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

2. Arizona’s Indian Gaming Phenomenon

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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
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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

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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

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1. Sky Woman, Turtle Island, and the Great Celestial Tree Get a Movie (It’s About Time!)

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An image of Sky Woman riding the back of the turtle that becomes Turtle Island in the Iroquois Creation Story. Source: facebook.com/IroquoisCreationFilm

2. Muscogee (Creek) Nation Creates Conservation District With USDA

Muscogee (Creek) Nation
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Agriculture that cements the formation of a natural resource conservation district.

3. Washington State Official Joins Northwest Tribes in Urging Oil Train Regulation

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This derailment and explosion of a train carrying Bakken crude in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada in July 2013, killed 47 people. Northwest tribes and the State of Washington say, ‘No thanks.’

4. Turning Stone Resort Casino Unveils ‘Next Big Thing’ in Retail Luxury and Entertainment

5. Hey, Matt Lauer! Help the Little Wound School Buy a Wrestling Mat

6. History: Remembering Impact of Alcatraz Occupation on 45-Year Anniversary

Alcatraz Occupation Playing Ball
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American Indians play ball games outside the prison wall on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco during their occupation of the island in this November 26, 1969 photo. The sign reading “INDIANS WELCOME,” is one of the few physical reminders that 45 years ago a group of American Indians clung to the barren, bony slopes of Alcatraz for 19 months, winning the attention of the world and igniting a passion for civil rights.

7. ICTMN Exclusive: Interior’s Mike Connor Discusses Tribal Land Buy-Back Program

Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor pictured with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

8.  Oregon Man’s Design Selected to Honor Code Talkers on copy Coin

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Tom Rogers designed the 2016 copy Native American coin.

9. You Won’t Believe How Many Rubik’s Cubes This Guy Solved While Running a Marathon

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Espinoza fell short of his personal goal, but crushed the old world record. Source: facebook.com/PhillipEspinoza

10. Sioux Mother to Return to Court in Latest Fight for Her Abused Sons

Courtesy Audre’y Eby
Audre’y Eby’s sons going to a doctors appointment with their friend, Manape LaMere, on Winnebago Reservation, November 27, 2013.

11. Toward Disestablishing the Doctrine of Christian Domination


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: Facebook.com

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

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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

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FireKeepers Casino Hotel

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

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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)

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

7. Listen Now: Global Indigenous Wisdom Summit Starts Today

Global Indigenous Wisdom Summit
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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

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

Native Warriors Basketball Program
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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

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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. 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

Cliff Matias
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

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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

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

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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: dreammerchantstudio.com/pages/Events/CINEFAITA.htm

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

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Louis Riel’s grave in Manitoba

1. Reporter Says Obama Awarded Medal of Freedom to Support Anti-Redskins Movement

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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

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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. EPA Climate Justice Blog: Veterans Love the Environment Too!

2. 5 Spas in Indian Country Using Luxury Accommodations and Native-Based Treatments

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3. Use of ‘Redskins’ on the Airwaves Is Down 42 Percent

4. Jude Schimmel Starts Final Season With Lady Cardinals

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Jude Schimmel finished 4-of-10 from the floor for nine points with one coming from beyond the arc.She had six steals and four assists in 29 minutes of play against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The Cardinals won 89-69.

5. Rising Crime in Bakken Region Leads FBI to Open North Dakota Office

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U.S. Senator John Hoeven announces on Friday, November 14, 2014, in Williston, N.D., that the FBI is opening a permanent office in western North Dakota’s oil patch to help the area deal with rising crime that has followed the state’s oil boom.

6. Native Cooking: A Is for Almonds, D Is for Drought

Almond Health and Nutrition
Almond Board of California
Almonds are chock full of nutrition. Grab a handful and go!

7. Chugach Federal Solutions Awarded $51.9 Million Contract

8. Everyday Adventures On and Off the Rez


1. Environmental Advocates Deride House Passage of Keystone XL Legislation

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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

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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
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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

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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

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6. Surfing as Sovereignty: How Native Hawaiians Resisted Colonialism

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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

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11. Don’t Listen to Predators

12. Native American Heritage Month

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14. Smithsonian American Indian Heritage Month