The staff director and chief counsel to Senator Jon Tester for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) has been appointed to lead the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC). The NAIHC supports Native communities in their self-determined goals to provide culturally relevant and quality, affordable housing for their people.
Anthony (Tony) Walters, a member of the Cherokee Nation, will begin his new role as NAIHC executive director on April 3, 2017.
After four years with the SCIA, Walters brings with him a strong background in advocacy and Indian law and policy, including the development of legislative strategies. From Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Walters earned his Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Juris Doctor from the Oklahoma University College of Law.Read More…
The feature film Te Ata and 10 other internationally acclaimed Indigenous-made or themed films will be screened at the 2017 Native Crossroads Film Festival, set for April 7 and 8 in Norman, Oklahoma. Past attendees of the Native Crossroads Film Festival include Chris Eyre, Wes Studi and Steven Paul Judd.
This year, actor and filmmaker Devery Jacobs and other filmmakers, including Kyle Bell, will be available for open discussions after the screenings.
“Bodies in Motion” is the theme for this year’s festival and symposium that will highlight features, short, animation and documentary films. The festival will examine the presence of Native symbolism in history, sports, politics, the environment and popular culture. Read More…
The parent agencies of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are seeing major cuts to offset increases in defense spending.
Republican President Donald Trump is promising to “Make America Great Again” by making major cuts to Indian Country programs. In his very first budget blueprint, Trump seeks a 12 percent cut at the Department of the Interior and a 17.9 percent cut at the Department of Health and Human Services. While the 62-page document is just a proposal — it's up to Congress to appropriate the money — it spells major trouble for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service, which have historically been underfunded due to competing priorities and lack of interest from leaders in the nation's capital.. “We need mandatory funding, not discretionary,” Ed Thomas, a Tlingit leader who serves as the co-chair of the Tribal/Interior Budget Council, said at the winter meeting of the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C., last month.Read More…
In the casino world, bigger is better, and more is more. From every corner and swath of Indian country, tribes are expanding and renovating their resort casinos. Think more hotel rooms, more gaming options, more restaurants and buffets, and more luxury.
Below are five of the most recent and largest expansions, renovations and groundbreakings.
San Jacinto, CA 92583
In 1983 the Soboba Tribe of San Jacinto, California cautiously ventured into Indian Gaming with humble beginnings, a simple bingo hall in a temporary sprung structure and pre-fabricated trailer. On Tuesday February 28, after 22 years of struggles and challenges, legal battles and negotiations, changes and building, the Tribe and casino management proudly broke ground to mark the beginning of the construction of a modern, permanent casino-resort.Read More…
It has taken twenty years for the bestselling novel, Neither Wolf Nor Dog to get made. And Indian Country was the venue as the independent film opened up Friday February 24 at the Yakama Nation Heritage Theater in Toppenish, WA, in theaters in Bemidji and Rochester, MN, and in South Dakota, where much of the film is set. These were the four sites to host the film’s theatrical premiere and they provided a very successful opening as the film was held over for another week at most of the venues.
Based on Kent Nerburn’s 1996 bestselling novel of the same name, Neither Wolf Nor Dog is the story of a well-meaning white writer (Nerburn himself, played by Christopher Sweeney) who is drawn into Native culture when a Lakota elder asks him to turn a box full of notes into a book. The elder — a man named Dan is played by 95-year-old David Bald Eagle — uses the opportunity to poke holes in Nerburn’s — and the audience’s — assumptions about Native people.
David Bald Eagle walked on his journey to the spirit world this past July at age 97, but was able to view the film and said, “It’s the only film I’ve been in about my people that told the truth.”Read More…
It's great to see so many familiar faces on this list recently posted to Buzzfeed: 10 Canadian Indigenous Women To Watch. You might even recognize a few ladies from previous articles on our website. Check it out!
1. Ashley Callingbull
I know you've seen this Enoch Cree Nation beauty on our page before. She is the first Indigenous woman to win the title of Mrs. Universe, as well as the first Canadian Woman to win the title. And you probably enjoyed her time on the Amazing Race Canada last year! She is definitely an outspoken advocate for Indigenous women in her community as well as her country.Read More…
Here's a sweet sports moment from the other night. Bronson Koenig, basketball player for the Wisconsin Badgers, was recently treated to a traditional song from the Thundercloud Singers.
Koenig is currently a senior, so you know the NBA is right around the corner! It's definitely been a dream of his, so we'll just have to wait and see if he gets drafted! Read More…
HAND CRAFTED CUT BEADED NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN VEST,SIDE DRAGS,& CONCHO BELT SET – eBay Find of the Week
VERY NICE HAND CRAFTED CUT BEADED NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN VEST, SIDE DRAGS, AND BRASS CONCHO BELT SET!
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This very nice orange Native American Indian set features a fully cut beaded (front and back) vest, a pair of cut beaded buckskin fringed side drags, and a wide leather brass concho belt. The pieces feature Native American Indian cross design beadwork done with small 3 cut beads, buckskin fringe, brass conchos, and brass tacks. The set was made by A. Hedgepeth; Tribe: Choctaw. It is a open style vest that has a liner. This set is in great overall condition with one small spot of beadwork damage but the buckskin fringe shows some dirt from use. This beautiful set is a great deal at its low price.
DIMENSIONS: THE VEST IS 22″ LONG AND 46″ IN THE CHEST AREA. THE SIDE DRAGS ARE 22″ LONG AND 9 1/2″ WIDE. THE BELT IS 3 1/2″ WIDE AND IS PUNCHED FOR A 34″-38″ WAIST. Read More…
Going to a Mall as a destination has not been part of my travel plans since I was a teen in the 80s. Without a pocket full of quarters ready for the arcade, I wasn't sure how I would spend my days. On top of that a trip to a mall in Minnesota in the middle of February. Nope, not what I thought would be a weekend I would enjoy.
The Mall of America is more than just a mall. The mall is a travel destination!
When you plan your Pow Wow trips in Minnesota, add the Mall of America as a stop
Don't forget each August the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux host exhibition dances at the mall as part of their Shakopee Pow Wow! I was honored to be invited to participate in the annual MinNoCoata program by the Mall of America. The mall brings together several bloggers each year to show that the mall can be a great trip even during a Minnesota winter. My flight from South Carolina landed in 11-degree temperature with a wind chill of -5!Read More…
A call to action has been made. Will you be there to protect Mother Earth?
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous grassroots leaders call on our allies across the United States and around the world to peacefully March on Washington DC. We ask that you rise in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of the world whose rights protect Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) for the future generations of all.
Standing Rock and Native Nations will lead a march in prayer and action in Washington D.C. on March 10th 2017.
For those who cannot march with us, we ask that you take peaceful action at home in your tribal nations, states, cities, towns, villages and provinces. Read More…
The 30th Annual Carolina Indian Circle Powwow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The powwow was a great success and looks to be around for many more years to come.
“[The powwow has] grown larger and larger and we’ve seen more support from the University community as the powwow was grown over the years,” said Amy Locklear Hertel, director of Carolina’s American Indian Center. “We’re even seeing the Chapel Hill community embracing the powwow. We see the Chancellor embracing powwow. The Chancellor has been to our powwow every year since she became chancellor here.”
Hertel hopes that powwow isn’t just a one-time exposure, but a starting point for students and the community member to learn more about the culture. Read More…
Are you planning a trip to the 2017 Gathering of Nations – North America's Largest Pow Wow?
Get started with our tips and travel links!
The Gathering of Nations takes place the 4th weekend of April each year. The event is attended by over 100,000 people from all over the world.
While you are in the area be sure to visit some of Albuquerque's attractions!
Make your travel plans early!
Hotels and flights will fill up fast.
2017 Gathering of Nations
April 28-29, 2017
Tingley Coliseum – Expo New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico Read More…
There are many potential steps involved in researching your genealogy, especially if you’re starting from scratch. Before you do anything else, it’s of course, best to start with your living family members – gather information from your oral history, and search through their old records and photographs. You may be surprised at how much you can learn this way!
But you might not get all the answers you’re looking for. Especially for those of us with Indian ancestry, it can be tough tracking down information through written records. The census only dates back so far, and some archives are simply not as well-maintained as others. Thankfully, though, there are other routes you can take for learning about your genealogy, such as DNA testing.
Inaugural “Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival ” Takes Place at University of Toronto
It's hard to believe that this is the first major pow wow held on the University of Toronto campus! According to an article published on the University of Toronto website, the pow wow this weekend will be the university's “first major, arena-style powwow in decades.”
The event, Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival, is being organized by U of T students and open to the public. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and an alumna of U of T’s Faculty of Medicine is expected to be in attendance.
It's a “teaching powwow,” meant to educate others about Indigenous traditions, said Jennifer Sylvester, president and communications coordinator of the Indigenous Studies Student Union.Read More…
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March 6, 2017
Contact: Mallory Black
For the first time in history, a culturally-relevant, safe and confidential resource is available for Native American survivors of domestic violence and dating violence, who now make up more than 84 percent of the entire U.S. Native population. The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and The Hotline have launched the first, national crisis line dedicated to serving tribal communities affected by violence across the U.S., called the StrongHearts Native Helpline.Read More…
The commercials have aired, the overtime played out, Lady Gaga’s gone home and the ticker tape is all cleaned up from the parade in Boston. For most of the country, the Super Bowl won’t re-enter minds until 2018. But for one hopeful Ho-Chunk entrepreneur and a team of traditional beaders, Super Bowl LII will loom large through the next few months. Collin Price of B-Team Strategy in Tomah, Wisconsin, has made it his goal to deliver 10,000 to 15,000 Native beaded Super Bowl lanyards to the 2018 big game.Read More…
Check the list below for the latest Pow Wows added to our calendar and ones coming up in the next couple of weeks!
Upcoming Pow Wow
2017 Thundering Spirit Pow Wow
March 03 – March 05
20651 New Hwy. 441, Mt. Dora, FL
Lawilowan American Indian Festival
March 11 – March 11
533 Lancaster drive, Shippensburg, PA – 17257
Native Hope International Pasadena Pow Wow
March 04 – March 05
1539 E. Howard St., Pasadena, CA – 91104
California State University, Long Beach 47th Annual Pow wow
March 11 – March 12
1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA – 90842
After you’ve gotten started tracing your family heritage, you may find yourself at a standstill. Information from family members can only get you so far; we can’t depend on everyone in our lives to be excellent record-keepers of the past.
At some point in your genealogy research, you’ll likely have to turn to an external source to find out more information about your personal ancestry and the history of a tribe. There are many sources available to those searching for their Native American history. While going to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. isn’t an option for many people, there are plenty of online resources at your disposal to help your trace your family history.
Here are the top five tools we’d recommend using to trace your genealogy. Read More…
The Pala Band of Mission Indians extends an invitation to you and your family to join us for our annual “Honoring Traditions” Powwow.
August 25-27, 2017
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It is a chance for you to meet and make new friends that will last a lifetime. You will experience some of the culture and traditions of America’s First Nations peoples. Native American culture is sure to keep you in awe as you experience a way of life they will be sharing with you this weekend. Read More…
Come to watch, listen and feel Native American culture and history come to life. Visit the many vendor booths or try a variety of Native foods that are available. The celebration is held outdoors next to Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Admission to the Wacipi Celebration is free and open to all ages.
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July 7-9, 2017
Red Wing, Minnesota
August 18, 19 & 20
SMSC Wacipi Grounds
3212 Dakotah Parkway
Shakopee, MN 55379
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Master of Ceremonies:
Juaquin Hamilton – Ruben Little Head
Honorary Master of Ceremonies:
Chaske La Blanc – Clifton Goodwill
Head Man Judge:
Canku One Star
Head Woman Judge:
Head Singing Judge:
Rooster Top Sky
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2017 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow
April 28-29, 2017
To help spread the word of our lives stream of Gathering of Nations, we are holding an online contest! Enter to win below.
The more you enter, the more chances you have to win! Some entries allow daily entries.
Enter to win a Chief Joseph Pendleton Blanket
During our live stream of the Pow Wow, we will show special codes you can use below to get even more entries for the blanket!Read More…
The Native Nations Rise March on Washington D.C. is taking place this week and Indigenous leaders and allies are all sending a message to the White House – “Native nations cannot continue to be pushed aside to benefit corporate interests and government whim.”
Folks from the Native Nations Rise met with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and other politicians to discuss all this and more.
Make sure you follow along with Indigenous Media Rising this week as they're sure to go live on Facebook and also post videos throughout the day. Read More….
After a short hiatus, StyleHorse Collective and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe are back with a brand new Pow Wow Sweat workout video. This time they're featuring the Chicken Dance.
Don't worry if this video looks too overwhelming!
All right guys, Spring is around the corner and pow wow season is about to begin. Let's get fit!
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National Organizations to Launch Annual Water is Life Expo
Focus on Raising Funds for Clean Water
Flint, MI—Several national organizations including Black Lives Matter, the Indigenous Environmental Network, the Hip Hop Caucus, and the New McCree Theater have partnered with Hip Hop 4 Flint and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to launch the inaugural Water is Life Expo on March 24 – March 26, 2017 at the New McCree Theatre, 2040 W. Carpenter Rd, Flint, Michigan.
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Organized by Yonasda Lonewolf, founder of Hip Hop 4 Flint and the Prince of Peace Church of Flint, the Expo will feature educational workshops that provide a platform for unity and raise awareness of the importance of clean water. Also, a 2-day evening concert featuring dozens of internationally recognized leaders, journalists, youth, and entertainers. Read More…
Native Fashion in the City is hosting the 4th annual Native Fashion in the City at Cluster Studios in the Ri-No Art district in Denver, Colorado on Friday, March 24, 2017. The premier Indigenous fashion event features top designers and models from across the country through a series of workshops, appearances and a fashion runway show during the Denver March Powwow weekend.The popular fashion event will be headlined by ACONAV by Loren Aragon, a favorite at Phoenix Fashion Week, and Jared Yazzie of OxDx. Additional designers on the lineup are Marisa Mike (Marisa Mike), Disa Tootoosis (Disa Tootoosis), Della Stump (Designs by Della), Norma Baker-Flying Horse (Red Berry Woman) and Lakota Sage (Native Gorilla). After the event attendees will have the opportunity to shop straight-from-the-runway pieces right after the fashion show via the Native Fashion in the City website.
“Native Max Magazine has been such a support in my art and design goals since its inception,” said Fashion Designer Jared Yazzie. “Back in 2012, I participated in my very first Native Fashion in the City event and have since grown and built a business that I now run full time. This year's event will be my 4th time returning and I know this event will be the best yet!” Read More…