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May 1, 2012




"When you sing a song and learn it, once you understand it,
you will feel it!” 
Teresa Harvey, Nisqually

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UN to Begin Contentious Investigation Into Native American Rights
USA: For the first time, the United Nations will embark on an investigation into the rights of Native Americans in the United States.

First Yellowstone bison calf born on Fort Peck Indian Reservation
Montana: Another bison was added to the Yellowstone National Park herd transferred to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation last month.

Poncas hope to rescue rare native corn
Nebraska: Hundreds of kernels of rare Ponka grey corn will be placed in the soil in hopes of reviving the variety that is precious to their tribes.

Wounded British servicemen honoured by Native American tribe in unique ceremony at the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon: British war heroes wounded in Afghanistan have been honoured for their bravery in battle by the ancient Hualapi tribe.

Traditional Healing Meets Western Medicine
New Mexico: Traditional indigenous medicine can complement, enhance and strengthen Western healthcare.

In Time of Drought, Mexico's Tarahumara Turn to Tradition
Mexico: “For 60,000 Tarahumara Indians living in the high Sierra’s, "córima" means sharing. This tradition is a necessity, especially during one of the worst dry seasons in memory.

Ocean Springs marks 313th birthday with landing celebration during Weekend of Discovery
Mississippi: Some describe the Iberville Colony Stone as the "Plymouth Rock" of the Southeast. Carved in 1699, it refers to the first French fortified colony in present-day United States.

Tulsa Ballet co-founder Moscelyne Larkin dies at 87
Oklahoma: One of the five Oklahoma Indian Ballerinas Larkin dies at 87.

Obama names Standing Rock Sioux tribal member Gillette to Native American affairs adviser post
Gillette is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She holds degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota.

VA Begins Tribal Consultation Sessions
Washington D.C.: The Department of Veterans Affairs hosted its first tribal consultation focused on providing services to American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans

 Tuck program aids Native businesses
Washington D.C. Programs for Native American Businesses and Tuck School of Business met with the Department of the Interior to discuss a program known as “Building High-Performing Native American Businesses.”

Ottawa socking it to First Nations institutions
Canada: The federal government has cut or ended funding for aboriginal organizations. To avoid media attention by announcing it all at once, they are releasing the bad news in dribbles.

Coushatta Tribe strives to revive native language
Louisiana: For children growing up on the Coushatta Indian reservation, parents take pride in teaching their children Coushatta history.

Lame Deer School Chosen for Arts Program:
Montana: Next fall, Lame Deer Junior High School will  broaden their musical horizons and immerse themselves in higher levels of the visual arts.

Newly crowned Miss Teen Navajo wins after wowing crowd by speaking fluent Navajo
New Mexico: Window Rock High School sophomore Gypsy Shannon Pete was speechless when her name was announced as the new Miss Teen Navajo

First Nations teen using Miss Teen Canada World Pageant to fight racism
Saskatchewan: Natahni Paquachan, 15, is preparing for the Miss Teen Canada World Pageant. But her sights are set on something bigger than the title. She will use this opportunity to fight racism.

Foraging First Nations class disrupted by police
British Columbia: An outdoor class on traditional First Nations practices ended when police arrived and told students to drop the knives they were using to forage for roots and plants.

On Tribal Lands, Digital Divide Brings New Form Of Isolation
Arizona: Wilhelmina Tsosie, Navajo, must go online to complete her assignments. But unlike most Americans, Wilhelmina's biggest challenge is an Internet connection.

University Supports Native American Higher Education Outreach
California: The University of California, Riverside is committing $210,000 to create an education and outreach program that steers Native youth toward higher education.

American Indian cooking traditions - with new twists - featured at UND Time Out
North Dakota: Twyla Baker-Demaray and friends  shared traditional American Indian food during Time Out at UND. The week of events showcased the history and culture of area Indian tribes.

Artists Show Their Skills on Sidewalk
Art/art marketing students from United Tribes Technical College participated in the 14th Annual Sidewalk Art and Art Show.

Federal Court ruling could open door to equal funding for native kids
Canada: Courts ruled that the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal can not dismiss a discrimination complaint  for underfunding child welfare services for on-reserve kids.

Former Genesee County landfill owner looks to white buffalo for future business growth
Michigan: "What do you think of when you see them," Pollard was asked as he gazed at the three white buffalo romping on the grounds of the zoo. "Money," he responded with a smile.


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Inupiat tribal leader wins prize for opposing offshore drilling
Alaska: Caroline Cannon, an Inupiat mother of 9 and grandmother of 26, is one of this year's winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize, described as the world's biggest for grassroots environmentalists.

Russell Means: Have No Fear
South Dakota: Almost 40 years after Wounded Knee, Means recalls the work of AIM which began in urban centers in the 1960s.

Indians given 164 acres by Save the Redwood League
California: Save the Redwoods League has given 164 acres of  property to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council. ISWC represents 10 federally recognized tribes with ancestral ties to the area.

A Park on Pine Ridge: A Longtime Partnership May Finally Lead to the United States' First Tribal National Park
South Dakota: After decades of discussions, the country’s first tribal national park may soon become a reality.

Community celebrates Appaloosa Express expansion
Idaho: Community members gathered to celebrate the grand opening of a new facility for the Nez Perce Tribe's Appaloosa Express transit system.

As Ice Cap Melts, Militaries Vie for Arctic Edge
As the North Pole melts, militaries from nations bordering the Arctic prepare to claim the vast treasure of mineral and oil resources and gain control of new, strategic sea lanes.

USGS: Recent Earthquakes 'Almost Certainly Manmade'
US Geological Survey researchers have linked oil and natural gas drilling to recent earthquakes from Alabama to the Northern Rockies.

Kickstarter Documentary 'Between Earth And Sky' Follows Family On Healing Journey
Nebraska: A new documentary follows Shoshana Phillips as she uses Native American traditional healing rituals in a quest to cure her cancer.

Combating Elder Abuse in Indian Country
California: The number of American Indian and Alaska Native elders will more than double by 2030. Trends indicate those 65 or older will total 15%. This is up from 7% in 2010.

Feasting on First Salmon
Oregon: “It’s always a beautiful day for Salmon Feast,” said Sara Thompson, enjoying the sun on her face.

10 Maya foods that changed the world's eating habits
We're not talking about exotic foods but food you buy in the produce aisles. Just try to get through a day without them.

The 15 Grossest things you are eating:
Cloned cow's stomach, beaver anal gland juice, brain-frying fake food dyes, flame-retardant laced soda, and more.

Use of Common Pesticide Linked to Bee Colony Collapse
Scientists, policymakers, farmers, and beekeepers are alarmed by worldwide declines in honeybee colonies -- 30% -90% have disappeared since 2006. Harvard University points to the pesticide, imidacloprid.

Research Firm Blames Monsanto for Bee Deaths So…Monsanto Buys It
Monsanto, the genetically modified food giant, has purchased Beeologics, a leading bee research firm. Perhaps Monsanto didn't like the Beeologics scientific reports about them, so they just bought the labs.

Brains of tiny spiders fill their body cavities and legs, Smithsonian researchers discover
New research on tiny spiders reveals that their brains are so large that they fill their body cavities and overflow into their legs.

White Killer Whale: Scientists Prepare To Find 'Iceberg,' Thought To Be Albino Orca
Russia: A team of scientists is preparing for an expedition to track down "Iceberg," a rare all-white killer whale that hasn't been seen since it was spotted 18 months ago.

29th Annual Gathering of Nations powwow in Albuquerque draws thousands
Donning traditional regalia of beads, bells, feathers, fringed leather and shells, they came from Canada, both U.S. coasts, and everywhere in between.

Native Youth Olympics, 2012
Alaska: Photos from the event held at Den'ina Convention Center in April, 2012

Coeur d’Alene Tribe celebrates jazz great’s reservation roots
The roots of swing – or at least, the roots of Mrs. Swing, jazz legend Mildred Bailey – reach deep into the Coeur d’Alene Reservation.

Was the first pro football halftime show used as a way to sell dogs?
Ohio: In 1922, a new football team that included Jim Thorpe and Pete Calac was designed around one very important function...selling dogs.

Museum of Man Hosts Opening Event Launching Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America
The Smithsonian's Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America began its 12-city national tour at the San Diego Museum of Man.

Why You Don’t See Indians on Television
Seen any Indians on TV lately? Probably not, and you’re not likely to. Here’s why.

America’s Most (and Least) Peaceful States
USA: Louisiana is the least peaceful state. Maine is the most peaceful state.

The Whole Universe In One Photo
NASA unveiled an astounding new image of our galactic neighbourhood - a new star atlas for the entire universe.


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The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
Mitakuye Oyasin
Art and Soul says they were deeply honored by the visit of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers Council
Women Rising XI: International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
Visit with three eloquent members of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers

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