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Lake named for advocate of tribal removal changed to 'Bde Maka Ska'
Environment
Lake named for advocate of tribal removal changed to 'Bde Maka Ska' (January 19, 2018)
The largest lake in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is now being recognized by its original Native name.

Ivan Star Comes Out: We are still here with our language and culture intact
Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: We are still here with our language and culture intact (January 10, 2018)
From my perspective modern American society knows little to nothing of the indigenous world.

Halee Kirkwood: Seven acts of Native resistance they don't teach in schools
Education
Halee Kirkwood: Seven acts of Native resistance they don't teach in schools (January 8, 2018)
It is irresponsible to teach the tragedies without also teaching the resistance movements that oppose colonial violence.

Mark Rahner: The really scary thing about the CDC's seven 'banned' words
Opinion
Mark Rahner: The really scary thing about the CDC's seven 'banned' words (December 19, 2017)
This is how it happens: one day, you read that your government has begun censoring language.

Navajo Nation leaders offer condolences to family of Code Talker Teddy Draper
National
Navajo Nation leaders offer condolences to family of Code Talker Teddy Draper (December 15, 2017)
Another Navajo Code Talker, the World War II heroes who used their language to develop and transmit unbreakable codes, has fallen.

Death of George B. Willie marks another loss in ranks of the Navajo Code Talkers
National
Death of George B. Willie marks another loss in ranks of the Navajo Code Talkers (December 5, 2017)
Leaders of the Navajo Nation are mourning the loss of George B. Willie, Sr., who served as a Code Talker during World War II.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Oglala Sioux Tribe remains divided on future of our nation
Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Oglala Sioux Tribe remains divided on future of our nation (December 1, 2017)
We have been divided for nearly a hundred years all in the federal government’s favor.

Cronkite News: President Trump overshadows Code Talkers with 'Pocahontas' jab
National | Politics
Cronkite News: President Trump overshadows Code Talkers with 'Pocahontas' jab (November 28, 2017)
Tribal groups reacted swiftly after President Donald Trump used an event honoring Native American Code Talkers to call a Democratic senator 'Pocahontas,' what critics called a slur that marred an otherwise positive event.

President Trump stuns Indian Country with 'Pocahontas' slur in front of Navajo war heroes
National | Politics
President Trump stuns Indian Country with 'Pocahontas' slur in front of Navajo war heroes (November 27, 2017)
President Donald Trump sparked widespread outrage in Indian Country after marring an event featuring Navajo war heroes with a derogatory slur.

DVIDS: Navajo marine Natema Yazzie carries on legacy started by Code Talker grandfather
National
DVIDS: Navajo marine Natema Yazzie carries on legacy started by Code Talker grandfather (November 27, 2017)
It was only until after completing recruit training in Parris Island, South Carolina, that Natema Yazzie learned her grandfather was a World War II veteran and a United States Marine.

Ivan Star Comes Out: The Lakota language is becoming obliterated by colonialism
Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: The Lakota language is becoming obliterated by colonialism (November 27, 2017)
Our ceremonies, customs, language, history, and land have been legislatively targeted for obliteration by the United States government.

Osage Nation continues language revitalization efforts with mobile application
Education | National | Technology
Osage Nation continues language revitalization efforts with mobile application (November 2, 2017)
The Osage Nation is keeping its language alive with the help of new technology.

Urban Indian school in Wisconsin helps revitalize tribal traditions and languages
Education | National
Urban Indian school in Wisconsin helps revitalize tribal traditions and languages (November 1, 2017)
The Indian Community School of Milwaukee seeks to provide a mainstream education to its students — who represent 20 different tribes — while incorporating cultural education into every aspect of its curriculum.

President Trump warned not to revert to non-Native name for Alaska's highest peak
Environment | National | Politics
President Trump warned not to revert to non-Native name for Alaska's highest peak (October 25, 2017)
It looks like Denali, the Native name for Alaska's highest peak, is safe under the Trump administration. For now.

Dean Chavers: Boarding schools offered yet another way to 'civilize' Indian people
Education | Opinion
Dean Chavers: Boarding schools offered yet another way to 'civilize' Indian people (October 23, 2017)
The federal government decided in the late 1880s that Indians had to be 'civilized.'

The Conversation: Indigenous people invented the so-called 'American Dream'
Opinion
The Conversation: Indigenous people invented the so-called 'American Dream' (October 10, 2017)
On Indigenous Peoples Day, it’s worth underscoring something that many archaeologists know: many of the values that inspire the American Dream originate with native North Americans.

Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker David Patterson Sr. at age of 94
National
Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker David Patterson Sr. at age of 94 (October 10, 2017)
David Earl Patterson Sr., a citizen of the Navajo Nation who served as a Code Talker during World War II, died on Sunday. He was 94.

Ivan Star Comes Out: We must stop the federal 'Kill the Indian' education system
Education | Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: We must stop the federal 'Kill the Indian' education system (September 27, 2017)
Tatanka Iyutaka (Sitting Bull) once said that if one searches carefully for something that is lost, one will find it.

New Yorker features Meskwaki word-songs performed by poet Ray Young Bear
Arts & Entertainment
New Yorker features Meskwaki word-songs performed by poet Ray Young Bear (September 19, 2017)
Poet and novelist Ray Young Bear, a citizen of the Meskwaki Tribe, has published two word-songs in The New Yorker.

Native Sun News Today: New book shares the secret stories of Sioux Code Talkers
Arts & Entertainment | National
Native Sun News Today: New book shares the secret stories of Sioux Code Talkers (September 12, 2017)
Andrea Page (Standing Rock Sioux) began researching her Sioux Code Talkers book more than 20 years ago.

Doug George-Kanentiio: The life of a great Mohawk named Angus 'Shine' George
Opinion
Doug George-Kanentiio: The life of a great Mohawk named Angus 'Shine' George (August 29, 2017)
Some would say Angus 'Shine' George was a great Mohawk; world class athlete, fearless high steel worker, expert fisherman, master carpenter and highly skilled craftsman with a rich command of his Native language and strong opinions about the world.

Tim Giago: Fall always meant it was time to return to Indian boarding schools
Education | Opinion
Tim Giago: Fall always meant it was time to return to Indian boarding schools (August 28, 2017)
In days gone by the most terrible time of the year for Indian boys and girls across the West came at the end of August.

Cronkite News: Most Native families aren't speaking their own languages at home
Education | National
Cronkite News: Most Native families aren't speaking their own languages at home (August 10, 2017)
Families in more than half of Native American homes in Arizona now speak only English at home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Brian Lightfoot Brown: Welcome to the oldest recorded powwow in North America
Opinion
Brian Lightfoot Brown: Welcome to the oldest recorded powwow in North America (August 9, 2017)
Powwow is among the most common words associated with Native Americans but do you know its origin?

Cleve Davis: Racist and colonizing language deeply embedded in America
Opinion
Cleve Davis: Racist and colonizing language deeply embedded in America (July 25, 2017)
Native Americans struggle with derogatory names and symbols every day, Cleve Davis writes on Indian Country Media Network.

Global Voices: Digital radio station promotes indigenous communities in Brazil
Technology | World
Global Voices: Digital radio station promotes indigenous communities in Brazil (July 24, 2017)
Rádio Yandê, the first Indigenous online radio station in Brazil, uses digital media to promote Native languages and communities.

Cronkite News: Rare meteorite found in Arizona receives Apache name
Education | Environment | National
Cronkite News: Rare meteorite found in Arizona receives Apache name (June 13, 2017)
A meteorite that landed on tribal land in Arizona a year ago now bears an Apache name.

White Mountain Apache Tribe chooses Native name for meteorite
Education | Environment | Technology
White Mountain Apache Tribe chooses Native name for meteorite (June 5, 2017)
A unique meteorite discovered on the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona has a name in the Apache language.

Shakopee Tribe partners with tribal colleges for language program
Education | National
Shakopee Tribe partners with tribal colleges for language program (June 1, 2017)
The goal of the Voices of Our Ancestors program is to keep the Dakota language alive for future generations.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation school works hard to teach language
Education | National
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation school works hard to teach language (May 22, 2017)
Instilling Navajo values, culture and tradition within students can help combat the looming threat on Navajo land: the loss of the Navajo language.

Native Sun News Today: Book brings 'Tasunka' horse legend to life
Arts & Entertainment | National
Native Sun News Today: Book brings 'Tasunka' horse legend to life (May 10, 2017)
While visiting the pristine homeland of his ancestors, Donald Montileaux reconnected to the folklore and lifestyle of the Lakota people.

Young citizen from Catawba Nation wins grant to revitalize language
Education
Young citizen from Catawba Nation wins grant to revitalize language (May 9, 2017)
DeLesslin 'Roo' George-Warren is part of the 2017 class of Dreamstarters, an initiative of Running Strong for American Indian Youth.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds business meeting to agenda
Education | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds business meeting to agenda (May 8, 2017)
A bill to recruit and retain teachers in Indian Country, plus another to extend federal recognition to six tribe in Virginia, are on the agenda.

Arne Vainio: We lost a fluent Ojibwe speaker in Larry Smallwood
Education | Opinion
Arne Vainio: We lost a fluent Ojibwe speaker in Larry Smallwood (April 28, 2017)
When we lose an elder, we lose a library.

André Cramblit: Tribes must make language survival a top priority
Education | Opinion
André Cramblit: Tribes must make language survival a top priority (April 25, 2017)
Native peoples must demand that their tribal councils adequately fund Native language programs.

Steve Russell: Thoughts about sovereignty and tribal governments
Opinion | Politics
Steve Russell: Thoughts about sovereignty and tribal governments (April 20, 2017)
Thoughts to shave tribal government through tribal elections to stop the division.

Navajo Nation Council rejects bill to change tribe's name to 'Dine Nation'
National | Politics
Navajo Nation Council rejects bill to change tribe's name to 'Dine Nation' (April 19, 2017)
Opponents said the change from 'Navajo Nation' to the 'Dine Nation' would confuse tribal citizens and outsiders.

Native Sun News Today: Book shares antics of Iktomi the trickster
Arts & Entertainment | National
Native Sun News Today: Book shares antics of Iktomi the trickster (April 17, 2017)
Many Wakanyeja (children) grew up listening to the chronicles of Iktomi the trickster when at bedtime the Unci (Grandmothers) would relate the escapades of this mischievous character.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe focuses on language and cultural efforts
Education
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe focuses on language and cultural efforts (April 5, 2017)
The tribe awarded $300,000 in grants for language, cultural and environmental programs on the reservation in New York.

Elizabeth LaPensée: Video games encourage indigenous culture
Education | National | Technology
Elizabeth LaPensée: Video games encourage indigenous culture (March 24, 2017)
Done right, games have the potential to be self-determined spaces, where Indigenous people can express themselves on their own terms.

Tristan Ahtone: 'Rez accents' are strengthening Native identities
Education | National
Tristan Ahtone: 'Rez accents' are strengthening Native identities (March 7, 2017)
Research shows that ethnic identity is shaped not only by the loss—and revitalization—of mother tongues but also by the remixing of English.

Ivan Star Comes Out: 'Civilization' aims to alienate Native America
Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: 'Civilization' aims to alienate Native America (February 20, 2017)
My Native ancestry was nearly removed from my consciousness by the Euro-American’s blasphemous need to make me into their image

Tim Giago: A reservation boarding school teacher I'll never forget
Opinion
Tim Giago: A reservation boarding school teacher I'll never forget (February 13, 2017)
John Bryde showed up at the Holy Rosary Indian Mission in the early 1940s.

Denver American Horse: Ringing in a new year with our sovereignty
Opinion
Denver American Horse: Ringing in a new year with our sovereignty (January 23, 2017)
We should start thinking about working towards becoming a stand alone independent country; no longer as wards of the federal government.

Navajo Code Talkers participate in presidential inaugural parade
National
Navajo Code Talkers participate in presidential inaugural parade (January 13, 2017)
Veterans from the Navajo Nation will help usher in new leadership in Washington, D.C.

Ivan Star Comes Out: We must speak Lakota to keep it from dying
Education | Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: We must speak Lakota to keep it from dying (January 12, 2017)
As Lakota educators, we must realize that despite the great promise shown by dictionaries and other works, our language is still dying.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Our Lakota language is near last stage of existence
Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Our Lakota language is near last stage of existence (December 21, 2016)
Our Lakota language is not faring well in these modern times.

Denver American Horse: Water protectors are always in my prayers
Opinion
Denver American Horse: Water protectors are always in my prayers (December 19, 2016)
Denver American Horse, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, writes his column in the Lakota language

Lakota Country Times: Big Native basketball tournament opens in South Dakota
Education | National | Sports
Lakota Country Times: Big Native basketball tournament opens in South Dakota (December 14, 2016)
The 40th annual Lakota Nation Invitational is set to be one of the biggest and best to date.

Denver American Horse: Native veterans travel far for health care
Opinion
Denver American Horse: Native veterans travel far for health care (December 12, 2016)
Denver American Horse, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, writes his weekly column in the Lakota language.

Daniel Brown: Ho-Chunk Nation celebrates a new day in Wisconsin
Opinion
Daniel Brown: Ho-Chunk Nation celebrates a new day in Wisconsin (December 1, 2016)
It still bears repeating that Ho-Chunk people have suffered greatly through federal government policies that have essentially sought to rid the country of our very existence.

Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne college hosts language summit
Education | National
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne college hosts language summit (November 30, 2016)
Chief Dull Knife College on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation hosted a state-wide tribal language summit in mid-November.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Indigenous renaissance starts with family
Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Indigenous renaissance starts with family (November 28, 2016)
Our ancestors wanted us to understand the newcomer’s ways so we would be able to survive, compete, and prosper far into the future.

Denver American Horse: A change to Lakota language column
Opinion
Denver American Horse: A change to Lakota language column (November 23, 2016)
Denver American Horse, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, will still be writing in the Lakota language but is announcing a change in focus.

Alaska Natives battle Donald Trump on potential name change at highest mountain
Environment | National | Politics
Alaska Natives battle Donald Trump on potential name change at highest mountain (November 22, 2016)
Alaskans have always referred to the highest mountain peak in North America as Denali but the incoming president has vowed to change it.

Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker George Paul James
National
Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker George Paul James (November 10, 2016)
George Paul James was only 17 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Baby from Coushatta Tribe draws attention with full head of hair
National
Baby from Coushatta Tribe draws attention with full head of hair (November 10, 2016)
The little girl's family is preparing for a tribal hair-cutting ceremony that comes at four months of age.

Denver American Horse: Veterans column in the Lakota language
Opinion
Denver American Horse: Veterans column in the Lakota language (November 8, 2016)
Denver American Horse, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, writes his weekly column in the Lakota language.

Delphine Red Shirt: We can't always blame others for Native language losses
Education | Opinion
Delphine Red Shirt: We can't always blame others for Native language losses (November 2, 2016)
It is true that Indian boarding schools throughout the U.S. tried their best to keep children from speaking their Native languages.

Denver American Horse: Veterans column in the Lakota language
Opinion
Denver American Horse: Veterans column in the Lakota language (November 1, 2016)
Denver American Horse, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, writes his weekly column in the Lakota language.

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