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The nation's only insane asylum for Indians was in South Dakota
The nation's only insane asylum for Indians was in South Dakota (September 28, 2018)

The Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum was a continuation of a dark and devastating period in American history.


Grand Ronde Tribes reclaim ancestral property from British museum
Grand Ronde Tribes reclaim ancestral property from British museum (June 5, 2018)

'It’s really the spirit within our people that I felt crying out,' Chairwoman Cheryle Kennedy says of items on display at the Grand Ronde tribal museum.


Museum in Germany returns items stolen from Native graves in Alaska
Museum in Germany returns items stolen from Native graves in Alaska (May 17, 2018)

A museum in Germany is returning items that were stolen from Native graves in Alaska to their rightful place.


Supreme Court turns away utility company in closely-watched sovereignty case
Supreme Court turns away utility company in closely-watched sovereignty case (April 30, 2018)

Indian Country is breathing a sigh of relief as the nation's highest court has refused to hear a closely-watched tribal sovereignty dispute.


American Indian Cultural Center and Museum names senior curator
American Indian Cultural Center and Museum names senior curator (March 19, 2018)

The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum is building up senior staff as construction resumes on the long-delayed facility in Oklahoma.


Native Sun News Today: Museum explores Native and African tricksters
Native Sun News Today: Museum explores Native and African tricksters (January 29, 2018)

A new exhibit at Crazy Horse Memorial celebrates the similarities between West African and Lakota cultures and their belief in the spider as a trickster


Agua Caliente Band showcases culture with major development in Palm Springs
Agua Caliente Band showcases culture with major development in Palm Springs (October 10, 2017)

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians announced plans for a cultural complex in downtown Palm Springs, California.


Museum announces $14.5 million upgrade to Hall of Northwest Coast Indians
Museum announces $14.5 million upgrade to Hall of Northwest Coast Indians (September 26, 2017)

The American Museum of Natural History will work with tribes in the United States and First Nations in Canada to update its Hall of Northwest Coast Indians.


Museum acquires tribal collection from religious college with troubled record
Museum acquires tribal collection from religious college with troubled record (September 22, 2017)

The Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts is promising to comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act after acquiring a large collection of tribal items.


Controversy lingers over 'Scaffold' sculpture depicting hangings of Dakota men
Controversy lingers over 'Scaffold' sculpture depicting hangings of Dakota men (September 14, 2017)

A museum in Minnesota continues to face questions in connection with a controversial sculpture that depicted the execution of 38 Dakota men in 1862.


Museum in New Orleans celebrates city's tricentennial with tribal exhibit
Museum in New Orleans celebrates city's tricentennial with tribal exhibit (July 25, 2017)

A museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, is preparing for the city's 300th anniversary in 2018 with an exhibit that features tribal artifacts.


Hobby Lobby agrees to $3M fine for importing thousands of artifacts
Hobby Lobby agrees to $3M fine for importing thousands of artifacts (July 6, 2017)

According to federal authorities, Hobby Lobby purchased more than 5,500 clay artifacts from dealers in the Middle East but did not confirm whether the items had been properly acquired.


Oneida Nation donated $10M to Museum of the American Revolution
Oneida Nation donated $10M to Museum of the American Revolution (April 17, 2017)

The tribe was the first nation to join America as an ally during the Revolutionary War.


Major museum secures donation of 'masterworks' by Native artists
Major museum secures donation of 'masterworks' by Native artists (April 7, 2017)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will be featuring Native art more prominently in its American Wing.


Steven Newcomb: Museum excludes Kumeyaay Nation from history
Steven Newcomb: Museum excludes Kumeyaay Nation from history (February 13, 2017)

The San Diego Maritime Museum and its exclusion of the Kumeyaay Nation.


Steven Newcomb: Museum hides truth about invasion of tribal land
Steven Newcomb: Museum hides truth about invasion of tribal land (January 23, 2017)

'Millions were spent on replica ship used to invade Native nations.'


Statue of imprisoned activist Leonard Peltier coming down in D.C.
Statue of imprisoned activist Leonard Peltier coming down in D.C. (January 3, 2017)

American University initially took no position on the 9-foot-tall wooden statue but changed course after hearing from an FBI-affiliated group.


Sycuan Band unveils museum located at site of ancestral village
Sycuan Band unveils museum located at site of ancestral village (January 3, 2017)

The Sycuan Cultural Resource Center and Museum displays artifacts uncovered at the village of Matamo.


Cronkite News: Navajo chef takes helm at NMAI in nation's capitol
Cronkite News: Navajo chef takes helm at NMAI in nation's capitol (November 30, 2016)

Classic French, Italian and Japanese food are all highly regarded in the culinary community, but traditional Native American dishes?


Pojoaque Pueblo showcases historic pottery at cultural center
Pojoaque Pueblo showcases historic pottery at cultural center (October 19, 2016)

A new exhibit is the result of an ongoing collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian.


Native activists question focus of human rights museum in Canada
Native activists question focus of human rights museum in Canada (October 6, 2016)

'It’s the Great Canadian Myth on display,' one activist told The New York Times.


Pokagon Band set to reclaim ancestors from museum in Illinois
Pokagon Band set to reclaim ancestors from museum in Illinois (September 13, 2016)

The Lake County Discovery Museum is following the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.


Native Sun News: Lakota artists recount legend of the Black Hills
Native Sun News: Lakota artists recount legend of the Black Hills (July 7, 2016)

The Great Race, a story of the formation of the Black Hills in South Dakota, an ovate shaped range of hills and mountains that clearly resemble a modern racecourse, was recorded in written format by Oglala Lakota author James LaPointe.


Cynthia Palcich: Apache scouts receive Medal of Honor for service
Cynthia Palcich: Apache scouts receive Medal of Honor for service (June 21, 2016)

When researching the names and personal histories of these Scouts, the researcher discovers that the Scouts themselves are hard to track.


Native Sun News: Sioux Indian Museum affected by city proposal
Native Sun News: Sioux Indian Museum affected by city proposal (June 7, 2016)

Were the Journey to be moved to the outskirts of town, to a decentralized site, it would lose its duality of place as a conveniently accessible events center and community and cultural centerpiece.


Native Sun News: Major changes eyed at museum with tribal items
Native Sun News: Major changes eyed at museum with tribal items (June 6, 2016)

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender wants to convert The Journey Museum & Learning Center into a housing and community support services facility.


Doreen Wonda Johnson: National Code Talker Museum needed in D.C.
Doreen Wonda Johnson: National Code Talker Museum needed in D.C. (May 10, 2016)

Our freedom is the direct result of the sacrifices of our Navajo Code Talkers during the Second World War.


Lakota Country Times: Pine Ridge artist gains national recognition
Lakota Country Times: Pine Ridge artist gains national recognition (April 27, 2016)

One Lakota artist is beginning to reap the benefits of over twenty years of work having landed the cover of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Magazine.


Ledger art enjoys renewed focus among museums and collectors
Ledger art enjoys renewed focus among museums and collectors (April 22, 2016)

Collectors, academics and museums are trying to ensure Indian ledger art from the 1800s can be appreciated in its original format.


Native Sun News: Indian artists create tipi for Wyoming museum
Native Sun News: Indian artists create tipi for Wyoming museum (March 25, 2016)

Curators at the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum were excited to erect a tipi, designed and inspired by Bilford Curley Sr., Northern Cheyenne elder and society man, and painted by Jim Starkey, Cheyenne River Sioux.


Chickasaw Nation helps restart work on troubled Indian museum
Chickasaw Nation helps restart work on troubled Indian museum (March 16, 2016)

The tribe has agreed to contribute $15 million for construction and up to $14 million for operations of the stalled American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.


Rare quiver and arrow from 1800s donated to museum in Alaska
Rare quiver and arrow from 1800s donated to museum in Alaska (March 15, 2016)

The Alutiiq quiver, which is made out of red cedar, and arrow were handed down through a family for generations.


EJ Montini: Fritz Scholder was a genius who redefined 'Indian' art
EJ Montini: Fritz Scholder was a genius who redefined 'Indian' art (March 14, 2016)

Fritz Scholder was an art phenomenon and many of the pictures in the Phoenix show come from a time when he rocked that world.


Lakota Country Times: Exhibit focuses on 'Horse Nation' traditions
Lakota Country Times: Exhibit focuses on 'Horse Nation' traditions (March 14, 2016)

The arrival of the horse on to the great plains put in to motion a series of historical incidents that led to the rise of one of the most powerful nations North America has ever known


James Pepper Henry: Gilcrease Museum showcases tribal artists
James Pepper Henry: Gilcrease Museum showcases tribal artists (February 29, 2016)

Given my family and cultural ties to the area, and personal connection to Gilcrease, the opportunity to return to Oklahoma and work for this amazing institution was not to be missed.


Seminole Tribe showcases long-lost declaration of independence
Seminole Tribe showcases long-lost declaration of independence (February 8, 2016)

The tribe hadn't seen the document since it was hand-delivered to then-president Dwight D. Eisenhower on March 1, 1954.


Sycuan Band converts tennis club into museum and cultural center
Sycuan Band converts tennis club into museum and cultural center (January 28, 2016)

The cultural center and museum will house the tribe's artifacts and share the tribe's history.


Mary Pember: A confusing and disappointing mascot exhibit
Mary Pember: A confusing and disappointing mascot exhibit (November 11, 2015)

Despite the impressive exterior signage announcing the new 'Mascots' exhibit at the National Underground Freedom Center, the exhibit itself is tiny and confusing.


Denver Art Museum maintains strong commitment to Native art
Denver Art Museum maintains strong commitment to Native art (October 28, 2015)

The museum pays particularly close attention to contemporary Indian artists through its exhibitions and a residency program.


Exhibit features photos of tribal leaders and Abraham Lincoln
Exhibit features photos of tribal leaders and Abraham Lincoln (September 18, 2015)

Tribal leaders, military generals and ordinary civilians sat for portraits in the Washington, D.C., studio of Alexander Gardner.


First treaty after Declaration of Independence was with tribes
First treaty after Declaration of Independence was with tribes (September 14, 2015)

Despite the significance of the Treaty of Watertown of 1776, the United States did not acknowledge the existence of the tribal signatories for more than 200 years.


Clara Caufield: Story helps bring Indian rodeo to large audience
Clara Caufield: Story helps bring Indian rodeo to large audience (September 7, 2015)

Around Memorial Day this year, I penned a feature story about a young Crow cowgirl, Michelle Walking Bear.


Portland Art Museum to return medicine bundles to Crow Tribe
Portland Art Museum to return medicine bundles to Crow Tribe (August 6, 2015)

The sacred items will be had been donated to the museum by a collector.


Navajo Nation Museum dubs second film in Dine language
Navajo Nation Museum dubs second film in Dine language (July 21, 2015)

The cast for the dubbed version of Finding Nemo features 11-year-old Quinton Kien.


Lakota Country Times: Journey Museum hosts young artist
Lakota Country Times: Journey Museum hosts young artist (July 21, 2015)

The Journey museum in Rapid City is playing host to a young emerging Lakota artist.


Museum in New York to display U.S. flag given to Iroquois in 1800s
Museum in New York to display U.S. flag given to Iroquois in 1800s (July 7, 2015)

The presentation flag features the familiar stripes on the U.S. flag, plus an image of an eagle.


Smithsonian festival to feature replica of sacred bridge in Peru
Smithsonian festival to feature replica of sacred bridge in Peru (June 22, 2015)

Representatives of four Quechua communities will build the Q’eswachaka Bridge on the National Mall.


Hopi Tribe trying to stop yet another auction of sacred property
Hopi Tribe trying to stop yet another auction of sacred property (June 2, 2015)

The Katsina Friends were sold for about $44,000 amid a silent protest from two women who were removed from the auction house in France.


Keweenaw Bay Indian Community to honor Civil War veterans
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community to honor Civil War veterans (May 21, 2015)

The Marquette Regional History Center is hosting an event titled Remembering and Honoring the Civil War Ogichidaa.


Saginaw Chippewa Tribe holds reburial ceremony next week
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe holds reburial ceremony next week (May 15, 2015)

The tribe will be putting 43 ancestors to rest. The remains were being held by three museums and institutions.


Lakota Country Times: Museum features work of ledger artist
Lakota Country Times: Museum features work of ledger artist (May 15, 2015)

The Sioux Indian Museum, administered by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, will feature an exhibit of ledger art by Evans Flammond, Sr.


Designers take inspiration from Native cultures for new works
Designers take inspiration from Native cultures for new works (May 14, 2015)

Pamela Love cites the late Hopi designer Charles Loloma as an influence while other designers appear to take on a more generic Native tone.


American Indian Cultural Center and Museum stuck in limbo
American Indian Cultural Center and Museum stuck in limbo (May 8, 2015)

The facility sits unfinished in Oklahoma City and needs another $80 million before it can open to the public.


Pechanga Band to reclaim collection of ancestors and artifacts
Pechanga Band to reclaim collection of ancestors and artifacts (April 30, 2015)

The collection includes more than 50,000 items that were taken from the first village of the Luiseno people.


Museum named after famed Pueblo woman artist closes doors
Museum named after famed Pueblo woman artist closes doors (April 15, 2015)

The Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts was the only facility in the U.S. devoted solely to Native women artists.


Review: Beauty over context in museum exhibition on Plains art
Review: Beauty over context in museum exhibition on Plains art (April 14, 2015)

The sins of Western culture as regards to its Indian policy scarcely rear their ugly head. They are alluded to through asides in secondary material and discrete videos.


Bois Forte Band set to recover sacred items uncovered in 1920s
Bois Forte Band set to recover sacred items uncovered in 1920s (April 14, 2015)

The items belonged to the Midewiwin, a sacred society, and will be returned under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.


Review: Masterpieces of Native art at museum in New York City
Review: Masterpieces of Native art at museum in New York City (April 8, 2015)

Curator Gaylord Torrence set an ambitious agenda for The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky – distill 2,000 years of artistic achievement by Plains Indians, with a particular focus on the changing culture of the last three centuries.


Lecture focuses on repatriation of tribal intellectual properties
Lecture focuses on repatriation of tribal intellectual properties (March 25, 2015)

The Sam Noble Musuem in Oklahoma will host Trevor Reed, the director of the Hopi Music Repatriation Project, next week.


City in Michigan keeps collection of Indian items in basement
City in Michigan keeps collection of Indian items in basement (March 23, 2015)

The Con Foster Museum Collection reportedly includes 7,000 artifacts and may at one point have included ancestral remains.