Native connection to Unci Maka–Mother Earth

For Native Americans, every day is Earth Day. Traditionally and culturally, it is the duty of Native Americans to care for Unci Maka (Mother Earth). “We are the land ... that is the fundamental idea e...

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Native American Animals: The Turtle (Kéya) Symbolizes Mother Earth (Uncí Maká)

Turtle–Kéya The turtle is a sacred creature among Native American tribes. Each tribe’s cultural view of the turtle/tortoise, is slightly different; however, the deeper meaning remains the same: the tu...

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IHS sorely underfunded despite tribal leaders' request for supplies.

This April all communities around the world are striving to defeat an unseen killer among us—COVID-19. Coincidently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health [OMH] ce...

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March Hope Report

March was filled with giving hope and sharing love with the various community members and tribal organizations—partnering to helping those in need. In response to COVID-19, multiple trips to the local...

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The Feather: A symbol of high honor

In Native American culture it is believed that all things possess an inherent virtue, power, and wisdom. The feather, for example, is a powerful symbol that signifies honor and a connection between th...

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"It doesn't have to be a life sentence..." Part 2

“Something good must come out of this. All it takes is one more time, one more try, one more prayer,” offered Gifford Standing, recovering meth addict.

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Recovering addicts, "It doesn't have to be a life sentence..."

“The effect it [drug court] had on me was it opened my eyes to reality, because it [meth] wasn't only hurting me—it was hurting my family,” shares Jason Goodface, recovering meth addict and Lower Brul...

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Native American Animals: The Buffalo (Tatanka) Provided “Life”

Tatanka is Lakóta for “big beast” or buffalo. It roamed the plains of North America in prolific herds. In fact, 150 years ago, 30-60 million buffalo roamed the plains of North America. 

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March Spotlight: Celebrating Native American Women

March is also Women’s History Month, so we wanted to highlight inspiring Native American women, both past and present, who have made an impact in the world around them. The historical significance of ...

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