Two First Nations Women Compete for Miss Universe Canada Title

The Miss Universe Canada pageant is an annual competition to see who will be the Canadian representative sent to compete at the Miss Universe pageant. This year there are two First Nations women in the running! Cree Big Plume Cree Big Plume is a 24-year-old Tsuu T’ina First Nations woman from the Tsuu T’ina Nation, Alberta. She is a part time database technician ...

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Making Sure Anishinaabe Remains a Living Language

Photo by Troye Fox Just like any area in the United States, the languages of its original inhabitants is deeply embedded in places names such as cities, rivers and mountains. Take Anishinaabemowin for example: Lake Michigan (great sea), Chicago (land of the chigag, or skunk) and Wauwatosa (firefly). Professors at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee are now teaching the Native American language for full-credit and hope ...

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Indigenous Students Achieving Greatness

Yesterday I met with Joseph Montoya, a student at San Jose State University and President of his club the “Native American Student Organization” which he started the Spring semester of his Freshman year at SJSU. I wanted to meet with him and talk a little about what motivates him, and the drive he has for achieving his goals at the University. Joseph is Lipan Apache, and his family lives ...

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Lakota Teacher Nominated for LifeChanger of the Year Award

Red Cloud Indian School recently shared the good news that one of their teachers, Philomine Lakota, has been nominated as a 'LifeChanger of the Year'. The LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program from National Life Group that recognizes and rewards K-12 education professionals and school district employees. Any member of the school’s staff is eligible for the award as long as they are making a positive difference in the lives of students. According to Red Cloud Indian School, ...

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How Do You Say in Good Morning in Cheyenne? Let’s Learn!

The "Let's Learn" video series is brought to you by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Television station (CATV47). The videos are meant to introduce basic Cheyenne and Arapaho language to young tribal members ages three-year-old to seven-year-old, but don't be shy if you're an adult! It's never too late to learn a new language. "LET'S LEARN SOME CHEYENNE" BUFFALO from CATV47 on Vimeo. "LET'S ...

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Navajo Elder Honored at USU Pow Wow

Here's your feel good pow wow story of the week. The 42nd Annual Utah State University (USU) Pow Wow was held this past weekend in Logan, Utah. According to Angela Enno, a multicultural program coordinator for USU's Access and Diversity Center, it's one of the largest events the campus holds every year. As reported by Cache Valley Daily, it's a pow wow that one Navajo woman has been attending for years. USU alumnus Jenny Begaii has been attending the event for ...

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Video: Gordon Yellowman Discusses Traditional Medicine

Cheyenne Peace Chief Gordon Yellowman recently sat down with The Oklahoman and CATV47 to discuss traditional Cheyenne remedies he learned from his family members. In the video he briefly talks about tobacco, sumac, bitterroot, sage, cedar and more. Cheyenne Peace Chief Gordon Yellowman discusses traditional medicine from CATV47 on Vimeo. Some of these might be familiar to you and your community. If not, what are some of the traditional medicines you use?

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Native Youth Take on Mascot Issue at South Dakota School

  Elle magazine recently featured a story on the Damakota Youth Group, a group of female basketball players on the Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota who are trying to convince neighboring Sisseton School to change their Redmen mascot name and logo. It's not just the name and the logo that are offensive, it's also the school culture surrounding the name, particularly the homecoming activities. The Sisseton School District also has an annual ...

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Designer Thought No One Would Notice This Ripoff. Wrong!

Wow, folks are getting bold these days. As reported by Beyond Buckskin and Native Appropriations, KTZ Official launched a new collection for New York Fashion Week. The collection was "inspired" by Native Americans, but I think inspiration went a little too far and the designer basically lifted exact designs without knowing the true meaning behind them. Let's take a look at some of the pieces in the collection and ...

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Native Youth Share Their Experiences at Student Voices Session

As part of the School Environment Listening Tour, a nine-city tour in seven states designed to identify the impact of school environment on young Native Americans, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was able to sit down with 15 young Native Americans to hear their concerns about education in their communities. Here are some of the quotes from the students Duncan met with, as reported on the U.S. Department of Education website: “When native students have a space for cultural continuity ...

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