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

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.01.2014 | 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.

Tribe Looks To Teens To Revive Bison Demand

AP | By KRISTI EATON | Posted 03.14.2012 | Home

FLANDREAU, S.D. -- It seems an unlikely concept: teenagers forgoing the immediacy of a McDonald's Big Mac to don an apron, grab a meat patty and learn...

The Buffalo In The Room: A Reflection For Native American Heritage Month

Alison Owings | Posted 01.02.2012 | Religion
Alison Owings

As we, the American public, hack through thickets of politically enhanced blogoshere-distributed demonstrations and debates about who we are, most of us overlook one factor: We started out as trespassers.

Kids and Native American Art

Carolyn Ossorio | Posted 11.16.2011 | Parents
Carolyn Ossorio

A half-man, half bird rattles the head of a raven high in his right hand. He brandishes a wing of feathers that he waves toward the crowd and up to the sky. The overall effect is mesmerizing and the crowd stands at attention.

Gimme That Old Time (Native American) Religion

Alison Owings | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Alison Owings

I participated in a series of talks my local church sponsored called, "Gutsy Women of Faith." Like everything connected to Native Americana, at least in my view, things were complicated.

The Blackfoot Indians in New York City: Historic Photos from the Museum of the City of New York

Lacy Schutz | Posted 06.13.2011 | New York
Lacy Schutz

American Indian And Christian Beliefs Blend At Michigan Church

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) Smoke wafts upward as the Rev. Mike Peters blows on the Knick-Knick, a sacred ...

Native American Religion: For Members Only?

Wes Isley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Wes Isley

We have to ask ourselves whether culture, race or DNA forever determines our spiritual path. Does someone's own cultural and spiritual heritage prevent them from understanding what other traditions truly mean?