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A Hidden Gem In Indianapolis, Indiana: The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 10.22.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I'm a big museum person and was delighted to hear that there was a museum dedicated to Native Americans - their culture and art - on the western edge of downtown Indianapolis, in White River State Park.

What Might Have Been; Treaties and Nation-Building

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

Nation to Nation; Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations, the recently installed exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian, is one of the most difficult and troubling exhibitions I've ever experienced. It is also the best history exhibition I've seen at the Smithsonian.

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...

Why the Big Tribal 'Payout' Is Only a Start

Dennis Worden | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Dennis Worden

The complex legal history of the federal government's connection to Native American tribes was on display in separate events last week, neither shining a positive light on this continuum of American history, but both sowing the seeds for a more positive future.

Children of the Powwow: Changing The Way We See Native America

Terra Trevor | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Terra Trevor

Every American Indian person at the powwow is connected, and is making a statement that American Indian people are still here. This is our celebration of life past, present and future.

Pocahontas' First Marriage: The Powhatan Side of the Story

National Museum of the American Indian | Posted 10.09.2014 | Arts
National Museum of the American Indian

As Virginia institutions celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pocahontas-Rolfe marriage this year, a crucial event in the Commonwealth's venerable self-image, we should recognize that existing Native traditions put it in a very different perspective.

Thankfulness and Rewriting History

Terra Trevor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Terra Trevor

Last November an associate producer at Huff Post Live, the Huffington Post's live streaming network, invited me to be part of a 20 minute conversation...

Prince Harry's Not The Only Royal In D.C. Today

Posted 05.09.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Royal watchers have a busy Thursday ahead! Not only is Britain's Prince Harry in D.C. for two days, the King and Queen of Sweden are als...

Celebrating What's in the Middle

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 06.11.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

If you're like me, and you're honest with yourself, you probably know painfully little about the pre-Hispanic civilizations and legacies of Central America. Suffice it to say that Central America has historically received little attention.

PHOTOS: Maya Spirit: Entering The Circle Of Dance

Cecile R. Ganteaume | Posted 02.08.2013 | Religion
Cecile R. Ganteaume

Despite great odds, dance remains a vibrant, meaningful and diverse form of cultural expression in many Native communities throughout the Americas.

Recognizing Maya: A World That Doesn't End

Jose Barreiro | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Jose Barreiro

From Yucatan to Honduras and centrally throughout Guatemala, the new scholarship on Maya is a veritable industry. Confounding clarity, popular media culture has run amok with the prophetic day.

Do American Indians Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Dennis W. Zotigh | Posted 01.19.2013 | Religion
Dennis W. Zotigh

Much harm has been done to generations of Indian people by perpetuating negative and harmful images in young minds. Presenting Thanksgiving to children as primarily a happy time trivializes our shared history and teaches a half-truth.

Remembering Lakota Ways

Emil Her Many Horses | Posted 01.17.2013 | Religion
Emil Her Many Horses

Much of traditional Lakota culture was threatened in the early 1900s. After the Lakota people were placed on reservations in the late 1800s, the U.S. government forbade their language and ceremonial life.

Standing in the Rainbow (And 9 Other Reasons the Smithsonian Makes Me Smile)

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 08.26.2012 | DC
Zoe P. Strassfield

This week's been a bit hectic for me, but that made having today off for museum-going all the sweeter. I came up with the idea of making a list of 10 things at the Smithsonian Institution's various museums and other facilities that make me smile.

Cindy Y. Rodriguez

Teens From Amazonia Tell Their Story In Photos

HuffingtonPost.com | Cindy Y. Rodriguez | Posted 12.06.2011 | Latino Voices

In the summer of 2007, in a remote village of the Peruvian Amazon, six children, ages 12 to 15, received a gift -- cameras with which to document thei...

Native American Skateboarding Show Comes To National Museum Of The American Indian

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Ahead of next week's All Nations Skate Jam national championships in New Mexico, the National Museum of the American Indian is hosting an exhibit cent...