Jaune Quick–to–See Smith ~ Salish and Kootenai Tribes

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Jaune Quick–to–See Smith (born 1940) is a Native American contemporary artist. Notably her work is held in the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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Wolf Meaning and Symbolism

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To understand totem wolf symbols, one must first understand the heart of the Wolf.

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History of Native American Gaming

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Gaming certainly isn’t new to Native Americans. In fact, it’s been part of our culture since the beginning of time.

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Lois Smoky ~ Kiowa

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Lois Smoky Kaulaity (1907–1981) was a Kiowa painter, one of the Kiowa Five, from Oklahoma

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Ernest Spybuck ~ Shawnee

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Ernest Spybuck (January 1883 – 1949) was a Native American artist. Born on a reservation in Indian Territory, Spybuck was encouraged in his artistic endeavors by a meeting with a visiting anthropologist, M.R. Harrington.

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Moses Stranger Horse ~ Brulé Lakota

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Moses Stranger Horse (1890–1941) was a Brulé Lakota realist painter from the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota

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Virginia Stroud ~ Cherokee-Muscogee Creek

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Virginia Alice Stroud (born 1951) is a Cherokee-Muscogee Creek painter from Oklahoma. She is an enrolled member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians.

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The Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program

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The Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program exists to create a Bridge of Hope between Native Americans and other cultures.

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Top Native Athletes to Watch in 2015 A new year is mere days…

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Top Native Athletes to Watch in 2015

A new year is mere days away, and there is always plenty of optimism in the air whenever calendars are ready to be flipped. In the sporting world, there are numerous Native athletes looking to add to their accomplishments and highlight reels in 2015.

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Arctic Drilling Co. Pleads Guilty to Environmental Crimes The…

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Arctic Drilling Co. Pleads Guilty to Environmental Crimes

The Shell Oil contractor whose ship ran aground while attempting to drill in the Chukchi Sea in 2012 has pleaded guilty to eight environmental felonies, fined copy2.2 million and been put on probation for four years.

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Tex Hall maintains he was duped by man facing murder charges Tex…

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Tex Hall maintains he was duped by man facing murder charges

Tex Hall, the former chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota, says he was manipulated by a business associate who is facing a slew of murder and other charges.
Hall, who lost his bid for re-election this year, said he was ill when James Henrikson brought a contract to the hospital to do work with the former chairman’s company, Maheshu Energy. He ended up breaking ties with Henrikson but not until Henrikson’s firm won a $570,000 payment for a project on the reservation.

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Oglala Sioux medicine man awaits trial on sexual abuse…

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Oglala Sioux medicine man awaits trial on sexual abuse charges

Charles Chipps, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota who has served as a medicine man, is being held in federal prison in Missouri on a slew of sexual abuse charges.
Chipps, 67, was indicted in July 2013 on seven counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor, three counts of Abusive Sexual Contact of a Minor, three counts of Aggravated Incest and two counts of Witness Intimidation. Federal prosecutors say he abused several girls, some as young as 5 years old and some of his own daughters and granddaughters.

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Former Office Manager Sentenced for Embezzling From Tribes A…

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Former Office Manager Sentenced for Embezzling From Tribes

A former tribal enterprise office manager was sentenced for embezzlement on December 10 by Chief United States District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange.
Robin Jean Bitseedy, a 41 year-old Anadarko, Oklahoma native will serve 12 months and one day in federal prison and is ordered to pay copy41,820.47 in restitution to the Wichita and Affiliated, Caddo, and Delaware Tribes.

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EPA’s Coal Ash Rule a Good Start But Falls Short:…

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EPA’s Coal Ash Rule a Good Start But Falls Short: Environmentalists

Environmentalists have reacted favorably to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new coal ash rule, while saying the measures don’t go quite far enough.
“While we commend the EPA’s introduction of this first ever rule to help protect communities from this toxic by-product, this rule is just the first step in the right direction,” said Barbara Boyle, Senior Campaign Representative of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, in a statement.

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Washington Football Fans: ‘Go Back to the…

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Washington Football Fans: ‘Go Back to the Reservation’; Hundreds Protest R-Word at FedEx Field

It was the largest protest ever held at a home game. On Sunday, hundreds of protesters gathered and marched outside FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, to protest the name of the Washington football team. Many wore “RETHINK” T-shirts while others gripped banners that read, “Change The Name” and “Snyder Says ‘Never’ We Say ‘Now!’”

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2014: The Year in Arts and Entertainment, Part II 2014 marked…

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2014: The Year in Arts and Entertainment, Part II

2014 marked another year of artistic achievement and cultural controversy in Indian country. Here, we bring you the second half of our recap of the 20 biggest stories of the year in arts and entertainment.
2014: The Year in Arts and Entertainment, Part I Happy Anniversaries, NMAI

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The Life and Times of Dick MF-er  The Wizard asked me to…

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The Life and Times of Dick MF-er

 The Wizard asked me to contribute to a remembrance of Dick Motherfucker. As Lee Hays once said of Pete Seeger, “what the Wiz proposes, she don’t take no noses.” Still, I attempted to beg off on the grounds that it’s a daunting task to write about DMF while protecting the more-or-less innocent. Understanding that, she said I didn’t have to tell the whole story.

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Malynn Wilbur Foster ~ Skokomish & Squaxin Malynn A….

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Malynn Wilbur Foster ~ Skokomish & Squaxin

Malynn A. Wilbur-Foster is a Salish Native American artist who was born, raised and resides in Shelton, WA. She is enrolled in the Squaxin Island tribe and was raised as an enrolled Skokomish tribal member. She continues to have close ties with both communities. Her parents are renowned artists Andy P. Wilbur-Peterson and Ruth Wilbur-Peterson of Skokomish. Malynn was fortunate to be raised in her cultural lifestyle since birth, living in traditional ways.

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Mateo Romero ~ Cochiti Pueblo Background Mateo Romero was born…

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Mateo Romero ~ Cochiti Pueblo

Background Mateo Romero was born on December 9, 1966. His father, Santiago Romero was a Southern Keresan Cochiti artist. His mother is Nellie Guth, a European-American. His father’s mother, Teresita Chavez Romero, was a traditional ceramicist, known for her seated clay figurines and functional jars or ollas. Mateo’s Indian name is He-tse-tewa or “War Shield.”

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Andy Wilbur Peterson ~ Skokomish Andy is a member of the…

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Andy Wilbur Peterson ~ Skokomish
Andy is a member of the…

Andy Wilbur Peterson ~ Skokomish

Andy is a member of the Skokomish (Twana) Nation. He was born in Shelton, Washington in 1955. He has lived in the Skokomish community all of his life.
At the age of twelve, he became aware of his culture. It was then that he learned to make baskets and to gather basket materials with Skokomish elders Louisa Pulsifer and Emily Miller. After some experimentation in different mediums he became inspired to try carving after a tour he took at the Capital Museum in Olympia, Washington.

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Kevin Red Star ~ Crow Acknowledgments Historically acknowledged…

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Kevin Red Star ~ Crow

Acknowledgments Historically acknowledged as a pivotal figure in the birth of the Contemporary Native Art idiom, Red Star’s body of paintings and prints has ingrained the movement into the international mainstream.

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Alice Cling ~ Navajo Potter Navajo artist Alice Cling was born…

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Alice Cling ~ Navajo Potter

Navajo artist Alice Cling was born around 1946 in a hogan at Cow Springs, in the Tonalea section of Arizona. Her pots, embellished with the traditional thin coat of pitch, are deceptively simple. Their lasting beauty comes from her unusual use of clay and from the striking colors caused by outdoor firing.

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Joe A. Rector ~ Cherokee Joe A. Rector (August 12, 1935 – August…

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Joe A. Rector ~ Cherokee

Joe A. Rector (August 12, 1935 – August 19, 2012) was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the heart of Indian country. He is of Cherokee ancestry. He lived in Muskogee, then Tulsa Oklahoma for most of his life, until he retired. He then moved to Destin, Florida to be near his children until the time of his death in 2012.

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Jody Folwell ~ Santa Clara Pueblo Jody Folwell, born at Santa…

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Jody Folwell ~ Santa Clara Pueblo

Jody Folwell, born at Santa Clara Pueblo in 1942, is one of the best-known of the avant-garde potters. She consistently finds new ways to draw attention to controversial political and social issues through her remarkably plainspoken pots. Her works are meant not as utilitarian pottery, but exclusively as works of art.

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Anita Fields ~ Osage and Plains Anita Fields, born in 1951,…

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Anita Fields ~ Osage and Plains

Anita Fields, born in 1951, belongs to the Osage and Plains Indian community in the Midwest. She was probably the first Indian potter to create conceptual installation pieces, and she often incorporates abstracted images of traditional clothing and artifacts. Her use of domestic motifs is intended to honor all women, particularly those of Indian descent.

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