How to Make a Diorama of an Alaskan Athabaskan Teepee

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Making dioramas (display boxes) is a standard method for students to display what they have learned in a history or science class.

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Types of Foods That the Haudenosaunee Eat

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Types of Foods That the Haudenosaunee Eat

The Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois as they are commonly known, are one of the central Native American nations in North America.

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Douglas Blue Feather ~ Cherokee Nation

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Douglas Blue Feather, whose ancestry includes American Indian, Iberian, and European

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The Jody Brown Indian Family ~ Cherokee

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The Jody Brown Indian Family (JBIF) was a professional Southern Gospel group from Robbinsville, NC.

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Information on Native American Drums in New Mexico

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To some Native Americans, the drum is symbolic of keeping in tune with the heartbeat of Mother Earth.

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Martin David Robinson ~ Choctaw

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Martin David Robinson (September 26, 1925 – December 8, 1982), known professionally as Marty Robbins, was an American singer, songwriter

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Meaning of a Dog Totem

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Meaning of a Dog Totem

In Native American legends, people relied on the symbolism of animals to guide them through life and impact their decisions.

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Tools Found in Alabama Woodland Indian Burials

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Tools Found in Alabama Woodland Indian Burials

Alabama Woodland Indians buried there dead with a variety of tools intended for use in the afterlife.

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Kaley Cuoco Got A Head Start On Racist Halloween Costumes With…

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Kaley Cuoco Got A Head Start On Racist Halloween Costumes With This Native American One

It’s about that time of year when celebrities start whipping out their most competitively racist costumes! Today, it’s Kaley Cuoco as the offensive half of a Native American costume.

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Study: High Schools Fail to Prepare Native-American Students for…

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Study: High Schools Fail to Prepare Native-American Students for Higher Education

Less than one-quarter of American Indian and Native Alaskan students meet University of California and California State University entrance requirements by the time they graduate from high school, according to a report released Monday by Cal State San Marcos.

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Native American author Sherman Alexie inspires SCC…

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Native American author Sherman Alexie inspires SCC audience

Life’s worth lies within the ability to be, stand up for and educate oneself, a famed poet, author and filmmaker told an audience at Scottsdale Community College last week.

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Redskins Fans Threaten to “Fucking Cut” Native…

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Redskins Fans Threaten to “Fucking Cut” Native Americans from Daily Show

Last week, the Daily Show’s Jason Jones brought a panel of die-hard Washington Redskins fans face-to-face with some of the many Native Americans offended that the team won’t stop clinging to its racist branding. It went exactly as you would expect.

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Taking a gamble in Louisiana – What’s legal and illegal? A…

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Taking a gamble in Louisiana – What’s legal and illegal?

A rundown of what’s legal and illegal in Louisiana in terms of gambling:
 Age restrictions: To participate in the state lottery or horse track betting you must be 18 years old. To gamble in a casino or on a video poker machine, you must be 21.

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Ancestor starting asking about trust fund in 1900s Donna Ennis…

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Ancestor starting asking about trust fund in 1900s

Donna Ennis shares correspondence between her great grandfather Albert Leo Lord and the Interior Department over trust funds that were owed to him:
Several years ago I discovered correspondence between my great grandfather, Albert Leo Lord (1865 – 1931) and the Department of Interior. His ideas of economic self-sufficiency for Indian people and Tribes were scoffed at by the superintendent of the Department Of The Interior as were his assertions of discrimination. Mr. A.L. Lord corresponded with the Department of the Interior on at least 7 occasions between 1902 and 1928. In this response from the DOI, dated March 14, 1928, he is lectured about the per capita payment and race relations:

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Tribes working together to restore bison to their land Al…

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Tribes working together to restore bison to their land

Al Jazeera reports on the historic signing of a buffalo treaty between tribes in the United States and First Nations in Canada:
Late in the afternoon, dozens of young Native American children arrived in a yellow school bus and galloped across a sunny field on Montana’s Blackfeet Reservation while wearing buffalo robes as if they were superhero capes.

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American Indian Cultural Center And Museum Belongs To Oklahoma…

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American Indian Cultural Center And Museum Belongs To Oklahoma Not Tribes

If you don’t build it, they won’t come…that’s basically what Blake Wade, Executive Director of the Native American Cultural Authority, intimated when extolling the virtues of a completed American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. Not only would the museum be a world class attraction, the surrounding 220 acres of commercial property would be developed to match the museum’s potential.

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Oklahoma Indian museum expected to be big draw The American…

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Oklahoma Indian museum expected to be big draw
The American…

Oklahoma Indian museum expected to be big draw

The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum could draw millions of tourists and generate millions for the economy in Oklahoma — that’s if it’s ever finished:
Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, says there has been a lot of misunderstanding about the museum in the legislature.

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Oneida women again in top leadership posts Melinda Danforth…

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Oneida women again in top leadership posts

Melinda Danforth knows she is not blazing a new path.
Instead, she is following on the heels of countless other women who have assumed significant roles of leadership and authority in the Oneida Tribe of Indians.
Danforth this summer became the tribe’s vice chairwoman, in an election that also elevated five other women to top offices, including chairwoman.

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Oneida Nation repeats history with women in top leadership…

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Oneida Nation repeats history with women in top leadership jobs

Women hold the top four leadership positions within the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin but it’s not the first time in tribal history that’s happened.
Twice in the past, women have secured the Chairwoman, Vice-Chairwoman, Treasurer, Secretary spots. The last time was in 2002.

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Deschene case goes back to office of hearings and appeals Dozens…

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Deschene case goes back to office of hearings and appeals

Dozens of people stood in line Friday morning at the Tuba City Judicial District to hear oral arguments regarding whether Christopher Clark Deschene should be disqualified from being a candidate for the office of the Navajo Nation President because he does not speak fluent Diné Bizaad.

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Navajo presidential candidate in doubt over fluency in…

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Navajo presidential candidate in doubt over fluency in…

Navajo presidential candidate in doubt over fluency in language

Chris Deschene, a candidate for president of the Navajo Nation, faces renewed doubts about his future after the tribe’s highest court reopened challenges to his Navajo language fluency.
In a decision on Friday, the Navajo Nation Supreme Court said the tribe’s Office of Hearings and Appeals should not have dismissed grievances that questioned whether Deschene is fluent in the Navajo language. Deschene had argued that the requirement was discriminatory.

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Documents Show Governor Wanted Big Deal With Tribe Florida Gov….

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Documents Show Governor Wanted Big Deal With Tribe
Florida Gov….

Documents Show Governor Wanted Big Deal With Tribe

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s staff nearly reached a multi-billion dollar deal with the Seminole Indian tribe that would have allowed it to add roulette and craps at its South Florida casinos, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.
The deal, which was scuttled last spring amid resistance from state legislators, also would have opened the door for the Seminoles to build a casino in the Fort Pierce area and would likely have blocked construction of any Las Vegas-style casinos in Miami for the next seven years.

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Documents show Seminole Tribe was close to new gaming…

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Documents show Seminole Tribe was close to new gaming deal

Documents obtained by the Associated Press show the Seminole Tribe and Gov. Rick Scott (R) were close to a new Class III gaming compact.
The deal would have run for seven years, the AP said. It would have authorized the tribe to add roulette and craps to its gaming facilities and to build another facility.

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Chumash Tribe awards $112M contract as part of casino…

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Chumash Tribe awards $112M contract as part of casino project

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians awarded a $112 million contract to a construction firm as part of its $160 million casino expansion project.
Tutor Perini Building Company will preform the bulk of the work at the Chumash Casino Resort, according to a press release. That includes a hotel tower with 215 rooms, a 20,000 square-foot pool deck, a parking garage, expansion of the existing gaming floor, and additional food and beverage venues.

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The Federal Government and American Indians As research for this…

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The Federal Government and American Indians
As research for this…

The Federal Government and American Indians

As research for this essay on the Bureau of Indian Affairs, I visited the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). I found virtually no information useful for my project.
I stopped by the museum information desk on the way out and said something to the effect, “There is very little here about the relationship between Indians and the federal government, yet that relationship is central to the story of American Indians over the last two centuries.” A few months ago, I emailed a similar complaint to the head of the NMAI, and he did kindly respond to me.

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