Is “The Addiction” the End for Nightshield?

Nightshield's New New is also his Final CD! by Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor The Addiction....NIghtshield's Newest CD!!! Fresh off his recent "Best Hip Hop" win at The Indian Summer Music Awards, South Dakota Hip Hop Pioneer, Night Shield, returns to iPod's and CD Decks everywhere with his ...

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#ThereIsHope – Suicide Prevention and Awareness on the Pine Ridge

The Pine Ridge Reservation, a place that is often painted as one of the most impoverished, unhealthy and downright ugly places that you can imagine, whose 28,000 residents call this place home and choose not only to overlook the negative, but also to do what they can to make it beautiful. One of those residents is local youth, Janay Jumping Eagle, Oglala Lakota, of Kyle, SD. Last winter, Janay posted a photo to her Facebook profile of a basketball, with the ...

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Hoopin’ It Up in Hoopa

You might remember some hoop dancing videos we've shared of Sage Romero before. Or our in-depth interview with the accomplished hoop dancer from last year. Recently, Sage Romero was invited to Hoopa, California to perform his special brand of hoop dancing for the "Hoopa All Indian Tourney." The video features shots from the performance as well as beautiful landscape shots of the area. Enjoy! For more Hoop Dancing and cultural events by Sage Romero and ...

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Sam Bearpaw Apache Actor!

Sam Bearpaw's great acting career spans movies,tv and modeling! Actor. Producer. Powwow Champion. Sam Bearpaw distinguishes himself in the Powwow arena and in the area of media. This mighty Apache's film credits include the recent "Cowboy Zombies", "Yellow Rock" and "Nate and the Colonel". On Powwow Highway, Sam Bearpaw tells us, “I am ‘Athabaskin Blood’ of the ‘Warm Springs’ and ‘White ...

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Crossing Borders,Blending Boundaries:Peter Ali’s Indigenous Flute!

  Peter Ali teaches Native flute at Northwest Indian College! Peter Ali is proud of his Indigenous flute playing, his Native heritage from Mexico and his opportunities to connect cultures. As he embarked on his musical journey, he also realized that his flute guided him on a spiritual journey as well. He shares his quest with us in this candid interview. ...

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Q&A with Artist and Activist Gregg Deal

Gregg Deal is a Pyramid Lake Paiute artist and activist living in the Washinton DC area. I have personally followed both his art and activism for a year or so now, and was able to snag him from his crazy busy schedule to answer a few questions for me about what drives him in his work. If you have not heard of Gregg Deal, he is a main voice in much of the “Change the Name” movement against the Washington ...

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NITAZ CREATIONZ: NAVAJO BEADER EDNITA THOMPSON

Interview by Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor NITAZ CREATIONZ is the brainchild of Navajo artist Ednita Thompson. Patience, persistence and personality distinguish this Dine Beader's jewelry from many other creative artists. Ednita Thompson shares her talent with us in this candid interview! NITAZ CREATIONZ DK: Beadwork seems to be a universal part of Native culture! What does beading mean to ...

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All Dolled Up: An Interview with Lakota Dollmaker Rhonda Holy Bear

Interview by Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor "Black and White" Dolls by Rhonda Holy Bear Barbie. Baby. China. That's what comes to mind when many people hear the word "Doll". Yet, for Lakota Dollmaker, Rhonda Holy Bear, dolls carry culture and character. Each of her dolls is a masterpiece on a visceral, artistic level. ...

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Clean and Sober: Donald Keeble’s a Role Model on Powwow Highway!

Donald Keeble lives a clean, sober life as a Traditional Dancer, a scholar and an educator. He's a prominent presence on the Powwow Trail, but Forest County Potawatomi Rez is always home. He shares his dance style and the stories it contains in this delightful visit. Interview by Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor Dawn: Great to visit with you! Please introduce yourselves to ...

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Native Small Business Highlight: OXDX Clothing

Jared Yazzi is a Navajo business owner and designer at OXDX Clothing and is based out of Chandler, AZ. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the 2014 Standford Powwow in Palo Alto California and was excited to feature him as my first article in an ongoing series I hope to highlight Native owned small businesses.

Corinne: When did you decide that owning your business is what you wanted to do? What inspired you? Jared: In the beginning ...

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