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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 ground in tradition
Native Sun News Today: Lakota artist remains ground 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.


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.