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1. Cobell Land Buyback Just a Dangling Carrot

2. 10 Things Other People Love About Indians and Stuff

One of the things non-Natives adore is a pow wow. They go ga-ga over them,
and rightly so.

3.  An Elder’s Missionary Life: Founded Christian School & Church, & 300 Visits

Courtesy Choctaw Nation
Curtis Pugh, Choctaw elder and missionary

4. Ojibwe People, Culture Honored on Minnesota Town’s Murals

5. Amazon Oil Spill Has Killed Tons of Fish, Sickened Native People

Barbara Fraser
Dead fish from an oil spill in the Peruvian Amazon are mixed with oil-covered twigs
gathered by local residents. Fish are vital to the villagers’ diet and income.

6. Used Car Loan Scam: The Alphabet Soup of Ripping Off the Poor

7. Spotlight 29 Casino to Host the Winter Gathering Pow Wow

8. Sheri Doxtator: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series

Chief Sheri Doxtator, Oneida Nation of the Thames.

9. Let’s Move Is Inclusive: Promotes Exercise for All Students

10. One Music Festival Takes a Stand Against Hipster Headdresses

Source: GQ.com
This infamous photo is from GQ’s ‘Girls of Coachella 2010′ and has become a
signature image of the hipster-headdress-at-music-fest phenomenon. Source: GQ.com

1. Those Belgian Waffles Almost Made Me Chief Many Denny’s

2. Metis University-Bound Wrestler Wins Gold Medal At North American

Indigenous Games

Courtesy Riel Parisien
Riel Parisien won the gold medal in the boys 69-kilogram at the North
American Indigenous Games.

3. Tohono O’odham Closer to Glendale Casino, Tribes Continue to Fight Ruling

WestValleyOpportunity.com
Artist rendering of the Tohono O’odham Nation’s planned West Valley Resort
in Maricopa County, Arizona near Glendale

4. Memories of Alcatraz Occupation: ‘It had a worldwide impact

Mark Fogarty
An exhibit at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Santa Clara, California, where the 2014
National Native Media Conference was being held, showed the history of the
Alcatraz prison, including information on the 1969-1971 occupation of the island
by American Indians. The exhibit also showed other details, including a simulated
prison cell on the Rock. With the island only an hour from the conference site,
student journalist Carina Dominguez sought out a veteran of the occupation to
tell his story.

5. Germany’s World Cup Team Helps Raise Indigenous Awareness in Brazil

6. Top 10 Things to Say When You Meet a White Person

Source: PBS, ‘We Shall Remain’
‘How much white are you?’ said the Wampanoag to the Pilgrim.

7. Photo Gallery: The Marvin “Joe” Curry Veteran’s Pow Wow

8. Hoopa Home-Chef Meagen Baldy: The Crunch on Making Kale Chips

9. Chickasaw Nation Cuts Ribbon on Ardmore Community Center

Chickasaw Nation
Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, center with large scissors, is joined by
tribal officials and distinguished guests during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil
the new Ardmore Community Center Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

10. Photo: Emerald Ash Borer’s Path of Destruction

11. Slip-Sliding Into Past: Washington’s Deadly Landslide Had Ancient Roots

University of Washington/Gordon Farquharson
An aerial view of the devastation from the March 22, 2014 landslide in Oso,
Washington. The GEER report was released on the four-month anniversary of the
deadliest landslide in U.S. history.

12. Seattle Oil-Train Derailment Hits Close to Home for Quinault

Courtesy Dana Robinson Slote Seattle City Council via radio station KPLU
No one was hurt—this time. The first oil train derailment in Washington State
happened under the Magnolia Bridge.

13. SEARHC Reaches $53M Settlement With IHS

14. EPA Climate Justice Blog: Preparing for a Changing Climate—Resiliency and Brownfield Reuses

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Example of a before-and-after of the EPA’s Brownfields Initiative, in Iowa.

15. The Hot List, Part II: Must-See Native Actresses [25 Photos]

16. NBC Seeks Native Actress for Live ‘Peter Pan’ With Christopher Walken


1. Lie, Delay and Deny Until They Die: How Veterans Are Treated by the VBA

2. Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge in Full Swing

Notah Begay III

3. Keeping Culture Alive: Traditional Buffalo Hide Parfleches Are Still Made

Jack McNeel
An assortment of objects for different purposes all created from buffalo rawhide
by Phillip Shortman.

4. Nunavut Game Company Makes Technology Dreams Come True

pinnguaq.com
Pinnguaq, a Nunavut game company, has created a scholarship for students
interested in technology.

5. Rick Mora Wants to Put Your Tribe on TV, and He Needs Your Help

Carlos Reynosa
‘We want to feature the beauty, politics and roles various tribes played in the
development of the United States’ says Rick Mora. This photo can be ordered
as a poster or in other formats via redbubble.com/people/guitarlos.

6. Sealaska Endorses Begich, Mallott and Kito

Sealaska announces support for Sen. Mark Begich, Byron Mallott, and Rep.
Sam Kito III.

7. Nugent: His Haters Are ‘Unclean Vermin’ Who ‘Don’t Qualify as People’

Source: facebook.com/tednugent

8. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians Donates $33,000 to Help Fight Hunger in

the Valley


1. There’d Be No American Without Native Warriors

2. Looking Good: Satellite Voting Proposed for Red Lake Nation

Courtesy Red Lake Political Education Committee
U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) with Beltrami County Commissioner Tim Sumner.

3. Chilling Rez Drama ‘Rhymes for Young Ghouls’ Secures U.S. Distribution

Source: facebook.com/RhymesForYoungGhouls
Star Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs in a scene from ‘Rhymes for Young Ghouls.’

4. The Minnesota Swarm Celebrates 5th Lax-4-Life Camp With Fond du Lac Tribe

MNSwarm.com

5. St. Regis Tribal Police Welcome New Graduates, Smoke and Lazare

Courtesy St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s newest police officers Julie Smoke and Tyson Lazare.

6. Classic ’70s Poster: Buffy Sainte-Marie Preaches Pride and Acceptance

Library of Congress

7. Fat Chance: Small Changes Can Make Big Differences in Obesity Crisis

Bill Graves
James O. Hill, director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the
University of Colorado medical center in Aurora, says it is natural for us to gain
weight in the food-rich, sedentary environment we’ve created for ourselves.
“Our biology is not broken,” he says.

8. Video: Moonscape in Wake of Washington Fire Devastation, as Blaze Rages On

Chelan HD/Vimeo
Three animals are barely discernable as they pick their way across the moonscape
that is now part of the Methow Valley in central Washington State.

9. Mark Macarro Elected to Tenth Term as Pechanga Chairman

10. NIGC Reports 0.5 Percent Growth to $28B in 2013 Tribal Gaming Revenues

NIGC
The map above illustrates the seven NIGC regions across the country. For 2013,
all regions experienced growth with the exception of St. Paul region. The largest
growth in GGR occurred within the Oklahoma City Region, which includes 60 gaming
operations in western Oklahoma and Texas.

11. Video: NCAI to Lead My Brother’s Keeper Native American Task Force

Whitehouse.gov
President Barack Obama signs the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. He said: “That’s
what ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ is all about. Helping more of our young people stay on
track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future.
Building on what works—when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.”

12. Team Haudenosaunee U16 Wins Gold at the North American Indigenous Games

13. SCIA Oversight Hearing to Address Indian Gaming Over Next Quarter-Century

The city council in Glendale, Arizona, voted 4-3 to support the TohonoO’odham
Nation off-reservation casino, West Valley Resort, near Glendale.

14. Worst. Babysitter. Ever. Wes Studi Is Ronnie BoDean

Would you leave your kids with this man? What if you were in jail, though…

15. EPA Awards $5 Million for Research on Climate Change and Tribal Health

Thinkstock/Manfred Angermayr
Not all emissions are as obvious as these. The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency has awarded about $5 million in grants for air-quality and other studies
related to climate change and tribal health.

16. Man Wounded by RCMP Leaves Hospital, Goes Directly to Jail

CBC News
Evan Cromarty, 20, was shot by Canadian police at a baseball game at Norway
House Cree First Nation and was taken into custody upon leaving the hospital.

I just read the CBS News story “Litany of horrors allegedly inflicted on boy found nearly dying of starvation“. As a listened to the reporter, Mary Robb Jackson interviewing neighbors and telling the story, I just couldn’t stop crying. There were times that I was a single mother with three children, then again with six children.  There was never a time when a single one of my children were left to starve. I would go without if I had to for the sake of my children. Fortunately, that’s not really something I had to deal with. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do to make sure that ALL of my children were fed and their needs tended to.  I almost feel as though poor Antonio’s mother, Mary Rader, blindly picked one of her children’s names out of a hat and that poor child was going to endure the most horrific conditions of their life most likely because the mother felt she couldn’t afford to take care of all of them with the limited resources she had. Poor Antonio knew no better than to catch insects and eat them because he had nothing else to eat. He couldn’t play as other children did because he had no energy. I can’t even imagine how he carried the weight of his riddled body from place to place, with infected feet and an extreme lack of strength. I don’t know how he wasn’t asphyxiated by the smell of his own defecation and decay, no clean air to breathe. Only by the grace of god there was even 25 lbs left of him to be rescued.

In my lifetime, I have served as a jury member 3 of the 4 times I was called to duty. Each time the case was related to drunk driving. Despite my feelings on the subject, I was able to serve as madam foreman objectively each time. If I were called upon to serve on this case, there is absolutely no way that I would have any objectivity. As a mother of six there is no one that would be permitted to inflict any harm towards my own children without paying a price. Mary Rader must be punished to the fullest extent of the law as should Antonio’s maternal grandmother Deanna Beighley and her husband Dennis Beighley for being fully aware of what was occurring and doing absolutely nothing to help young Antonio. How can you tend to the needs of three other children, who seemingly in good health, and basically attempt to obliterate young Antonio’s life. What could such a young child have done that was so wrong causing his mother to commit such a heinous and unforgiving act? In cases such as this, while everyone has the right to due process, this particular case should be exempt.

Mary Rader, Deanna Beighley and Dennis Beighley’s trials should be pushed aside and they should be sentenced to endure the same conditions that poor Antonio did for at least the same period, if not longer.

I hope that Antonio and his siblings can be placed somewhere that no one will have heard about their story, they can change their names and erase the past they had no power to control. They deserve a fresh start with people who will put them first and make all the normal parental sacrifices you would expect a parent to make.

Every time I see a boarded up window with children’s toys in the yard or on the porch, I will wonder if there is a child victim being neglected by an insanely, unconscionable, sorry excuse of a parent.

I implore our justice system to truly seek justice for Antonio and his siblings.

Opinion of

Felina Silver Robinson


1. Alarming Number of Canadian Indigenous Women Missing, Murdered

2. Roadkill: ‘Indians in This State are Not Even Worth a Traffic Sign’

Fiona Watson/Survival
Damiana Cavanha, Guarani leader. Five of her relatives have been run over
and killed.

3. Video: A New Kind of Warrior Fighting for Their People

Wisconsin Media Lab
Mark Antonio Daniels Jr., a member of the Forest County Potawatomi, dreams
of being a professional boxer.

4. Vandals Desecrate Memorial to Residential School Survivors in British Columbia

Wawmeesh Hamilton
The memorial dedicated to students who attended the Alberni Indian Residential
School. The piece has since been vandalized and police have no suspects.

5. Crowdfunding to Regenerate the North American Indian Center of Boston

NAICOB

6. President Obama Engages Native Youth at My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall

7.Tribe Says City’s Logo Featuring American Indian Is not an Offensive Caricature

8. Coeur d’Alene Cancel Ted Nugent Concert Over Rocker’s ‘Racist Remarks’

Source: facebook.com/tednugent
Nugent may need to double-check his standing in Indian country. Image source:
facebook.com/tednugent

9. Veteran Channels PTSD and Anger Into MMA Career

Courtesy va.gov
“In the ring, I’m in complete control. Fighting is my meditation.”

11. Bald Ambition: 10 Hairless Animals That Will Make You Cringe

Daily Mail
Keep reading to find out what this animal is….

12. Navajo High School Graduate Attends Town Hall With President Obama

13. Think Hockey with Spears: 10th Century’s Most Popular Sport Developed by Native Americans

Smithsonian American Art Museum

14. Ho-Chunk, Inc. CEO Receives Award from U.S. Department of Commerce Agency

Ho-Chunk Inc.
Lance Morgan, president and CEO of Ho Chunk, Inc.

15. Watch: Ty Thompson Scores First Goal as a Major League Lacrosse Player

RochesterRattlers.com

16. USDA Awards Grants to Native Communities to Strengthen Small Businesses

and Create Jobs

17. Explosive Blaze in Williston, North Dakota in Industrial Fire

AP Photo/Josh Wood
A fire burns at Red River Supply in an industrial part of Williston, N.D., in the early
hours of Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The site is near three oil companies and a rail
line, just east of Williston’s downtown. Explosions could be seen and heard at the
scene, but it wasn’t immediately clear what caught on fire. No injuries were
immediately reported. Red River Supply provides services to oil companies
working in North Dakota’s oil patch.

18. How to identify fake antique Native American art


1. Why I Write for a Native Audience

2. Abuse and Neglect: The Toxic Lives of Drug Endangered Children

3. CA Tribe Has New Recognition Hopes After Costly, Two-Decade Struggle

flickr/Judith W. Sandoval/Veterans for Peace
Muwekma-Ohlone-Tribe-2010-Flickr: The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe joined Veterans
For Peace members in the Memorial Day Parade in November 2010. Following the
parade the Ohlone preformed a Gourd Dance and a Healing Ceremony in the
Memorial Grove adjacent to the Veterans Building in San Francisco.

4. North American Indian Days Pow Wow Celebrates Blackfeet Traditions

Jack McNeel
Dancers dance in the arena at the 63rd North American Indian Days pow wow
on July 10-13, 2014.

5. A 10-Year-Old Working? Bolivia Changes Child Labor Laws

Sara Shahriari
Eddy Roman Davalos Cayo, 15 Vice President of the Union of Child and
Adolescent Workers, and children sit with Bolivian vice president Alvaro Garcia
Linera and other leaders at the signing of the new Boys, Girls and Adolescents’
code on July 17, 2014.

6. 16 Complete Intensive Navajo Generating Station Training Program

George Hardeen
The newest graduates of the NGS Power Plant Fundamentals School are
(front row left to right) Dexter Williams, Mario Gorman, Shon Redshirt, Cleveland
Shortman, Michael Tsingine, Tallia Tsinnijinnie, D’Armond Chee, Jeremy Mountain,
Francine Hatathlie, (back row left to right) Donovan Tsinnijinnie, Jared Fowler,
Orrin Billy, Cory Stingley, Bing Bizardie, Phillip Bedonie, Durwood Tallsalt,
Colby Gilmore.

7. RCMP Shoot Unarmed Man at Norway Cree First Nation Children’s Baseball Game

Courtesy Annabella Lapensee via CBC News
The baseball diamond where the RCMP shooting took place became an
investigation scene.

8. Air Force Introduces Total Force Commissioning Process

9. Cherokee Nation Surgical Tech Honored as National Instructor of the Year

Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital Surgical Technology Program Instructor
Tommy Hays holds up his 2013 New Instructor of the Year Award from the
Association of Surgical Technologists.

10. Start Learning About Native Nation Building for Free Today

Native Nations Institute

11. Ontario Regional Chief Congratulates Iroquois Nationals on Third Place

Finish in World Lax Championships

Courtesy Kenny Frost

12. Don’t Eat a Big Mac on a Bear Hunt: Tristan Ahtone’s Journalism 101

Courtesy Katherine Lanpher
Tristan Ahtone holding the five plaques he won at the 2014 National Native
Media Conference. Photo by Katherine Lanpher.

13. Video: John Oliver Skewers the Racism That’s Filling Up U.S. Prisons

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver/YouTube
Comedian and commentator John Oliver skewers the U.S. prison system using
muppets on his eponymous HBO show.

14. Rez Ball Rules: MVP Shoni Schimmel Scores 29(!) in WNBA All-Star Game

AP Photo/Matt York
East’s ShoniSchimmel (23), of the Atlanta Dream, drives against Nneka
Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks, during the second half the WNBA
All-Star basketball game, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Phoenix. The East
won 125-124 in overtime. (AP Photo/Matt York)

15. San Juan Island’s Iconic House Posts Celebrate 10 Years

source: susanpoint.com
Susan Point’s ‘Interaction’ house posts at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island,
Washington. Source: susanpoint.com

16. Iroquois Nationals Dominate Australia, Win Bronze Medal in World Lacrosse Finals

Patrick E. McCarthy/Newday/AP
Iroquois Nationals win bronze medal in World Lacrosse Championships

17. Raid Targets Illegal Marijuana Farms Sapping Yurok’s Drought-Plagued Water Supply

Yurok Tribe
One of the many illegal marijuana farms that federal agents uprooted in a
raid on July 21.

18. Ah Nee Mah – Native Visions (A Native American Music Journey) 2013 Full Album


1. This Is an Interesting Time to Be Indigenous

2. 7 Stunning Photos From the Sussex Pow Wow By Cliff Matias

3. Bering Strait Theory, Pt. 6: DNA, Blood Types and Stereotypes

4. Paul Brooks: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series

Chairman Paul Brooks, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

5. Socobasin on Maine Commission Report: Not a Commercial Venture – Our Culture

6. World Lacrosse Championship Player Profile: Zach Miller

University of Denver
Zach miller

7. The Ponca and Pawnee Nations’ Drive to Preserve Ancestral Corn

Amos Hinton
Grey corn growing in Kearney, Nebraska.

8. Video: Your Heart Will Soar as This Healed Bald Eagle Flies Back Into the Wild

Dann Boyko
The bald eagle’s plunge into a industrial-waste pool had left it covered in
chemical burns and toxic slime. Now it flies free.

9. Hail to UNCP: New University History Published

Wikimedia
The Old Main, the oldest building located on the University of North Carolina at
Pembroke’s campus, is one of the most recognizable buildings on campus and
is listed on the national register of historic places. The newly published book
details the tradition behind the arrowhead.

10. ‘Drunktown’s Finest’ Screens at Museum of Modern Art

twitter.com/drunktown_movie
Jeremiah Bitsui as Luther ‘SickBoy’ Maryboy in ‘Drunktown’s Finest.’
Wikipedia
A view of the San Jacinto Mountains, in historical Cahuilla territory wherein lies
the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, part of the Cahuilla Nation.

1. ‘All Men Are Created Equal': The Founding Fathers Didn’t Mean It

2. Friday Funny: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? The NDN Version

Thinkstock

3. Wondo Talks World Cup, Native Heritage With Student Reporter

Brandon Frye
Fans wanting to take a selfie with Kiowa star Chris “Wondo” Wondolowski have
become a fact of life for the World Cup soccer athlete.

4. Blackhawk Down: Is this Logo Offensive?

ThoroldBlackhawks.com
The logo of the Thorold Blackhawks a junior hockey league in Ontario, Canada.
The logo is receiving scrutiny by its community members.

5. Quechan Business Leader Honored for Tenacity and Perseverance

6. George Preston Marshall’s Grandaughter Calls for Redskins to Change Name

7. Passamaquoddy Tribe Teams Up to Document Alewives’ Return in St. Croix River

International St. Croix River Watershed Board
Alewives are returning to the St. Croix River, which runs along part of the border
between Maine and New Brunswick, Canada.

8. Cleaves on Maine Commission Report: Committed to Discussion on Sharing

9. Stingless Wasps Recruited in Fight Against Emerald Ash Borer

Entomologists hope the emerald ash borer, above, can be kept in check by stingless wasps.

10. Photo: A Navajo Tapestry Featuring Angry Birds and 57,000 LEGO Bricks

11. Iroquois Nationals Pride! Pictures From the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships

12. EPA Climate Justice Blog: Clean Power, Cleaner Communities

Environmental Protection Agency
Sources of greenhouse gases in the U.S.

13. Shifting the Focus: Four Components of Native Strength

Photo by Anthony ‘Thosh’ Collins, thoshography.com

14. Commerce Law Could Be Key to Establishing Tribal Economic Development Council

Thinkstock.com

15. The Hot List, Part I: 5 Native Actors You’ve Got to Watch


1. Offensive Words Lead to Offensive Actions

2. 10 Ways to Tell You Might Be a Rezballer!

3. ‘Racism Is Central’ to Tribal Conflict with Maine, Says Report

Wikimedia Commons
Deer Island is a Canadian island at the entrance to Passamaquoddy Bay.

4. Traditional Art and Culture Event Teaches Much More Than Painting

5. Get on the Bus: Sun Tours Explain Native Culture in Glacier Park

Jack McNeel
Sun Tours operates nine bus tours within Glacier National Park all with the goal of
explaining Blackfeet history in their ancestral homeland. The tour is only operated
about 4 months a year because snow prevents crossing Logan Pass, but views are
spectacular of glaciers, waterfalls, and wild flowers

6. Miles Thompson Leads Iroquois Nationals to World Lax Semifinals

Kenny Frost

7. Malaysia Airlines Jet Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine, 295 Dead

YouTube
A screen capture from a YouTube video that is believed to have been taken after the
Malaysia Airlines plane went down.

8. World Lacrosse Championships Player Profile: Warren Hill

Courtesy Kenny Frost
Warren Hill

9. Canoe Journey Message: Protect Our Fragile Environment

Tracy Rector/Longhouse Media
The Heiltsuk First Nation is hosting 31 canoes from Pacific Northwest indigenous
nations. That number was provided by the manager of the Paddle to Bella Bella
Facebook page. Canoes arrived July 13; the week of cultural celebration continues
through July 19.

10. Canadian Government Provides Funding to Support Ojibwe Language-Learning

11. Obsessed Much? 4 Videos by Tito Ybarra About Shoni (and Sherry) Schimmel

‘I’m the real star,’ says Sherry Schimmel. ‘I taught Shoni and Jude everything.’

12. Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Announces Tribal

Climate Resilience Program

Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon
President Barack Obama attends the final meeting of the State, Local, and Tribal
Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience on July 16, 2014.

13. Shawn Michael Perry, Singing His Heart’s Song Louder Than Ever

Source: facebook.com/shawnmichael.perry
Shawn Michael Perry at the Ute Mountain Music Festival in 2012.

14. Controversial Grand Canyon Gondola Grounded for a Year

Grand Canyon Timelapse: The Living Landscape
The Grand Canyon Escalade project is slated at the confluence of the Little
Colorado and Colorado rivers in northern Arizona.

15. Video: President Barack Obama Ties Infrastructure to Climate Change Resilience

The White House/YouTube
President Barack Obama is flanked by members of the Task Force on Climate
Preparedness and Resilience. At the task force’s final meeting he emphasized
the importance of strengthening infrastructure as a way to stay economically
viable in the face of climate change.