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You Want Our Native Identity? Take It

Written by at April 23, 2017

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The subject of Native identity has created a divide among us, oftentimes being used for posturing, while the indigenous always lose.

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Fighting Against Fracking In Colombia

Written by at April 23, 2017

Fighting Against Fracking In Colombia

The indigenous Colombian territories are bracing for a new fight against fracking, a process that many would like to see banned within the country.

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Indigenous Scholars Endorse D.C. March for Science

Written by at April 22, 2017

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The March for Science in Washington DC on Earth Day has the backing of 1,200 indigenous scientists and their traditional scientific knowledge.

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Arctic Soundscape: An Audible Expedition to Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Written by at April 22, 2017

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Take an acoustic journey through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and intently listen to music in its purest form. Every wild habitat on the planet — even ants and larvae — create their own sound signature.

“A soundscape is a voice of a living habitat,” says Dr. Bernie Krause, noted musician and soundscape ecologist.

Krause has recorded jaguars at night in the Amazon rain forest and mountain gorillas in Africa’s Virunga Mountains.

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Empowerment during Gathering of Nations: Dear Patriarchy Benefit on April 27th

Written by at April 21, 2017

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If you’re in New Mexico during the week of Gathering of Nations and you’re looking to check out an event, Dear Patriarchy is a must-see.

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The Real Story of That Giant Squash: Separating Myth from Reality

Written by at April 21, 2017

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Many of us have seen stories of the giant squash floating around; but how true is the legend? The real story is even more fascinating and ends with, ‘Thank a Native!’

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Remembering Charlie Hobbs and Bobo Dean, Giants of Indian Law

Written by at April 21, 2017

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Two of Indian country’s legal giants, Charles Hobbs and S. Bobo Dean, walked on in February, leaving behind a legacy of achievements in Indian law.

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Lyrid Meteors Sparkle for Earth Day

Written by at April 21, 2017

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The Lyrid meteor shower, remnants of Comet Thatcher, arrives just in time to pepper the planet with up to 20 shooting stars per hour on Earth Day.

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Tribal Government, Elections, and the Siren Song of Equality

Written by at April 20, 2017

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Tribal government is limited only by the creativity of the tribal council and the collective sense of fairness among tribal citizens. So why the division?

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Marie Zackuse, Tulalip Tribes’ First Chairwoman, Takes Helm During Challenging Time

Written by at April 20, 2017

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Marie Zackuse was elected as the first chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors, at a time that is quite challenging for the Native community.

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Explore Yurok Country, Home to Giant Redwoods on California’s Coast

Written by at April 20, 2017

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The Yurok Tribe resides in the heart of Redwood National Park on the Northern California coast, where old-growth trees tower to the sky with trunks so enormous it can take dozens of people to reach around the base, fingertip to fingertip. Traditional Yurok stories teach that the redwood trees are sacred living beings.

California’s largest tribe, the Yuroks count nearly 5,000 enrolled members. Their ancestral lands contain the vast majority of the coastline near present day Klamath,

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Got Treaties? Lummi 1, Coal Terminal 0

Written by at April 19, 2017

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Invoking the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott was risky for the Lummi, but its success in fending off a coal terminal at Cherry Point, known as Xwe’chi’eXen, paid off.

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The Last Buffalo: Bringing Bison Back From the Brink

Written by at April 18, 2017

Smithsonian Channel documentary details how taxidermist William Temple Hornaday saved the bison from complete extinction in the early 1900s.

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NIGA 2017 – ‘Getting Back to Business’

Written by at April 18, 2017

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The National Indian Gaming Association held its annual conference recently in which it was a return to the roots of NIGA – supporting tribal gaming business

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Record Snowmelt Flowing into the Owens Valley

Written by at April 18, 2017

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A record snowpack that fell upon the Sierra Nevada mountain range brought an emergency declaration for the Owens Valley area, but is it a blessing instead.

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Border Wall Bad for Environment: Suit

Written by at April 17, 2017

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Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, and the Center for Biological Diversity are challenging the U.S.–Mexico border wall in court.

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Where are the Next Shoni Schimmels and Bronson Koenigs in College Basketball?

Written by at April 17, 2017

Where are the Next Shoni Schimmels and Bronson Koenigs in College Basketball?

How can we get our talented Native American athletes exposure from the NCAA Division 1 and other college basketball programs, coaches or recruiters?

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Former Olympic Snowboarder Turned Traditional Weaver: IAIA Artist-in-Residence Meghann O’Brien

Written by at April 16, 2017

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From weaving through snow to weaving earthly materials, Northwest coast traditional weaver Meghann O’Brien is a former Olympic pro snowboarder

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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, April 16, 2017

Written by at April 16, 2017

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No justice for Loreal Tsingine, and the Trump-Kushners’ sweet real estate deal with the owner of a mining company in Indian country.

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Adoption Fairness Bill: Bipartisan Legislation for Tribal Special Needs Children

Written by at April 15, 2017

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Adoption tax credit fairness for tribes: Bill would give parents adopting tribal special needs children an adoption tax credit available to states

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Good Friday and the Native Homeless in Seattle

Written by at April 14, 2017

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On Good Friday, the struggle to uphold treaty rights and protect natural resources, vital to the future of Federally recognized American Indians continues.

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Precedent-Setting Indigenous Environmental Review Rejects Mine

Written by at April 14, 2017

Precedent-Setting Indigenous Environmental Review Rejects Mine

Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwepemc Nation conducted its own environmental assessment of the proposed Ajax Mine, and found the plan lacking.

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Trump-Kushners Get Sweet DC Townhouse Deal From Mining Magnate

Written by at April 13, 2017

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Company owned by billionaire landlord of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, embroiled in mining lawsuit against U.S. government, says no conflict of interest.

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Racial Equity and Tribal Sovereignty Champion Karen Diver Honored

Written by at April 13, 2017

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Karen Diver honored by the Clayton Jackson Mcghie Memorial for her work toward racial equity and tribal sovereignty, and answers some questions about politics.

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Harvesting and Consuming the Prehistoric, Eel-like Lamprey

Written by at April 13, 2017

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Indigenous people have hand-wrestled writhing lampreys out of Willamette Falls for thousands of years. Plunging hands into the falls’ powerful flow, they pull eel-like, three-toothed lampreys from surging waters. To grip the slithering lamprey, hunters wear textured gloves.

Lampreys don’t only look prehistoric, they’ve thrived in Pacific waters for 450 million years. More closely related to sharks or hagfish than eels, their parasitic suction cup-mouths allow them to climb slippery,

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