The life of a Powwow MC! An interview with Tom Phillips

During the Stanford Powwow on May 9th 2015, Tom Phillips took precious time from his dinner break to sit with me and discuss what it means to him to be a Powwow MC, and how he came to this arena of his life.

Me: I wanted to ask you what made you decide to pursue becoming an MC? Tom Phillips: Years ago right around the Alcatraz occupation, I decided that I would try to divert some of my efforts towards ...

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Rest In Peace – Spike Draper

Indian Country mourns the loss of a Pow Wow Champion Spike Draper. Spike Draper passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the LDS Church in Kirtland, New Mexico at 10:00 am. Flowers can be sent to Cope Memorial Funeral Home in Kirtland, New Mexico. ...


Southern Style: Miss Indian North Carolina!

MISS INDIAN NORTH CAROLINA! Interview by Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor Quick! Where is NDN COUNTRY? South Dakota? New Mexico? Oklahoma?  While each of these great states is home to outstanding tribes and Native nations, North Carolina also ranks in the Top Ten states with Native population, according to the US Census. Miss Indian North Carolina, Savannah Baber, shares her journey to represent these Southeast Tribes and ...

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Once She Started, She Just Can’t Quit! Navajo Beadworker Gwendolyn Tsosie!

Gwendolyn Tsosie ...Navajo Beadworker! Interview by Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor Artist and Student, Gwendolyn Tsosie ! Breathtaking beadwork! Stunning stitching! Exciting designs! All in a day's work for a dynamic Dine' /Navajo artist who chatted with us at recently! ...

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Sassamin Weeden…Royal Role Model!

Sassamin Weeden...Royal Role Model! Her bright smile and graceful fancy shawl steps make Sassamin Weeden the perfect powwow princess! The current Mashpee Wampanoag powwow princess is 21 years young and an enrolled member of the federally recognized Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe located in Mashpee, Massachusetts. Powwows ...

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Two Oglala Lakota to be Honored at White House – Champions of Change!

On Tuesday, May 19th, the White House will honor twelve former foster youth as “Champions of Change” who are making a difference in their communities. In addition to honoring these young people for their courage, resilience, and contributions, the event will also highlight their commitment to furthering their education. The event will showcase the stories and work of these inspirational leaders as a part of National Foster Care Month. The program will feature remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne ...

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Ready for Regalia: House Of Chantel Redefines Powwow Style!

Ready for the Powwow Circle! Style for the Circle! Interview by Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor Innovation and Insight! With her sense of style and skillful sewing, one Anishinabe designer is turning heads in the powwow arena! Her ...

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First Native Owned Boutique and Gallery opens in Rapid City, SD

In the past, Rapid City hasn't had the best reputation with treating the diverse population with fairness and equality. Three Affiliated Tribes artist, dancer and now business owner, Lauren GoodDay Giago, along with her sister and mother, prove that it's possible to operate a fully Native owned and staffed business in the heart of the historic city. (L-R) Vanessa Frank, Lauren GoodDay Giago and their mother, Deb Painte


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Indigenous Students Achieving Greatness: Conor Handley

Indigenous Students Achieving Greatness: Conor Handley

(Conor Handley outside the United Nations building in NY)

Conor Handley is Yaqui, and a Jr. at Humboldt State University in Arcata CA. He is majoring in Native American Studies with a minor in Range Land Resource Science and Environmental Ethics. I had the distinct pleasure of ...

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A Tribute to Cheyenne Brady from U.S. Senator

  Cheyenne Brady was recently crowned the 2015 Miss Indian World at the Gathering of Nations. U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp took time out from her schedule to formally congratulate Ms. Brady. Here she is in her own words: Mr. President, I congratulate Ms. Cheyenne Brady, a resident of the great State of North Dakota, on being crowned the 2015-2016 Miss Indian World. The Miss Indian World competition is the largest and most prestigious cultural pageant for young Native women and was recently ...

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