Archives For Pow Wows

1. From an Original Free Existence to an ‘Indigenous’ Existence

2. Miss Indian World 2014: Changing Their Lives, Changing the World

Albuquerque Journal
Kansas Begaye of Rio Rancho was crowned Miss Indian World at the Annual Gathering of Nations pow wow in 2013

3. It’s Not Too Late—Start a Summer Garden This Earth Day

Flickr Creative Commons/Maggie Hoffman
An urban, balcony herb garden

4. Natives Must Rally Together to Ban Offensive Mascots

5. Notes From A Single Mom: Mother Earth, I Owe You a Huge Apology.

Lynn Armitage
A green balloon floating in Puget Sound

6. Seneca Nation Implements Native Plant Policy

Weldy, Troy, David Werier, and Andrew Nelson. 2014 New York Flora Atlas.
American chestnut

7. NIGA’s Stevens on Navajo President, ‘Slams,’ Respect and Redskins

8. Earth Day: 6 Reasons to Be Positive, Including Idle No More, From The Nation

Photo by Blaire Russell
Idle No More is one reason that The Nation’s Peter Rothberg is optimistic on Earth Day. Photo taken on Blood Tribe, Standoff, Alberta.

9. Burial Mounds Threatened By Quarry Seeking Profits
The Wingra Redi-Mix Quarry has been bulldozed as close to the bird effigy mound as possible. Wingra Redi-Mix seeks to destroy the mound to reap the copy0 million of sand and gravel. The mounds on the property are protected by a burial site protection act.

10. Reducing Landfill Waste & Saving Lives: Turning Stone Partners With Clean the World
Turning Stone Resort Casino is advancing the global hygeniene revolution with Clean the World, Inc.

11. Video: How to Say Earth Day in Navajo

How to say Earth Day in Navajo

12. Jude Schimmel on Taking the Leadership Reins For Louisville Basketball

Associated Press
Jude Schimmel

13. 2 Hours Long Native American Indians Spiritual Vocal Shamanic Music | Relax Music – Soothing Music

14. Native American Style Flute, Figured Aspen, ELB Instruments

15. ❀ Sound Therapy ~ Native American Flute ~

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. Outrage in Indian Country as Redskins Owner Announces Foundation

Associated Press
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

2. An Agenda Banks on Weed

3. The ‘Other Brady’: Strongest Special Olympian Rivals NFLers

Courtsey of Janie Tanner
Brady Taner, Cherokee, deadlifts during competition

4. Navajo Council Member’s Anti-Redskins Bill Ready for a Vote

Courtesy Joshua Lavar Butler’s Twitter Page
Joshua Lavar Butler, Navajo Nation Councilman

5. Single Mother, Entrepreneur Helps TANF Families Advance in School and Workplace

Courtesy BG Associates
Brenda Guachena, enrolled member of the Rincon Luiseño Band of Indians, owner of BG Associates TANF training and technical assistance

6. Tribes Demand Return of Native Scalps From Karl May Museum in Germany

Courtesy Wikicommons
The upcoming Karl May Festival in Radebeul, Germany, from May 30 to June 1, will have plenty of controversy leading up to it.

7. $58M in Grants Available to Support Native American Employment and Training Programs

8. Power of Northern Cree Talking Drum

Courtesy Canyon Records
Members of the Alberta, Canada, drum group Northern Cree perform.

9. North Dakota Oil Spills Highlight Gaps in Regulation and Oversight

An aerial shot of the seven acres flooded with oil from a pipeline rupture on Steven Jensen’s farm in North Dakota in September 2013.

10. Let’s Move! Solicits Young Chefs to Submit Lunch Recipes

Courtesy Let’s Move
First Lady Michelle Obama and Epicurious Editor Tanya Steel listen as 12-year-old Haile Thomas, last year’s recipe winner from Arizona, introduces Mrs. Obama during the Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, July 9, 2013.

11. 8 Amazingly Timed Photos of Birds in, and Out of, Their Element via Buzzfeed
The moments that life is made of: rarely captured shots of everyday miracles.

1. ‘Why Am I Crying?’ False Lightning and Buried Emotions

2. Milwaukee Pow Wow Welcomes Spring and Gives Back to Community

Courtesy Charlie and Me Photography
A man dances at a previous Winter Pow Wow

3. Calif. Sacred Sites Bill Would Boost Protections but Exclude Some 50 Tribes

Jeffrey Amato/
Medicine Lake in California is sacred to many tribes, the Pit River Tribe of Northern California among them.

4. Historic Truce in Century-Long Water War Balances Needs of Klamath Tribes, Farmers

AP Photo/The Herald and News, Steven Silton
Upper Klamath Lake, part of tens of thousands of acres in Oregon’s drought-stricken Klamath Basin that had to forego water last summer after the Klamath Tribes exercised their water rights to save their fisheries.

5. Nomlaki Indians Fund Mapping Software to Improve Emergency Response of Local Police

6. The Lillian St. Cyr Story, Part 3: New York City

Photo Courtesy Marc Wanamaker/Bison Archives.
Lillian St. Cyr with co-star Dustin Farnum in the 1914 silent film ‘The Squaw Man.’

7. In Honor of Loretta Saunders

8. Dene Woman Wins Youth Activist Award for Preserving Aboriginal Culture

9. Obama’s Billion-Dollar Climate Resilience Fund Will Help States, Tribes Prepare
President Barack Obama signs the 2015 budget, which includes a copy billion Climate Resilience Fund that will help states and tribes adapt to an altered environment.

10. Maryland Church Proposed a Boycott Against Washington NFL Team

Associated Press

11. World’s Oldest Living Person Credits Health to Sushi and Sleep

AP photo
Misao Okawa blew out three candles for each figure of 116 on her birthday March 5.

12. Jason Momoa on ‘Red Road’ Character: ‘You Don’t Know Who He Is Yet’

Courtesy Sundance TV
Momoa plays Phillip Kopus, a menacing ex-con at the center of Sundance TV’s ‘The Red Road.’

13. Oneida Nation and New York Agreement Gets Final Approval

AP Photo
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, left, and Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation representative and CEO of Nation Enterprises at the signing of the historic agreement last year. On March 4, the agreement was finalized by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Kahn.

1. Court Slaps Down California’s Attempt to Control Tribal Lending

2. The 10 Biggest Powwows in Indian Country

(The Spokesman-Review)

3. Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell Host Hilarious Let’s Move! Focus Group With Kids

“Come on, kids, let’s get this going; I don’t have a lot of time,” Will Ferrell says on the Let’s Move! video.

4. Chairman Colley Billie: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series

Chairman Colley Billie, Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.

5. Orion Sidles Westward, Portending Spring, as Moon’s Shy Crescent Hovers

Thinkstock - A tender crescent moon even more delicate than this one will hover in the west after sunset on March 2 and 3, overlooked by blazing Jupiter.

6. ‘Bad-Ass’ Native Women in ‘Young Lakota’ Documentary Praised by UpWorthy

Young Lakota trailer screen grab/Vimeo (

7. Halbritter Pens Op-ed on N-Word, R-Word Debate in the NFL

Associated Press

8. California Governor Signs $687 Million Drought Relief Bill

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

1) Africans Settled China, Showing That We’re All Related

2) Obama Authorizes Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act

3) Cherokee Nation Joins InterTribal Buffalo Council

4) 10 Environmental Victories and Triumphs of 2013

5) A Triple Threat Against Obesity: NB3 Foundation, IHS and Let’s Move! in Indian Country Form Unprecedented Partnership

Courtesy IHS, NB3F

6) Thanks for the Laughs: 8 Must-Watch Clips of the Late Charlie Hill

7) Top 10 Sports Stories in Indian Country From 2013

8) ‘Redwashing’ Panel Follows Academic Associations’ Boycott of Israel

The panel, called “Redwashing: Israeli Claims to Indigeneity and the Political Role of Native Americans,” will take place during an international conference at the American University Beirut (AUB) Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) January 6-9.

9) Indigenous Brazilian Community Burned & Attacked for Retaliation

10) Cherokee Nation Takes First Step to Acquire Bison

Now that the Cherokee Nation has joined the InterTribal Buffalo Council, the tribes hopes to acquire bison and then will consult experts about developing a business plan most suitable to the tribe.

11) Navajo Nation Finalizes Sale of BHP Billiton Mine

The Navajo Nation is officially the new owner of the BHP Billiton Limited coal mine as of December 30, 2013, the tribe announced on December 31.

12) Pow Wow Comedy Jam Farewell Letter to Charlie Hill From Marc Yaffee

1) A new study has linked PCBs exposure to lower testosterone in Native American boys on a reservation along the St. Lawrence River. The higher the exposure, the lower the testosterone levels. Because they eat a lot of locally caught fish, the Akwesasne Mohawk, who live on territory between upstate New York, Ontario and Quebec, are highly exposed to banned industrial compounds called polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.

2) A small California tribe returns home. After losing much of their ancestry, Wiyot tribal members are learning their traditions in preparation for a renewal ceremony. The world renewal ceremony site, in a Wiyot village called Tuluwat, was turned into a shipyard in 1870. The yard’s owners built a retaining wall out of toxic boat batteriesAl Jazeera America 

The Wiyot tribe is set to renew its place on Indian Island, which it called home until 1860.

3) In Los Angeles, soil contamination could halt plans for new Jordan Downs housing. As if the task of transforming one of the city’s most notorious housing projects into a new “urban village” wasn’t daunting enough, Los Angeles has run into another hurdle in the redevelopment of Jordan Downs: concerns over contaminated land. Los Angeles Times


4) In Chile, Mapuche leader found dead in reservoir she opposed. A Mapuche Indian leader who became the face of Chile’s environmental movement was found floating in a reservoir she spent a decade trying to prevent from being created, and authorities said Wednesday they were awaiting autopsy results although the death appeared accidental. Associated Press

5) Poison gas kills eight left in dark after storm. With downed power lines forcing hundreds of thousands to spend Christmas without electricity, ice storms that raged through the Northeast and the Midwest continued to have a deadly effect as carbon monoxide given off by gasoline-powered generators killed three Americans and five Canadians, officials said. New York Times [Registration Required]


6) A king without a crown: Chinook face uncertain future. Scientists are digging deeper into decades of research on the chinook salmon to find data that may lead to a solution or at least a clue to the cause of the startling downward population trends. Eagle River Alaska Star, Alaska.

Joe Edwards of Houston, Texas, watches as his king salmon weights in at 16.2 pounds at the Douglas Harbor for the Golden North Salmon Derby in August of 2011. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Juneau said the 28-inch size limit for chinook salmon, while intended as a conservation measure, may be removing fast-growing fish from the population over time.