Family History Expo in Illinois

Written by at July 31, 2012

Bernard Gracy Jr., who has spent the last 14 years researching his family ancestry, will teach others what he’s learned along the way at the 2012 Illinois Family History Expo August 3-4 at the Crowne Plaza Springfield, 3000 S. Dirksen…

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6-foot-4 Lynette Hepa drawing big-time interest from colleges

Written by at July 31, 2012

By Van Williams, The Artic Sounder Big things await Barrow’s Lynette Hepa, who is a member Inupiat People from Alaska. The 6-foot-4, all-state center could play college basketball for a big school in a big city. Ask her though, and she prefers the smaller things in life. “I’m just a small-town girl,” she said. “I don’t know if I want to …

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Take That, Justin Bieber! Museum Offers Free Admission, Not Free Gas

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More than a week after they first came to light, Justin Bieber’s comments in Rolling Stone about how he’s “Indian … Inuit, or something” and could get “free gas” in his native Canada continue to rankle in Indian country. But…

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White River Valley Historical Society Offers Free Genealogy Class

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The White River Valley Historical Society will be holding a free beginning genealogy research workshop on August 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The day will mostly consist of instructional presentations, but participants are also being asked to bring…

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National Archives at Fort Worth Offers Free Genealogy Workshops

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On the first Friday of the month the National Archives at Forth Worth hosts free genealogical workshops from noon to 1 p.m. at its Montgomery Plaza location, 2600 West 7th Street, Suite 162, Fort Worth, Texas. The next workshop will…

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Oklahoma Library Can Help With Tribal Heritage Research

Written by at July 31, 2012

The Muskogee Public Library in Muskogee, Oklahoma has a number of helpful resources for those interested in researching their Native American heritage. Aside from having book and microfilm, the library staff is available to help fill out ancestor charts, check…

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Genealogists Say Obama Could Be Descended From First Documented Slave

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Could President Barack Obama, the first African America president of the United States of America, be related to the first documented African slave in America? Genealogists at Ancestry.com say it’s likely. Their research from Virginia records and DNA analysis shows…

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President Obama Signs HEARTH Act

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On July 30, President Barack Obama signed into law the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act, less than two weeks after the United States Senate passed the Act by unanimous consent. “President Obama understands that by allowing…

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Massachusets Governor Signs Mashpee Gaming Compact

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Relations between states and tribes are often antagonistic, but the scene in Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s office confounded the stereotype. On Monday, July 30, the governor’s office in the State House was jammed packed with citizens of the Mashpee Wampanoag…

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National Native Women’s Summit Announced to Tackle Inequality and Violence

Written by at July 31, 2012

Unequal economic and social conditions for indigenous women in Canada will be the focus of a national conference to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from November 1–2. The province’s Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister, Eric Robinson, said the third National…

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‘Native Blood’ Explores Testament Frontman’s Pomo Heritage

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Today, thrash-metal band Testament releases Dark Roots of Earth, its first album in seven years. The album’s second single, “Native Blood,” has personal meaning for lead singer Chuck Billy, who is a Pomo Indian. The video tells the story of…

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The Summer Games Are the Native Games

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Exactly 100 years to the day the London Summer Olympic Games opened, on July 27, the Stockholm Games closed in 1912. Those Swedish Games are of course famous for the heroics of the “World’s Greatest Athlete,” Jim Thorpe, Sac &…

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Settlement payment plan protested by tribal members

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The tribal council on the Flathead Reservation in northwestern Montana has voted how it will spend the $150 million in settlement fund coming from the federal government: Half will go to members and half with be spent for things like cultural programs and economic development. Some members aren’t happy with that decision, as Missoulian reporter […]

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Shane Victorino, Native Hawaiian Major League Baseball All-Star Heads West

Written by at July 31, 2012

The Philadelphia Phillies have dealt star center fielder Shane “Flyin’ Hawaiian” Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers today, just hours before the non-waiver trade deadline. ESPN’s Jayson Stark first reported the transaction this morning; CBS Sports’s Jon Heyman and Yahoo!’s…

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Jul 31, Who is Frank Deluca AKA Frank Black Horse – Man Arrested with Leonard Peltier

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BUFFALO, NEW YORK Michael Kuzma, an attorney who is part of Leonard Peltier defense team, was dealt a setback in obtaining FBI documents on Frank Black Horse, real name is Frank Leonard Deluca

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Ponca Hethuska Society

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Ponca Hethuska Society by Jonathan Holmes The following are some of the written and oral traditions that I have researched concerning the origins and history of the Ponca Hethuska Society. …


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Muscogee Creek hoopsters take to court with WNBA’s Tulsa Shock

Written by at July 31, 2012

Gary Fife, MNN Editorial Assistant – “Dribble to Stop Diabetes” participants learn tips for healthy lifestyles – (OKEMAH)—The Muscogee (Creek) Nation (MCN) teamed up with the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Tulsa Shock at the Panther Dome in Okemah for a “Dribble to Stop Diabetes” Clinic and Traveling Practice, July 26.  It is the second for the team and the MCN. The …

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American Indian Center in California Educates and Promotes Cultural Understanding

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Mary Puthoff was born on the Rosebud Lakota Reservation in South Dakota and raised by a family in the Black Hills after being adopted at age 5. “One-third of Indians, nationally, haven’t been raised by birth families,” Puthoff told the…

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4 Questions With Affie Ellis on the Tribal Law and Order Act’s Current Status

Written by at July 31, 2012

In 2010, Congress passed the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA). The act was intended to tackle crime in Indian country, and had a number of provisions such as better data sharing and communication between tribes, state and federal officials,…

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What Moves You, Ladies? Zumba: A Fresh Take on Fitness

Written by at July 31, 2012

Summertime is definitely upon us; here in New Mexico we are feeling the heat. By now, I bet you’re a nice shade of brown as you rock those sundresses, shorts, tank tops, and cute sandals and maybe even a body-baring…

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Health Experts Call Soda the New Tobacco

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At a public hearing on July 24 over New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial proposal to ban big-gulp sodas and over-sized sugary drinks, public health experts compared soda producers and marketers to big tobacco, reported the New York Daily…

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Jul 31, President Obama Speeds Tribal Homeownership – Native News Network

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WASHINGTON On Monday, President Barack Obama signed the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership, HEARTH Act

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Delta Tunnel Costs Are 2.5 Times the Benefits: Study

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The California Legislature recently failed to pass legislation requiring a cost-benefit analysis before the peripheral canal or tunnel is built—and it is no surprise that the bill garnered so much opposition from corporate agribusiness and southern California water agencies. The…

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Jul 31, Oglala Sioux Speeds Up Feds – FEMA Trailers for Homeless – NativeNewsNetwork

Written by at July 31, 2012

PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION The storm that came through Oglala on Saturday, July 21, heavily damaged 14 homes on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

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Couple Brings their Native Heritage to Ohio Resort, Create Area’s First Pow Wow

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Buffalo Hills Resort, located in Senacaville, Ohio, is hosting its 1st Annual Native American Pow Wow, which began on July 26 and ends on July 29. “We wanted to do an event that is educational and one that brings our…

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