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The impacts of the Indian boarding and day school era extend beyond the emotional, physical and sexual abuse suffered by students. The financial toll, it turns out, was heavy as well.
Researchers at Indiana University have been digitally preserving recordings of Native American songs made on fragile wax cylinders more than 100 years ago.
There is a grassroots movement of Indigenous communities taking back their power and authority as sovereign nations.
Before the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, more than a quarter of American Indian and Alaska Native children were removed from their homes.
The real epidemic is the criminal way in which the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women has been historically overlooked.
This is the story of the first Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act prosecution in Ohio.
For Indigenous peoples, language is truly the breath of life.
Denise Lajimodiere has kept her promise to Indian boarding school survivors with this sacred oath of a book.
July 16 was the first General Mad Anthony Day in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Not everyone, including the Miami Tribe, was celebrating.
Native Americans are troubled by the beauty and wellness industry’s marketing of practices and items associated with their prayer rituals.
In the first two years of the Trump presidency, complaints of wrongdoing, corruption, fraud and misuse of funds increased 16 percent at the agency with the most responsibilities in Indian Country.
What does traditional accountability look like in the modern world?
A superintendent at a Bureau of Indian Education school was terminated for sexual harassment after several women came forward.
Sexual harassment in Indian Country is an inconvenient and deeply uncomfortable truth
Amateur white American archaeologists and collectors are still influenced by the right of conquest mentality.
Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan of the White Earth Nation shoulders a uniquely Native responsibility when it comes to governing.
The weather is warmer and there's another influx of Christian missionaries and charity groups on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Thousands of Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools created to strip them of their culture. My mother was one of them.
Despite periodic promises to diversify staff, mainstream media continue to be dominated by White men.
'Women have great power during their moons,' explains Patty Smith of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.
It’s time the students who mocked and disrespected an elder of the Omaha Nation learn the whole truth of this history.
Indigenous water protectors and allies have been protesting, suing and, in some cases, doing felony-level direct action, to halt the completion of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be celebrated at the expense of Native peoples.
The Jingle Dress Project immerses Native and non-Native people in the history of Madeline Island in Wisconsin.
While covering the midterms from Minnesota, I couldn't help but feel the pride my mother would have felt had she lived to see this day.
Minnesota voters are considering three Native candidates from three different political parties in this election.
Inadequate funding for the Indian Health Service hinders treatment and addiction programs for expecting mothers in tribal communities.
Native women revitalize ceremony to resist the legacy of patriarchy that supports a long-entrenched history of abuse.
Alissa Skipintheday was friendly and outgoing. She loved to take photos and dreamed of becoming a beautician.
Native advocates are keeping an eye on efforts to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
Native herbalists are doing more than just healing sore muscles. They are decolonizing herbalism.
With a new report highlighting the struggles facing Native mothers and their newborns, communities are turning to tribal traditions for support.
A parade of men, white and mostly over 35 years old, wept at the thought of losing their racist mascot.
Mark your calendars: the new Indian Country Today debuts at the mid-year session of the National Congress of American Indians.
At Miami University in Ohio, the Myaamia Center is revitalizing culture and building racial equity.
Little is known about existing protocols for reporting missing Native women and girls, or the process for collecting current data.
As of April 2018, Annita Lucchesi has found 2,501 cases of missing and murdered women and two spirit people in the United States and Canada..
'We were literally crying in gratitude when we heard the news,' an advocate for Native women told Rewire.
Reports of missing and murdered Native women don’t garner the same attention and response as those of white women.
Spirit writing is more than tattoos. It’s guidance from the past that connects our responsibilities to each other and to earth.
'I can never live up to my Navajo name, but I can tell people my story.'
'The U.S. government has forgotten about us for centuries. We are always last.'
Proponents remain hopeful about the future and the potential for the Tribal Law and Order Act and other legislation to help Native women.
Although we’ve been yelling about this for a long time, the non-Native world has only recently begun to listen.
President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Indian Health Service has left many wondering what qualifications the agency's director should meet.
Native women across the United States and Canada are putting their skills to work in challenging the status quo of mainstream medicine.
On their reservations and in their wider communities, I saw how Native people protected and nurtured each other.
Independent journalist Mary Annette Pember reports on the inclusion of Tlingit people in the Alaska Day ceremony in Sitka for the first time in 150 years.
I tend to lie low during Native American History Month and dodge the Moon of Explaining Indians to White People. But not this year.
The American Indian Community Housing Organization and Honor the Earth unveiled a mural that demonstrates the resilience of Native women, Mary Annette Pember reports.
What is the Trump team doing about the Indian Health Service, which has suffered from chronic mismanagement and underfunding?
Indian Country Today hiatus is a blow to nuanced coverage of indigenous peoples, independent journalist Mary Annette Pember writes.
Lisa Heth bought a rundown motel and transformed it into a shelter for sex trafficking victims, Mary Annette Pember reports.
The near-extinction of mouse beans along the Missouri River is a metaphor for the devastating impact of US development of tribal lands, Mary Annette Pember writes on Indian Country Media Network.
Building on her successes in the business world, Twila True, a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is hoping to bring change to the homelands of her people.
The Anpo Wicahpi Pine Ridge Girls’ School is getting ready for its second year of educating girls on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Ojibwe women survived European attempts to undermine their role as ‘one who holds things together,’ Mary Annette Pember writes on Indian Country Media Network.
A national probe into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls has come under fire in recent weeks as Native leaders and even a former commissioner question its direction.