Joseph Fragua – Jemez

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Joseph Fragua is a full blooded Native American Indian. He was born into the Jemez Pueblo in 1977. Joseph was inspired to learn the art of working with natural clay by assisting Sharon Sarracino construct her pottery.

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Seminole Indian Agency (Oklahoma)

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In 1842, a separate subagency for the western Seminole was established on the Deep Fork of the Canadian River

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A drumming circle is a group of individuals who are creating and…

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A drumming circle is a group of individuals who are creating and sharing a rhythmical, melodious and a harmonious experience. http://bit.ly/TMjUdd

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A Cherokee Legend of Strawberries http://bit.ly/1anUyvk

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A Cherokee Legend of Strawberries http://bit.ly/1anUyvk

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Who is a Native American? And who gets to decide? Find answers…

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Who is a Native American? And who gets to decide? Find answers in Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science http://bit.ly/ZS6P9V

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The Cherokee Indians were one of the largest of five Native…

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The Cherokee Indians were one of the largest of five Native American tribes who settled in the American Southeast portion of the country. http://bit.ly/1klf3lB

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A Native American bead bracelet is a beautiful treasure,…

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A Native American bead bracelet is a beautiful treasure, especially if it is made by a craftsman working within a tradition passed down for hundreds of years. http://bit.ly/UfCdKv 

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When people think of Indian jewelry they think of turquoise and…

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When people think of Indian jewelry they think of turquoise and…



When people think of Indian jewelry they think of turquoise and silver. http://bit.ly/15aO7Xf

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Chumash Tribe hosts public meeting on $160M casino expansion The…

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Chumash Tribe hosts public meeting on $160M casino expansion

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in California hosts a public meeting tonight on a $160 million casino expansion plan.
The tribe will add a 12-story hotel with 215 rooms to the Chumash Casino Resort, bringing the total number of rooms to 315. The gaming floor will see another 60-to-70 thousand square-feet and 584 parking spaces are being added.

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Revisiting Johnny Cash’s classic Indian rights…

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Revisiting Johnny Cash’s classic Indian rights recording

You’re forgiven if you’ve never heard or even heard of Johnny Cash’s brilliant 1964 concept album, Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian. It wasn’t one of his best sellers, though one of its key tracks, “The Ballad of Ira Hayes”, would become a fair-sized hit. Without knowing the album’s history, the more cynical among us might believe that it was released a decade later, as some kind of a cash-in on halfhearted environmentalism and a popular sense of civil rights. You might even think that it was a grasp at capturing a younger audience, one that was convinced that all of us have Native American blood coursing through our veins.

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Sen. McCain breaks promise on Tohono O’odham casino McCain…

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Sen. McCain breaks promise on Tohono O’odham casino

McCain has been an odd player during this west-side casino controversy.McCain, during his days as a U.S. Congressman, co-sponsored the Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Act that was signed into law in 1986. That Act gave the Nation the legal right to purchase up to 9,880 acres of private lands in Pima, Pinal, or Maricopa counties to replace all of the reservation land that the federal government inadvertently — but carelessly — destroyed when it built the Painted Rock Dam near Gila Bend.

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Prairie Island Tribe arrests woman for possessing meth at…

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Prairie Island Tribe arrests woman for possessing meth at casino

Police from the Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota arrested a woman who brought 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine to the tribe’s casino.
Amy Mae Seefeldt, 27, is charged with felony first-degree drug sale of 10 grams or more of meth and felony first-degree possession of 25 grams or more of meth, The Red Wing Republican-Eagle reported. She faces no less than four years in prison and no more than 40 years, plus a $1 million fine, the paper said.


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What Native Americans really look like  In 2012, photographer…

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What Native Americans really look like

 In 2012, photographer Matika Wilbur sold everything in her Seattle apartment and hit the road on a cross-country journey.
Her goal? To photograph individuals from each of the 562 federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States and memorialize their stories.

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Matika Wilbur continues photo trip throughout Indian…

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Matika Wilbur continues photo trip throughout Indian Country

Photographer Matika Wilbur (Tulalip / Swinomish) has spent the last two years documenting members of every federally recognized tribe in the U.S.
Wilbur hopes Project 562 helps dispel stereotypes about Native people. She asks her subjects questions about identity, sovereignty and self-determination before asking them where and how they want to be photographed.


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2nd Circuit protects Cayuga Nation from foreclosure proceeding A…

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2nd Circuit protects Cayuga Nation from foreclosure proceeding

A county in New York can’t foreclose on properties owned by the Cayuga Nation due to the tribe’s sovereign immunity, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today.
Seneca County started foreclosure proceedings after the tribe failed to pay property taxes on non-trust lands. The 2nd Circuit easily put an end to the dispute by relying on the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community.

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 Put Native Youth Back in Mascots Debate  “Our cheerleaders…

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 Put Native Youth Back in Mascots Debate

 “Our cheerleaders dressed up one of our own [students] in a Halloween ‘Pokehottie’ costume and tied her to a stake after dragging her out on the field in shackles against her will. They proceeded to dance around her, acting as if they were beating her and treating her like a slave. This is the most sickening halftime show I’ve ever witnessed.

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Erik Stegman: Racist mascots continue to hurt our Native…

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Erik Stegman: Racist mascots continue to hurt our Native youth

Erik Stegman of the Center for American Progress discusses how racist mascots hurt Native youth:
    “Our cheerleaders dressed up one of our own [students] in a Halloween ‘Pokehottie’ costume and tied her to a stake after dragging her out on the field in shackles against her will. They proceeded to dance around her, acting as if they were beating her and treating her like a slave. This is the most sickening halftime show I’ve ever witnessed.” That’s how Dahkota Kicking Bear Brown described one of his experiences playing his rival team, the Calaveras Redskins, in high school in California. Stories like this are not only common for too many Native youth in our schools across the country—they’re part of a much larger problem for American Indian and Alaska Native people, especially youth.

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Fact checking the new Web site, ‘RedskinsFacts.com’ The…

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Fact checking the new Web site, ‘RedskinsFacts.com’

The Washington Redskins have been paying for ads promoting a new Web site, RedskinsFacts.com, which supposedly sprung up organically from frustrated former players who wanted to defend the team’s embattled name, which many find offensive. (Slate turned up evidence that the Web site is tied to image-makers Burson-Marsteller, which was later confirmed by the team.)

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Fact Checker: Three Pinocchios for Washington team’s new…

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Fact Checker: Three Pinocchios for Washington team’s new…



Fact Checker: Three Pinocchios for Washington team’s new site

The Washington NFL team launched a new website to defend the “facts” behind its racist mascot. Just how truthful is it?
    The Washington Redskins have been paying for ads promoting a new Web site, RedskinsFacts.com, which supposedly sprung up organically from frustrated former players who wanted to defend the team’s embattled name, which many find offensive. (Slate turned up evidence that the Web site is tied to image-makers Burson-Marsteller, which was later confirmed by the team.)

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The Tangled Web Of Payday Lenders On Tribal Lands David Hyde…

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The Tangled Web Of Payday Lenders On Tribal Lands
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The Tangled Web Of Payday Lenders On Tribal Lands

David Hyde talks with financial consultant Shawn Spruce, a member of the Pueblo tribe in New Mexico, about the intersection of payday lenders and Native American tribes.
Payday lenders are increasingly situating themselves on tribal lands across the country to skirt state laws, ensnaring Washington residents. Many tribes are working to save their members from unscrupulous loans.

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Tightening the screws on tribal payday loan operations KUOW…

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Tightening the screws on tribal payday loan operations

KUOW looks into the payday lending industry in Indian Country:    David Hyde talks with financial consultant Shawn Spruce, a member of the Pueblo tribe in New Mexico, about the intersection of payday lenders and Native American tribes.
    Payday lenders are increasingly situating themselves on tribal lands across the country to skirt state laws, ensnaring Washington residents. Many tribes are working to save their members from unscrupulous loans.

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148th Annual Homecoming Celebration – Winnebago Pow Wow

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148th Annual Homecoming Celebration – Winnebago Pow Wow

Our friend Bob Uhl, owner of the Midwest Powwows blog, was fortunate enough to attend the 148th Annual Homecoming Celebration in Winnebago, Nebraska. It is one of the longest running …

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George Rivera: Pojoaque Pueblo contributes to state with casino

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Gov. George River of Pojoaque Pueblo responds to criticism over the tribe’s proposed Class III gaming compact.

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Ted Nugent: Media to blame for tribes canceling casino concerts

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Rocker Ted Nugent blames the media and the Southern Poverty Law Center for lying about his relationship with his ‘American Indian BloodBrothers’ after two tribes canceled concerts at their casinos.

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Editorial: BIA fails to explain need for federal recognition reform

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California newspaper calls on the Bureau of Indian Affairs to withdraw its Part 83 federal recognition reforms.

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