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1. ‘Together We Must Heal’: Indigenous Peoples in Canada React to Ottawa Shooting

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Tributes to Corporal Nathan Cirillo, the 24-year-old father who was gunned down while on a short-term assignment on ceremonial guard at Canada’s National War Monument in Ottawa.

2. ‘The Heavens Became Black': The Curse of Wisconsin Point

3. Was Kini Zamora Robbed on the ‘Project Runway’ Finale?

Kini seemed destined to win ‘Project Runway’ — did that prevent Tim Gunn from giving him better advice?

4. Daniel S. Collins Sr.: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series

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Daniel S. Collins Sr., chairman of the Shinnecock Indian Nation Council of Trustees.

5. Deschene Out of Navajo Election, Presidential Vote Looks to Be Postponed

6. NunatuKavut to Lead Best Practices Tourism Mission

7. Winterhawk – Black Whiskey

8. Without You – The Plateros – Navajo music

9. Red Bone – Redbone – Come and Get Your Love

10. Indigenous – Things we do – Music Video


1. Cherokee Citizen Leads Tribal Health System to National Recognition

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Cherokee Nation citizen James Martins, of Afton, talks with Northeastern Tribal Health System CEO and fellow Cherokee, Kim Chuculate, during a regular visit to the clinic.

2. A Family Tradition of Military Service Leads Birdwell to the VA

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Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) met the new Director of the Office of Tribal Government Relations for the Veterans Affairs Department, Stephanie Birdwell in March 2011.

3. $19 Million NIH Grant Aims to Draw Natives Into Biomedical Research

4. On Ebola & ISIS: A Flaming Chariot Called Fear

5. Oneida Indian Nation’s SavOn Stores Raise Over $7,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Association

6. Alaska May Have the World’s Largest Voting Booth

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A new video urges Alaska Native voters to get to the polls. And early. “Get Out the Native Vote” reminds people that they can vote until November 4th in one of the 128 newly established voting sites across the state.

7. Trickster Art Photo: Romero’s Ceramic Coyotes

8. Duane Champagne’s Orwellian Form of Self-Determination

9. Video: Parched Southwest Tells ‘the Story of Water’

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Even without climate change, ‘the story of the Southwest is the story of water,” says climate scientist Gregg Garfin in this video about the Southwest chapter of the National Climate Assessment released in 2014.

10. Deconstructing the Doctrine of Discovery


1. Canada Reels in Shock and Grief as Murdered Soldier Identified and Harper Condemns Attack

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Armed RCMP officers approach Centre Block on Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in Ottawa October 22, 2014.

2. Video: Partial Solar Eclipse Dims Midday, Sunset Skies Across Turtle Island

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A typical partial solar eclipse.

3. Jude Schimmel Is All Smiles on Media Day; Gearing up for Start of Season

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U of L Seniors, Bria Smith (21), Shawnta’ Dyer (12), Sheronne Vails (3), Sara Hammond (00), and Jude Schimmel (22) pose for a photo during media day on October 20, 2014.

4. In 1927, an Indian Team Played the Champion New York Football Giants — and Won

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Still from ‘Playground of the Native Son.’ Source: indieinfilms.com

5. Cherokee Citizen Canaan Duncan Named to Oklahoma 30 Under 30 List

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Pictured, from left, are: Cherokee Nation Government Relations Executive Director Courtney Ruark-Thompson, Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson, Cherokee citizen and 30/30 Next Gen honoree Canaan Duncan, and former Congressman Dan Boren.

6. Run, Run, Run! Todd County Falcons Ready to Defend Dakota Cross Country Title

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Kelsie Herman, Rosebud Sioux, of Todd County High School is going to the South Dakota Class A Cross Country Championship Meet ranked No. 1 in the state in the 4000-meter, with a time of 15:01.00.

7. Protecting a Key Native American Site from Erosion

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Powhatan in a longhouse at Werowocomoco (detail of John Smith map, 1612)

8. Canada Parliament on Lockdown as Gunmen Open Fire in Ottawa

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Police converge on Parliament Hill after one or more gunmen opens fire, shooting a uniformed soldier guarding the War Memorial in Ottawa and then entering the Parliament building. Lawmakers and Prime Minister Stephen Harper were moved to safety.

9. Who’s Your Favorite Native Musician? 2014 NAMMYs Ballot Is Online, Vote Today!

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Tony Duncan performs onstage at the 2013 NAMA ceremony. Duncan won Artist of the Year. Photo by Kim Acosta. Source: nativeamericanmusicawards.com

10. Fight the Power: 8 Contemporary Heroes and Leaders of Native Resistance

Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee, has been fighting for Native justice for decades.

11. Navajo High Court’s Delayed Decision Keeps Deschene in Race for Now

12. The Role of Latin in Empire and Colonization


1. ‘The R Word’, a Tom the Dancing Bug Cartoon

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2. Take Back the Night Rally: Sexual Assault is NOT an Ojibwe Tradition

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Red Lake will hold a Take Back the Night Rally October 22.

3. 5 More First Nations Musical Artist Award Winners to Watch For

Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards

4. Video: How Acidifying Oceans Are Ruining Shellfish Farms

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Taylor Shellfish Farms in Washington State is one of many such enterprises seeing the effects of ocean acidification.

5. Native Women Aim to Make Waves in NM Political Arena

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New Mexico State Capitol

6. Support This Warrior’s Right to Walk the Red Road

7. BIA Head Kevin Washburn Speaks to ICTMN About One of the Toughest Jobs in Government

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Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn sat with a panel from ICTMN in September while in New York.

8. Texas Native Community to Protest Redskins At Dallas Cowboys Game

9. Battle Continues for Peel Watershed in Yukon Courtroom (Video)

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Mining companies are leering over the Peel Watershed, the largest pristine wilderness in North America and a storehouse of coveted minerals and other resource deposits.

10. Matthew McConaughey Says ‘Keep Redskins,’ Cites Hamburgers & Westerns

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Matthew McConaughey, an Academy Award-winning actor, says keep Redskins.

11. Key Thoughts From KeyBank: Financial Education Success in Indian Country

12. Chickasaw Softball Coach

13. From Carlisle to Hollywood: A Conference on Graduates and the Movies

Student body assembled on the Carlisle Indian School grounds.
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1. Nevada and Southern California Tribes Net $10.4 Million in Grants From EPA

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Water-cleanup and related projects will get the lion’s share of some $10.4 million in grants going to Nevada and Southern California tribes.

2. Eastern Cherokee Band Forbids Fracking on Its Sovereign Lands

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina have passed a resolution prohibiting fracking on their sovereign lands.

3. Naked Faux Savages and Neo-Racism in Berlin

Captain Jacobsen, a play that recently premiered in Berlin, is receiving mixed reviews some of which are calling it neo-racism.

4. Juliette Lewis Offers Words, Poetry, and Music in Memory of Misty Upham

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Juliette Lewis’ handwritten farewell to Misty Upham, posted to Instagram.

5. Horse Lovers Share Vision to Develop Native Bronc Riders

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Philip Whiteman, Jr. during one of his rides.

6. American Indian Motion Picture Awards, Coming to a Television Near You

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Poster art for the 2013 AIFF by Steven Paul Judd, featuring Will Sampson leading a who’s who of Native talent. Can you name all the others depicted here?

7. 1964 Centennial Indian Princesses Gather for Anniversary Reception

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Aloha Callac-Jones competed against 21 other women 50 years ago, and won the crown.

8. Thompson Brothers Sign With Nike

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Miles, Jeremy and Jerome Thompson smile after allegedly signing contracts with Nike.

9. Hector Vazquez Top Chef for Twin Arrows Navajo Casino

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Hector Vazquez was recently named executive chef for Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort

10. Inside the Dirty-Tricks Playbook of Jack Abramoff

11. Cultural Tourism to Be Introduced at AFN Annual Convention

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Ashley Akpik and the Tagiugmiut Dancers of Barrow perform an Inupiat dance at the opening of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Anchorage, Alaska. Several thousand Alaska Natives from around the state are expected to attend the three-day event.

12. Native Cooking: Mixing Up Something New With Cranberries

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A coastal Washington cranberry bog.

13. Voters Could Stop Keystone XL Pipeline through South Dakota Senate Race

14. Vote ‘I’ for Indian: Big Tax Break for Natives

15. Time for the Tribal National Park to Properly Honor Native Culture


1. Surprise 11th-Hour Native-Vote Agreements

Stephanie Woodard
At the Jackson County Courthouse (shown here), in Kadoka, South Dakota, officials are preparing to open a satellite early-voting office for the town of Wanblee, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Similar activities are underway in the courthouse of South Dakota’s Dewey County.

2. Spokane Tribal Chairman Jumps Over Fire Pits, Scales Walls and Gets Dirty

Spokane Tribal Chairman Rudy Peone will compete this weekend in an extreme obstacle race to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

3. Election: Idaho? When 2014 Is That Close (Even Where It Should Not Be)

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Could a Democrat steal a win in Idaho? If enough people vote for independent and Tea Party candidates, then, well, yes. A.J. Balukoff is challenging Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.

4. Andean Journal: Recovering Native Languages

5. Navajo Barrel Racer Ready for the Bright Lights of the National Finals Rodeo

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6. 5 First Nations Musical Artist Award Winners to Watch Out for From the APCMAs


1. Misty Upham’s Father Says Her Death Was an Accident, but Alleges Mistreatment by Police

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2. NCAIED Salutes Its 40 Under 40; Announces National Economic Summit in Las Vegas

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“40 Under 40″ award recipients were honored at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee on October 8.

3. Misty Upham’s Friend Juliette Lewis Demands Inquiry: ‘This Is Not a Suicide’

4. OK Tourism Is Thriving; Struggles to Rev Up Its Reputation in the State

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Basket making at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, Oklahoma.

5. Lakota Hero Lyle Eagle Tail Awarded Posthumous Carnegie Medal of Valor

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Lyle Eagle Tail, right, died last year at age 28 while trying to save 16-year-old Madison Wallace, left, and her 6-year-old brother Garrett from the foamy Big Sioux River. Both have been given posthumous awards for valor by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.

6. Viejas Casino & Resort Earns Two More Guinness World Records

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Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians Tribal Chairman Anthony Pico is presented the Guinness Book of World Records plaques by Alex Angert, the official Adjudicator for GWR.

7. Enough Already! Too Many Tweaks to the Right-of-Way Proposal

8. Body in Washington ID’ed as Misty Upham, Family Criticizes Police as Unhelpful

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Misty Upham at the 2013 AFI Fest premiere of ‘August: Osage County at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

9. Election: What’s With Kansas? Native Vote Could Provide An Answer

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Verna Simon visiting the Get Out the Native Vote display table that was manned by Marzha Fritzler at the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

10. LA Lakers, Kobe Bryant Shoot Hoops for a Good Cause at Pechanga Resort & Casino

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The Los Angeles Lakers shoot some hoops in a practice session at the Pechanga Recreation Center on the Pechanga Indian Reservation in Temecula, California on October 16, 2014. The Lakers Youth Foundation raises money for some of the kids on the reservation.

11. Salaita Awarded $5,000 AAUP Foundation Academic Freedom Grant

12. The Beauty That Was My Mother