Weekly News Recap – January 14, 2016

Posted By PowWow Articles January 17th, 2017 Blog

Native American Language Program Recognized By National Geographic Geotourism


A Native American language program in Bemidji, Minnesota was recently recognized by the National Geographic Society’s Mississippi River Geotourism Program.

A certificate presented to the Ojibwe Language Project in November 2016, reads:

“The Mississippi River Geotourism Program Recognizes Bemidji’s Ojibwe Language Project for their valuable contribution to the Mississippi River Geotourism Program, and their support in sustaining and enhancing the unique geographic character of the region through their commitments to aesthetics, culture, environment, heritage, and the well-being of the regions’ residents.” Read More….

Christmas Toy Drive Reaches More Than 1,300 Native Children


A Christmas blizzard didn’t stop the Cheyenne River Youth Project from bringing Christmas to more than 1,300 Native children across South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Lakota reservation.

CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) Teen Center was transformed into Santa’s Workshop for the month of December, and was bustling with elves from around the country and Europe, who volunteered to sort and wrap thousands of gifts coming in from every corner of the United States. Gift came from long-standing partners like the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and Running Strong for American Indian Youth, both based in Virginia; the Spirit of Sovereignty Foundation in Minnesota; the St. Read More…

Broadway Comes to Fox Theater! Foxwoods Celebrates 25 Years With Hits Like Mamma Mia


Foxwoods Resort Casino will celebrate its quarter century milestone this year with a Broadway series that kicks off in April.

The resort casino has hosted the occasional musical in its time, including Hello, Dolly!” in 1996 and “Chicago” in 2000, reported theday.

Now Fox Theater will showcase some of the most famous Broadway tours including the 1971 classic “Jesus Christ Superstar” in April, “42nd Street” in May. Read More…

Dakota Access Pipeline Battle in Deep Freeze. But for How Long?


The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and water protectors navigate camp life in a flood plain, bracing for new decisions on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

“Here it is,” Kelly said with a sense of satisfaction. The director of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Game and Fish department was sitting behind a large L-shaped desk cluttered with papers, notebooks and a red clock playing country music.

He turned his phone horizontally and pointed out the area now known as the Rosebud Camp, one of several communities that grew from the spontaneous movement to try and stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Read More…

Native Stars Dominate Pro Lacrosse: Thompson Brothers Set World Record


A world record for most brothers in a professional lacrosse game was set by the Onondaga Nation’s Thompson brothers.

The world-renowned lacrosse-playing Thompson brothers set a World Record this Saturday, January 7th, as all four took to the field for the season-opener of the Georgia Swarm vs Saskatchewan Rush in Duluth, Georgia.

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#NoDAPL Banner Displayed at US Bank Stadium During NFL Game

usbankdivest Definitely one heck of a way to make a statement! During yesterday’s Minnesota Vikings versus Chicago Bears football game, a couple of people climbed into the rafters and dropped a banner down for thousands of people to see. The banner, which shows the US Bank logo at the top with the words “Divest #NoDAPL”, calls for US Bank to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline project.

And if you weren’t already aware, US Bank is a Minneapolis-based company with the Vikings’ stadium named after the institution, so really what better place to protest the issue? Read More…

Native Trails Celebrates 15th Anniversary Of Cultural Traditions In Scottsdale


If you find yourself visiting Arizona this winter, make sure you don’t miss out on a special experience in Scottsdale. Native Trails is back for their 15th year of sharing cultural traditions of the local Native community.

Read more below from the official press release:

Experience the rich and varied cultures of Native American nations through storytelling, song and dance during the 15th anniversary of Native Trails, presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and produced by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Read More…

Young Ojibwe Artist Draws a Hero – Watch the Trailer for ‘Wabooz’!


It’s so exciting to see a project come to life! Last year we shared a casting call for a new film called Waabooz, about a young Ojibwe boy from Red Cliff, Wisconsin named Rabbit who is obsessed with comic books. The filmmakers wrapped up the project over the summer and put on the finishing touches this past fall with a few screenings at film festivals. Now we get a chance to see the official trailer!

As with most independent films, this movie will first screen at film festivals like the upcoming Green Bay Film Festival and Fargo Film Festival. In fact it’s already won an award for Achievement in Animation at the L.A. Skins Fest!. Read More…

Pow Wow Calendar Update – January 03, 2016


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

Tecumseh Lodge 2017 Mid-Winter Pow Wow
January 07 – January 07
1900 East Main St , Danville, IN – 46122

February 04 – February 04
2 Marina Boulevard, 
San Francisco, CA – 94115                                                                                            Read More..

Native American Beadwork Zuni Beaded Pow Wow Dancer & Chief by Hollie Booqua – eBay Find of the Week


Native American Beadwork Zuni Beaded Pow Wow Dancer by Hollie Booqua

Zuni beadwork has evolved from tourist souvenirs to detailed pieces of folk art. First the Zuni artists carve a wooden form and then they bead over it, using the peyote stitch and seed or glass beads. With a continuous strand, Zuni beaders meticulously create wonderful patterns throughout their beadwork. Magnificent pow wow dancer hand beaded by Hollie Booqua. Unique Native American beadwork that will be a great addition to any collection. Read More..

Water is Life! Float Unofficially Part of the Rose Parade


It might not have been an official float with all the flowers, but it was a beautiful sight to see! Organizers with the Bernie Sanders Brigade, local Native American leaders and other organizations marched immediately behind the last official Rose Parade float and made sure to send out the message that Water is Life!

City and parade officials were notified and were definitely accommodating with the water protectors and respected their mission and right to exercise the first amendment. Read More..


Do you watch the Mohawk Girls?


I can’t believe Mohawk Girls is already in their fourth season! Have you guys been keeping up with this critically-acclaimed and award-winning show at all? In case you’re unfamiliar with it, Mohawk Girls, which airs on APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), takes a comedic look at the lives of four modern-day women trying to stay true to their roots while navigating sex, work, love and what it means to be Mohawk in the 21st century.

This season, the girls are pushed further out of their comfort zones as they deal with interracial dating, politics, wedding planning, love triangles, career aspirations, all as they try to forge their own identities in a community embedded with rules and cultural traditions. Read More..

2017 PowWows.com People’s Choice Award Nominations



The People’s Choice Awards are a way for the visitors of PowWows.com to recognize and honor the outstanding events, dancers, and singers of 2015. Please nominate those that were the best in 2015.

Nominations are open until January 15, 2017. The final polls will be made up of those with the highest number of nominations and those selected by a panel. Read More..


Weekly News Recap – January 8, 2016


Ring in 2017 With DJs, Dancing, Celebrities and Champagne Toasts at Native Casinos

Get down with Kool & the Gang at Thunder Valley Resort Casino on the West Coast, or pop bottles with Ice-T and Coco at Foxwoods Resort Casino on the East Coast. Across Indian country, Native-owned casinos and resorts are counting down to 2017 in style.

Every entertainment option includes dance-worthy music by DJs or live bands, and nearly every gaming venue offers the option to win cash prizes. Read More..

NFL Quarterback – Colin Kaepernick- Donates $50,000 to Standing Rock Health Clinic


Last year, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced the formation of the Colin Kaepernick Foundation, in which a major goal was his “Million Dollar Pledge” to give $100,000 each month for ten months to charitable organizations to “fight oppression of all kinds globally, through education and social activism.” Well, he has since made good on his promise and recently donated $50,000 to

UCSF for The Mni Wiconi Health Clinic Partnership at Standing Rock.

For a little background information on the clinic, I went to their Crowdfund website:

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Seattle Might Be First City to Divest from DAPL



Fusion media was in downtown Seattle on January 5th to cover the #DeFundDAPL: Day of Action. Many citizens closed their banking accounts but we realize a bigger action must take place. What if the city of Seattle closed their account with Wells Fargo as well?

So what can you do to help out your Seattle allies? Defund DAPL: Seattle Action Coalition has a great post over on their page with information on the key people to speak with. Read More…

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Asks You to Take Action!


The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe wants us to help put continued pressure on the Army Corps of Engineers. Last we posted about the 10 Ways to Help Standing Rock.

Now they need your help again!

One month after it was mandated they would, the Corps has neglected to log its intent to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement. Read More..




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