Archives For American Indian History

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

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Judah Friedlander’s Hilarious Take on Christopher Columbus Day

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

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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

1. Traditional Knowledge Fuels Yurok and Karuk Habitat Restoration Project With USDA

USDA/Colleen Rossier
Jesse Goodwin of the Karuk Food Crew and Frank Lake of the US Forest Service examine evergreen huckleberries.

2. Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks on Washington Team: ‘Change the Name’
Jonathan Banks, an actor whose resume includes Breaking Bad and Parks and Rec, said it’s time to change the name of the Washington football team.

3. Longmire Lives! Netflix Rescues Popular Series, Graham Greene Thrilled

A still from the Longmire episode ‘Wanted Man’; caption from A&E: ‘Malachi (Graham Greene), the corrupt Tribal Police Chief that Henry helped Walt put behind bars, has made parole. He steps behind the bar and helps himself to a drink. Pictures from Longmire on A&E.’ Source:

4. Idiotic But Plausible: ‘We Are All Natives’ Urban Outfitters Parody Amuses, Offends

It looks so much like real hipster-targeted advertising that many people assumed it was.

5. Redefining Native American Cuisine By Culture

Nephi Craig Chef's Table
Sunrise Park Ski Resort
Nephi Craig, Executive Chef, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Sunrise Park Ski Resort, serves guests at the chef’s table.

6. USET Kicks Off Annual Meeting With Passage of Fire in Verona, NY

Courtesy USET
Penobscot Indian Nation Tribal Chief Kirk Francis (right of the fire) addresses attendees of the passage of fire ceremony, which began the 2014 USET Annual Meeting and Expo in Verona, New York.

7. Tribal Development Director Receives National Gaming Recognition

Courtesy Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
Israel Stone is Top 40 Under 40 to watch in Global Gaming’s emerging leadership program.

8. Salt River Pima-Maricopa Tribe Could Put Name on Phoenix Suns Arena

Associated Press

9. Cracker Jacks, Toboggans and More: 5 Native Inventions We Couldn’t Live Without
We have Mohawk cook George Crum to thank for this delectable savory treat, invented in 1853.

10. This Inupiaq Video Game Is Fun, Deep, and Just Might Change Your Life

11. Arizona’s Native Tourism Community Preps for Super Bowl XLIX

Associated Press
Super Bowl XLIX will be held the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on February 1, 2015.

12. Natives Prone to Chronic Ear Infections, Which Endanger Hearing

Ear Infection
Outpatient visits related to ear infections in children under 1 year was almost three times greater for Natives than for other U.S. infants in 2002.

13. Watch: Walker-Mallott Sworn In for a New Era of Alaska Leadership

Mt. Saint Elias Dancers, Tlingit, of Yakutat, Alaska – Mallott’s hometown.

14. Meet DOE Tribal Energy Expert David Conrad

Courtesy Department of Energy
David Conrad, director for Tribal and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, has been working on tribal energy projects for 25 years.

15. Spiritual Warfare and Sacred Site Protection in Hawaii

1. Esteemed Poetry-Play ‘Cedars’ Coming to NYC in January (and Casting Now!)

Photo by Lee Wexler, Images for Innovation
From a staged reading of ‘Cedars’ at LaMama. Photo by Lee Wexler, Images for Innovation

2. San Francisco Peaks: Arizona’s Snowbowl Opens to Protests Over Thanksgiving Weekend

The white stuff is manmade this year, in more ways than one. Three of the Snowbowl’s 43 bare ski runs have been coated in artificial snow made from treated wastewater.

3. A Native Musician in Paris: Pura Fé Cuts a New Album With French Musicians

4. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe Announces Massive Gaming Expansion Project

5. 11-Year-Old Hunter Feels Like Rock Star, Gets Death Threats After Shooting Rare White Deer

Thinkstock/Jakub Pavlinec
A rare white deer, a buck not unlike this one, was shot through both lungs by an 11-year-old hunter using a crossbow.

6. Video: Chief Phil Lane Jr. Shares the Prophecy of the White Buffalo

White Buffalo Prophecy
Chief Phil Lane Jr. tells the Prophecy of the White Buffalo.

7. Indian Country Gearing Up for 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference

8. All-Native Pro Lacrosse Team Preps For 2015 Season

Tim Prothero, Vintage Lax

9. The Good and the Bad: 12 Recent Tweets You Might’ve Missed
Twitter user @melissalegarda takes umbrage with actress Rooney Mara’s upcoming role as Tiger Lily in ‘Pan.’

10. ‘Book of Rules’: Memoir Tackles Mental Illness, Sexual Trauma and Native Identity

My Body Book of Rules Elissa Washuta
‘My Body Is a Book of Rules’ by Elissa Washuta deals with mental illness, sexual trauma, and Native American identity.

11. Muslims and Columbus and Thanksgiving

12. NIGA’s Stevens Inducted to Gaming Hall of Fame; Receives Leadership Award

Gale Courey Toensing
Ernie Stevens Jr.
Mary Annette Pember
St. Mary’s church on the Bad River reservation in Wisconsin on a rainy fall day.

1. Olympian Billy Mills Launches Dreamstarter Grant Program, 50 Grants in Five Years

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Billy Mills

2. Native Alaska Takes a Seat at the Table—and Plans to Stay There

Stephanie Woodard
Native Alaska’s 2014 voting-rights battle was fought in courtrooms and boardrooms, and in cities and villages. Mike Toyukak, of Manokotak village, was lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit that secured language assistance for Native voters who wish it. He and his wife, Anecia, are seen here on November 3, as they were about to board a plane for a nearby town where she would translate the ballot for Yup’ik speakers on Election Day.

3. Canada’s First Nation Takes Proactive Approach Against Radon

Courtesy Marcel Brascoupe
The radon mitigation group at Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg community has made it a point to battle the invisible killer.

4. Court Ruling Hamstrings EPA Attempts to Block Pebble Mine With Clean Air Act

Associated Press
The Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska, home to the biggest salmon run on Earth, is being threatened by a mining proposal.

5. Photo: Easter Island Statues, Natives Visited Pre-Columbus?

6. Celebrating Heritage Month on the USS George Washington

USS George Washington Heritage Month
.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released
Capt. Greg Fenton, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), center, performs a cake-cutting ceremony with members of the crew during an American Indian Heritage Month celebration on the ship’s mess decks.

7. EPA Climate Justice Blog: Sampling the Garden Soil

8. 11 Essential Native American Films You Can Watch Online Right Now

Clockwise from top left: Gil Birmingham in Shouting Secrets, mysterious silhouette from This May Be the Last Time, K. Devery Jacobs in Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Tatanka Means in Tiger Eyes, Tonantzin Carmelo in The Activist, Jason Momoa in Road to Paloma, and Shay Eyre and Cara Gee in Empire of Dirt.

9. These 10 Kids Won’t Be Stereotyped by Edward S. Curtis Photos

1. Judge: Snyder Can Sue Over Loss of Trademarks; Rolling Stone Names Snyder Worst Owner in Sports

Washington team owner Dan Snyder can sue five Native Americans over the loss of six trademarks, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

2. Wildlife Wilderness Migration Comes Alive in Video Mapping Project

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Many wildlife migrations take place across the sweeping Wyoming landscape.

3. A Thanksgiving Address from the Native American Rights Fund

4. The Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address: Worth Reading Today, and Every Day

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Corn, beans and squash are among the foods the Haudenosaunee give thanks for. Photo source:

5. Ferguson Impressed Urgency of ACLU Police Watch App: Now in Four States, and Expanding

AP Photo/David Goldman
A protester holds up a sign in front of the Ferguson Police Department Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri.

6. A Bank Robber, Boarding School, and Pie: Memories of Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving
Some well-known Natives share Thanksgiving memories.

7. Leadership and the Liberation of Our Original Nations

8. “Hope Begins With a Meal”: Thanksgiving Donation From the Morongo Band Feeds Thousands

Courtesy Galilee Center
Volunteers help distribute Thanksgiving meals to those in need.

1. Christmas Trees Meet Native Art in Santa Fe

2. Thanksgiving, Hope and the Hidden Heart of Evil

Giving and giving thanks are simply Native beliefs. When asked to give, the Dakota say ‘Are we not Dakota and alive?’

3. Northwest Tribal Wetlands, Recycling Projects Benefit from $31.8 Million EPA Grants

4. Thanksgiving Hoop Tournaments Bring Grieving Communities Together

ICTMN archive photo

5. TV Personality Suzanne Roberts Gives $2 Million to Indian Health Programs

MICHAEL S. WIRTZ/Philadelphia Inquirer
Talk show host Suzanne Roberts was captivated by her work on the Navajo Nation 50 years ago. Today, at 93, she is donating $2 million to American Indian Health.

6. Rooney Mara’s Tiger Lily Could Not Be Less Native. That’s a Problem

Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily on the ‘Pan’ Poster released this week.

7. Tar Sands Opposition Unites Burnaby Leaders, First Nations, as 60 Arrested in B.C. Protests

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First Nations protesters on Burnaby Mountain

8. Purchase of Manhattan: Opera Tells History of Lenape and Dutch—Watch Clips Here

Purchase of Manhattan Church and Performers
Nora Varcho
The “Purchase of Manhattan” concert opera was held November 20 at Marble Collegiate Church. Pictured at the podiums, from left, are Alexandra Loutsion, Stephen Powell and Brent Michaels David.

9. 6 Thanksgiving Myths, Share Them With Someone You Know

St. Joseph's Indian School Mailings

10. Reparations for Indigenous Victims of Napalm and Atrocities in Brazil

Courtesy Agencia Publica

11. AMERIND Says Be Aware of 4 Risks When Cooking That Turkey Tomorrow

12. Connecting the Dots on Climate Change and Economic Development

1. Illustrator Skewers the Washington Team, Thanksgiving With Cover Art
The New Yorker’s December cover, illustrated by Bruce McCall, satirizes the Washington football team and Thanksgiving holiday.

2. Alaska Native Rapper Speaks Out Against Domestic Violence With ‘Wake Up’

3. From Briny Wastewater to Fracked Oil: Bakken Saturated With Spills, NYT Finds

AP Photo/Sarah Christianson
This July 15, 2014 aerial photo shows discolored vegetation, lower left, leading from a pipeline where an estimated 1 million gallons of saltwater spilled from an underground pipeline at Bear Den Bay along the Missouri River near Mandaree, N.D.

4. Suzan Shown Harjo Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom in White House Ceremony

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President Barack Obama places the Medal of Freedom, the U.S.’s highest civilian honor, around the neck of Suzan Shown Harjo on November 24, 2014.

5. Minneapolis Strip Club’s Tasteless Thanksgiving Ad Draws Planned Nov. 26 Protest

6. Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures Buys Oklahoma City Embassy Suites Hotel

Courtesy Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures
The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has purchased the 236-room Embassy Suites Oklahoma City as part of its strategy to diversify its business holdings.

7. White House Blog Post: Responding to Sexual Violence in Indian Country

Evan Vucci/AP
Attorney General Eric Holder

8. Many of These 17 Thanksgiving Tweets Are Awful, Some Are Spot-On

Thanksgiving Tweet
Twitter user @karsonkeeney shared a photo of more holiday cultural appropriation.

9. BIA’s Ugly, 19th-Century Attitudes Toward Native Land Rights

10. ‘Wounded Knee: A Line in the Sand’: Documentary to Show Never Seen Footage

Kevin McKiernan Bear Runner Bad Cob Wounded Knee
Kevin McKiernan
Reporter Kevin McKiernan is pictured with Tom Bad Cob and Oscar Bear Runner during the 1973 occupation.

11. First Kitty Litter, Now a Typo? Santa Fe New Mexican Investigates LANL Radiation Leak

U.S. Department of Energy
Leaky, radioactive drums of nuclear waste.

12. The Yavapai-Apache Nation Is Protecting Its River and Its People

Courtesy Yavapai-Apache Nation
The Yavapai-Apache Nation uses gaming revenues from its Cliff Castle Casino-Hotel to develop its communities

13. Homicide, Suicide, Violence, Abuse and Neglect on the Rez

14. Internet Access Will Be a Game-Changer for Indian Country

15. The American Indian Hall of Fame Finds a New Home

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The Loretto in Kansas City, Missouri, is the future site of the American Indian Center of the Great Plains.

16. Merida Guilty in Choctaw Corruption Case

Bidding preferences and overcharges went into building the Choctaw Casinos.

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

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

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

Associated Press
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
AP Photo
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

Tom Rogers
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:

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. Video: Climate Change Adaptation Is Half the Battle, Says National Climate Assessment

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Adapting to the climate change that is already manifesting is as important as preventing further environmental deterioration, say the convening lead authors of the Adaptation chapter of President Barack Obama’s National Climate Assessment.

2. Photographers Sue to Stop Grand Teton Elk Hunt

© Thomas D. Mangelsen/Mangelsen Stock
A cow elk is dragged by horse to the Blacktail Ponds Overlook during the Elk Reduction Program in Grand Teton National Park. A lawsuit filed on October 20 by two photographers seeks to stop the hunt.

3. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Talks to ICTMN About Indigenous Knowledge, Stewardship and Tribal Relations

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

4. Governing and Demagoguery

5. Tribes Seeks Sovereignty Grand Slam With Reauthorization of Housing Act

Mark Fogarty
A house in the Black Mesa View subdivision on the San Felipe Pueblo north of Albuquerque

6. This Election, the People are Singing

Courtesy Native Vote
Montana’s future voters. Two young advocates took time from the powwow to tell adults to vote because it matters.

7. Actions Define Destiny: Sharing Indigenous Knowledge in South Africa

George Neptune Peace Indaba
George Neptune
George Neptune poses with other youth delegates on Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for more than two decades.

8. Historic Arthur Amiotte Exhibit Now on Display at The Heritage Center

Arthur Amiotte
Red Cloud Indian School/Arthur Amiotte
World-renowned Lakota artist Arthur Amiotte’s traveling exhibition “Transformation and Continuity in Lakota Culture: The Collages of Arthur Amiotte, 1988-2014″ will be on display at The Heritage Center from November 15 through December 15, 2014

9. Find Your Relatives: Expands American Indian Collection

Library of Congress Navajos
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
This image from the Library of Congress is simply titled “Navajos” and is from 1905.

10. Honoring Veterans II: Belated Honor for Code Talkers

11. AIANTA to Introduce Indian Country Tourism to the Chinese Travel Market

12. Check Out 17 Beautiful Portraits from Stone Mountain Pow Wow by Amy Morris

Gaylon Nelson at Stone Mountain Pow Wow Oct 30-Nov 02, 2014
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Gaylon Nelson at Stone Mountain Pow Wow 2014

13. That’s so Hawkish! Seahawks Mascot Leaves Handler to Hang With Fans

Taima the Hawk, the Seattle Seahawks live mascot, flew away from her hander to hang out with fans.

14. First Nation Soccer Star in Hall of Fame 100 Years After Death

British Columbia Archives
Harry Manson (bottom row, second from right) helped pioneer the game of soccer. He was inducted into the Soccer Hall of Fame posthumously on November 8, 2014.

15. Must-See Documentary: LaDonna Harris, a Native Ambassador for 50 Years

Actress Cicely Tyson and LaDonna Harris were among a group honored as ‘Women of the Year 1973.’

1. Could the Farmhouse at Carlisle Become a Heritage Center?

This is the earliest known photograph of the farmhouse that was saved from demolition. It is now being considered as a heritage center. It was taken by John Leslie, a Native student.

2. Begaye Back In the Race for Navajo President; Deschene Off Ballots

Russell Begaye and running mate Jonathan Nez gear up for a fast-track campaign.

3. Ecotrust Honors Five Indigenous Standouts for Environmental Vision

Roberta Reyes Cordero, winner of the Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award, has been instrumental in giving triable people a voice in coastal marine planning in California, the think tank said.

4. 11-year-old Yavapai-Apache Wins North American Championship

Hines family
Adam Hines,11, was crowned a North American champion at the International Kickboxing Federation (IBF) tournament.

5. Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmed by Congress

Gun Lake Casino

6. Top 10 Native Girl Problems: Bannock Crumbs and Missing Rubber Bands

7. Chickasaws, State Cut Ribbon on I-35 Ramps

Chickasaw Nation
State Cuts Ribbon on I-35 Ramps

8. EPA Climate Justice Blog: Healthy Homes—Protecting Children From Environmental Risks

Asthma, lead poisoning and other ills have been known to plague children in poorer communities, especially places like the colonias along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

9. Cherokee Nation Honors Top Indian-Owned Businesses of 2014

Pictured, from left, are Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker presented Contech LLC owner Bryan Adair with the Certified Indian-Owned Large Business of the Year award as Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden congratulated Adair.

10. Photo: Council Chief Bone Necklace Hand-Colored Portrait

11. San Felipe Pueblo Runner Looking to Carry on Tradition in His Final Meets

Fort Lewis College
Christian Gering (San Felipe Pueblo), right

12. Photo Gallery: Vigil and Memorial for Late Actress Misty Upham

13. Video: Winona LaDuke Talks Bomb Trains, Bakken Bitumen and Riding in a Tesla

YouTube/IndianCountry TV
Winona LaDuke talks enlightenment, ricing and everything in between.

14. Jackie Pierson Keeps Her Comeback Alive on ‘Biggest Loser’

Jackie Pierson beams as Trainer Bob informs her she’s the first ‘Biggest Loser’ contestant to survive two challenges in Comeback Canyon.