Big Sur’s Esselen Tribe Regains Land 250 Years After Removal

Pico Blanco Considered the “Center of the Esselen World.”       Photo: The Esselen Tribe Though the concept of ownership of land was absurd to most, if not all, Native Americans at the time it was taken away from them, the land of Monterey County’s Esselen Tribe is returning home, so to speak, after …

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Klamath River Dam Removal

The Klamath River dam removal is the largest dam demolition in U.S. history. The initiative will restore the lost connections between Native Californians, Native Oregonians, and the Klamath River, and all those who rely upon the river for sustenance. California Governor Gavin Newsom, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and representatives from energy giant, PacifiCorp, signed the …

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SPECIAL RE-POST SERIES: Native American History by Marko Ongbaklive

December, 1890 Group portrait of Big Foot’s Miniconjou Lakota band at a Grass Dance on the Cheyenne River, South Dakota, August 1890. Nearly all these people were killed at Wounded Knee just a few months later. On December 16, 1890, the South Dakota Home Guard, a militia which had been created by Governor Arthur C. …

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Blackfoot tribe members stand proudly at Glacier National Park Montana, 1913   One of the most beautiful places in the country is Glacier National Park in Montana, but it hasn’t always been a park that you can just stroll into. All the way up to the 1800s the Blackfeet Nation occupied the area that once …

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Native Americans and COVID-19

At last count the United States has 573 federally recognized tribes–not including, of course, the unrecognized tribes, which also contain suffering and dying human beings. According to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), Alaska contains a staggering 229 of those, with California containing the highest population of Native Americans. In any case, COVID-19 is …

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Keeping Watch of Native America’s Missing Children

Angelene Cheek, an organizer with the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux frontline organization, Kokipansi, takes part in a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Awareness Day action at a Keystone XL Pipeline construction site near the Montana border with Canada on May5, 2020.    Photo courtesy of the Indigenous Environmental Network.      A Missing Native American …

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BOOK REVIEW: A Bag of Bones: Legends of the Wintu Indians of Northern California by Marcelle Masson

                                            “By the side of an old Indian Trail on Salt Creek in Shasta County, California, is a large balanced rock which the Indians of long ago called a ‘Bag of Bones’. Deer bones …

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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month in Times of a Pandemic

November is the Native American Heritage Month in the United States, honoring and celebrating the rich and diverse culture of Native Americans. Federal, state, local governments, and numerous other groups organize various activities, programs, and ceremonies to celebrate Tribal Culture, educate and raise awareness about the struggles of the Native American People. Sadly, due to …

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Who Are the Middle Water People?

Northern California’s Winnemem Wintu:   The Middle Water People We are a traditional tribe who inhabits our ancestral territory from Mt. Shasta down the McCloud River watershed. When the Shasta Dam was constructed during World War II, it flooded our home and blocked the salmon runs. The salmon are an integral part of our lifeway and …

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Native American Trivia

Who is this and why is she important?     Answer coming soon… You will likely have read about her in books, seen her depicted in film, or in artists’ interpretations…

What Does “COVID-19” Actually Stand For?

 What does ‘COVID-19′ Stand For? ~  ‘CO’ stands for corona ~  ‘VI’ for virus ~  ‘D’ for disease. This disease was initially referred to as, ‘2019 novel coronavirus’, or, ‘2019-nCoV’. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. *SOURCE: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); cdc.gov …

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California Salmon Restoration

Steelhead, Coho, and Chinook salmon were once found in abundance in most California rivers and streams. They were so abundant that horses could get spooked when crossing a stream – that was until the 1960s. After that, due to habitat degradation, water diversions, damming, and overfishing, the salmon population dramatically dissipated and eventually disappeared in …

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5 Ways to Combat Fraud During the Holidays

Black Friday and the holiday season will bring more fraud attempts. Here’s how to protect yourself:   The pandemic is driving holiday shoppers online creating a more lucrative target for fraud and scams targeting consumers. The Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO)’s Liz Lasher has five top tips for consumers to avoid fraud over the 2020 holiday …

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SWAIA’s Inaugural Virtual Indian Market Drives Artists’ Sales and Membership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—September 14, 2020; Santa Fe, N.M.— The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is pleased to announce a successful conclusion and excellent sales results from the organization’s first-ever Virtual Indian Market. The virtual market drove sales for SWAIA’s 450 participating artists and increased membership by 144 percent. Under the leadership of SWAIA’s new …

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Indigenous Stories of Uncertain Times: I Am a Reluctant Gardener

Welcome to Indigenous Stories of Uncertain Times, an ongoing open call series to share perspectives and reflections on the pandemic from Indigenous people and communities. For each post I’m donating to a cause supporting COVID relief in Indian Country. For more information on the series, submission instructions, or if you would like to contribute to …

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Indigenous Stories of Uncertain Times: This is Her Way

Welcome to Indigenous Stories of Uncertain Times,  an ongoing open call series to share perspectives and reflections on the pandemic from Indigenous people and communities. For each post I’m donating to a cause supporting COVID relief in Indian Country. For more information on the series, submission instructions, or if you would like to contribute to …

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Indigenous Stories of Uncertain Times: Meditative Notes on Dance During a Pandemic…

Vogue to the West  by  P.  Don ’Té  Cuauhtémoc  Welcome to Indigenous Stories of Uncertain Times, an ongoing open call series to share perspectives and reflections on the pandemic from Indigenous people and communities. For each post I’m donating to a cause supporting COVID relief in Indian Country. For more information on the series, submission …

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Indigenous Stories of Uncertain Times: The Color Red

Welcome to Indigenous Stories of Uncertain Times, an ongoing open call series to share perspectives and reflections on the pandemic from Indigenous people and communities. For each post I’m donating to a cause supporting COVID relief in Indian Country. For more information on the series, submission instructions, or if you would like to contribute to …

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Indigenous Stories of Uncertain Times: Holding the Breath

Welcome to Indigenous Stories of Uncertain Times, an ongoing open call series to share perspectives and reflections on the pandemic from Indigenous People and communities. For each post I’m donating to a cause supporting COVID relief in Indian Country, as well as broader racial justice and #BlackLivesMatter causes. For more information on the series, submission …

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A Conversation with Keith Secola

Over the years Keith Secola, creator of the song “NDN Kars,” has brought a lot to our Native communities with his creativity and voice. We take time to check in with this Anishinabe artist and learn about his latest creations including the podcast project, Native Americana Audio Café, where he visits with musicians, artists and …

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STUDIO 49: October Election In The News

          After largely ignoring important Native issues during most of the campaign, President Donald Trump recently has highlighted what he says are accomplishments for Native People in key states. He voiced his support for federal recognition of the Lumbee Nation in North Carolina, two weeks after Democratic challenger Joe Biden did. …

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