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2 years of opposition, 1,172 miles of pipe, 1.3 million Facebook check-ins. The numbers to know about the Standing Rock protests

For months, protesters have stood in the path of an oil pipeline that is under construction near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which straddles North and South Dakota.<p>The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has opposed the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline since it was first proposed in …

Inside Hollywood's Greenest Night: Shailene Woodley and Jaden Smith Honored at 2016 Environmental Media Awards

Hollywood traded its signature red carpets for a greener shade Saturday evening at the 2016 Environmental Media Awards.<p><b>Ian Somerhalder</b>, <b>Nikki Reed</b>,</b> …

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Retrofitted bus provides studio for Native American artists

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — In this sprawling expanse of South Dakota badlands, dozens of families make ends meet by creating and selling earrings, …

You Can Now Buy a 'Make America Native Again' Hat Thanks to This Navajo Artist

We've seen a ton of spoofs of <b>Donald Trump</b>'s "Make America Great Again" hats, but this one is by far the best.<p>READ: Latino Group Says Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton Gave Them A "Slap in the Face"<p><b>Vanessa Bowen</b>, a Navajo artist, created a "Make America Native Again" hat to incite conversation around …

First oil flows from Alaska reserve set aside in 1923

Rising from the edgeless, wind-scoured, snow-covered tundra on Alaska's North Slope lies a million-pound drilling rig pulling the first commercial oil from a reserve set aside nearly a century ago.<p>ConocoPhillips is the first oil company to draw crude from the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, an …

State lawmakers don Alaska Native garments to honor culture

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Every Friday during the Alaska legislative session, a growing group of state lawmakers trades suit coats and sweater sets for a …

Once slated for demo, then defaced, Native American heritage murals live on

In a city with a here today, gone tomorrow streetscape as new construction sweeps away the old, this corner of North Seattle is an emphatic statement …

Alaska Airlines Apologizes for Inviting Everyone to 'Meet Our Eskimo'

“Meet Our Eskimo!” What could go wrong?<p><i>This story originally appeared on Fortune.com.</i><p>Alaska Airlines didn’t get the reception it expected for its new …

Congressman seeks headstones for WWII Alaska Native militia

Alaska wasn't even a state yet when thousands of Alaska Natives volunteered for a citizens militia to protect the vast U.S. territory from Japanese invasion during World War II.<p>Yet most of the gravesites of the Alaska Territorial Guard members are marked with aging, rotting wooden markers. Now U.S. …

This Film Series Documents How Native Alaskans Survive in Endless Snow

“Ties to Alaska’s Wild Plants” explores indigenous ethnobotany.<p>How have Native Alaskans survived for thousands of years in one of the world's harshest climates?<p>A new series of films produced by filmmaker Sarah Betcher and University of Alaska Museum of the North curator Steffi Ickert-Bond provides …

IRS Deadline For Native American Volunteers Nears, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Needs Diversity

Are you from a Native American background and interested in helping the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) resolve tax issues on behalf of American …

Native Americans in Oklahoma join forces to help monarch butterflies | Reuters

SHAWNEE, Okla. (Reuters) - Seven Native American tribes in Oklahoma will provide habitat and food on their lands for monarch butterflies, whose numbers have plummeted in recent years due to troubles along their lengthy migration route.<p>A monarch butterfly clings to a plant at the Monarch Grove …

Small-Business Success Story: Native American Natural Foods Inc.

The creators of Tanka products give a lift to athletes while supporting Native American business.<p><i>Kiplinger's spoke with Karlene Hunter, 63, cofounder</i> …

Associations Back Plan Boosting Native American Tourism

With the recent passage of a bill in the Senate, native populations in the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii could get extra marketing help for …

Native American high-schoolers who want to wear eagle feathers for graduation take their cause to court

Last graduation season, Waverly Wilson, a senior at Lakes High School in Lakewood, Wash., asked if she could wear an eagle feather instead of the …

35th Annual Medicine Ways Conference Explores Identity and Media Representation

Native American Student Programs event is May 14, annual UCR Pow Wow begins May 27<p>UC Riverside’s NASP is celebrating 35 years of the Medicine Ways …

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With ‘Thunder Boy Jr.,’ Sherman Alexie hopes to help correct a problem

Sherman Alexie, one of the most beloved authors of young-adult fiction, is about to publish his first picture book. “Thunder Boy Jr.” is full of spirited fun, but it also has been designed to help correct an ongoing problem: the lack of brown-skinned kids in literature.<p>Illustrated by Mexican …

11-year-old's slaying spreads grief far beyond Navajo Nation

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — She was a budding musician and talented artist, a girl whose death at the hands of a man who authorities say lured her into …

Affidavit reveals details of Navajo girl's kidnapping and slaying

A stranger who lured 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike into his van with promises of watching a movie instead walked her into the hills of a remote area of the Navajo Nation, a place known for its breathtaking views and a monolithic rock outcropping that stands as a beacon for miles.<p>As the sun faded, the …

'Location Is Everything' In Tribal Casino Dispute

Fewer than 20 miles north of Portland, Ore., off Interstate 5 in southwest Washington state, sits a 150-acre former dairy farm. The Cowlitz Indian Tribe eyed the grassy field as the future home of a casino, and a developer purchased the land for the tribe more than a decade ago.<p>"It will be a good …

The Failure of Tribal Schools

Despite being seen as a way up for Native Americans, tribal colleges often fail to produce results. With high costs and low graduation rates their existence is being questioned.<p>Breanne Lugar says the only reason she enrolled in college was so she could move away from the house she shared on the …

Short Film Showcase: Experience America’s Largest Powwow

Changing Planet<p>Filmmaker Keeley Gould captures contemporary Native American culture at the 31st annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Over 700 tribes attend this three-day cultural heritage celebration.<p><b>How did you hear about the Gathering of Nations?</b><p>I have had a personal …

Arapaho tribe visits Arapahoe High School

CENTENNIAL—High school is full of traditions. Pep rallies. Friday night football games. The loud and crazy school assembly.<p>“Everyone’s screaming and …

J.K. Rowling borrowed a Navajo legend for her new story. Is that okay?

In an anxiously anticipated new story, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has transported her world of magical wizarding across the Atlantic — and some Native American commentators are not happy with the result, saying it exploits and distorts Native culture.<p>Rowling posted the first part of the …

Some Notes for Natives About the Presidential Elections: Neither Democrat Deserves Our Vote (Yet)

(The only person who deserves any Native votes so far is Thomas. Photo Credit: Steven Paul Judd)<p><i>"Combine Indigenous and general public voter blocks. Walk together in support of change. Vote unanimously for freedom." Leonard Peltier</i><p>Make no mistake about it, in presidential elections Native people …

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Might Be Launching A U.S. Channel

All Nations Network is set to launch at some point in 2016.

Referee call barring Native American hair buns causes uproar

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The board that governs Arizona high school sports says members of a girls' basketball team can wear their hair in traditional …

US to pay largest Native American nation $554 mn in landmark settlement

​The Obama administration will pay the Navajo Nation a record $554 million to settle claims by the most populous Native American tribe that funds and …