August 14th – Navajo Code Talker Day in the State of Arizona

Long overdue recognition for Arizona's Navajo Code Talkers. Arizona Central reports Gov. Jan Brewer, joined by several Code Talkers on Wednesday, held a private ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 1099, which unanimously passed both houses of the Legislature earlier this year. ...

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Hoop Dancing – A Celebration of Life

Some very luckily kids were asked to perform for an international audience recently! Ambassador Keith Harper, U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council, hosted a performance by young hoop dance performers from the Pueblo of Pojoaque at the U.S. Mission, Friday, July 18. “When we talk about human rights, we like to focus on the human part of that, and of course one of the essential elements of being human is cultural expression," ...

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A Hero Finds A Home in the Powwow Circle: A visit with Harley Upton

Harley Upton   Interview by Dr. Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor   Q) Magnificent dancing! Start us off with the highlight reel...What would you like to share with us that will help us get to know you? A) Where to start, well first of all my name is Harley B. Upton. I am an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache tribe(Mother’s Side), my other half is Northern Ponca of Nebraska(Father’s ...

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First Nation Round Dance Group – Logan Alexis Singers

Here's your feel good video of the day. Check out the Logan Alexis Singers from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation perform the song "Land of the Free" from their new album. The Logan Alexis Singers are a round dance group made up of family members and protégés of the late Logan Alexis beloved husband, father, grandfather, mentor and respected elder of the community of the Alexis First ...

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Survival Skills: A look at the Survival of the First Voices Festival

  by Dr. Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor "It is now 2014 and we want to see more Native Americans and First Nations people in mainstream culture doing what they are passionate about," announces Allie Young, the Co-Founder of the Survival of the First Voices Festival. "Indigenous youth ought to see the prideful work and perseverance of their people. The youth need to feel empowered, and only inspiration from role models, young ...

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In the Footsteps of the Navajo: Help Ron Cooper with His Journey

Recently we shared a story on Ron Cooper, the Comanche man who retraced the Trail of Tears and wrote a book about his journey. After such an amazing experience he decided he wanted to take on the Navajo Long Walk. Well, that time has come and he's now looking for support with a new Kickstarter. Here's a little bit more from his page: I'll be retracing on foot The Long ...

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Pine Ridge’s WK-4 Directions Skatepark Looking to Expand

The WK4-Directions/Toby Eaglebull Memorial skatepark on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota is a project of Stronghold Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The WK4- Directions Skateparks program hopes to become a model for future skateparks in Native communities. Back in 2011 the first phase of the skatepark was completed with the help of generous supporters like Skater/musician Jeff Ament, Montana Pool Service, ...

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Shoni Schimmel Shines in WNBA All-Star Game

Did you catch the WNBA All-Star Game this weekend? Once again Shoni Schimmel proves her star power by breaking the record for most points ever scored in an All-Star game: 29! Great job! Anthony Gonzales/Getty Images Some highlights below from ESPN: It was also reported earlier this week that Rookie Shoni Schimmel of the Atlanta Dream has the top-selling ...

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Learn the Art of Drum Making with Shawn Littlebear

Shawn Littlebear (Southern Cheyenne) is the host of a new show on Cheyenne and Arapaho Television called The Native Drum. Littlebear is a traditional drum maker who shares with us his techniques for making drums in this premier episode. Watch below! Once again Cheyenne and Arapaho Television are bringing us quality shows that keep traditions and native creativity alive. Thank you!


Pow Wow Calendar Update – July 16, 2014

Check the list below for the latest Pow Wows added to our calendar and ones coming up in the next couple of weeks! Plan your Pow Wow trips! Upcoming Pow Wow WildFire Phillips InterTribal Pow Wow July 26 - July 27 13 Sharon Drive, Fair Haven, Vermont - 05743 36th Annual Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow July 25-27, 2013 Queens County Farm Museum, Floral Park, NY July 25 - July 27 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, Queens, Floral Park, New York - 11004-112 Redbird's 2014 ...

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Making Patterns in Peyote or Gourd Stich Beadwork

There were quite a few folks asking about how to put patterns together in gourd stitch so I thought I would see what I could do to help folks get …


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