James Auchiah ~ Kiowa

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James Auchiah (1906–1974) was a Kiowa painter and one of the Kiowa Five from Oklahoma.

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Spencer Asah ~ Kiowa

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Spencer Asah ~ Kiowa

Spencer Asah (ca. 1905/1910–1954) was a Kiowa painter and a member of the Kiowa Five from Oklahoma.

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Bill Anoatubby ~ Chickasaw Nation

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Bill Anoatubby (born November 8, 1945) is the Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, a position he has held since 1987.

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Marcus Amerman ~ Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Marcus Amerman is an award-winning Choctaw bead artist, glass artist, painter, fashion designer, and performance artist

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A Chickasaw Legend – Story of the Bird…

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A Chickasaw Legend – Story of the Bird Clan http://bit.ly/145V0sj

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Our Earth Brothers by Tommy, a Native American…

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Our Earth Brothers by Tommy, a Native American Writer http://bit.ly/TTLZ8F

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If you are looking for an appropriate prayer or reading for your…

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If you are looking for an appropriate prayer or reading for your wedding or vow renewal, consider using the Apache Wedding Blessing. http://bit.ly/1dA7RNk

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The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation (formerly…

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The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation (formerly Yakima), is a Native American group with nearly 10,000 enrolled members, living in Washington. http://bit.ly/K5W9bu

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Oil Sands: Beware of Climate Change ‘Powder Keg,' Reject Keystone XL

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Nobel Laureate and anti-Apartheid activist Bishop Desmond Tutu has joined the list of prominent global citizens visiting the Alberta oil sands to emphasize his opposition to further development there, most notably the Keystone XL pipeline.

In a speech on Friday May 30 he urged Canada to give up on industrial projects that unleash more carbon into the atmosphere, which exacerbates climate change.

“Only those who don’t want to listen, only those who want to be blind can’t see that we are sitting on a powder keg,” he said, according to the Canadian Press. “If we don’t do something urgently, quickly, we won’t have a world.”

Though bad weather postponed his planned tour of the massive industrial project, Tutu spoke on the eve of a two-day conference on oil sands development and aboriginal treaties hosted by Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and co-sponsored by the Toronto law firm Olthuis Kleer Townsend. Former Ontario premier Bob Rae, who also once led the federal Liberal Party, is a partner in the firm, the Canadian Press said.

At the same time, Tutu said, he was not there to “tell Canadians what you must do” but rather to enlighten them. His hope, he told reporters at a press conference in Fort McMurray, was that his presence would serve as a catalyst and that he could assist all parties—First Nations, leaders of industry and other affected parties—in working together, the Canadian Press reported.

“Ultimately, it is far better, it is cheaper, for people to be friends than for people to be enemies,” he said. “The time spent is growing shorter by the day. We can still perhaps do something about reversing what we have done so recklessly.”

He also called pipeline rejection a “moral choice” in an editorial in the Ottawa Citizen.

“The oil sands are emblematic of an era of high carbon and high risk fuels that must end if we are committed to a safer climate,” he wrote. “Oil sands development not only devastates our shared climate, it is also stripping away the rights of First Nations and affected communities to protect their children, land and water from being poisoned.”

The bishop’s opposition to oil sands development is not new. He has joined with fellow Nobel Peace Prize winners—he received his in 1984, for his work against South Africa’s system of Apartheid—in urging President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline proposal.

RELATED: Nobel Peace Laureates Urge Obama and Kerry to Nix Keystone XL

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Scary Bad Odors and Brooklyn Sublets in The Spirit World

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“Who killed me?” I asked.
“Do you want the name of the actual person or the asshole who gave the order?” he said….

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Chickasaw and Māori Celebrate Similarities, Language and Culture

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More than 20 delegates from the Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language traveled from a South Pacific island to the United States as part

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Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Overwhelmingly Approves Two Amendments

Written by at May 31, 2014

The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council overwhelmingly voted in favor of amendments to strengthen and improve the Freedom of Information Act and Government Records Act in a Tribal Council committee meeting on Wednesday, May 28. Amendments to the Freedom of Information Act passed the council 14-3, and amendments to the Government Records Act passed 13-4.

“The Cherokee Nation has long been a leader in transparency and openness of information. We were the first tribe to pass open meeting, sunshine and freedom of information laws,” said Tina Glory-Jordan, Speaker of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council. “These laws have been reviewed, revised and strengthened every few years, and today, we introduced more revisions to do just that: strengthen the laws and increase citizen access to information about their tribe.”

As the tribe and its businesses have grown, requests for information have increased, leading to a greater workload for Cherokee Nation employees accommodating those requests.

“One of the greatest improvements to FOIA and GRA laws is the creation of a dedicated officer to research and respond to such requests,” Glory-Jordan said. “Previously, individual department heads were charged with finding the requested information, often taking up valuable work time and distracting from daily duties. The amendments approved in today’s committee meeting mean Cherokee citizens can be assured their request receives the full and focused attention of the individual fulfilling that request.”

The legislation approved by committee vote today was crafted by a work group comprised of tribal councilors with input from regular users of the law, including the editor of the Cherokee Phoenix and others.

“I could not be more proud of the way this group worked together and made recommendations that were best for the Cherokee people. Despite members expressing opposing views from time to time, each of us has the well-being and will of our constituents at heart. Because of that, we were able to come to unanimous consensus amicably and with full confidence in our recommendations,” Glory-Jordan said. “Each member of the workgroup agreed that this legislation did not weaken, but strengthened the FOIA and GRA laws, and made the process more user-friendly.”

Other amendments include extending response time to a uniform 20 days for both FOIA and GRA. The change allows information to be thoroughly researched and vetted by the proposed information officer. Previously, the response deadline for FOIA was 15 days and six days for GRA. FOIA requests may be filed by any Cherokee citizen, while GRA requests are reserved for tribal elected officials.

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Paula Gunn Allen ~ Laguna Pueblo, Sioux

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Paula Gunn Allen (October 24, 1939 – May 29, 2008) was a Native American poet, literary critic, lesbian activist

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Elsie Allen ~ Cloverdale Pomo

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Elsie Allen (22 September 1899 – 31 December 1990) was a Native American Pomo basket weaver from the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians

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Richard Aitson ~ Kiowa-Kiowa Apache

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Richard Aitson (born 1953) is a Kiowa-Kiowa Apache bead artist, curator, and poet from Oklahoma.

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Craig Womack ~ Muscogee Creek

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Craig Womack is an author and professor of Native American literature. Creek-Cherokee by ancestry, Womack is best known for Red on Red

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Men’s Northern Traditional Dance – 2014 Gathering of Nations – Pow Wow Video of the Week

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Men’s Northern Traditional Dance 2014 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

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Pow Wow Calendar Update – May 29, 2014

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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 …

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Comanche Man Retraces Steps on the Trail of Tears

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Comanche Ronald Cooper spent much of his life enjoying outdoor hobbies such as hiking, backpacking, birdwatching and more. He had taken many walks around national parks but wondered if he …

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Handcrafted with Care: Chickasaw Beaded Collars

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Tribal beading is a very important part of Chickasaw culture. In this video Chickasaw Nation TV speaks with Chickasaw elder, Glenda Galvan, about the importance of passing the craft on …

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Native American Legend of The Five Wolves http://bit.ly/19No5fn

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Native American Legend of The Five Wolves http://bit.ly/19No5fn

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Before European contact, Native American painting was endowed…

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Before European contact, Native American painting was endowed with a variety of ritual and social purposes by diverse cultural groups throughout the continent. http://bit.ly/1mBsyL5

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Metal Blades used in Native American…

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Metal Blades used in Native American Weapons http://bit.ly/12Exx78

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Native Americans Clothing Questions and…

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Native Americans Clothing Questions and Answers http://bit.ly/1jUdo3G

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Native Americans used different natural resources to make their…

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Native Americans used different natural resources to make their jewelry and some of it is so well made, it is of museum quality. http://bit.ly/16QFK9p

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