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Native American Destinations See Surge in Overseas Visitors

Data from the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) show that the number of international visitors to Native American destinations nearly tripled between 2007 and 2015, from 693,000 to 1,958,000. The organization’s goal is to boost that number above 2.3 million by 2020.


Native American fashion like you've never seen before

Frankie Welch launched the White House’s first fashion show (for Lady Bird Johnson), outfitted First Lady Betty Ford in green brocade for President Gerald Ford’s inauguration, and designed patterned scarves that dominated the DC social set from the late 1960s through the ’80s. She is also Native American. And while her designs drew heavily from Cherokee symbolism and craft, they never crossed the line into cliché or costume.


Army veteran gets new home in Farmington, thanks to foundation, bank

U.S. Army veteran Reid Erickson hadn’t seen so much as a photo of his new home before moving with his family to Farmington this week from Cape Coral, Fla. But it was a homecoming nonetheless Thursday when he rolled up to the property, where a crowd of relatives and well-wishers had gathered to celebrate his return to Minnesota. Applause erupted as Erickson stepped out of the U-Haul truck, humbly accepting the keys to a new split-level house while his wife, Zulma, wiped away tears.


Quick-cook wild rice finds its niche

Wild rice isn’t actually rice, and it’s not really wild. This indigenous grass produces utterly delicious seeds. Nutty and woodsy in fragrance and flavor, wild rice is an American Indian staple. But much of what’s sold takes about an hour to cook. The game changer is Quick-Cook Wild Rice from Red Lake Nation Foods, which can be prepared in 25 minutes.


Kelliher Students of the Month

Kelliher School Students of the month for January 2017 were Cameran Fineday, Lynelle Charnoski and Terra Schuh-Dietrich. Primary Student of the Month was 1st grader Cameran. She works quietly when needed, and does quality work. She is a good contributing member in a small group or partnership. Cameran treats others well and respects their likes and dislikes. She is usually smiling and is always welcoming to others in or out of the classroom. She is helpful and caring with others, shows respect a...


Marchers in Duluth remember missing, murdered Native American women

Valentine's Day marks an annual celebration of love — but for some women, relationships are the source of deadly violence. A group of women standing at Superior Street and Lake Avenue in Duluth on Tuesday afternoon represented the number of women, children and bystanders killed in domestic violence in Minnesota last year.


Dennis Banks Starts His 39th Walk to DC

Dennis Banks, the 79-year-old Anishinaabe man who once faced down armed FBI agents and helped found the American Indian Movement (AIM), is wearing an apron and waving a spatula in the bustling kitchen of the Oakland Intertribal Friendship House. “We don’t need any help back here,” he insists. He returns his attention and his spatula to the massive skillet filled with frying rice, onions, garlic and jalapeños. “It’s the women’s day off in the kitchen!”


Alberta drum group Northern Cree shine at 2017 Grammys pre-show

The Grammys are always one of the biggest nights in music, and last night's event was no exception. With performances by Beyonce, Adele, Katy Perry and Metallica with Lady Gaga, Sunday's event attracted an audience of 26 million viewers. But among Indigenous communities in Canada and the U.S., the most anticipated performance happened during the Grammys pre-show, when Alberta drum group Northern Cree performed.


Surprise! TV Show Set On Native American Reservation To Have Predominantly Native American Cast

WGN America have hired Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, the Belgian writing-directing duo behind the 2015 Toronto Film Festival winning drama Black, to direct the pilot of the television adaptation of Scalped. The hard-boiled crime drama set on a Native American reservation was originally written by Jason Aaron and drawn by R.M. Guéra and ran for 60 issues at Vertigo. In a first for American television, the series will feature a predominantly Native American cast, which we're taking to mean that all the leads will be white, while all...


1,000 Years Ago, Corn Made This Society Big. Then, A Changing Climate Destroyed It

About a 15-minute drive east of St. Louis is a complex of earthen mounds that once supported a prehistoric city of thousands. For a couple of hundred years, the city, called Cahokia, and several smaller city-states like it flourished in the Mississippi River Valley. But by the time European colonizers set foot on American soil in the 15th century, these cities were already empty. Scientists cannot seem to agree on what exactly led to the rise or the fall of this Mississippian American Indian culture, a group of farming societies that ranged...


The Little House on the Prairie Was Built on Native American Land

Little House on the Prairie, a series of eight mostly autobiographical books about Laura Ingalls Wilder's life as a white settler on the American prairie, has been a perennial favorite ever since it was first published in 1935.   The third book, which has the same name as the series, takes place when the Ingalls family settled on the Osage Diminished Reserve from 1869 to 1870. “The Ingalls family arrived in Kansas with a large tide of other squatters in the summer and fall of 1869,” writes Penny T. Linsenmayer in Kansas History. In the...


Ojibwe Language Immersion Classrooms Rocking and Rolling

Here at the Red Lake School District we have a Kindergarten Immersion classroom where all academic areas such as math, science and language arts are taught in the Ojibwe language. The district's long range plan is to add a classroom grade every year to have one immersion classroom per grade level. Teacher, Doreen Atatise Skinaway states, "This is our language. This is how we are supposed to sound." Immersion started as an initiative from the Red Lake Tribal Council. They created the Waasabiik...


School Police: What's Their Role? How Should They Treat Students?

In Minnesota, the St. Paul school district revamped its school policing program to focus less on enforcement and more on student relationships. (January 24, 2016) Special Report: Policing America's Schools


Jordin's wish: Terminally-ill 8-year-old asks for playground for her community

A terminally-ill little girl from Norway House Cree Nation has a wish to see a playground in her community, and groups around the province are coming together to make sure it comes true. Jordin Bailey is eight years old and was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last summer. Late last fall, when a Manitoba charity offered to grant her one special request, she was adamant about what she wanted: a new play structure for kids in her hometown.


Native American Scholarship Database for high school students entering college in 2017-18

Native American Scholarship Database for high school students entering college in 2017-18...



Jenni Monet, a Native American journalist, was arrested last week while covering Standing Rock. You’d think that would trigger a lot of support from the national and regional news media. There is an idea in law enforcement called the “thin blue line.” It basically means that police work together. A call goes out from Morton County and, right or wrong, law enforcement from around the country provides back up. You would think journalism would be like that too.


Kelliher students named to honor roll

The following students have been named to the honor roll for the second nine-week marking period at Kelliher School. Distinguished students Grade 7 Amelia Persons Grade 8 Hailey Brambrink Riley Dreher Rileigh Hughes Grade 10 Shanelle Head Grade 11 Clyde Jensen Grade 12 Sydney Preston Jennifer Wickham "A" Honor Roll (3.5 GPA or higher) Grade 7 Kylie Adams Karlea Johnson Braxton Lempart Ashlyn Martin Haley Mostad Donna Thayer Grade 8 Timothy Barthel Boden Lempart Grade 9 Kaleigha Donnell Laetitia...


California's Drought Continues to Harm Native Tribes and Fishermen

Native American communities have often embraced fish as an integral part of their diet and culture. For the Hoopa Valley people, a Native American tribe in Northern California not far from the Oregon border, that fish is salmon. “We’re river people,” said tribal member Brittani Orona. “We depend a lot on water and the life that’s in the water for both our physical and cultural sustenance.” Salmon has historically been a staple of the tribe’s diet, as well as what members eat at Hoopa Valley “world renewal” dances, when they...


New Study Shows Tribes Nationwide Need About 68,000 Homes

The Housing and Urban Development Office has released a large scale study evaluating the severity of the housing crisis in Indian Country. It’s the most comprehensive research conducted on the subject and the only study of its kind in about 20 years. The study concludes there’s a need for about 68,000 new homes across tribal lands nationwide. HUD commissioned the Urban Institute to conduct the study. Researcher Nancy Pindus was one of the lead authors and said, with such a huge shortage, many tribes are suffering from a unique form of...


2nd Term Rewards and Recognition Trip

Congrats to the high school students who earned their R & R trip. They had great grades, behavior, and attendance. This R&R trip will be to Bemidji State University's Recreational Fitness Center for climbing wall, racquetball, walleyball, basketball, swimming, and more. After that, students will enjoy a college dining experience at Wally's!! Barrett, Liz Barrett, Tyrese Barrett, Tyrese D. Barron, Drew Beaulieu, Anthony Beaulieu, Robbie Blue, Marlene R. Bravo, Brisenia Chaboyea, KayLynn J. Ch...


Death Rates for Young, White Americans Increased from 1999 to 2014

Young adulthood is supposed to be an exciting time. Getting a job, buying a home, and starting a family are on the agendas of many people in this age group. Unfortunately, this facet of the American dream has been snatched away prematurely from an increasing number of young people. A new and disturbing report in The Lancet, based on data collected from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, shows an increase in the death rates from 1999 to 2014 for young Americans, driven substantially by a shocking increase in the mortality of...


Information Geared for Students

GLITC Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) Program is involved with several events coming up in 2017. Please mark your calendars now and feel free to share the info with any of your friends, coworkers and/or students who may be interested as well. More detailed information can be found on . Go to Programs  Education  Native American Research Center for Health  Student Options. You can also contact Natalia at or (715) 588-1018. Look for us at “Great Lakes NARCH” on Facebook. Indigenous...


Missing, murdered aboriginal women inquiry adds men and boys

The national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women and girls has quietly agreed to include men and boys. After more than two years of lobbying by aboriginals, professors, social workers and others, including me, the inquiry released a statement that boys and men will be welcomed to share their stories as part of the process.


Daughter fears worst: Mom's traveling companion dead on Soboba Indian Reservation

The daughter of a Hemet woman who went missing a week ago and whose traveling companion was found dead on the Soboba Indian Reservation said Monday she fears her mother was a witness to murder and suffered dire consequences. Kathleen Ann Haney, 56, was last seen on the night of Jan. 22, when she drove her daughter’s friend, 27-year-old Kyle Nathan Cagey of Pala, to the Soboba Casino.


After 25 days, Blaine woman realizes she has $1 million lottery ticket

For more than three weeks, Joey Hunter went about her life — until she learned that a lottery drawing on the dawning of a new year had made her a millionaire. The Blaine woman abandoned her hair appointment on Thursday, when she realized that she was one of two people who captured the top $1 million prize in the annual Minnesota Millionaire Raffle.


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