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Weekly Native American News Update – May 5, 2017

Posted By PowWow Articles May 6th, 2017 Last Updated on: May 6th, 2017

Native Filmmaker Indie Film: Road of Iniquity, Highlights A Gritty World of Native Gangsters

Native Filmmaker Indie Film Road of Iniquity Highlights A Gritty World of Native Gangsters

First Nations filmmaker Mark Ennis (Maliseet Algonquian and a member of the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Canada) can now add ‘internationally-recognized” to his resume as the Cine Las Americas film festival based in Austin, Texas will be showcasing his film, Road of Iniquity on May 4th.

As described on their website, Cine Las Americas is a multi-cultural non-profit offering theatrical screenings of films made by and/or about Latinos or Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Road of Iniquity will be featured as part of their Narrative Features competition.

Road of Iniquity tells the story of a young man who returns home after being released from prison. He struggles to gain a sense of normal life after prison, and gets caught in the middle of a conflict between two First Nations organized crime factions operating a lucrative drug trade through the U.S./Canadian border. Read More…

American Indian College Fund Raises $119K for Native Students

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The 2017 Flame of Hope Gala raised $119,520 for the American Indian College Fund to help Native American students to achieve their higher education dreams. A new interactive auction format had attendees raising paddles to pledge dollar amounts to help students.

The largest pledge was for $10,000, which provides a Native American student with a full-ride scholarship for one year including tuition and books. Kim Blanchard, American Indian College Fund trustee, who served as the auctioneer, kicked the bidding off by pledging this one herself.

Other bid amounts attendees pledged were $5,000 for a full year of tuition, $2,000 for a full year of support services, which Blanchard noted the importance of. “Our students need more support, they come from schools that haven’t given them the what they need,” she said. Jennah Seaver, Lac Courte Oreilles, one of the students who spoke at the April 25 event said support services can mean tutoring, mentorship and even opportunities for internships. Read More…

Fun Facts, and Photos of Cute Baby Animals to Celebrate an Indian Country Spring

Fun Facts, and Photos of Cute Baby Animals to Celebrate an Indian Country Spring

Considering I live next to a lake and see my great share of baby geese, ducks, turtles and more—and considering the fascination and admiration I have for these beyond adorable baby animals, I thought it appropriate to give a bit of attention to the new life each spring brings to the world and to Indian country.

Our animal brothers and sisters bring us constant reminders and teachings that we may not always hear, but let’s take some time today to recognize the new lives brought to us.

Here are some of the cute baby animals we cherish in Indian country. Read More…

Supreme Court brings bad news to tribes by taking up land case

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The nation's highest court has delivered more bad news to Indian Country, just days after issuing a decision that went against tribal sovereignty. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a long-running case affecting the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians. The action, which came on the first page in an order list, threatens to undermine the status of the tribe's successful gaming facility in Michigan. And the announcement couldn't have come at the worst time. Tribal leaders had been hoping to leave the legal drama behind as they welcome the public to the $76 million expansion of the Gun Lake Casino on Wednesday morning.

Still, there's little danger that the case, known as Patchak v. Zinke, will cause the facility to close down. The casino has been operating without incident for more than six years despite the uncertainty, which included a ruling from the Supreme Court in 2012. Read More…

Turtle Mountain Chef Josh Swagger Envisions Tribal Restaurants in North Dakota

Turtle Mountain Chef Josh Swagger Envisions Tribal Restaurants in North Dakota

Based in Bismarck, North Dakota, Chef Josh Swagger is among a growing cohort of Native chefs from across Turtle Island leading the food sovereignty movement. While he’s arguably making great strides, the humble member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians is quick to uplift the work of all the kitchen crusaders empowering Indian country to reclaim indigenous foods and food ways. A formidable collective promoting indigenous food, they are connected through an unofficial network and shared purpose. “We build each other up,” Swagger says of his fellow Native chefs. “We try to keep encouraging each other to move forward.”

While Swagger is one among many chefs reviving pre-contact foods, he may be the only Native chef doing so in North Dakota. He’s in the process of drafting a tourism plan that sounds a bit like “Taste of the Tribes” across present-day North Dakota with the North Dakota Native Tourism Alliance (NDNTA). Their plan is to create distinct restaurants at each of the five reservations across the state. Read More…

Institute of American Indian Arts Announces ‘Sherman Alexie’ Scholarship

Institute of American Indian Arts Announces ‘Sherman Alexie’ Scholarship

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing is offering the first annual Sherman Alexie Scholarship to a student who applies and enrolls in the IAIA MFA program.

The scholarship will pay $7,500 per semester for four semesters, for a total of $30,000, $24,000 of which will be applied to tuition. The remaining $6,000 will help pay for travel, lodging, books, and meals during the five residencies in Santa Fe.

All applicants to the Institute of American Indian Arts’ MFA in Creative Writing who are enrolled members of a Native American tribe or First Nation are eligible. Proof of enrollment will be required. To apply for the scholarship, complete an application to the IAIA MFA program. The creative writing sample submitted with the application will be the competition entry. Applicants should pay close attention to the page limits; additional pages over the limit will not be read. Read More…

Another Must See at GON! Sweetgrass First Nation Man Chosen as Head Dancer

Another Must See at GON! Sweetgrass First Nation Man Chosen as Head Dancer

If you're a fan of Chicken Dancers, you're going to have to keep your eye out for this young man from Saskatchewan. Jamon Paskemin (Sweetgrass First Nation) has been chosen as Head Man Dancer at Gathering of Nations, the world's largest pow wow taking place this weekend!

What a great honor to help lead the dancers during Grand Entry.

Paskemin is also hosting the Men's Chicken Dance Special for dancers 16+. You'll have to tune in on PowWows.com to watch the livestream if you're not in New Mexico to see it in person! Read More…

NICE LARGE 2 PIECE HAND CRAFTED CUT BEADED BUCKSKIN NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN DRESS – eBay find of the week

NICE LARGE 2 PIECE HAND CRAFTED CUT BEADED BUCKSKIN NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN DRESS – eBay find of the week

BEAUTIFUL NICE LARGE 2 PIECE HAND CRAFTED CUT BEADED BUCKSKIN NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN DRESS

This nice Large 2 piece ladies hand crafted buckskin Native American Indian dress features beautiful handdone Native American design beadwork done with small size 13 cut beads, handcut long fringe, cut beaded rosettes, replica elk teeth, glass fire polished beads, and beaded buckskin tails. This is homemade and is made from authentic white buckskin. The dress was made by Quannah Kennedy; Tribe: Cheyenne. It has nice beadwork and is well made. This dress is in great condition. It does show some slight dirt from use(not too bad). The cotton undershirt shows some dirt from use. The under shirt on the skirt is made from cotton material. This beautiful Indian dress is a great deal at its low price.

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A New Era … New Arena – 34th Annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

A New Era … New Arena – 34th Annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

It is Wednesday and Native people from all over are beginning to arrive in Duke City for the 34th Annual Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

As everyone knows, this powwow currently moved to the NM Expo, which is home to the New Mexico State Fair.

This evening, I got a chance to visit the new space before everyone starts arriving. This powwow will be held inside Tingley Coliseum, the main difference, there will be less walking down & up stairs, especially for their powwow crowds. Read More…

2018 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

2018 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

North America’s Largest Pow Wow
2018 Gathering of Nations
April 26-28, 2017
Expo New Mexico
300 San Pedro NE Albuquerque, NM 87108
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Welcome to Gathering of Nations – Let’s Make Some Noise

Welcome to Gathering of Nations – Let’s Make Some Noise

The 2017 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow has started!

Jay Begay just got the crowd warmed up with some hand drum songs.

Welcome to the Gathering of Nations – Let's Make Some Noise

Great way to start the weekend!

 

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Grand Entry @ 2017 Gathering of Nations

Grand Entry @ 2017 Gathering of Nations

 

Seeing over 2,000 dancers enter the arena is a unique experience that you can only see at North America's Largest Pow Wow.

The 2017 Gathering of Nation started with their first Grand Entry in the new arena today at noon. Terrence Goodwill lead the dancers into the dance arena.

 

Watch the entire Pow Wow live!

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Drum Groups at the 2017 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Drum Groups at the 2017 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Great singers from all over Indian Country has traveled to the 2017 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow!

Drum Groups

Cozad
Southern Slam
Bad Company
War Paint
Showtime
Blue Medicine Well
Bear Creek
Thunder Hill
Battle Shield
Little Thunder

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The Skye Spirits Flute & Dancers

The Skye Spirits Flute & Dancers

Welcome to the 2017 Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque NM! Today is Friday April 28th, and we opened the day with a beautiful traditional flute performance by the Skye Spirits Flute & Dancers.

 

Enjoy these photos of them performing, and stay tuned later for video clips of their beautiful music.

 

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Tia Wood Wows the Crowd at Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Tia Wood Wows the Crowd at Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Head Lady Dancer Tia Wood sang to the crowd at Gathering of Nations before her special.

We have featured her singing before at Manito Ahbee.

She wowed the crowd in Winnipeg and she did it again today at Gathering of Nations.

 

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Tia Wood Red Dress Jingle Special

Tia Wood Red Dress Jingle Special

Head Lady Dancer Tia Wood sponsored a Red Dress Jingle Special at the 2017 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow.

The Red Dresses were in honor and to raise awareness for the Indigenous Missing and Murdered Women in Canada.

The sound of several dozen Jingle Dancers moving at the same time was chilling!

 

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Pueblos Buffalo Dancers – 2017 Gathering of Nations

Pueblos Buffalo Dancers – 2017 Gathering of Nations

The 19 Pueblos tribes of New Mexico came together tonight at the 2017 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. The groups came together to dance their Buffalo Dance for the people here at the Pow Wow. The Pueblos brought the dance to the Pow Wow to honor the Water Protectors from Standing Rock.

PUEBLO BUFFALO DANCE TRIBUTE at the 2017 Gathering of Nations Powwow

A special presentation coordinated by the Gathering of Nations and Emmett Shkeme Garcia and Melissa Sanchez of Emergence Productions.

This unprecedented assemblage is a tribute to the efforts of a Native American youth-led initiative the “One Mind Youth Movement” organization, which evolved into the International Indigenous Youth Council. These 7th generation youths understood the environmental crisis their generation was set to inherit and began the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Read More…

Interview with Russell Begaye – President of Navajo Nation & Gathering of Nations Custom Guitar

Interview with Russell Begaye – President of Navajo Nation & Gathering of Nations Custom Guitar

Larry Yazzie interviewed Jeff Cleavenger the creator of the custom Gathering of Nations Guitar and Russell Begaye, President of the Navajo Nation.

 

The guitar is being raffled off to raise money for the Gathering of Nations Foundation. Purchase your tickets now!

 

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Stolen Regalia, Car Problems – Troubles on Pow Wow Highway – Importance of Trip Insurance

Stolen Regalia, Car Problems – Troubles on Pow Wow Highway – Importance of Trip Insurance

Sometimes things go wrong when you are on the road, it’s good to know that you are covered.

Danita Goodwill, a Southern Buckskin and member of the Osage Tribe from Oklahoma, was traveling at the 2015 Gathering of Nations when her car was robbed and her beautiful beadwork was stolen. PowWows.com tried to help Danita recover her stolen beadwork outfit via Facebook, but although the post was shared 72,000 times the regalia was not recovered. The items stolen included beautiful earrings, a crown, a choker, a backdrop, and necklaces.

Danita was never able to recover her stolen beadwork, so she and her family had to replace it. She made new beadwork and placed 1st at the Gathering of Nations with it. However, if Danita had trip insurance she may have been able to claim for the value of her beadwork and receive compensation. Read More…

Darren Thompson Performs at Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Darren Thompson Performs at Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Darren Thompson is a renowned Native flutist. Hailing from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe reservation in Northern Wisconsin, Darren Thompson has been a well-known artist since his debut album in 2009.

“The Song of Flower: Native American Songs from Ojibwe Country”, as well as being a sought-after public speaker, educator, and facilitator.

Darren is also a contributor to PowWows.com, be sure to read his articlesRead More…

Interview with Arthur RedCloud from The Revenant

Interview with Arthur RedCloud from The Revenant

Thanks to Jeff Clevenger for arranging an interview with Arthur Redcloud. Jeff created the custom Gathering of Nation guitar for this year's event.

Redcloud is Navajo and grew up in Window Rock, Arizona, on the Navajo reservation.

He attended Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, then eventually settled in Colleyville, Texas. – Wikipedia

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Nakho and Medicine for the People Rock the Gathering of Nations

Nakho and Medicine for the People Rock the Gathering of Nations

Each year the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow features some of the top musical groups in Indian Country. Today was no different.

Nahko and Medicine for the People is an American world music musical collective formed in 2008.

The five member group is headed by frontman Nahko Bear and their music is a fusion of various cultural musical influences. – Wikipedia.

 

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The Road to Gathering Series: Felicia Lone Bear

The Road to Gathering Series Felicia Lone Bear

Felicia has been dancing in the Powwow circuit since she was 4 years old. What started in tiny-tots grew to become a love for dancing Jingle Dress as an adult. Lone Bear came to this year’s Gathering of Nations after a few years of taking

Lone Bear came to this year’s Gathering of Nations after a few years of taking the time to watch from home on the powwows.com live stream. She and a few friends made the drive out to Albuquerque from Newtown ND to enjoy the weekend together. I walked by Ms. Lone Bear as she worked on putting some finishing touches on her Jingle Dress that her mom made specifically for this powwow, and I just had to find out what brought her to the Gathering of Nations. Read More…

2017 Gathering of Nations Photos

2017 Gathering of Nations

The Gathering of Nations is a photographer's paradise. The colors, beadwork, and people make for fantastic subjects.

 

View a few of the over 600 photos we have taken at the 2017 Gathering of Nations below!

 

View all of our photos here – PowWows.com Photo Gallery.

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Prom at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Prom at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Sonny Littlehead, Head Young Man Dancer, gave up his prom for the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow.

After Grand Entry, the Gathering of Nations turned into a Prom dance floor.

Sonny turned to the Head Young Lady Dancer and asked her to Prom.

The couple then shared their Prom dance with 12,000 of their closest friends here in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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2017 Miss Indian World – Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

2017 Miss Indian World – Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Congratulations to the new Miss Indian World!

Raven Swamp
Mohawk
Kahnawake, Quebec
Canada

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Video – Crowning of Miss Indian World Raven Swamp

Video – Crowning of Miss Indian World Raven Swamp

Congratulations to your new Miss Indian World – Raven Swamp.

Watch her crowning recorded at the 2017 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow.

 

 

 

 

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The Road to Gathering: Raymond Tsoatight

The Road to Gathering Raymond Tsoatight

Raymond Tsoatight is a Kiowa Nation Southern Style and Gourd Dancer. Tsoatight has been coming to Gathering of Nations since the very beginning. I was able to interview him as he was preparing to enter the arena for the Gourd Dance.

When Tsoatight isn’t dancing he is busy working for the Indian Health Service, but we are lucky enough to have seen him tonight along with his brothers the Cozad Singers. Cozad sang alongside Southern Slam for the Gourd Dancing.

When I asked what brings Tsoatight to the dance arena, and what motivated him to dance, he had this to say..

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