Archives For Science

1. Decolonizing Means Starting to Think Like an Indian

2. Chairperson Kenneth Meshigaud: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series

Kenneth Meshigaud, tribal chairperson, Hannahville Indian Community.

3. Incommensurate Indigenous Rights?

4. Moon in the Red on Tax Day for First of Four Total Lunar Eclipses

The moon will turn red as soon as its last sliver is consumed by Earth in a total eclipse. In an astronomical rarity, there will be a total of four lunar eclipses, one every six months, this year and next.

6. 5 Native Scholars Who’d Make Great TV News Pundits



1. How to Train the Cesspool of Government Corruption

2. Recent Police Shootings in Albuquerque Draw Federal Investigation

Russell Contreras/AP
Riot police launch tear gas toward activists in downtown Albuquerque, following a 10-hour protest around the city following the recent police shootings of Albuquerque men.

3. The Buzz About Arizona’s Newest Casino Resort

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The new casino resort is slated for the intersection of Highway 69 and the Yavpe Connector near Prescott, Arizona.

4. The 10 Best Twitter Comments About FSU’s New Logo

Florida State University’s new logo

5. Congressional Gold Medal Recipient and Code Talker Edmond Harjo Walks On

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
Edmond Harjo holds his Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on November 20, 2013. The ceremony honored code talkers and their service to the U.S. Armed Forces during World War I and World War II. Harjo walked on March 31.

6. Video: Mighty Mars Battles Jupiter and Sirius for April Night Sky Domination

Mars, Earth’s next-door neighbor, will be at opposition on April 8, putting it in a straight line with Earth and sun, and will come within 57 million miles of us on April 14.

1) Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women: Harper on Wrong Side of History

2) Protecting Tribal Heritage in Public Lands

3) Accuracy Is Victory: NAIHC and Census Bureau to Improve Tribal Data

Courtesy National American Indian Housing Council
National American Indian Housing Council Chairwoman Cheryl Causley and Census Bureau Deputy Director Nancy Potok sign a memorandum of understanding to improve tribal data collected by the Tribal Boundary and Annexation Survey.
 5) Every Step They Take: Staying Connected for Generations Through Dance

Wiley Bros./Miles City, MT/Courtesy Library of Congress
Great Omaha Pow-Wow dance of the Cheyennes in Montana, circa. 1891
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The moon and Venus will be this close, though in slightly different configuration, this week.
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Christine Harms, 60, holds a photograph of her disabled son Kenneth at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Kenneth was taken from her when she gave birth at 15. She came to Parliament House to a historic national apology delivered by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to the thousands of unwed mothers who were forced by government policies to give up their babies for adoption over several decades.
Larry Workman/Quinault Indian Nation
The Quinault Indian Nation reservation, situated on the coast, has declared a state of emergency due to flooding from a breach in the seawall at Taholah, its lower village.
Jacqueline Keeler and other twitter activists have responded to Dan Snyder’s move with the ‘Not4Sale’ hashtag.
Associated Press

1. BP oil spill linked to heart defects in tuna and amberjack, new study says

2. The Future of Fracking in California

Billions of barrels of oil lie in the Monterey Shale. The windfall from tapping into that deeply buried cache could be mind-blowing – so could the damage.

3. Little evidence of high cancer rates in oilsands community: government study By Bob Weber

4. EPA and Army Corps bring clarity to Clean Water Act Expansion proposal

5. Closing Clean Water Act Loophole Will Protect Drinking Water and Benefit Bathers and Breweries Alike (Op-Ed)

Rough & Ready Creek

6. Colorful Sunset Paintings Reveal Climate Change Secrets

Moonrise on the Yare

7. Sensing gravity with acid: Scientists discover role for protons in neurotransmission

8. Murray Targets EPA In Lawsuit

‘Radical’ agency is killing coal industry, company contends


1. Support the Healthy Diné Nation Act!

2. The Verdant Fist That Is the Mescalero Apache Reservation
Inn ot the Mountain Gods resort and golf course

3. San Francisco Stopped Drinking Bottled Water and So Should You

Flickr Creative Commons/Klearchos Kapoutsis
“Water Bottle” by Стефан Симов; modern art by the artist Stephan Simov at the facade of the National Galery of Bulgaria, March 17-24, 2009.

4. Kenya’s Conservation Efforts Evicting Sengwer Tribe From Forest Homes

Courtesty Justin Kenrick/Survival
Homes of the Sengwer tribe in Kenya’s Cherangany Hills torched by forest guards.

5. World Water Day: Young Sliammon Activist Ta’Kaiya Blaney Invokes Prayer for the Sacred

Sliammon First Nation activist, actress and singer Ta’Kaiya Blaney, age 12, makes an eloquent plea for the waters on World Water Day 2014.

6. Lunar Standstill, an Eclipse and Other Sky Delights in Store for Spring

Chimney Rock National Monument/Helen Richardson
Chimney Rock, a sacred site of the ancient Pueblo, showcases a lunar standstill.

1. Who Needs to Be at the Table?

2. Ten Native Basketball Players You Should Watch Now

Associated Press
Marshall Henderson

3. Indigenous and 21st Century Nationalisms

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.
President Calvin Coolidge with four Osage Indians after Coolidge signed the bill granting Indians full citizenship.

4. Kaw Nation Gets 21 Acres in Trust for Gaming

5. Chief Delbert Wapass: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series

Courtesy Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority
Chief Delbert Wapass, Thunderchld First Nation, Saskatchewan, Canada.

6. A Trickster Moon and a Blotted-Out Star: It Must Be Spring

The last moon of winter will appear almost full for days, and one of these stars will be briefly blotted out by an asteroid.

7. Pelosi Says Trademark Office Should Not Protect ‘Redskins’

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

8. Principal Chief Baker Honored as ‘Centurion’ by NSU

Courtesy Cherokee Nation
NSU President Dr. Steve Turner, left, presented the Centurion Award to Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker recently.

2014 DX110 will pass between earth, moon Wednesday night

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — An asteroid is headed this way. But even though it will come closer than the moon, astronomers say it will pose no danger.

The newly discovered asteroid, called 2014 DX110, will hurtle between the moon and Earth on Wednesday night. DX110 will pass an estimated 217,000 miles from Earth.

That’s approximately nine-tenths of the distance between the moon and Earth.

The asteroid is an estimated 45 to 130 feet across.

Relatively close approaches like this occur all the time, although DX110 is extra close.

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. When the Mohawk Lacrosse Team Played at the Olympics

Source: Library and Archives Canada
The Native lacrosse players in this photo did not play at the 1904 Olympics — but the generation that followed them did. The Library and Archives Canada describes the image as ‘Men from the Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake (Caughnawaga) who were the Canadian lacrosse champions in 1869.’

2. Hardcore Version of Olympics: the Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks

Logan Clow/Daily Herald-Tribune
A snowboarder grabs some air at the slopestyle event during the Arctic Winter Games Trials.

3. Watch an Asteroid the Size of Three Football Fields Rush Past Earth

Asteroid via artist’s rendering.

4. Is Jason Momoa of ‘Game of Thrones’ the Next Great Native Star?

Actor Jason Momoa as Phillip Kopus in the Sundance Channel series ‘The Red Road.’

5. Administration Agrees to Fully Pay Tribal Contract Support Costs

Indian Health Service Acting Director Yvette Roubideaux

6.4 Fast-Food Marketing Tactics Parents Can Adapt to Improve Kids’ Health

Courtesy Cornell Food & Brand Lab

7. Mills Kills Passamaquoddy-State Elvers Agreement

Joel Page/Reuters
Elvers in Maine.

8. Olympic Star T.J. Oshie’s Girlfriend, Lauren Cosgrove, Also a Gold Medalist
T.J. Oshie and his girlfriend, Lauren Cosgrove.

9. New Digs in the Sonoran Desert: Tohono O’odham Members Line Up to Live in Villages

Lee Allen
One of the 14 newly-constructed homes in the Tohono O’odham San Xavier District

10. Are Pedophiles Getting Free Pass in South Dakota?

Courtesy Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
Brother Francis Chapman, or “Chappy,” (labeled “12”) and Paul Frey (“27”), both deceased, were accused of abusing children in their care at St. Francis Mission, on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, in South Dakota. Recently, Father Clarence Vavra, now of Minnesota, has confessed to abusing boys while at St. Francis in 1975, according to Ken Bear Chief, a paralegal and investigator with Tamaki Law Firm, in Washington State.

11. Preserving Indigenous Democracy

An Indian of the Tarahumara Mountains in northern Mexico in January 2012.

12. Coast Salish Nations Unite to Protect Salish Sea

13. Sacred Site Advocates Ask Senate to Heed Keith Harper Concerns



Bill Nye The Science Guy pleaded for action to address climate change in a debate Sunday with Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who called climate science “unproven.”

“There is no debate in the scientific community. And I encourage the congresswoman to look at the facts,” Nye, the former children’s educational personality said in a debate on “Meet the Press” Sunday. “We need you to change things, not to deny what’s happening.”

He clashed with Blackburn, the vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee — the panel in charge of producing and overseeing energy and climate regulations.

“Neither he nor I are climate scientists. He’s an engineer and actor; I’m a member of Congress,” she said. Of the scientific evidence of climate change, she said: “There is not consensus there.”

Blackburn said that even if she were to concede Nye’s assertions about the validity of climate change, lawmakers and regulators should still look to a cost-benefit analysis of new laws and rules before imposing them.

“What we need to be looking at is the way to achieve efficiencies,” she said.

Nye, who debated a noted creationist over the science behind evolution in a heavily-publicized event earlier this month, argued in favor of using every available tool to address the threat of climate change immediately.

“It would be everybody’s interests to just get going,” he said. “The more we mess around with this denial, the less we’re going to get done.”

The debate comes as the gulf between President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress on issues of climate change continues to grow. The GOP has continued to pressure Obama to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, for instance, and relax regulations of producing energy from “tracking.”

Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), by contrast, is working to create rules that would unilaterally impose limits on carbon pollution. The executive action comes after climate change legislation — a priority of the president’s upon taking office in 2009 — was passed by Democrats in the House that year, but has stalled since the GOP won control of the lower chamber in 2010.

Secretary of State John Kerry also kicked off a series of speeches on climate change this weekend, beginning with remarks in Jakarta, Indonesia on Sunday blasting deniers of climate science.

“First and foremost we should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific fact nor should we allow any room that the costs associated with doing the right thing outweigh the benefits there are people who say it is too expensive we can’t do this,” said Kerry, who as senator had spearheaded efforts for environmental legislation.

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