House Natural Resources Committee passes three tribal bills The…

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House Natural Resources Committee passes three tribal bills

The House Natural Resources Committee approved three bills of interest at a markup session on Wednesday.
The first bill was H.R. 4668, the Point Spencer Coast Guard and Public-Private Sector Infrastructure Development Facilitation and Land Conveyance Act. The bill conveys land to Bering Straits Native Corporation, an Alaska Native corporation.

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 Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act: Landmark Legislation or…

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 Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act: Landmark Legislation or Hollow Victory?

 Much to-do has been made of the recent passage of the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act (TGWEA). No longer will it be acceptable for the Internal Revenue Service to expect taxes on benefits paid to tribal citizens, or to harass tribal governments by demanding to see their books in random audits and threatening them when they refuse to comply. There is no doubt that this is a good thing, but I do think it’s important to point out certain salient facts in order to put this into a broader context.

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Teepee, Longhouse, and Pueblo Homes Native American Teepee…

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Teepee, Longhouse, and Pueblo Homes

Native American Teepee Teepees were the homes of the nomadic tribes of the Great Plains. A teepee was built using a number of long poles as the frame. The poles were tied together at the top and spread out at the bottom to make an upside down cone shape. Then the outside was wrapped with a large covering made of buffalo hide.


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Native Americans Agriculture and Food How did Native Americans…

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Native Americans Agriculture and Food

How did Native Americans get their food?
Depending on the tribe and the area they lived in, Native Americans got their food by different methods including farming, hunting, fishing, and gathering. Most tribes used a combination of these four ways to get their food, but many specialized in one area such as farming or hunting.

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Make A Native American Bowl As the kids study the history of our…

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Make A Native American Bowl

As the kids study the history of our country and it’s original settlers, show them how to Make A Native American Bowl. Native Americans were self sufficient and had a history of creating items that were beautiful as well as useful.

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Native American Sand Art Arrowhead Necklace As we near…

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Native American Sand Art Arrowhead Necklace
As we near…



Native American Sand Art Arrowhead Necklace

As we near Thanksgiving we often study the history of our country and the Native American Traditions and customs. This Native American Sand Art Arrowhead Necklace is a good craft to commemorate the season and encourage conversation.

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Make Native American Sand Painting You can purchase playground…

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Make Native American Sand Painting

You can purchase playground sand, collect sand from the beach or even use colored craft sand for this Native American Sand Painting. Whatever you use, this project is a great time to talk to the kids about our Native Americans. Trivia: The Navajo Indians are well known for their skill in sand painting which is used in healing ceremonies.

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Native American Ball and Triangle Game Native American children…

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Native American Ball and Triangle Game

Native American children created their own means of entertainment like this Native American Ball and Triangle Game. The fun is both in making the toy and enjoying playing with it afterward.
Supplies
Printed Double Triangle
Jute
Wooden Bead
Native American Symbols
Scissors and Hole Punch
Markers
Glue

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Indian Headband Napkin Holder These Indian headband napkin rings…

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Indian Headband Napkin Holder

These Indian headband napkin rings are wonderful Thanksgiving crafts for children to make. Perfect for a school project, or to make at home and add the perfect touch to your Thanksgiving table.
Supplies
Empty toilet paper roll tubes, or empty paper towel roll tubes
Ruler
Marker
Scissors
Paints and paintbrush (I used tempera, but acrylics work great too)
Craft feathers
Glue

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Native American Dance Fan Native Americans made dance fans from…

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Native American Dance Fan
Native Americans made dance fans from…



Native American Dance Fan

Native Americans made dance fans from natural materials to use in their ceremonies. Our dance fan resembles one made from birch bark by tribes in North America.
Supplies
Pattern
Tan Craft Foam
Foamie Shapes and/or Craft Foam Scraps
Two Jumbo Craft Sticks
One Yard #20 Hemp
Turkey Feathers
Tacky Glue
1/8″ Hand Hole Punch
Scissors

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Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Opens Historic New Health…

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Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Opens Historic New Health Center

Health promotion, diagnosis and care, and in a culturally appropriate setting, are the most prominent features of the new health center opened by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.
The center will serve not only Pokagon citizens but also “thousands of Native Americans,” the band said in a statement on November 21. It’s a 35,000-square-foot building complete with amedical clinic, dental suite, pharmacy, traditional healing area and behavioral health services, the band said.

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5 Pow Wows to Check Out Before Thanksgiving Day There are…

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5 Pow Wows to Check Out Before Thanksgiving Day

There are several reasons why Natives could skip celebrating Thanksgiving, but there’s never a reason not to go to a pow wow. Here are five pow wows to be thankful for this season:
Football Benefit Contest Powwow The name alone would make men across America get off their couches and have a little outdoor/family/fun time. The Football Benefit Contest Powwow is located at the Whitehorse High School in Montezuma Creek, Utah. It’s a two-day event starting on November 21-22. The pow wow will feature: Arena Director: Derrick Keeswood; Head Gourd Dance: Herman Farley; Head Boy Dancer: Isaac Dishface; Head Girl Dancer: Adrianna Bedonie.


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Muslims and Christians Fight Over Which Was Discovered…

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Muslims and Christians Fight Over Which Was Discovered First

When Cherokee cowboy Will Rogers said his relatives did not come over on the Mayflower but “we met the boat,” he did not imagine that Europeans and Asians or Christians and Muslims would get into fights in the 21st century over the nationality of that first boat. It’s fairly well known that Norsemen were not only discovered by Indians in what is now Canada, but left evidence of their genetic material and the material ruins of a defunct Norse colony at L’Anse aux Meadows.

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The Game-Changers: Top Gaming Vendors Target Social Media and…

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The Game-Changers: Top Gaming Vendors Target Social Media and Acquisitions

The top American Indian gaming vendors are rapidly expanding into the new markets developing in mobile and social media play at the same time as industry consolidation is giving them a chance to increase market share through savvy acquisitions.

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National Center, DOE Partner in Minorities in Energy…

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National Center, DOE Partner in Minorities in Energy Initiative

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Energy (DOE) to be a partner in its Minorities in Energy (MIE) Initiative. The National Center will now be included in MIE’s Industry Partner Engagement Network, where it will work to strengthen and expand innovation in energy-specific economic development and workforce development/STEM education. The MOU requires both entities to participate in each other’s conferences, workshops, and other events.

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Ponka-We Victors: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series In the…

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Ponka-We Victors: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series
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Ponka-We Victors: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series

In the interview series Meet Native America, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian invites tribal leaders, cultural figures, and other interesting and accomplished Native individuals to introduce themselves and say a little about their lives and work. Together, their responses illustrate the diversity of the indigenous communities of the Western Hemisphere, as well as their shared concerns, and offer insights beyond what’s in the news to the ideas and experiences of Native peoples today.

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Faction of Chukchansi Tribe walks away from casino mediation

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Reggie Lewis and Nancy Ayala say rival leaders are trying to bring up issues that aren’t

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PBS: VAWA helps tribes go after non-Indian domestic offenders

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The Tulalip Tribes are one of the first to exercise authority over non-Indian offenders as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

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Native Sun News: Four from South Dakota win big at rodeo final

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Four South Dakotans returned home from this year’s 2014 Indian National Final Rodeo as newly crowned world Champions.

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Editorial: Renew Class III gaming compact with Seminole Tribe

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Newspaper cites benefits of Class III gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe.

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Editorial: Poarch Creeks control their own destiny with gaming

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Tribal leaders are no longer ‘begging’ the state to enter into Class III gaming compact negotiations.

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Tim Giago: Cornflakes every Sunday at Indian boarding school

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After church Monday through Saturday we reported to the school dining hall where we were almost always served yellow cornmeal mush.

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Charles Trimble: A time to give thanks — For whatever reason

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Being an Iyeska, or mixed-blood Lakota person, I have of course adopted much of non-Indian culture and religion.

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Mille Lacs Band grows economy with Oklahoma hotel purchase

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The Embassy Suites Oklahoma City features 236 rooms and 12,000 square-feet of event and meeting space.

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Crystal Willcuts: Keystone XL Pipeline just makes the rich richer

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The Keystone jobs bill, as it is trumpeted, will be exactly that for 50 lucky people.

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