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Presidential candidates tackle tough issues at historic Native forum
Presidential candidates tackle tough issues at historic Native forum (August 21, 2019)

From freeing Indian activist Leonard Peltier to improving Indian health care, the 2020 candidates for president didn't run from the difficult issues at the historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Taking back our Indian education system
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Taking back our Indian education system (August 20, 2019)

The educational system on the Indian reservations across America have always operated at the whims of the federal government.


The Conversation: Research focuses on diversity of Native languages
The Conversation: Research focuses on diversity of Native languages (August 19, 2019)

Prior to European contact, North America was home to speakers of around 400 Native languages.


Navajo Nation pays tribute to warriors on Code Talker Day
Navajo Nation pays tribute to warriors on Code Talker Day (August 14, 2019)

Five surviving Navajo Code Talkers, including Thomas H. Begay, John Kinsel, Peter MacDonald, and Joe Vandever, were honored by the Navajo Nation.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation's future is brighter than ever
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation's future is brighter than ever (August 13, 2019)

Nothing has been more important to me than serving the Cherokee people.


Indian Country Today: Technology breathes new life into Indigenous languages
Indian Country Today: Technology breathes new life into Indigenous languages (July 30, 2019)

For Indigenous peoples, language is truly the breath of life.


Native Sun News Today: Interpreters needed for Indigenous migrants
Native Sun News Today: Interpreters needed for Indigenous migrants (July 29, 2019)

Mexico alone has nearly five times the number of people of Native ancestry than the U.S. and Canada combined.


Tribes meet for annual summer gathering at Bears Ears National Monument
Tribes meet for annual summer gathering at Bears Ears National Monument (July 19, 2019)

Pueblo culture is the focus of an annual meeting at Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.


NMAI News: Film festival showcases Indigenous voices from around the world
NMAI News: Film festival showcases Indigenous voices from around the world (July 15, 2019)

The 19th annual Native Cinema Showcase begins and ends with portraits of strong women.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota language teacher fired by feds
Native Sun News Today: Lakota language teacher fired by feds (July 11, 2019)

Manny Red Bear taught the Lakota language for 25 years until his contract was terminated by the Bureau of Indian Education.


The Conversation: A long overdue for Cherokee actor Wes Studi
The Conversation: A long overdue for Cherokee actor Wes Studi (July 10, 2019)

Wes Studi will make Oscar history by receiving an Academy of Motion Pictures honorary award in October 2019.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Mohawks celebrate the most wonderful of skyworld gifts
Doug George-Kanentiio: Mohawks celebrate the most wonderful of skyworld gifts (July 8, 2019)

Among the traditional Mohawks there is a special appreciation for the strawberry plant -- called Niihontesha.


Mark Trahant: ‘We are caging Indigenous people’
Mark Trahant: ‘We are caging Indigenous people’ (July 5, 2019)

The human crisis on the border is worse than previously reported.


Albert Bender: America's 'concentration camps' for immigrants must be closed
Albert Bender: America's 'concentration camps' for immigrants must be closed (July 1, 2019)

Countless numbers of children being kept in U.S. custody are Indigenous from Central America.


Omaha elder and educator Winona 'Hawatay' Caramony passes on at age of 94
Omaha elder and educator Winona 'Hawatay' Caramony passes on at age of 94 (July 1, 2019)

Winona 'Hawatay' Mitchell Caramony was the oldest living Omaha tribal citizen and one of her tribe’s last fluent speakers.


RECAP: Remove the Stain Act introduced to rescind Wounded Knee Massacre medals
RECAP: Remove the Stain Act introduced to rescind Wounded Knee Massacre medals (June 25, 2019)

'This is just the start,' Manny Iron Hawk, a descendant of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, told Indianz.Com


Studies attempt to shed light on ancestors of Native peoples
Studies attempt to shed light on ancestors of Native peoples (June 6, 2019)

Two studies published in the journal Nature attempt to shed light on the genetic origins of American Indians, Alaska Natives and other Native peoples


St. Regis Mohawk Tribe mourns passing of Code Talker Louis Levi Oakes
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe mourns passing of Code Talker Louis Levi Oakes (May 29, 2019)

It is with a heavy heart that the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has joined in sharing condolences for the loss of a beloved member of the community.


Cronkite News: A Navajo girl comes of age in traditional ceremony
Cronkite News: A Navajo girl comes of age in traditional ceremony (May 28, 2019)

Hours before the sun will conquer the dark, a light rain falls, burning wood crackles and soft voices drift from a hogan on the Navajo Nation.


Cronkite News: Hopi journalist Patty Talahongva shares her story
Cronkite News: Hopi journalist Patty Talahongva shares her story (May 22, 2019)

'People don’t know our history, and sometimes our people don’t even know our own history.'


Ivan Star Comes Out: Togiyapi ki le ihangunyanpi ktelo
Ivan Star Comes Out: Togiyapi ki le ihangunyanpi ktelo (May 16, 2019)

We have to keep in mind the fact that our Lakota language was targeted for obliteration.


Shoshi Parks: Taking a road trip through Indigenous territories
Shoshi Parks: Taking a road trip through Indigenous territories (May 15, 2019)

I’m seeking out the histories and communities that existed before Route 66 and that survive still today.


Arne Vainio: Protecting our Manoomin, our wild rice
Arne Vainio: Protecting our Manoomin, our wild rice (May 14, 2019)

This is our ancestral food, this is indigenous food. It’s what we need, it’s worth cooking right and it’s forever worth protecting.


Mark Trahant: Indigenous peoples of the Arctic stand up to Trump spin
Mark Trahant: Indigenous peoples of the Arctic stand up to Trump spin (May 9, 2019)

Indigenous leaders call climate change an urgent threat that requires a global response. But that idea was trashed by the Trump administration.


YES! Magazine: Canoe journey offers first hand look at climate change
YES! Magazine: Canoe journey offers first hand look at climate change (May 6, 2019)

A voyage around the world offered a new generation of Hawaiians lessons about Earth’s uncertain future.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The education system was designed to kill the Indian
Ivan Star Comes Out: The education system was designed to kill the Indian (May 1, 2019)

I dropped out of school while so many went on to become 'educated,' or is it appropriate to say assimilated.


Bill John Baker: Registry strives to record all Cherokee speakers
Bill John Baker: Registry strives to record all Cherokee speakers (April 23, 2019)

Without our language, we lose a significant part of our identity as Cherokee people.


Ivan Star Comes Out: So-called 'tribal' constitution keeps our people down
Ivan Star Comes Out: So-called 'tribal' constitution keeps our people down (April 4, 2019)

The U.S. forced its plenary power on our people and basically negated the old traditional system and any opportunity to prosper.


The Conversation: Canada's history of genocidal actions against Indigenous peoples
The Conversation: Canada's history of genocidal actions against Indigenous peoples (April 3, 2019)

If we add up all the ways that Canadian governments have oppressed Indigenous peoples over the centuries, those governments bear a weighty burden.


Tim Giago: It was the Lakota humor that kept us going
Tim Giago: It was the Lakota humor that kept us going (March 25, 2019)

If you got a group of Lakota men and women together the jokes they told each other and the laughter in the room would have surprised many who only thought of the Indian people as stoic.


YES! Magazine: Indigenous library offers safe space and a learning experience
YES! Magazine: Indigenous library offers safe space and a learning experience (March 22, 2019)

Xwi7xwa library in British Columbia is working to decolonize the way libraries organize information.


Mary Annette Pember: My mother died while surviving civilization
Mary Annette Pember: My mother died while surviving civilization (March 8, 2019)

Thousands of Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools created to strip them of their culture. My mother was one of them.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on Administration for Native Americans
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on Administration for Native Americans (February 13, 2019)

The law that established the Administration for Native Americans is marking its 45th anniversary.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances more legislation in troubled climate
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances more legislation in troubled climate (February 6, 2019)

After a somewhat disappointing start in the Trump era, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs continues to hit the ground running.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules second business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules second business meeting (February 4, 2019)

Native languages, Native veterans and tribal economic development are the subject of three bills being advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation keeps language alive for future generations
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation keeps language alive for future generations (February 4, 2019)

Part of my sworn oath as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation is to preserve, promote and advance the language and culture of the Cherokee Nation.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: How many ways can one say 'Indian?'
Native Sun News Today Editorial: How many ways can one say 'Indian?' (January 23, 2019)

It seems that American Indians have gone through an evolution of name changes.


Indigenous actress Yalitza Aparicio nominated for Oscar for 'Roma'
Indigenous actress Yalitza Aparicio nominated for Oscar for 'Roma' (January 22, 2019)

Yalitza Aparicio, who is Mixtec and Triqui, has been nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The Vietnam war helped kill my holiday spirit
Ivan Star Comes Out: The Vietnam war helped kill my holiday spirit (January 18, 2019)

Looking back at my life, it is as if my life was predestined by the unknown.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Fry bread is just another legacy of colonization
Ivan Star Comes Out: Fry bread is just another legacy of colonization (January 15, 2019)

The only way to fight colonialism is to regain what has been obliterated, like our language, customs history, belief system or world view.


Nevada board endorses Shoshone name 'Doso Doyabi' for mountain
Nevada board endorses Shoshone name 'Doso Doyabi' for mountain (January 10, 2019)

Tribal nations are supporting a Shoshone language name for Nevada's third-tallest peak.


YES! Magazine: Grandmothers offer warm welcomes to new arrivals
YES! Magazine: Grandmothers offer warm welcomes to new arrivals (December 18, 2018)

With grandmotherly gentleness, often speaking in a familiar language, volunteers from the Overground Railroad Project are reaching out to asylum seekers.


Maya girl from Guatemala, 7, dies in custody of U.S. Border Patrol
Maya girl from Guatemala, 7, dies in custody of U.S. Border Patrol (December 17, 2018)

The Indian Law Resource Center is calling for a full investigation into the death of Jackeline Caal, a 7-year-old Maya Q’eqchi’ girl from Guatemala.


Lorraine Davis: Our people need culturally responsive services and housing
Lorraine Davis: Our people need culturally responsive services and housing (December 13, 2018)

Culturally responsive services are vital to our existence, preservation of our heritage, tribal identity and the strengthening of our families.


Bill John Baker: Saving our Cherokee language by identifying fluent speakers
Bill John Baker: Saving our Cherokee language by identifying fluent speakers (December 10, 2018)

If our language disappears, we will be without the core of the vibrant and thriving culture we share from generation to generation.


Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe seeks to name clamming grounds
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe seeks to name clamming grounds (December 6, 2018)

The Washington Committee on Geographic Names will be taking action on the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe's request to name Littleneck Beach.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Assimilation has taken our Native identity away
Ivan Star Comes Out: Assimilation has taken our Native identity away (December 5, 2018)

It is imperative that we revive our indigenous world view and spiritual beliefs.


George H.W. Bush, 1924-2018, left lasting mark on Indian Country
George H.W. Bush, 1924-2018, left lasting mark on Indian Country (December 4, 2018)

George Herbert Walker Bush only served one term as U.S. president but it proved to be a productive one for tribal interests.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota artist remains grounded in tradition
Native Sun News Today: Lakota artist remains grounded in tradition (November 20, 2018)

Having returned from a long trip to England, Wanbli Ceya found himself back home in the land of his Oglala ancestors, needing to refocus on his art and commitment to his people.


Bill John Baker: Remembering the service of Cherokee Code Talkers
Bill John Baker: Remembering the service of Cherokee Code Talkers (November 9, 2018)

At Cherokee Nation we are adamant about honoring and paying respects to those who have fought for the liberties we enjoy every day and hold so dear.


Arne Vainio: Let's make sure our votes count in this election
Arne Vainio: Let's make sure our votes count in this election (November 5, 2018)

My grandfather's vote would have mattered. My vote matters. Your vote matters.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The colonizers have turned Native words against us
Ivan Star Comes Out: The colonizers have turned Native words against us (November 1, 2018)

I believe it is imperative that we free ourselves of this long-standing, unmerited tyranny.


5 obstacles for Native voters in the November midterms
5 obstacles for Native voters in the November midterms (October 22, 2018)

Native voters have low participation rates in federal and state elections, but the problem isn't apathy.


'You are beautiful. You are strong': Elders and youth wrap up conference
'You are beautiful. You are strong': Elders and youth wrap up conference (October 18, 2018)

Elders and youth focused on ways to ease divisions among men, women and two-spirit people as the First Alaskans Institute wrapped up its annual conference.


'We are breathing life into our culture': Native youth carry on traditions
'We are breathing life into our culture': Native youth carry on traditions (October 17, 2018)

From preserving their languages to learning about tattooing, Native youth are keeping their heritage alive.


Native elders and youth gather for annual conference in Alaska
Native elders and youth gather for annual conference in Alaska (October 16, 2018)

Thousands are attending the 35th annual Elders and Youth Conference, hosted by the First Alaskans Institute.


How the loss of Native American languages affects our understanding of the natural world
How the loss of Native American languages affects our understanding of the natural world (October 8, 2018)

Many Native American communities are working to save cultural insights and revitalize their languages.


Alaska governor declares 'emergency' for Native languages
Alaska governor declares 'emergency' for Native languages (September 26, 2018)

The state of Alaska has been ordered to incorporate Native languages in schools and in public signs.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: America's use of language is tied to racism
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: America's use of language is tied to racism (September 20, 2018)

This nation’s use of language toward Indians has been inextricably tied to its history of racism on which it was founded by white, male, Christian colonizers.


American Indian Heritage Day at Montana State University
American Indian Heritage Day at Montana State University (September 11, 2018)

Indigenous languages will be the focus of Montana State University’s 2018 American Indian Heritage Day observance.