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    A Cherokee Legend of Strawberries

    A drumming circle is a group of individuals who are creating and sharing a rhythmical, melodious and a harmonious experience.

    Who is a Native American? And who gets to decide? Find answers in Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science

    The Cherokee Indians were one of the largest of five Native American tribes who settled in the American Southeast portion of the country.

    A Native American bead bracelet is a beautiful treasure, especially if it is made by a craftsman working within a tradition passed down for hundreds of years. 

    When people think of Indian jewelry they think of turquoise and silver.

    Chumash Tribe hosts public meeting on $160M casino expansion

    The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in California hosts a public meeting tonight on a $160 million casino expansion plan.
    The tribe will add a 12-story hotel with 215 rooms to the Chumash Casino Resort, bringing the total number of rooms to 315. The gaming floor will see another 60-to-70 thousand square-feet and 584 parking spaces are being added.

    Revisiting Johnny Cash’s classic Indian rights recording

    You’re forgiven if you’ve never heard or even heard of Johnny Cash’s brilliant 1964 concept album, Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian. It wasn’t one of his best sellers, though one of its key tracks, “The Ballad of Ira Hayes”, would become a fair-sized hit. Without knowing the album’s history, the more cynical among us might believe that it was released a decade later, as some kind of a cash-in on halfhearted environmentalism and a popular sense of civil rights. You might even think that it was a grasp at capturing a younger audience, one that was convinced that all of us have Native American blood coursing through our veins.

    Sen. McCain breaks promise on Tohono O’odham casino

    McCain has been an odd player during this west-side casino controversy.McCain, during his days as a U.S. Congressman, co-sponsored the Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Act that was signed into law in 1986. That Act gave the Nation the legal right to purchase up to 9,880 acres of private lands in Pima, Pinal, or Maricopa counties to replace all of the reservation land that the federal government inadvertently — but carelessly — destroyed when it built the Painted Rock Dam near Gila Bend.

    Prairie Island Tribe arrests woman for possessing meth at casino

    Police from the Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota arrested a woman who brought 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine to the tribe’s casino.
    Amy Mae Seefeldt, 27, is charged with felony first-degree drug sale of 10 grams or more of meth and felony first-degree possession of 25 grams or more of meth, The Red Wing Republican-Eagle reported. She faces no less than four years in prison and no more than 40 years, plus a $1 million fine, the paper said.

    What Native Americans really look like

     In 2012, photographer Matika Wilbur sold everything in her Seattle apartment and hit the road on a cross-country journey.
    Her goal? To photograph individuals from each of the 562 federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States and memorialize their stories.

    Matika Wilbur continues photo trip throughout Indian Country

    Photographer Matika Wilbur (Tulalip / Swinomish) has spent the last two years documenting members of every federally recognized tribe in the U.S.
    Wilbur hopes Project 562 helps dispel stereotypes about Native people. She asks her subjects questions about identity, sovereignty and self-determination before asking them where and how they want to be photographed.

    2nd Circuit protects Cayuga Nation from foreclosure proceeding

    A county in New York can’t foreclose on properties owned by the Cayuga Nation due to the tribe’s sovereign immunity, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today.
    Seneca County started foreclosure proceedings after the tribe failed to pay property taxes on non-trust lands. The 2nd Circuit easily put an end to the dispute by relying on the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community.

     Put Native Youth Back in Mascots Debate

     “Our cheerleaders dressed up one of our own [students] in a Halloween ‘Pokehottie’ costume and tied her to a stake after dragging her out on the field in shackles against her will. They proceeded to dance around her, acting as if they were beating her and treating her like a slave. This is the most sickening halftime show I’ve ever witnessed.

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