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    Audio from House subcommittee hearing on five tribal measures

    The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing this afternoon on five tribal bills.
    Most of the attention went to H.R.5020, the Indian Tribal Self-Determination in Land Consolidation Act. The bill authorizes the Interior Department to enter into self-determination contracts with tribes so they can the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

    An Abenaki Legend of Creation Story & The Importance Of Dreaming

    Why A Popular Music Festival Banned Headdresses

    Picture your average music festival. When it comes to attire, everyone seems to wind up in the same unofficial uniform. Ironic tees or breezy, barely-there tanks or no shirts at all; flower crowns and face-paint and neon sleeves of bracelets. And there’s always at least one attendee in a headdress.

    Due to the new focus on cultural identity, many Native tribes are re-opening tribal public schools as a way of increasing the cultural awareness.

    Megan Red Shirt-Shaw: Music festival outlaws faux headdresses

    Megan Red Shirt-Shaw interviews Bass Coast communications manager Paul Brooks about the music festival’s decision to ban faux headdresses:
        How long has the conversation about banning headdresses been happening with the Bass Coast team? How did the conversation begin and how were advisors chosen to discuss this topic?

    Joe & Angie Reano are full blooded Native jewelers. They are blessed with a natural talent to continue the long lived tradition of hand making jewelry from their ancestors.

    Today’s modern day infant slings and backpacks can be traced back to Native American Indian practices of carrying their infants on their backs.

    'Caucasians' t-shirt sees boost in popularity thanks to Native DJ

    A tongue-in-cheek t-shirt that plays on the logo of the Cleveland professional baseball team has seen a spike in popularity thanks to a Native DJ.
    Shelf Life Clothing in Cleveland has been selling the “Caucasians” t-shirt since 2007. Owner Brian Kirby said it’s always been a top seller but he told The Toronto Star that interest “skyrocketed” after Deejay NDN of A Tribe Called Red was seen wearing it.

    The Apache Sunrise Ceremony reenacts the legend of the first Apache woman.

    Native American symbols offer us a complete and reverent language of life, nature, and spirit. This language is unmatched in its depth and power. 

    Clifford Kim Fragua – Jemez

    Clifford Kim Fragua is a full blooded Native American Indian from the Jemez Pueblo. He was born in 1957 and has been hand making pottery sculptures since 1970. He was inspired to learn the art of clay sculpting from his Mother, the late Grace L. Fragua.

    Chrislyn Fragua – Jemez

    Chrislyn Fragua is a 29 year old Native American potter from the reservation of Jemez Pueblo. She has been making pottery, storytellers and other figures since the age of twelve. Her mother Linda Lucero-Fragua took the time to teach her how to make pottery and taught her to get the clay from the hills of Jemez. She is now passing the skills on to her daughter, Anissa Tsosie.

    Kathleen Collateta Sandia – Hopi Tewa

    Kathleen Collateta Sandia is a Hopi Tewa potter. She is the daughter of Tom Collateta Sr. who is a Hopi kachina carver.
    She learned the art of pottery at age 16. Her grandmother, Sarah Collateta, taught her the intricacies of the ancient designs as well as how to paint them. Her pottery is hand coiled, made with natural clay and the paint is all from natural pigments.

    Geraldine F. Sandia – Jemez

    Geraldine F. Sandia is a full blooded Native American Indianan was born into the Jemez Pueblo in 1950. Geraldine began experimenting with clay at the age of 10. She was inspired to learn and continue the long lived tradition of working with clay from her mother, Cecilia Loretto. Cecilia taught Geraldine all the fundamentals and shared with her all the special techniques of a master pottery artist.

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