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1. 12 Awesome Rock Your Mocs Photos From Around the World

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Rock Your Mocs took place all over the world in 2015.

2. USDA Seeds Grassroots Economic Development in New Mexico

3. Little Mortgage Lending in Any of SD Reservation-Only Counties

4. Akwesasne Man Who Alleged Mishandling by Canadian Border Agents Walks On

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Antoine Delormier and his wife, Donna Delormier, in September after he alleged being dragged from his vehicle and pinned face-down on the pavement by Canadian border guards while trying to get himself to the hospital. Antoine Delormier died on November 24 at age 67.

5. Red Nation TV

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6. The Hub – Native American Indian TV Show

7. Where are the mainstream TV shows about American Indians?


8. ‘Saints & Strangers’: The Real Story of That First Thanksgiving?

Saints and Strangers Trujillo Queypo
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Raoul Trujillo as Massasoit, center and Kalani Queypo as Squanto, right, in National Geographic Channel’s two-night movie event “Saints & Strangers.”

9. Epic Native American Music – Cherokee Tribe

10. Native American Indians Spiritual Vocal Shamanic Music



I was 100% proud to be a resident of the town I grew up in.  That was until I came across a book that detailed the town’s bylaws in the late 1800s and early 1900s and realized that slavery was a key part of the town’s makeup. No person that was Native American or African American was permitted in the town unless they were a slave. This book depicted slaves as property and were thought to be less than human and without rights. For months, I was just so angry about what I had read and determined to change what I had read in black and white. Then I realized that, that was then and this is now. I realized that we can’t change what’s occurred but can make sure that history changes in the years ahead.

I am proud to say that I am somewhat of a mutt when it comes to my race. I will say though that I’m primarily Native American, some African American and a few other things I won’t mention. Whatever I’m made up of, I’m certain of and that is that I’m fully human with just as many rights as any other American.  Coming from a mixed family allows me to see people as people and not a race or define them by the color of their skin.

The “perception” that people are speaking about is the perception that has been handed down from one generation to another. Try as we may to pull people out of their ignorance by educating them it seems pointless if they’re not willing to open up their hearts to honestly accepting the differences that are presence and then just simply ignoring them and seeing each person as just that, another person.

The reality is, no one race is responsible for their presence here on this earth, that is due to a higher power or evolution or whatever or however you want to label it.  Therefore as has been over and over and time and time again, let’s just learn to live together for all of our sakes.

Most people on this earth have been educated in one way or another and can certainly understand that working together without conflict is obviously much easier to do than being on opposite ends of things and always finding a reason to be at battle with one another. If we all respect one another than there is no reason for discontent.

By Felina Silver Robinson 



1. Native Hip Hop Artists Abroad! Frank Waln and Nataanii Means in Paris

Native hip hop artists Frank Waln and Nataanii Means in Paris – Also with dancers Lumhe Sampson and Samsoche Sampson and filmmakers Sydney Freeland and Steven Paul Judd

2. Native Recipes

3. How to Steal a Nation—Twice

4. Rare, Traditional Arts Making a Comeback at Tribal Colleges

Sherri LaChapelle Basket Strips College of Menominee Nation
Courtesy College of Menominee Nation
Sherri LaChapelle, an instructor in the Black Ash Basket Making Workshop at the College of Menominee Nation, demonstrates the hard work involved in creating strips for baskets.

5. Video: Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Role in Defeat of Keystone XL

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The Keystone XL pipeline, known as the Black Snake among indigenous and grassroots activists, is no more.

6. End-Run on Native Rights—Will It Work?

Jesse Short Bull
Tuned in: During a KILI radio program on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Beverly Pipe On Head and Cornell Conroy used Lakota and English to call on fellow tribal members to participate in the 2014 election.

7. Turning Over a Few New Leaves: Salads By Season—Focus on Northern Plains

Wild Rice Pumpkin Parsnip Toss
Photo by RoseMary Diaz
There are so many possibilities for fall ingredients. This wild rice, pumpkin and parsnip toss is just one option.

8. 30 Years of NIGA: Tribal Gaming’s Unique History and Purpose

Sharon House has practiced law since 1983 specializing in Indian law.
Courtesy NIGA
Sharon House (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin) has practiced law since 1983 specializing in Indian law.

9. Meditation & Healing Music

10. Tibetan Healing Sounds


1. Tats Incredible: The Revival of Indigenous Ink

2. Gold King Mine Could Have Been Prevented

Courtesy La Plata Office of Emergency Management
The Animas River as it appeared on August 6, 2015, a day after a contractor working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accidentally let loose three million gallons of toxic sludge. The river flows through the Southern Ute Tribe reservation.

3. Dem 2: Hijacked by ISIS

AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as Bernie Sanders, left, and Martin O’Malley prepare before a Democratic presidential primary debate, Saturday, November 14, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.

4. Native Fashion Movement Celebrated at Peabody Essex Museum

Native Fashion Desert Heat Orlando Dugi
Courtesy Orlando Dugi, Sante Fe
Dress designed by Orlando Dugi, Navajo. Cape and dress from “Desert Heat” Collection, 2012. Paint, silk, organza, feathers, beads, and 24k gold; feathers. Hair and makeup: Dina DeVore. Model: Mona Bear.

5. Indians Still Lagging on Home Ownership

6. Obama Doesn’t Understand American Indian History

7. Treaty Rights Triumph: First Nation Peel Watershed Protectors Win Against Yukon Government

The Yukon government wants to allow up to 80 percent of the pristine Peel watershed developed for mining and other interests. Four First Nations say no.
8. Native American Indian Spirit of Meditation

1. The Anti-Disenrollment Chorus Sings, Part 1

2. Photo: NMAI New York Screened MTV’s ‘Rebel Music’

3. Department of Justice Sides With Natives, Files Lawsuit Against SD for Discrimination

4. ‘A Place to Stand’: Baca’s Astonishing Life Story In Theatres

Alysa Landry
“A Place to Stand,” a documentary by the same name as Jimmy Santiago Baca’s memoir is playing in select theaters.

5. ‘Drill Them to Hell and Back’ Billboard Spurs Outrage in Indian Country

A billboard, which depicts a dark-haired woman lying on her back next to a pile-driver states “Screwpiles, We Drill them to Hell and Back,” has caused outrage in Indian country.

6. Fighting Racism at Yale: Native Students Push for Dialogue

Ryan Flynn/AP
Yale University students and supporters participate in a march across campus to demonstrate against what they see as racial insensitivity at the Ivy League school in New Haven, Connecticut on November 9, 2015.

7. The High Life: Expansion of Viejas Casino & Resort Wows Guests

Diana Saenger

8. Mashantucket Pequot Flag Flew Over CT Capitol for Heritage Month

Pequot Chairman Rodney Butler Wayne Reels
Christina Rose
Mashantucket Chairman Rodney Butler and Wayne Reels, Mashantucket Director of Cultural Resources, stand before the Connecticut State Capitol, where the Pequot Flag flew for the first time in history from November 2 to 9 for Native American Heritage Month.

9. Flute Music: Meditation Music for Shamanic Astral Projection, Healing Music

10. Rain and Native American Flutes

1. The First Nations Development Institute

2. PowWows.Com


3. Three days from now will be the 1st of 30 days to celebrate and honor Native Americans during Native American Heritage Month

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4. Putting the World Back Together

5. Lock ‘Em Up With a Hug: Native Detention Programs Connect Youth to Community

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6. Indigenous Leaders Look to Justin Trudeau for Adherence to ‘Obama Style’ Campaign Promises

Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press
National Chief Perry Bellegarde gave Justin Trudeau sweetgrass and a canoe when the then-candidate addressed the annual Assembly of First Nations gathering in Montreal on July 7, 2015. Trudeau promised to improve the relationship between the federal government and aboriginal people.

7. Adam Sandler’s “Ridiculous 6” Trailer Released – Facebook Says “Meh”

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Adam Sandler’s “Ridiculous 6” Trailer Has Been Released – Facebook Says “Meh”

8. Yakama Nation Given a Step Towards Self-Governance

9. More New Mexico Tribal-State Gaming Compacts Take Effect

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino
The Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, New Mexico, is owned and operated by the Mescalero Apache. The tribe also owns the nearby Ski Apache Ski Resort, as well other reservation-based enterprises.

10. Ethan Hawke Supports First Nations Against St. Lawrence Gulf Drilling

Ethan Hawke, second from left, attends the Mi’kmaq community’s water ceremony on the shores of Pomquet Harbour near Antigonish, N.S., on Monday to support the call for a moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Colt Rowland Mason Fine Tulsa World
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Colt Rowland bows his head in prayer with Locust Grove quarterback Mason Fine before the game on Friday, October 23.
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Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden honored five Native artists at a reception in their home in Washington D.C.

1. Who Could Possibly Be in Favor of Columbus Day?

2. Deadly Drug in Crosshairs: IHS Funds Anti-Meth Programs

“M[eth] A[mphetamine] injection was associated with an 80 percent increase in the risk of attempting suicide.”

3. ICTMN Exclusive: New Film Documents Maine’s Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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The first of its kind in U.S. History, the Maine TRC was established in 2012 in an agreement between Governor Paul LePage and chiefs from the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians, the Penobscot Indian Nation, and the Passamaquoddy at Sipayik and Indian Township.

4. Salish Kootenai Dam Challenged by Montana Public Service Commission

Courtesy Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

5. Middletown Rancheria Pomo Provide Shelter, Aid to Valley Fire Victims

The Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians converted part of its Twin Pine Casino & Hotel event space into shelter for those who lost homes and possessions in the Valley Fire.

6. Berkeley’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day Powwow Led the Way for Others

Indigenous Peoples Day Aztec Dancers
Photo by Nanette Deetz
Aztec Dancers at the 2015 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Powwow.

7. VIDEO: Judah Friedlander’s take on Christopher Columbus Day is HILARIOUS

Judah Friedlander YouTube Screencap
Judah Friedlander’s Hilarious Take on Christopher Columbus Day

8. How to Help Valley Fire Victims in California: Events, Fund-Raisers and Donations

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
A survivor of the Valley Fire visits the remains of a church in Cobb. Four residents were killed and some 1,958 homes and businesses were destroyed in the fire.

9. Uncontacted Amazon Tribes: Isolated Tribes Of The Amazon Rainforest Brazil 2015

10. UAAP 77 CDC: NU Pep Squad