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'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.


Stephanie Woodard: The struggle for self-determination in Indian Country
Stephanie Woodard: The struggle for self-determination in Indian Country (September 4, 2018)

A non-Native journalist visits a logged tribal-managed forest and finds a radiant garden.


Trump administration restricts tribal involvement at Bears Ears
Trump administration restricts tribal involvement at Bears Ears (August 30, 2018)

The Trump administration continues to dismantle the Bears Ears National Monument despite objections from tribes.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still waiting on Trump administration
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still waiting on Trump administration (August 28, 2018)

The federal government hasn't taken an Indian nation's land out of trust since the termination era and one tribe hopes it stays that way.


Tim Giago: Indian names pay tribute to our history and culture
Tim Giago: Indian names pay tribute to our history and culture (August 27, 2018)

The great tribes had a history, a culture, traditions and a deep spirituality long before the white man set foot upon this continent.


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe welcomes brother and sister back home
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe welcomes brother and sister back home (August 23, 2018)

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe held a welcoming and naming ceremony for two descendants whose mother was adopted at a young age.


'We are still here': Advocates seek support for Native languages
'We are still here': Advocates seek support for Native languages (August 23, 2018)

Generations of government assimilation programs left Native Americans 'robbed of the ability to speak our own language,' one advocate said.


New member of Trump team makes first appearance on Capitol Hill
New member of Trump team makes first appearance on Capitol Hill (August 21, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is looking into Native language revitalization efforts and a new Trump administration official will be there.


Hate in America: Millions across the country are victims
Hate in America: Millions across the country are victims (August 21, 2018)

More than 2.4 million crimes, whose victims suspect were motivated by hate, were committed across the United States between 2012 to 2016.


Southern Ute elder Sage Remington passes on at the age of 76
Southern Ute elder Sage Remington passes on at the age of 76 (August 9, 2018)

Sage Douglas Remington, an elder from the Southern Ute Tribe known for his political and cultural activism, passed away on July 31, 2018.


Prime Minister vows to immerse newborn daughter in Māori language and culture
Prime Minister vows to immerse newborn daughter in Māori language and culture (August 8, 2018)

The leader of New Zealand is vowing to ensure her newborn daughter learns the Māori language and understands Māori culture.


American chain threatens Native Hawaiian eatery for using 'Aloha Poke' name
American chain threatens Native Hawaiian eatery for using 'Aloha Poke' name (July 30, 2018)

An American restaurant chain is under fire after threatening a Native business for using the words 'aloha' and 'poke' together.


Omaha language institute attracts students and teachers of all ages
Omaha language institute attracts students and teachers of all ages (July 23, 2018)

Nearly 100 people participated in the 2nd annual Umónhon-Pónka Summer Institute in Nebraska.


'Blatant discrimination': Native voters face barriers at ballot box
'Blatant discrimination': Native voters face barriers at ballot box (July 18, 2018)

Native Americans have been 'systematically denied access to fair representation' as a result of persistent barriers to voting.


Arne Vainio: Our ancestors put lessons for life in our language
Arne Vainio: Our ancestors put lessons for life in our language (July 9, 2018)

On the first day of my new way of life, I didn’t live up to the lessons our old ones put into our language.


'No question at all': More Indigenous families are crossing the border
'No question at all': More Indigenous families are crossing the border (June 25, 2018)

Language barriers mean Indigenous families may be more likely to be split up when they cross into the United States.


The Conversation: Indigenous communities are no strangers to mathematics
The Conversation: Indigenous communities are no strangers to mathematics (June 20, 2018)

Inspired by Indigenous storytelling traditions, the Math Catcher Outreach Program attracts youth to the study of mathematics.


Navajo Nation mourns loss of Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday
Navajo Nation mourns loss of Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday (June 12, 2018)

The Navajo Nation is mourning the loss of Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday, who passed away at the age of 94.


Arne Vainio: Don't wait too long to let someone know they are important
Arne Vainio: Don't wait too long to let someone know they are important (June 12, 2018)

Words are not always the best way to communicate and when you use them, make sure they matter.


Ojibwe hockey star celebrates team's historic championship victory
Ojibwe hockey star celebrates team's historic championship victory (June 8, 2018)

Ojibwe hockey star T.J. Oshie made history as the Washington Capitals hockey team won its first Stanley Cup in more than two decades.


Ivan Star Comes Out: We need to teach culture along with our language
Ivan Star Comes Out: We need to teach culture along with our language (June 1, 2018)

We need a system of teaching Lakota that emulates the way our parents and grandparents learned.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Iroquois people always give thanks to the stars
Doug George-Kanentiio: Iroquois people always give thanks to the stars (May 25, 2018)

There are many star stories in the rich oral traditions of the Iroquois.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Our children aren't growing up with our culture
Ivan Star Comes Out: Our children aren't growing up with our culture (May 24, 2018)

From what I have witnessed during my 60-plus years of life, most of our college graduates are culturally handicapped and they do not speak Lakota.


YES! Magazine: Native hiker helps reclaim indigenous place names
YES! Magazine: Native hiker helps reclaim indigenous place names (May 24, 2018)

Native climber Len Necefer has created indigenous geotags for more than 40 mountains.


School on Pine Ridge Reservation immerses children in Lakota culture
School on Pine Ridge Reservation immerses children in Lakota culture (May 22, 2018)

A school on the Pine Ridge Reservation is immersing children in Lakota culture, turning the tide against genocide and trauma.


Cronkite News: Native voters still face obstacles at the polls
Cronkite News: Native voters still face obstacles at the polls (May 15, 2018)

Voting can still be a challenge for Native Americans, who may face language barriers, registration difficulties and a lack of access to polling places and government services.


YES! Magazine: Miami Nation ensures Myaamia language is alive and thriving
YES! Magazine: Miami Nation ensures Myaamia language is alive and thriving (May 10, 2018)

At Miami University in Ohio, the Myaamia Center is revitalizing culture and building racial equity.


Winnebago Tribe works to revitalize Ho-Chunk language for future generations
Winnebago Tribe works to revitalize Ho-Chunk language for future generations (May 10, 2018)

Generations of federal assimilation initiatives have left the Winnebago people with few fluent Ho-Chunk speakers.


Video: Navajo Code Talker Roy Hawthorne shares his story for veterans project
Video: Navajo Code Talker Roy Hawthorne shares his story for veterans project (April 24, 2018)

The Navajo Nation lost one of its heroes with the passing of Roy Hawthorne, Sr., one of the famed Code Talkers.


Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker Roy Hawthorne at age of 92
Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker Roy Hawthorne at age of 92 (April 23, 2018)

'I always stress to people that we aren’t heroes,' said the late Roy Hawthorne, Sr. 'We were chosen to serve in the Marine Corps and bring liberty to the enemy.'


YES! Magazine: Native language schools are taking back education for their people
YES! Magazine: Native language schools are taking back education for their people (April 20, 2018)

The last fluent speakers of Wôpanâak passed away more than a century ago. A school is working to revive the language.


Chelsey Luger: Whose Native lands are you on? A new app can tell you
Chelsey Luger: Whose Native lands are you on? A new app can tell you (April 17, 2018)

Enter your ZIP code into the Native Lands App and an interactive map will tell you the area’s original language and tribal ties.


Steven Newcomb: Decolonization starts with our minds and our words
Steven Newcomb: Decolonization starts with our minds and our words (April 13, 2018)

Where is the clear image of a decolonized society we are to emulate? There isn’t one.


Chelsey Luger: Five places to explore indigenous history in America
Chelsey Luger: Five places to explore indigenous history in America (April 11, 2018)

This may be a young nation, but its Indigenous history is ancient, measured in tens of thousands of years.


Tribes confront unique problems in battle against domestic violence
Tribes confront unique problems in battle against domestic violence (April 10, 2018)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have had particularly interesting experiences as they hold non-Indians accountable for domestic violence.


Bureau of Indian Affairs teachers accepted illegal payments from tribe
Bureau of Indian Affairs teachers accepted illegal payments from tribe (April 10, 2018)

As school teachers across the nation walk out in protest of inadequate funding, some in Indian Country found a way to cope with their below-average salaries.


Taiaiake Alfred: Reclaim the sacred spaces of our traditional territories
Taiaiake Alfred: Reclaim the sacred spaces of our traditional territories (April 10, 2018)

Let’s re-experience our homelands the way our ancestors did and regenerate that culture


Family of Navajo war hero finally presented with Congressional medal
Family of Navajo war hero finally presented with Congressional medal (April 3, 2018)

It took a lot longer than expected but Adolph Nagurski, a Code Talker from the Navajo Nation, has finally been recognized for his military service.


1928 recording from Standing Rock added to Library of Congress
1928 recording from Standing Rock added to Library of Congress (March 21, 2018)

A 1928 recording from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation has been added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.


Secretary Zinke criticized for offering Japanese greeting at hearing
Secretary Zinke criticized for offering Japanese greeting at hearing (March 16, 2018)

The leader of the Department of the Interior is coming under fire for offering n incorrect Japanese greeting when asked about funding for Japanese internment camps.


Republicans advance bill to prevent name changes at sacred site
Republicans advance bill to prevent name changes at sacred site (March 14, 2018)

Republicans are reaching back to the Obama administration to justify a bill that prevents any changes to the namesake of Devils Tower National Monument.


Ivan Star Comes Out: I was raised to believe that God was White
Ivan Star Comes Out: I was raised to believe that God was White (March 13, 2018)

If a decade is 120 months, I spent 80 months or so in a school environment intended to 'Kill the Indian' in me.


Indigenous game helps arrivals, new and old, preserve traditions
Indigenous game helps arrivals, new and old, preserve traditions (March 13, 2018)

A ball game that has been played in Mexico for centuries gives indigenous people a way to maintain their traditions in the United States,


Albert Bender: Thought-provoking 'Hostiles' deserves to be seen
Albert Bender: Thought-provoking 'Hostiles' deserves to be seen (March 12, 2018)

The latest Indigenous big-screen movie Hostiles has more redemptive qualities than not.


Republican bill blunts Native efforts to change name at sacred site
Republican bill blunts Native efforts to change name at sacred site (March 9, 2018)

Republican lawmakers are once again trying to protect the namesake of Devils Tower National Monument even though tribal leaders and advocates have called for change.


Oscars see a bit of diversity on stage with Native presenter and performance
Oscars see a bit of diversity on stage with Native presenter and performance (March 5, 2018)

Hollywood isn't a place where Native Americans will find a lot of opportunities but some signs of change were seen during the industry's biggest night of the year.


Tim Giago: Boarding school trauma still haunts Indian Country
Tim Giago: Boarding school trauma still haunts Indian Country (February 5, 2018)

Over the past 125 years, Indian people have been used for many social, educational and welfare experiments in the United States.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Education must emphasize our cultural identity
Ivan Star Comes Out: Education must emphasize our cultural identity (February 1, 2018)

Colonialism explains the endless adversity under which we have struggled, even as we enter the 21st century.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to preserve our language
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to preserve our language (January 30, 2018)

Preserving the Cherokee language is preserving Cherokee identity, as the heritage and traditions of the tribe are rooted in our language.


Suzan Shown Harjo: 'Hostiles' film depicts Native people as humans
Suzan Shown Harjo: 'Hostiles' film depicts Native people as humans (January 29, 2018)

People need to see Hostiles because it is a demarcation point in the evolution of the western.


Narragansett student nominated for presidential scholars program
Narragansett student nominated for presidential scholars program (January 24, 2018)

Sherenté Mishitashin Harris, a young citizen of the Narragansett Tribe, is among the candidates for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.


Lake named for advocate of tribal removal changed to 'Bde Maka Ska'
Lake named for advocate of tribal removal changed to 'Bde Maka Ska' (January 19, 2018)

The largest lake in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is now being recognized by its original Native name.


Ivan Star Comes Out: We are still here with our language and culture intact
Ivan Star Comes Out: We are still here with our language and culture intact (January 10, 2018)

From my perspective modern American society knows little to nothing of the indigenous world.


Halee Kirkwood: Seven acts of Native resistance they don't teach in schools
Halee Kirkwood: Seven acts of Native resistance they don't teach in schools (January 8, 2018)

It is irresponsible to teach the tragedies without also teaching the resistance movements that oppose colonial violence.