National Congress of American Indian draws huge crowd for annual convention (November 16, 2023)The nation’s largest inter-tribal advocacy organization is at a major crossroads as it celebrates a milestone anniversary.
Native America Calling: Buffy Sainte-Marie and the weight of the truth (November 7, 2023)Buffy Sainte-Marie’s stated connections to any tribe in Canada or the United States appear to be completely made up. What’s next?
Canadian documentary focuses on ‘Icon’ who based career on Native identity (October 25, 2023)A Canadian news documentary focuses on the Native identity claims of one of the most celebrated performers in entertainment history.
Self-proclaimed Native Republican sentenced to prison for U.S. Capitol attack (September 14, 2023)In a court filing, U.S. Capitol breach defendant Jorge Aaron Riley finally admitted he knows little to nothing about his supposed “American Indian” heritage.
Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation works to protect our artists (April 10, 2023)For too many generations, citizens of tribal nations around the country, including Cherokee Nation citizens, saw their language, their culture and their artistic expression suppressed and eroded by policies of the United States.
Republicans take power on day of ‘chaos’ on Capitol Hill (January 3, 2023)The 118th Congress began in a most unusual fashion as Republicans descended into what one Democrat derided as “chaos” in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Native America Calling: Tribal Leadership discuss citizenship and identity (November 2, 2022)Citizenship is one of the keystones of sovereignty for every tribe.
Dina Gilio Whitaker: Sacheen Littlefeather was a Pretendian (October 28, 2022)“Pretendianism” – the act of falsely claiming American Indian heritage – does real harm.
Controversial scholar walks away from Native food organizations (October 27, 2022)A controversial scholar who claimed to be Native for decades has ended her relationships with two prominent Native food organizations.
Native food sovereignty figure admits no tribal connections (October 21, 2022)A scholar who has made a name for herself in Native food sovereignty has vowed to stop claiming to be of “Mohawk/Mi’kmaq descent” despite doing so for decades.
‘The Pretendians’ documentary from Canada tackles hot topic (September 30, 2022)A new documentary tackles a topic that continues to generate controversy. Why are so many people claiming to be Indian?
Young Native woman sounds alarm about violence in Indian Country (April 22, 2022)A prominent photographer who built a sizable following online with posts featuring Native women and girls is stepping out of the spotlight after survivors came forward with accounts of trauma.
Pretendian Country Today: ‘My dad is a fake Native American’ (March 7, 2022)Have you subscribed to Pretendian Country Today? Why not?
Indigenous Kinship Collective issues statement about finances and founder (February 28, 2022)The most prominent “Indigenous” group in New York City is responding to concerns about Regan Loggans, also known as Regan de Loggans.
Self-described ‘agitator’ changes tribal affiliation story after inquiries (February 25, 2022)The leader of New York City’s most prominent and vocal Indigenous group is changing their story after being asked about their tribal affiliation claims.
Roundtable examines ‘toxic workplace culture’ at Washington football team (January 28, 2022)Leaders of a U.S. Congressional committee will host a roundtable to examine what they are calling the “toxic workplace culture” within the Washington professional football team.
Celeste Pedri-Spade: Self-indigenization has become a real problem (January 27, 2022)What we are facing has been, and continues to be, a settler colonial crisis, which under its current guise, seeks to replace us.
Self-proclaimed ‘Auntie’ admits being wrong about tribal affiliations (January 24, 2022)A social media figure who built a following by creating “Native” content is backing away from her tribal affiliation claims.
The Conversation: Native nations are the experts on citizenship (December 13, 2021)There is a growing movement to identify and call-out people who have fraudulently held positions by claiming indigeneity like Cheyanne Turions, Joseph Boyden, Michelle Latimer and Carrie Bourassa.
Fraudulent Native artist charged with violating Indian Arts and Crafts Act (November 24, 2021)A Washington man who claims to be a Native artist has been charged with violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act and for illegally possessing eagle feathers and other bird parts.
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