Archives For researching the past

1. Native Music’s Big Night! 20 Photos from 15th Annual NAMA Awards Ceremony

2. 4 Mistakes Made in Children’s Literature About Natives, and Books That Fix Them

3. Tribal Leaders Meet to Discuss New Tax Law, Express Concerns on Implementation

Courtesy Miccosukee Tribal Affairs Office
Tribal leaders present at the Tax Summit on November 14, 2014.

4. Upper Peninsula Electric Rates Expected to Rise 30 Percent By December 1

5. Video: Watch Lakota Song Unhinge Sen. Warren After Keystone XL Vote

Greg Grey Cloud being led away from Senate chambers by police after bursting into a Lakota song following the narrow defeat of legislation that would have enabled construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.

6. Moai Than Meets the Eye: More Proof Bering Strait Theory is Wrong

Moai Ahu tongariki Easter Island
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Moai facing inland at Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island. These moai were restored in the 1990s by a Japanese research team after a cyclone knocked them over in the 1960s.

7. Navajo Gaming’s Derrick Watchman Named One of Arizona’s Top CEOs

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Derrick Watchman, CEO of Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise, stands in the entryway of the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort east of Flagstaff, Ariz.

8. Native American Song Follows Senate Keystone XL Vote, Singer Arrested

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9. It’s Nearly Thanksgiving: Try One of These 6 Recipes From the College Fund
This image of another variation on sweet potato soup is from, which provides 8-ingredient vegan recipes.

10. Brian Cladoosby Lays Out NCAI’s Priorities in Time for Lame Duck Session

Brian Cladoosby: “As Congress opens the lame duck one of the first issues will be the Keystone XL Pipeline.”

11. A Decade of Class III Gaming in Okla. Pumped Billions Into Economy, Boosted Education

 Confetti flies during the grand opening of the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on August 3, 2009.
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Confetti flies during the grand opening of the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on August 3, 2009. On Monday, November 17, 2014, at Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa, the Cherokee Nation and neighboring tribes celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the passage of Class III tribal-state gaming compacts.

12. Election of Walker and Mallott Is Historic on Several Levels

Bill Walker (right) is the first independent to be elected governor in Alaska’s state history. Byron Mallott, Tlingit, is the second Alaska Native to be elected lieutenant governor.

13. Let’s Stay Focused on Self-Determination for Our Nations

1. Get the Politicians Out of Immigration Reform

2. BIA Head Kevin Washburn Speaks to ICTMN About Bay Mills and the Need to Resolve Water Rights

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

3. South Dakota Native Election Victories—And What They Say About 2016

Courtesy Troy Heinert
In the upcoming South Dakota legislative session, beginning in January, newly elected South Dakota State Senator Troy Heinert, Rosebud Sioux, will be wrangling measures to improve life for Natives and others throughout the state. Heinert, formerly in the South Dakota House, is shown here at his day job as a rodeo pick-up man.

4. And the Awards Went to: Screen Natives Honored at Red Nation 2014

Photo: Teresa S. Thompson
Actor Jeremiah Bitsui accepts his award for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series at 2014 Red Nation Film Festival. Photo: Teresa S. Thompson.

5. Rosebud Sioux Tribe Calls House Keystone XL Passage an ‘Act of War,’ Vows Legal Action

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Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council President Cyril Scott, in aqua shirt, at the People’s Climate March on September 21 in New York City.

6. New Study Shows Native Americans Traveled to Easter Island Before European Contact

Easter Island Moai
AP Photo/Karen Schwartz
This August 2012 photo shows heads at Rano Raraku, the quarry on Easter Island. The sculptures have bodies attached, but they are buried under the dirt and not visible. About 400 moai are here in various stages of carving. A new study indicates that Native Americans visited Easter Island before Columbus sailed to the Americas.

7. Choctaw Corruption Case Continues


8. Will They or Won’t They? Leonid Meteors Could Sparkle or Fizzle

If northeastern Turtle Island gets a break in the clouds, its inhabitants could see 15 to 20 meteors per hour emanating from the head of Leo the Lion after midnight.

9. Bob Hicks, Pioneering Advocate for Natives in Hollywood, Walks On at 80

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Chairman Bob Hicks at the First Americans in the Arts awards ceremony in the early 2000s, with Dawn Jackson, the organization’s vice chair. Image source:

10. Métis Hero Louis Riel Commemorated on Anniversary of Execution for Treason

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Louis Riel’s grave in Manitoba