Topic: Cultural Awareness and Revitalization

The Rainbow Warrior

"Our ancient prophesies say a time will come when the blue sky and waters turn black and green things turn brown and die. Animals and fish will disappear, and birds will drop from the sky. This devast...

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Winter Count, then and now

In my ancestors' time, the Wanietu Iyawapi or Winter Count was how we recorded our history from "first snow winter to first snow winter." The Winter Count was the way we passed down our history from o...

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Native American land and loss - Part 3

"The Dawes Act affects me every day," explains Peter Lengkeek, Tribal Chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe (Hunkpati Oyate). Peter holds out his hand and continues, "Because of the Dawes Act, I own ...

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Part One: Acknowledging My Herstory and Identity for MMIWG

Tamara shares her journey to know herself through her mother’s MMIW story. An aspect that is often forgotten when someone goes missing or is murdered is the impact on the family—especially the childre...

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Native American land and loss - Part 2

"A little knowledge is a dangerous thing."   In the first installment of this series, I mention this notion regarding Native American Land and Loss. The age-old phrase still applies as we look at aspe...

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Native American land and loss

According to Google Maps, the United States of America is 3.797 million square miles (mi²).   New England measures in around 46,000 mi² (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and ...

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Dakota 38+2: Honoring those who lost their lives striving to survive

COVID-19 cannot keep the Dakota people from remembering those hanged on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota, upon President Abraham Lincoln’s order. This execution served as the U.S. government’s...

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How the destruction of the Buffalo (tȟatȟaŋka) impacted Native Americans

The bison's (Buffalo's) value among Native American tribes, particularly the Plains tribes, remains priceless. Its life and near extinction closely mirror North America's indigenous—for without the Bu...

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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Every November since 1990, the United States celebrates Native American Heritage Month. The commemoration of the month provides a platform for Native Americans to share traditions, music, crafts, and ...

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