First Nation Activist Featured on HBO’s New Environmental Doc

Ta’Kaiya Blaney is a young environmental activist from Sliammon First Nation in British Columbia, Canada. She might be young but she is wise beyond her years. She has been fighting for earth rights and Indigenous rights since the age of 8! Not only is she an activist but a singer and songwriter. You can hear her passion for the environment and concern for the future in songs such as Earth Revolution. Here she is singing her Earth Revolution song, but not ...

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Wouldn’t You Like to See Her on a $20 Bill?

For Natives, it's a not-so-nice reminder of history every time you open your wallet and see Andrew Jackson's face on the $20 bill. Somehow the guy that helped pass the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which led to the death of thousands of Native Americans, is immortalized on our money. It's been brought up before that Jackson shouldn't even be on paper money seeing as how he "was a fierce opponent ...

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A History Of Powwow – Blackfoot Digital Library

Ryan Heavy Head is the director of Kainai studies at Red Crow Community College located on the Blood Tribe / Kainai reserve in southern Alberta, Canada. One of the many projects he is involved with is the Blackfoot Digital Library. The Blackfoot Digital Library is a venue for sharing our families and our communities stories, past and present. Most certainly it is intended to be an educational resource for all those now living in kitawahsinnoon. In the below video, he records Marvin ...

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Honoring Our Elders – Washington University’s 25th Annual Pow Wow

Washington University’s 25th Annual Pow Wow will be held this weekend, and their theme this year is Honoring Our Elders: Healing Our People Through Tradition. Elders provide younger generations the tools to maintain Native identity well into the twenty-first century. Even as the Native urban population increases and holds gatherings in heavily non-Native settings, elders hold the key for younger generations to hold a strong Native American identity through traditional and spiritual knowledge and perspectives on family, life, tradition, history and ...

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The Language Healers – Now Available on DVD!

Last year we told you about the new film that was playing on the film festival circuit, Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho’ (The Language Healers) , the story of Native peoples striving to revitalize their languages. We're happy to announce that the film is now available on DVD! Just head over to http://www.thelanguagehealers.com/ to find out more information on how to order via PayPal. You can also catch The Language Healers at the upcoming 4th Annual Garifuna International ...

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No KXL! Words from Then That Help Us Now!

As Natives and our allies everywhere deal with the Keystone Pipeline and reflect on President Obama's historic Veto, it's a good time to remember the words of our ancestors about our tribal relationship to the Land, Water and our Environment. These powerful insights from our Elders remind us all of our responsibility to Mother Earth. (Many thanks to Harley Upton Designs!) by Dawn Karima, Native ...

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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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