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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...

11 Powerful Artworks That Reveal The Diversity Of Contemporary American Indian Art

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.07.2014 | Arts

An Everlast punching bag covered in ornate beads, a woman languishing next to a life-size, four-legged balloon animal, a black cedar mask made distinc...

Sioux Mother Rescues Abused Children, Faces Arrest

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 03.12.2014 | Crime
Stephanie Woodard

The doctor found bruises covering the boy's penis and scrotum. Those injuries would soon lead to an arrest warrant for the mother -- not because she had caused the harm, but because she did not return her son, along with his wheelchair-bound twin, to their abusers.

Richie Incognito, Redskins and Racism in the NFL

Gyasi Ross | Posted 01.25.2014 | Sports
Gyasi Ross

News flash: football is bullying; let's not romanticize the game and pretend that sportsmanship is a vital part of the game. In fact, that is the game -- to be the better bully than the other guy.

The Last American Indian On Earth

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.03.2013 | Arts

Imagine a man dressed in stereotypically "traditional" Native American garb, donning a massive white feathered headdress, an ornamental tunic, and fac...

A Quiet American Epidemic

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Too many seem to believe that anyone who is serious enough about suicide to use a gun would find an equally effective means if a gun were not available. When it comes to guns and suicide, especially in young people, there are things we can do.

Mimicry? Mockery? Mimic. Cry.

Deepak Sarma | Posted 07.16.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

By performing the play of the pilgrim, does the Indian-American elementary school student inadvertently become the oppressor? Or confirms the oppression? Or conforms to the oppressor?

The Energy Boom: American Indians Need Not Apply?

D.A. Barber | Posted 06.30.2013 | Business
D.A. Barber

It may sound a bit quixotic, but has the oil industry -- with profits on a clear upswing -- made a collaborative effort to reach out to the energy boom region's unemployed tribal members?

The Prejudice We Permit

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.17.2013 | Crime
Ian Reifowitz

Prejudice can kill. George Zimmerman saw a young black male wearing a hoodie, and made a decision that reflected the dictionary definition of prejudi...

Thou Shalt Not Wear a Native American Headdress

Thom Nickels | Posted 03.16.2013 | Style
Thom Nickels

In case you haven't heard, in Philadelphia the "politically correct" crowd is on the warpath over a New Year's Day Mummers skit by Northwest Philadelphia's Venetian New Year's Association.

Things This Indian-American From Cleveland Is NOT Thankful For This Thanksgiving Day

Deepak Sarma | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

While I am indeed thankful for some things this Thanksgiving Day, such as my family, my job, and so on, there are things I'm NOT thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.

Hidden Gems: Architecture In Wisconsin's Tribal Nations

Peter Greenberg | Posted 01.20.2013 | Travel
Peter Greenberg

When people think of Native American buildings, they might think teepees or other temporary structures, but in Wisconsin native structures were always more sophisticated and designed to last.

Dawn Of The Sixth Sun: The Mayan Pope And Elders Visit The Big Apple

Court Stroud | Posted 12.26.2012 | Religion
Court Stroud

At the mention of the date Dec. 21, 2012, many people picture catastrophe -- floods, earthquakes and war. However, the man often referred to as the Mayan Pope suggests a better image to illustrate the end of the Mesoamerican calendar: a serpent swallowing its tail.

Who's an Indian? The Feds Aren't So Sure

Dave Baldridge | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Dave Baldridge

It's time, after more than two centuries of dealing with American Indians, for the feds to get their act together and accept the broader definition of who's an American Indian in the Affordable Care Act.

The Last of Her Breed -- Elbys Onea Naiche Hugar

Jay Tavare | Posted 09.15.2012 | Impact
Jay Tavare

Elbys Onea Naiche Hugar was the last of her breed. In her crackling sweet voice that commanded attention, she told me that she was the last of her generation. All of her close family members had passed away, so she was the only one left.

Winnetou: The German Apache

Jay Tavare | Posted 08.15.2012 | Home
Jay Tavare

Over the years, the Winnetou films have been shown numerous times on European television. This could explain some of the fascination the Germans have with American Indians, particularly with the Apache.

No Kitchen Required

Jay Tavare | Posted 06.04.2012 | Entertainment
Jay Tavare

Three masters of the culinary arts travel to ten exotic locations around the world, meeting the indigenous people of the land. They must hunt and prepare a meal using the traditions of the local people. The catch is, they have no kitchen.

American Indians See Lessons In Sweat Lodge Trial

AP | By FELICIA FONSECA | Posted 11.24.2011 | Crime

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Self-help author James Arthur Ray faced more than a judge at his sentencing last week for a sweat lodge ceremony that left three pe...

Native American Artifact Dealers Wary After Grave Sites Robbed

AP | By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 10.19.2011 | Denver

SANTA FE, N.M. -- It's been two years since swarms of federal agents burst into nearly two dozen homes scattered throughout the archeologically rich S...

Feds: American Indian Tribes Proceed 'Cautiously' With New Crime-Fighting Authority

AP | By FELICIA FONSECA | Posted 09.27.2011 | Crime

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A year after a federal law gave American Indian tribes more authority to combat crime on reservations, few have taken the steps to...

Honor Your Life

Jay Tavare | Posted 08.23.2011 | Impact
Jay Tavare

The air smelled of smoke from the fires raging in the Southwest, but foremost in my mind was excitement to see my friends and family on the reservation. Whenever I make a trip to the Apache rez, it is their love that always leaves me humbled.

Adopt a Native Elder: When the Spirit Moves You...

Jay Tavare | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jay Tavare

More than 2,500 people from all over the world volunteer their time, expertise and love to raise money for one of the poorest demographics in America.

Life or Death: Teen Suicide on American Indian Reservations

Jay Tavare | Posted 06.16.2011 | Impact
Jay Tavare

Traditions, language and spiritual beliefs of so many of the American Indian nations are almost completely extinguished. Is it any wonder that the youth find themselves in an identity crisis?

Iroquois Lacrosse Team Barred From UK Tournament

AP | SAMANTHA GROSS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEW YORK — An American Indian lacrosse team will not be allowed entry into England for the world championship of the sport the Iroquois helped i...

Surrender at the Water Pump at Wind River Indian Reservation

Lisa Jones | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Jones

The Arapaho have never lived outside the cycles of cause and effect. Nothing has, except perhaps my own culture, whose tech savvy has allowed us to absent ourselves while we mine the place dry.