Transparent Sales Site Bluethumb Brings Aboriginal Art to the Masses

Written by at May 25, 2017

Transparent Sales Site Bluethumb Brings Aboriginal Art to the Masses

On bluethumb.com/au, a painting titled “Spiritual Healing” by Wangullay Connolly-Neal from Yarrabah, Australia, fetches $2,300. Thanks to bluethumb, a promotional space for Australian visual artists, artwork by the country’s indigenous peoples is being sold at fair prices to a growing online community of national and international buyers.

By and large, Aboriginal artists have remained disadvantaged by poor access to mainstream markets. They often receive substandard quotes for their art and are more likely to fall subject to unethical acquisition practices,

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Activists Across the Globe March Against Monsanto

Written by at May 23, 2017

In more than 200 cities and 60-plus countries on Saturday, May 20, activists marched against biotech and agribusiness giant Monsanto. “There’s no question that March Against Monsanto is the most powerful grassroots initiative we have in the fight to reclaim our food supply from the GMO seed juggernaut known as the Monsanto Company,” said Anthony Gucciardi, a March Against Monsanto representative, reported Reuters.

The activists argue that independent, peer-reviewed studies show that Monsanto’s genetically modified foods lead to serious health conditions,

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App for Premier Issue of Indian Country Magazine Now Available in iTunes

Written by at May 22, 2017

It’s official. Indian Country magazine now has an app, available for the first time on the iTunes app store. Come read your favorite magazine on your iPad!

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The Bering Strait Theory Is First Title For Indian Country Books

Written by at May 21, 2017

With this new digital book from Indian Country Media Network, readers can learn about the fraught history and controversies associated with The Bering Strait Theory.

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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, May 21, 2017

Written by at May 21, 2017

The Comey firing resonates, a blood for oil scandal is exposed, and other stories gripping Indian country during the Week That Was, May 21.

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Seeking Native Indie Music Submissions for the 2017 Native Trailblazers Music Awards

Written by at May 21, 2017

It was Cody Blackbird in 2016: Seeking Native Indie Music Submissions for the 2017 Native Trailblazers Music Awards and #JuneJamz!

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Native American Students Take on Substance Abuse

Written by at May 21, 2017

A group of Browning Native American students will serve as role models to their middle school counterparts in an effort to reduce substance abuse.

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Murderer Christopher Columbus Dies a Wealthy Man

Written by at May 20, 2017

On this day more than 500 years ago Christopher Columbus died unhappily but surrounded by family in Valladolid, Spain, thus ending his reign of terror.

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Inuit Designers Revive Sealskin Fashion, Celebrate ‘National Seal Products Day,’ May 20

Written by at May 20, 2017

Sealskin fashion has claimed its place in haute couture. Once simply an essential winter wardrobe material in the icy cold of Northern Canada, today Inuit designers are expressing their cultural pride and creativity through less traditional means: high-fashion parkas, stilettos and even lingerie.

“It’s part of my culture,” Victoria Kakuktinniq, founder of Victoria’s Arctic Fashion, told The Guardian. “The Inuit are really trying our best to promote our culture and show our way of life and how our ancestors lived.”

Three Inuit designers are making major waves in the fashion world with their sealskin designs: Nala Peter,

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DAPL Civil Suit Dropped Against Archambault, Council Members

Written by at May 19, 2017

The civil lawsuit filed by DAPL last August against Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II was dismissed by a federal judge.

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Siletz Indians Ask Oregon Tribes to Unite for Salem Intertribal Project

Written by at May 19, 2017

The Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians have proposed a “shared mission” that involves building a casino resort on their tribal land in Salem, Oregon, and sharing an unprecedented 25 percent of the net gaming revenue with state and local government. Meanwhile, the Siletz would split 50 percent of net revenue with participating tribes and take 25 percent.

There’s just one catch: participating tribes must guarantee they’ll never build a casino in the Portland area,

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NishDish: Toronto’s Anishnawbe Cafe Serves Tasty Native Foods, Sparks Cultural Revival

Written by at May 18, 2017

At the counter of Algonquin Ojibwe Chef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette’s tiny café in Toronto, you can order hearty ground-elk chili, Three Sisters stew, Arctic Char, turkey wild rice soup, dandelion salad, roasted venison and wild rice casserole, or simply a cup of Mohawk tea. After operating an Aboriginal food catering service in Toronto for more than a decade, Ringuette debuted his storefront café and marketeria, serving up traditional Anishnawbe (Nish) food and selling authentic indigenous wares,

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The War of 1812 Could Have Been the War of Indian Independence

Written by at May 17, 2017

The War of 1812 was in fact a major turning point for Native Americans who were struggling to stop white settlers from encroaching on their land.

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Dakota Access Pipeline Springs a Leak

Written by at May 16, 2017

Two barrels of oil spilled from the Dakota Access Pipeline while Energy Transfer Partners prepped for operation, angering DAPL opponents.

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Indonesia’s Aggressive Defense of Food Sovereignty: Blowing Up Foreign Fishing Boats

Written by at May 15, 2017

The explosive tactics of a “seafood enforcer” in Indonesia are garnering acclaim. Susi Pudjiastuti, the Republic of Indonesia’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister, is protecting Indonesia’s marine ecosystem, while derailing poachers and organized crime, by blowing up empty, foreign vessels.

Her successful efforts to target multi-billion dollar pirate fishing operations recently earned her the 2017 Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in National Stewardship. “She has courageously and audaciously led the blowing up and sinking of more than 200 illegal fishing boats caught poaching—a strong deterrent to organized crime efforts that have invaded and overfished Indonesia’s biologically rich waters for years,” the award site states.

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Pipeline to College Program for Native American Youth Coming Up

Written by at May 15, 2017

Going to college is scary; the Cal Poly Pomona Native American Youth Leadership Summer Pipeline to College program offers students a chance to see what college is like over the summer.

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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, May 14, 2017

Written by at May 14, 2017

Joy Harjo’s prestigious poetry prize, a new fight against Keystone XL, and combatting appropriation and racism in Indian country, all during the Week That Was, May 14, 2017.

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Yakama Nation Wants Hanford Nuke Waste Gone

Written by at May 12, 2017

Yakama Nation Wants Hanford Nuke Waste Gone

The Yakama Nation urged immediate cleanup of radioactive waste at the Hanford Site after a tunnel collapsed, prompting an emergency declaration.

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Yakama Want Hanford Nuke Waste Gone

Written by at May 12, 2017

The Yakama Nation urged immediate cleanup of radioactive waste at the Hanford Site after a tunnel collapsed, prompting an emergency declaration.

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Indian-Killer Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act on Display for First Time

Written by at May 11, 2017

The Indian Removal Act, signed by Andrew Jackson in 1830, is on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. for the first time.

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Native Leaders Call Hatch Remarks Racist, Demand Apology

Written by at May 10, 2017

Native leaders demand apology after Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, offends them with a statement about their ignorance on Bears Ears National Monument.

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The Power of Water: Bucket Cam Films Animals Quenching Their Thirst

Written by at May 9, 2017

Underwater cam catches animals drinking water from a bucket, demonstrating irrefutably that Water Is Life.

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Pendleton Introduces 2017 American Indian College Fund Blanket

Written by at May 9, 2017

Pendleton has introduced the newest blanket in the American Indian College Fund series; it honors the Hopi Tribe, and sales benefit Native American students.

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Life

Written by at May 8, 2017

I think over again my small adventures
My fears, those small ones that seemed so big
For all the vital things I had to get and reach
And yet there is only one great thing
The only thing
To live to see the great day that dawns
And the light that fills the world.

— Kitlinuharmiut saying

The Great Spirit is in all things: he is in the air we breathe.

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Mother Earth and Environment

Written by at May 8, 2017

Earth teach me quiet — as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering — as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility — as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring — as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage — as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation — as the ant that crawls on the ground.

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