redface Goes Toe-to-Toe With AIM Member


2. Video: Reconnecting With the Sacred Water of Mde Maka Ska, Lake Calhoun

YouTube/Courtesy John Gwinn
Native students reconnected with the water at the Mde Maka Ska Gathering of Canoe Nations.

3. What the US Is Likely to Contribute to the UN HLPM State-Outcome Document

4. Notes From a Single Mom: Teach Your Children That Hard Work Is the Root of Money

Lynn Armitage, ICTMN contributing writer who lives in Northern California, and enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.

5. Interior Announces First Transfer to Cobell Education Fund for Native Students

Christina Rose
Jazmine Good Iron (Standing Rock), left, and Adonica Little (Ogalala), right, sit in front of Oglala Lakota College in Rapid City, South Dakota.

1. How to Train the Cesspool of Government Corruption

2. Recent Police Shootings in Albuquerque Draw Federal Investigation

Russell Contreras/AP
Riot police launch tear gas toward activists in downtown Albuquerque, following a 10-hour protest around the city following the recent police shootings of Albuquerque men.

3. The Buzz About Arizona’s Newest Casino Resort

Google maps
The new casino resort is slated for the intersection of Highway 69 and the Yavpe Connector near Prescott, Arizona.

4. The 10 Best Twitter Comments About FSU’s New Logo

Florida State University’s new logo

5. Congressional Gold Medal Recipient and Code Talker Edmond Harjo Walks On

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
Edmond Harjo holds his Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on November 20, 2013. The ceremony honored code talkers and their service to the U.S. Armed Forces during World War I and World War II. Harjo walked on March 31.

6. Video: Mighty Mars Battles Jupiter and Sirius for April Night Sky Domination

Mars, Earth’s next-door neighbor, will be at opposition on April 8, putting it in a straight line with Earth and sun, and will come within 57 million miles of us on April 14.

An FBI operation at rural home in Indiana, April 2, 2014.  WISH-TV

WALDRON, Ind. — A team of FBI agents, archaeologists and other experts are confiscating Native American and other artifacts and relics from a collection described as having immeasurable cultural significance from a home in rural central Indiana, authorities said.

An FBI investigation determined that the homeowner, Donald C. Miller, may have knowingly and unknowingly collected objects in violation of several treaties and federal and state statutes, Special Agent in Charge Robert Jones said Wednesday.

“We know that some of the items were acquired improperly,” Jones said.

The items, stored in several buildings on the property about 35 miles southeast of Indianapolis, areto be collected, identified and repatriated, he said. Those that properly belong to Millerare being safeguarded, he said. A number of statutes and law may not have been in effect when Miller collected some of the items, he said.”The exact number of artifacts in the collection is unknown at this time but it’s believed to be in the thousands,” Jones said. “The monetary value of the entire collection and of its individual pieces is yet to be determined however the cultural value of these artifacts is immeasurable.”

Jones said that the extensive collection, which Miller amassed over eight decades, includes Native American artifacts and relics as well as items from the United States, China, Haiti, Australia, Russia, New Guinea, Italy, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Greece, Peru and possibly several other countries.

He said he could not comment on the nature of the items but said that Miller had traveled extensively. He said the team was trying to determine the exact time and method of each acquisition.

Larry Zimmerman, a professor of anthropology and museum studies, said he was overwhelmed when he saw the collection.

“I have never seen a collection like this in my entire life except in some of the largest museums,” he said.

Miller, 91, told CBS News that he was a lifetime collector who had a museum of hundreds of artifacts in his basement.

He said he “absolutely” has rightful ownership of the artifacts and that he was cooperating with the FBI’s search.

“I have been in 200 countries collecting artifacts,” he said.

Miller has not been charged with any crime.

Television helicopter video showed a mobile FBI command vehicle, a moving van and several tents alongside a two-story home near the town of Waldron.

Some 200 people are involved in the process, which could take years.


1) Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women: Harper on Wrong Side of History

2) Protecting Tribal Heritage in Public Lands

3) Accuracy Is Victory: NAIHC and Census Bureau to Improve Tribal Data

Courtesy National American Indian Housing Council
National American Indian Housing Council Chairwoman Cheryl Causley and Census Bureau Deputy Director Nancy Potok sign a memorandum of understanding to improve tribal data collected by the Tribal Boundary and Annexation Survey.
 5) Every Step They Take: Staying Connected for Generations Through Dance

Wiley Bros./Miles City, MT/Courtesy Library of Congress
Great Omaha Pow-Wow dance of the Cheyennes in Montana, circa. 1891
Thinkstock/Terrance Emerson
The moon and Venus will be this close, though in slightly different configuration, this week.
AP Images
Christine Harms, 60, holds a photograph of her disabled son Kenneth at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Kenneth was taken from her when she gave birth at 15. She came to Parliament House to a historic national apology delivered by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to the thousands of unwed mothers who were forced by government policies to give up their babies for adoption over several decades.
Larry Workman/Quinault Indian Nation
The Quinault Indian Nation reservation, situated on the coast, has declared a state of emergency due to flooding from a breach in the seawall at Taholah, its lower village.
Jacqueline Keeler and other twitter activists have responded to Dan Snyder’s move with the ‘Not4Sale’ hashtag.
Associated Press