Native American News

By Lutheran Indian Ministries | The latest in news as it relates to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. 

Native American Entrepreneur Program Expands

Share87<p>Share5<p>Tweet16<p>Email<p>Shares 108<p>From the Native Entrepreneur in Residence program website.<p>November 15, 2017; Albuquerque Business First<p>Last week, …

Nonprofits

Native Americans Gave Places, Animals, Plants Their Names

Editor’s note: November is Native American Heritage Month. First proclaimed by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, it is an opportunity to …

South Dakota

Kelly

He’s about as Omaha as an Omahan can be. It’s in his blood.<p>Rudi Mitchell, the great-great-great-great-grandson of Chief Big Elk, firmly straddles the …

Medicine

Wild Rice Harvest Preserves Native American Custom

For generations, Native Americans in the northern Great Lakes have harvested wild rice. It's an important food source. For some it's a way to make a …

Nature

On Special Assignment: Confronting Native American suicide

Governor Steve Bullock said he often feels like the ‘consoler in chief' when he addressed the Zero Suicide Academy conference in Helena this fall …

Native Americans

Thanksgiving has a different meaning for some Native Americans

CLOSE<p>Rod Lindsay, executive director of the Local Indians For Education (LIFE) center in Shasta Lake, gives his views of the Thanksgiving holiday.<p>For …

Indigenous Peoples

An American Secret: The Untold Story Of Native American Enslavement

All countries have national myths. The story of the first Thanksgiving, for example, evokes the warm glow of intercultural contact: European settlers, struggling to survive in the New World, and Native American tribes eager to help. But as many of us learned in history class, this story leaves a …

Christopher Columbus

Polson school’s Native American Heritage Day builds community and understanding

POLSON — Sitting quietly next to the tiny speaker emitting the sound of a pounding drum, Salish Chief Victor Charlo watched a room filled with …

Education

Native American tribe that shared first Thanksgiving meal trying to revive its language

The Massachusetts tribe whose ancestors shared a Thanksgiving meal with the Pilgrims nearly 400 years ago is reclaiming its long-lost language, one schoolchild at a time.<p>The Mukayuhsak Weekuw — or “Children’s House” — is an immersion school for pre-K and kindergarten-age children launched two years …

Education

For Many Native Americans, Fall Is The Least Wonderful Time Of The Year

"Do Indians celebrate Thanksgiving?"<p>I am asked this question at least once every fall. Which, by the way, is too many times.<p>The answer is that my family (though I can't speak for the other 5 million Indigenous people in America) doesn't. Not the "brave-pilgrims-and-friendly-savages" version of the …

Columbus Day

KHNL : Liliuokalani - Reflections of Our Queen

Contests<p>Liliuokalani - Reflections of Our Queen<p>Posted: 11/17/2017 2:26 PM<p><b>AIR DATES: Sunday, November 26, 2017 & December 10, 2017<br>TIME: 7:30pm - 9:00pm</b><p>…

Hawaii

Shop for Hawaiʻi gifts at Oʻahu’s South Shore Market in Kakaʻako

Browse these stores online or at the new South Shore Market in Kakaako, a collection of boutiques by local designers, and you’re likely to find …

Hawaii

The American Bar Association resurrects a profoundly bad idea

The American Bar Association’s ABA Journal, perhaps unsurprisingly, backs a truly bad idea: Native Hawaiian sovereignty. This is an idea that was …

Law

Native Hawaiians Decolonize Thanksgiving

We are less than a day away from Thanksgiving, and if you’re a conscious consumer, you’re preparing that mindful holiday meal. Is it all …

Hawaii

Campaigns continue to remind Alaskan ivory products are legal

Alaskan ivory carvings are not only gaining a bad rap from a ban on elephant ivory. Rural economies are suffering in the confusion.<p>Fossilized ivory …

Wildlife

Sitting Bull: A Hero of Lakota Resistance

Cecily Hilleary | VOA News Nov 21, 2017.<p><i>Studio portrait of Sitting Bull by Orlando Scott Goff, 1881.</i><p><b>Editor’s note</b>: N<i>ovember is Native American</i> …

Debating Sacagawea: Pathfinder or Slave?

Cecily Hilleary | VOA News Nov 22, 2017.<p>Portait of Seet-sé-be-a (Midday Sun), a Hidatsa girl by George Catlin, 1832. ( Photo: Courtesy Smithsonian …

By the Numbers: Native American Heritage Month

In honor of Native American Heritage Month we look at some numbers on the American Indian and Alaska Native population.<p><b>4</b><p>The number of states that …

Alaska Natives

Fifty-Four Percent Of Alaskan Sexual Assault Victims Are Alaska Native, Study Says

Alaska has one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the country, and Alaska Native females are more likely to be attacked than anyone else. …

Alaska Natives

Alaska Native graduation rates rise

Graduation rates for Native Alaskan students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District continue to rise, with 91 percent of Native students …

Education

Native Alaskans Are Using Modern Technology to Save Traditional Ice Cellars

The frozen soils on the North Slope have served Native Alaskans as natural freezer for centuries. Beneath the monotonous surface of the tundra, …

Climate Change

As Native Americans Face Job Discrimination, A Tribe Works To Employ Its Own

When he started working as a bartender a few years ago in Seattle, Howie Echo-Hawk says he began experiencing discrimination. First, a bar manager told him to get a respectable haircut.<p>"I had a Mohawk, which is the traditional style of my people and I wore it because of that," he said. Echo-Hawk is …

Cherokee Nation

After the first Thanksgiving, things went downhill

While Pilgrims such as Myles Standish and William Bradford are household names in New England, we might not be gathering around Thanksgiving tables …

Native Americans

How do the Pilgrims relate to immigrants today?

'However clichéd, says The Mayflower' author Rebecca Fraser, 'there is a good deal of truth in the Mayflower legend!'<p>November 20, 2017 —Thanksgiving …

Native Americans

The Silver Trail: How An Italian Immigrant Made His Mark on Southwestern Jewelry

Jewelry made of turquoise and silver instantly brings Native American culture to mind. But much of the popularization of such jewelry came through a …

Jewelry

Native American Dishes You Can Cook This Week

Lakota Chef Sean Sherman, known as “The Sioux Chef,” is on a mission to revive the pre-Reservation cuisine of Indian tribes—food that’s largely gone …

Recipes

Navajo-language puppet show looks to revive language, culture

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Navajo language plays an important role in our nation's history, having been used in World War II by Navajo code talkers to …

Sesame Street

Navajo family in Utah gets electricity in time for holidays

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — For years, Thomas and Annie Hamm walked around their southern Utah home with flashlights at night, heated water on a wood burning stove and kept their food cold on ice.<p>Sometimes, they ran an extension cord from a car battery to power a television. They had a small solar panel …

Public Policy

‘This is not a trend’: Native American chefs resist the ‘Columbusing’ of indigenous foods

Earlier this fall, Karlos Baca, an indigenous food activist known for cooking beautiful foraged meals using traditional Native American ingredients and cooking methods, was approached by a regional food magazine: Would he like to provide a recipe for their Thanksgiving issue?<p>“Instead of getting a …

Restaurants