Native American Blood Quantum, Facts and Myths

      One of the most misunderstood aspect of Native life is Blood Quantum and one of the most common questions is: "What is Blood Quantum" ? A myriad of answers will cascade forth depending on the person and their understanding of what you are asking. For in some communities a person could be counted as Full Blood but not meet the minimum Quantum to enroll in a particular tribe! This mainly because the person ...

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Finally – Andrew Jackson Will Be Removed From $20 Bill

The US Treasury has finally decided, according to the Wall Street Journal.  After a social media poll where people voted between four finalists - former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, civil rights activist Rosa Parks and first female chief of the Cherokee Nation Wilma Mankiller, the decision has been made to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman. Photo from Wikipedia According to Wikipedia: Born a slave ...

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Te Ata – Chickasaw Woman’s Story Lights Up the Screen

Te Ata (TAY’ AH-TAH) is based on the inspiring, true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a woman who traversed cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time. Born in Indian Territory, and raised on the songs and stories of her Chickasaw tribe, Te Ata’s journey to find her true calling led her through isolation, discovery, love and a stage career that culminated in performances for presidents and royalty. Yet of all the stories she ...

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Michelle Obama To Visit Santa Fe Indian School for Commencement

In a press release from the White House this week, it was announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will be giving the commencement speech at Santa Fe Indian School on Thursday May 26, 2016. Santa Fe, New Mexico – As part of the White House Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative, the First Lady will deliver the high school commencement address to the Class of 2016 at Santa Fe Indian School. Gen-I works to improve the lives of Native youth by promoting a ...

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Honoring the Last Surviving War Chief – Joe Medicine Crow

Alex Brandon/Associated Press The loss of any of our elders is tough, but this one is especially heartbreaking. As many news outlets across Indian Country have reported, the last surviving Crow war chief, Joseph Medicine Crow, has passed away. He was 102. In this post from Matthew Brown with the Associated Press, he details Medicine Crow's early life. "A member of the Crow Tribe's Whistling Water clan, ...

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Historical Moccasin Photos

Moccasins are perhaps one of the few dance clothes components wore by dancers, that still retain a great deal of tribal identity in the cut and decoration style used. Concerning the one-piece, soft-soled Omaha moccasins, Fletcher & LaFlesche state, “The moccasins of the Omaha were made without (separate) soles and the (beadwork) embroidery was confined to a narrow band on the top of the foot and the flap about the ankle. There was no marked difference in style between the moccasins worn ...

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Why Native Men Wear Braids

CBC recently interviewed several Native men to find out why they wear braids.  Some it was a symbol of strength.  While for others it was a link to their culture. See more of the responses in the video below.   Be sure to also read our article on caring for braids.

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‘I Am Yup’ik’ on ESPN’s 30 for 30 Shorts

ESPN Films brings us an exciting documentary highlighting the importance of basketball in an Alaska Native community: I Am Yup'ik. Film summary: Every year they gather from tiny subsistence villages on Alaska's Bering Sea Coast, traveling hundreds of miles on bush planes to compete on the biggest stage they will ever know - the All-Yup'ik District Basketball Tournament. The hope of Toksook Bay is Byron Nicholai, a 16-year-old Yup'ik Eskimo who is determined to lead his village to the championship. After ...

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University Powwow Honors Influential Comanche Podiatrist

It's a great honor to once again share with our readers some wonderful photos and a warm review of the 21st Annual UT Arlington Pow Wow that took place this past weekend. Photographer Emilia Gaston was on hand to shoot the event and interview some of the key players this year. Please read more below from Ms. Gaston!...

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The Native “Primary” Vote !!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtX2_ey6fXs Super Tuesday is March 1st and the remaining U.S. Presidential candidates are vying for those precious state Delegate & Caucus votes needed to win their party nomination. The real race is happening right now in the primary run off, the Presidential contenders with the most state delegates from their political party will get their name on the Presidential ballot, which is why its important for Native Americans living on reservations to vote in their primary! The Native Primary & Caucus vote could ...

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