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- Monday, June 5, 2023 – The drag on Native drag performancesby Koahnic on June 5, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Native activists and entertainers are among those being caught up in a recent push in several states to curb events connected to 2SLGBTQIA+ issues. A library in Montana canceled a lecture t by a Native Two-Spirit writer and activist because organizers were worried it would violate the state’s new ban on drag performances in public spaces. For the start of Pride Month, we look at the new hurdles Native 2SLGBTQIA+ people are facing. GUESTS Sage Chanell (Shawnee, Ponca, Otoe and Lakota Sioux), drag performer and former Miss International Two-Spirit Lady Shug (Diné), drag artist and community activist Tomahawk Martini (Cheyenne River Sioux and Navajo), current Mother of the Year at the Albuquerque Social Club and former Miss New Mexico Pride 2022 Adria Jawort (Northern Cheyenne), journalist, fiction writer, and director of the non-profit startup Indigenous Transilience
- Friday, June 2, 2023 – Recalling the breakout era for Australia’s Aboriginal bandsby Koahnic on June 2, 2023 at 1:00 pm
At a time when Australian bands like Men At Work, Midnight Oil, and INXS were reaching worldwide recognition, a number of Aboriginal rock and reggae bands were making their own waves in the music world. Names like Coloured Stone, No Fixed Address, and others were getting broader interest from audiences and notched impressive record sales globally. All the while they faced considerable racism and their peoples’ land rights battles, themes that their songs often invoke. We’ll hear from some of those musicians about how they now look back on this important decade of music.
- Thursday, June 1, 2023 – Massive treatment fraud targeted Arizona’s Native residentsby Koahnic on June 1, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Arizona officials are still sorting out the details of what they say is among the biggest and costliest fraud scandals in state history. The scheme targeted Native people and involved billing for sham treatment services. Some residents were literally taken off the street and held against their will at fake treatment centers. Officials say the operators of the fraud bilked Arizona’s Medicaid system of some $100 million over several years. Tribal officials in the state say hundreds of their citizens were harmed and some remain missing. GUESTS Ethel Branch (Diné), attorney general of the Navajo Nation Darren Thompson (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe), reporter for Native News Online Elizabeth Bryant (citizen of the Cherokee Nation), psychiatric nurse practitioner Reva Stewart (Diné), grassroots advocate with the #StolenPeopleStolenBenefits campaign Coleen Chatter (Diné), grassroots advocate with the #StolenPeopleStolenBenefits campaign
- Wednesday, May 31, 2023 – Affordable housing specifically for Native residentsby Koahnic on May 31, 2023 at 1:00 pm
An ambitious project in Denver aims to build affordable units for the city’s Native population. It includes plans for a Native health clinic and is intended to address the disparities of homelessness for Native people. It’s one of a handful of housing projects built with collaborative health and program space around the country designed to prioritize the needs of Native people. GUESTS Carla Respects Nothing (Oglala Sioux from Pine Ridge), Native American housing advocate for the Native American Housing Circle Paul Lumley (citizen of the Yakama Nation), CEO of the Native American Youth and Family Center Lindsay Goes Behind (Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas), chief program officer for the Chief Seattle Club
- Tuesday, May 30, 2023 – Native tourism: maintaining authenticityby Koahnic on May 30, 2023 at 1:00 pm
While it still happens in some places, Native tourism is moving far beyond selling rubber tomahawks, chicken feather headbands, and other trinkets. Tribes and Native-owned businesses are realizing the value for authentic, Native-made works and meaningful traveler experiences. The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is prime tourism season. We’ll find out how tribes are making the transition to culturally sustainable tourism development. Also, MSNBC is airing a roundtable discussion among accomplished Native women about culture, identity, and representation in a society that so often treats Indigenous people as invisible. It’s an intimate and frank conversation hosted by Alyssa London and airs on the Peacock Network. We’ll hear from Alyssa about how the show came about and what it can do to hear powerful Native women voices.
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- How Buffalo Parts Are Usedby Editorial Staff on March 6, 2022 at 11:06 pm
By way of respect, tradition and self-sufficiency, after the hunt Native Americans used every part of the buffalo. The below illustrates how parts were utilized. There are few publicly available videos on the subject matter. Editor’s choice below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aKqjrgz92w Video Credit: Julia SweeneyIllustration Courtesy: South Dakota Historical Society When C.S. Fly Shot Geronimo By Tom The post How Buffalo Parts Are Used appeared first on Native America Today.
- Strawberry: The Food of the Skyworldby Editorial Staff on March 6, 2022 at 9:55 pm
by Doug George-Kanentiio Among the traditional Mohawks there is a special appreciation for the strawberry plant-called Niihontesha. It is a unique plant as its seeds are outside of the skin of the berry and is the first one to ripen in the early summer. The strawberry plant itself comes from Karonhia:ke (the Skyworld). It is The post Strawberry: The Food of the Skyworld appeared first on Native America Today.
- Non-Natives Making a Difference: Artist Russ Dockenby Editorial Staff on February 26, 2022 at 7:52 pm
Non-Natives Making a Difference: Artist Russ Docken By NAT Staff Artist Russ Docken: “The Native American is compelling both visually and historically. I focus on the idealistic, spiritual interpretation rather than the historical interpretation.” Painting professionally for over thirty years, Russ Docken has been featured on news programs and in magazines in the likes of Southwest The post Non-Natives Making a Difference: Artist Russ Docken appeared first on Native America Today.
- Organizations Supporting Native Americans in STEMby Editorial Staff on February 12, 2022 at 10:52 pm
Organizations Supporting Native Americans in STEM By NAT Staff More and more, Native Americans are entering STEM fields, but there is still a lack of representation in the classroom. Most higher education institutions lack culturally relevant inclusion and support strategies for Native American students and faculty. Fortunately, groups dedicated to the advancement of Native American The post Organizations Supporting Native Americans in STEM appeared first on Native America Today.
- Opinion: Every Farm Countsby Editorial Staff on February 9, 2022 at 2:37 am
Opinion: Every Farm Counts Per the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 56,092 farms and ranches operated by 71,947 Native Americans sold a total of $3.24 billion in agricultural products raised on 57.3 million acres. By Zach Ducheneaux, Intertribal Agriculture Council In spite of notable efforts on the part of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service The post Opinion: Every Farm Counts appeared first on Native America Today.
- Global Advisory Group Says Shut Down Line 5by NARF on June 1, 2023 at 9:42 pm
The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues released a draft report recommending that Canada and the United States decommission the Line 5 pipeline because of its impact on the region’s Indigenous communities. The post Global Advisory Group Says Shut Down Line 5 appeared first on Native American Rights Fund.
- Student Demands Justice After School Targets Her Eagle Plume at Oklahoma Graduation Ceremonyby Native American Rights Fund on May 16, 2023 at 12:45 pm
High school graduate Lena’ Black filed a lawsuit against the Broken Arrow School District for violating her rights to free exercise of religion… The post Student Demands Justice After School Targets Her Eagle Plume at Oklahoma Graduation Ceremony appeared first on Native American Rights Fund.
- Oklahoma Governor Vetoes Popular Regalia Billby Native American Rights Fund on May 3, 2023 at 7:52 pm
On May 1, 2023, Governor Kevin Stitt vetoed Oklahoma Senate Bill 429, which would have protected and affirmed Native students’ right to wear tribal regalia during graduation The post Oklahoma Governor Vetoes Popular Regalia Bill appeared first on Native American Rights Fund.
- Native Religious Freedom Lawsuit Settles After Raising Awarenessby NARF on May 2, 2023 at 6:21 pm
On April 18, 2023, Larissa Waln (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate) and her father Bryan Waln (Rosebud Sioux) announced their agreement to settle their lawsuit against Dysart School District. The post Native Religious Freedom Lawsuit Settles After Raising Awareness appeared first on Native American Rights Fund.
- NARF Demands Change from Charter Schools Forcing Native Boys to Cut Hairby Native American Rights Fund on April 27, 2023 at 9:11 pm
UPDATE: At Thursday’s meeting, despite a room full of parents and allies who wish to see the short-hair-policy removed, the CCSL school board refused to discuss the issue The post NARF Demands Change from Charter Schools Forcing Native Boys to Cut Hair appeared first on Native American Rights Fund.