iOS app Android app

Native American Culture

How to Tell an Enchanting Story

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 08.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Elaine Ambrose

Some people are born to be storytellers, and their yarns and tall tales aren't limited to children. They often regale adults with their creative narrations, and a friendly bar or boisterous camping trip only intensifies the renditions.

Navajo Band Teaches Native American Youth How To Write Their Own Songs, Overcome Obstacles

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.03.2015 | Good News

In the eyes of brother-and-sister duo Sihasin, music is a powerful tool with the potential to transform lives -- or that’s their hope, at least. ...

Moving Photos Show Native American Children Defending The Earth

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.21.2015 | Green

Photographer Tailinh Agoyo believes that even though adults are destroying the earth, children will be the ones to fix the mess they’ve inherited. ...

Road Trip U.S.A.: Indiana

Kevin Richberg | Posted 04.19.2015 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

Today, the population of Evansville is around 120,000, give or take a few thousand, but in the time before European settlement, this same area was home to several distinct Native American cultures spanning thousands of years.

Oklahoma Is Where the Heart Is

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Dustin DeMoss

Oklahoma is a thriving farming utopia that years later would be discovered and once again the "white man" would betray his words by making it part of the frontier.

Cowboys and Indians, Yes. Indians and Occupiers? Let's Think About That

Jerry Ashton | Posted 12.26.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

This past summer, DC politicos and residents woke up to a surprising sight: Cowboy ranchers and Native Americans sharing an encampment on the Nationa...

FedEx Roasted In Redskins Controversy Skit

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices

There's nothing funny about racism, but the ridiculousness of it is an easy thing to make fun of. The Washington's Redskins controversy has heate...

From Goofy Ridge to Sandwich, Here Are The Weirdest Place Names in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.31.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Ever notice how strange-sound words tend to start sounding normal after hearing them enough? What words come up frequently in Illinois that seem mundane to those of us who live here but maybe deserve a second look?

Traditional Dip Net Fishing: The Yakama Nation Tribe (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

Lyle, Washington In south-central Washington, the wild Klickitat River, one of the longest undammed rivers in the Pacific Northwest, flows 95 miles...

Leaving the Reservation: Modern Day Assimilation

Gyasi Ross | Posted 05.19.2014 | Education
Gyasi Ross

Native students who are getting back acceptance letters right now: I'm proud of you. Your people are proud of you. You have an opportunity to do something amazing. Do it. We'll be waiting for you.

Remembering the Great Native American Journalists

Tim Giago | Posted 05.06.2014 | Media
Tim Giago

A handful of Native Americans that have spent their lives as newspaper reporters, editors or publishers are wondering where journalism is headed in Indian Country. I can't answer that question, but I would like to give a shout-out to the great Indian journalists I have known.

The Baby Veronica Saga: Denial of a Father's Rights and Now a $1 Million Lesson

Adam Pertman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Adam Pertman

This latest chapter in a young child's heart-rending saga does offer an opportunity, however, to step back from the details of the custody battle and consider its many important lessons.

It Isn't Getting Better For Native American Students

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

Native American students have not shared in the recent rise in educational performance achieved by African Americans and Latinos, according to a new s...

Where Art and Music Meet

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Katie Scarlett Brandt

Now in her 50s, Sonja has traded her pencils for "earth paints," made of ground rock mixed with water. She sometimes sketches her concepts first, especially if a specific animal requires practice, and chooses colors as she goes.

The Nature Within

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 09.21.2013 | TED Weekends
Katie Scarlett Brandt

As I gripped the steering wheel, my mind formed alternate routes in case the windshield shattered around us. Stories of cow-killing-hail were fresh in my memory, and as we sped through the Badlands, there was nowhere to stop for shelter.

Racist Redskin: Resolving Anglo Ignorance About Naming Natives

Alison Owings | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Alison Owings

In the evolving American consciousness, where there's growing support for illegal immigrants who want U.S. citizenship and for gays who want wedlock, the same impulse apparently does not recognize that the word redskins is reprehensible and offensive to (most) Native Americans.

Why the R*dsk*ns Need to Change Their Name

Amanda Blackhorse | Posted 05.08.2013 | Sports
Amanda Blackhorse

If we can agree that I should not be called a "redskin" because that would be racist, then isn't it obvious that the Washington NFL team should not use the name? Eighty years' use of a racist term does not make a racist practice a legitimate tradition. It makes it 80 years overdue for a change.

Ancient Site's 'Mound A' Called Amazing Feat Of Engineering

Posted 02.04.2013 | Science

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 02/01/2013 09:10 AM EST on LiveScience The enormous earthen monument Poverty Point, built on a Mississippi...

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.

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.

Native American Christianity: Through Bullets And Arrows To Peace

Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley

Like the proverbial "ducks out of water," Native Christians captured by a Western worldview are against the use of any form of Native American cultural expressions of faith. On the other hand, those who reclaim a vision of Christ in our culture celebrate joy and homecoming.

How a Grouchy Gourmet Broke Down Racial Barriers

Tim Giago | Posted 07.25.2012 | Media
Tim Giago

Oftentimes an idea is born out of necessity; and that is the way a weekly column called, "The Grouchy Gourmet" was born.

Gathering Of Nations Brings 500 Tribes Together

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion

(Fixes spelling of MacDonald in 19th paragraph) By Zelie Pollon ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., April 28 (Reuters) - Tomé Roubideaux...

Dulaney Was Named 'Waonspekiye,' or 'Teacher'

Tim Giago | Posted 06.16.2012 | Media
Tim Giago

The first I heard of Professor Dulaney was in 1983 when I received a letter -- it was not known as snail-mail back then -- saying that he had been reading my newspaper. We came up with the idea of forming a Native American newspaper association.

Why Native American Truths Can Heal The World

Joseph M. Marshall III | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Joseph M. Marshall III

There are wise people in the world from all walks of life, from many nations and cultures. It is our hope that one day wisdom -- rather than might, arrogance and bluster -- will rule the world.