After years of tears, why is TV’s “Kind Hearted Woman” finally smiling?

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by Dr. Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor PBS Documentary “Kind Hearted Woman” kept TV viewers riveted to their screens.  This powerful real-life drama depicted the struggles of a courageous …

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Seminole Indians Hope to Revive Alligator Wrestling

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Alligator wrestling has been a big part of Seminole culture, and a popular sport, until the 1990s.

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Choctaw Corner

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Choctaw Corner

The Choctaw Corner is a former Native American boundary location near the modern border between Clarke and Marengo counties in Alabama

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Haunani-Kay Trask ~ Native Hawaiian

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Haunani-Kay Trask (born October 3, 1949) is a Native Hawaiian academic, activist, documentarist and writer.

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Wendell Sakiestewa – Hopi

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Wendell Sakiestewa (pronounced “Sock-ee-ess-ta-wah”) has established his reputation as a designer, creating streetwise fashions, for celebrity clients. In 2001, he was tapped by Monty Pittman, guitarist in Madonna’s band, to create costumes for the premiere of the movie, Snatch, literally overnight outfitted the band, creating a sensational stripped denim with contrast velour cuff and lapel zoot suit for Monty, and winning Madonna’s own approval. Subsequently, he was associated with Snoop Dogg; and with Smokey Robinson, in the creation of the children’s line, BornStar. Most recently, he has been working with world boxing champion, Fernando Vargas, on the street hip Nawshis line.

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Sheila May Tousey ~ Menominee

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Sheila May Tousey (born June 4, 1960) is a Native American actress.

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Andrew Redhorse Alvarez – Apache

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Multi-award winner Andrew “Redhorse” Alvarez was born in 1953, in New Mexico of Apache and Colleville descent.

Andrew has a passion for American turquoise, rare stones such as Lander Blue, Indian Mountain, and Bisbee Blue. His family jokes “he has blue blood running through his veins.” He says “Yes ~ Turquoise Blue.” When he started collecting as a boy, his mother quipped ~ “You’ve got rocks all right, rocks in your head.” She would be amazed at today’s value of the turquoise.

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American Indian Oral Histories

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In 1966, Doris Duke, a well-known philanthropist and heiress of the North Carolina Duke family, funded a project to collect oral histories

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Bear Spirit by Waynonaha Two Worlds http://bit.ly/1bc5oWn

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Bear Spirit by Waynonaha Two Worlds http://bit.ly/1bc5oWn

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The Koitsenko was a group of the ten greatest warriors of the…

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The Koitsenko was a group of the ten greatest warriors of the Kiowa tribe as a whole, from all bands. http://bit.ly/U7hRjT 

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Despite the past, the Blackfoot Indians are a strong tribe…

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Despite the past, the Blackfoot Indians are a strong tribe today, with a keen sense of their history & a respect for their honored traditions. http://bit.ly/RCGROT

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Brightly-colored clothing is a source of pride for traditional…

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Brightly-colored clothing is a source of pride for traditional…

Brightly-colored clothing is a source of pride for traditional Seminoles. http://bit.ly/TmwjJK

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Native American hair ties allow you to style you hair with…

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Native American hair ties allow you to style you hair with colorful and unique accessories. http://bit.ly/STMIB8

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Native American life is different today than it was centuries…

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Native American life is different today than it was centuries ago, but there is still a great degree of pride and independence in Native American life. http://bit.ly/10TZfZz

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Traditional Native…

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Traditional Native American #FryBread Recipes http://bit.ly/ytdntk

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, ᏣᎳᎩᏱ ᏕᏣᏓᏂᎸᎩ or Tsalagiyi…

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, ᏣᎳᎩᏱ ᏕᏣᏓᏂᎸᎩ or Tsalagiyi Detsadanilvgi is a federally recognized Native American tribe in the US. http://bit.ly/VYTZ1i

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Meaning of the Native American Friendship…

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Meaning of the Native American Friendship Symbol http://bit.ly/ZqjBZA

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Tule River Tribe Arts & Crafts In the old days, basket…

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Tule River Tribe

Arts & Crafts In the old days, basket weaving was not only a common practice but a necessity of every day life. Baskets were used for cooking, gathering and storage. “Baskets were the early Tupperware,” says Basket Weaver and Tule River Tribal Member Nicola Larsen. Baskets are made of various materials available on the reservation, such as pine needle, willow, sour berry, etc.

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Wovoka (Jack Wilson) ~ Paiute Wovoka was the Paiute mystic whose…

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Wovoka (Jack Wilson) ~ Paiute

Wovoka was the Paiute mystic whose religious pronouncements spread the Ghost Dance among many tribes across the American West. HHe was known as the messiah to his followers.
Wovoka was born in Western Nevada, in what is now Esmeralda County, around 1856. At about the age of fourteen his father died, leaving Wovoka to be raised by the family of David Wilson, a nearby white rancher.

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Samoset ~ Algonquian Abenaki Samoset (ca. 1590–1653) was the…

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Samoset ~ Algonquian Abenaki

Samoset (ca. 1590–1653) was the first Native American to make contact with the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony. On March 16, 1621, the settlers were more than surprised when Samoset strolled straight through the middle of the encampment at Plymouth Colony and greeted them in English, which he had begun to learn from a group of English sailors who took Samoset from what is now Maine.

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Native History: Proclamation Sets Course Toward Sand Creek…

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Native History: Proclamation Sets Course Toward Sand Creek…

Native History: Proclamation Sets Course Toward Sand Creek Massacre

This Date in Native History: On June 27, 1864, John Evans, governor of the Colorado Territory in Denver, issued a proclamation “To the Friendly Indians of the Plains,” a step that initiated a series of movements among the Native peoples that would bring 600 to 700 Arapaho and Cheyenne people for a peaceful encampment near the bend in the Sand Creek River.

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Khloe Kardashian Responds to Critics of Her Hipster Headdress…

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Khloe Kardashian Responds to Critics of Her Hipster Headdress Photos

Last week, Khloe Kardashian raised hackles in Indian country when photos of her wearing a feather headdress hit the internet. She had donned the normally-sacred headwear because she thought it was appropriate for the Coachella-derived theme of “Kidchella”—a party thrown at sister Kourtney’s house to celebrate the first birthday of North West, daughter of sister Kim and hip hop star Kanye West.

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No Aloha: Native Hawaiians Against Interior’s Relationship…

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No Aloha: Native Hawaiians Against Interior’s Relationship Proposal

The Interior Department asked in a recent press release if the United States and the Native Hawaiian community should enter into a government-to-government relationship.
Judging from the response of Native Hawaiians at a meeting with Interior officials in Honolulu Monday (June 23), the answer is a resounding “No.”

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 Photo Gallery: Planting Sacred Ponca Corn in Path of Keystone…

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 Photo Gallery: Planting Sacred Ponca Corn in Path of Keystone XL Pipeline

 Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance and their allies are quietly yet profoundly protesting the owners and supporters of the Keystone XL Pipeline. They recently converged at the farm of Art Tanderup near Neligh, Nebraska, to hand plant sacred Ponka red corn seeds along the proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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Video: How Warriors Earned Headdresses In this Montana History…

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Video: How Warriors Earned Headdresses

In this Montana History Minute, Yellowstone County Museum Director Benjamin Nordlund explains how headdresses were earned in the warrior culture and how important they were.

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