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Native Americans Have Always Answered the Call to Serve: National VFW Day 2020

Native American veterans of the Vietnam War stand in honor as part of the color guard at the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial. November 11, 1990, Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images) National Veterans of Foreign Wars Day, September 29, acknowledges men and women who have served honorably in a foreign...

 

Mike Larsen's elder portraits showcased through online video tour

A virtual tour of portraits by famed Chickasaw artist Mike Larsen is featured during the Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival. Available through Oct. 3, the guided tour takes place in the Aaittafama' room at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, a space which houses rotating art collections expressive of Chickasaw people's...

 

NAJA announces 2020 National Native Media Award winners

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Native American Journalists Association will present more than 250 awards recognizing the best coverage of Indian Country during the 2020 National Native Media Awards virtual ceremony set for 3 p.m. CST on Thursday, Oct. 15 via Zoom. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NAJA has postponed the 2020 National...

 

How has COVID-19 affected Native American communities, people? View the entire 'Indigenous Impacts' project here

Numerous Native American contributors teamed up with Forum Communications to share their stories and provide perspective on the impacts of COVID-19. The project includes essays, a poem, original song and video interviews by Native American contributors, and original reporting by Forum Communications journalists and freelance writers. Find links to the project's content below....

 

From urban campuses to reservations, Native American students feel COVID-19's reach

Johnny Talawyma was ready to stride across the stage to receive his bachelors degree diploma last spring. It's been a long journey for the 38-year-old Montana State University Billings student who grew up on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. He wanted a chance not only to celebrate himself, but to set an example for younger...

 

Red Lake Boys and Girls Club receives $50,000 from anonymous donar

Sometimes when you help others, you get unexpected rewards. Data & Center Coordinator, Sheri Downwind, holds a Letter of Award from the National Boys and Girls Clubs of America; congratulating us on receiving an anonymous donation of $50,000! The funding will be used to continue our efforts to provide meals for our club...

 

Indigenous street vendors bring comfort food and a taste of home to Phoenix

Roxanne Wilson mixes flour, water and baking powder in a bowl on a work surface inside ametal food truck on a weekday morning in mid-August. The temperature has already soared past 100 on its way to another 115-degree day during the hottest August in recorded Phoenix history. She’s working alongside three other family members inside the tight spaces of the sweltering...

 

Evening classes - COVID-19 fix - a hit at Colville Lake high school

A smart solution for accommodating physical distancing at one of the Northwest Territories' smallest schools is proving to be a hit with students. In Colville Lake, elementary school students take classes during regular daytime hours. High school starts at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 9:30 p.m. Sixteen-year-old Logan Orlias says he doesn't mind at all. https://w...

 

Obesity increasing in U.S. adults, CDC report finds

Obesity, a risk factor for severe effects of COVID-19, continues to become more common, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twelve states now have a self-reported adult obesity prevalence of 35% or more, up from nine states in 2018 and six in 2017. Those 12 states are...

 

How are students in rural communities coping with school challenges?

FRESNO, Calif., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Approximately 35 miles west of Fresno is the agricultural town of Mendota with a population of 11,000. There's no bank, no pharmacy, and most of these rural students lack technology and internet access. Although it is ranked at the top of the 50 worst cities to live in the country,...

 

Edmonton police chief enlists advocates to help end racism in the ranks

The chief of the Edmonton police says he's working with Indigenous and minority advocates to create an action plan to end racism within the ranks of the service. "We have all heard the call to change, and it requires us to face uncomfortable truths and difficult but necessary moments," said Dale McFee. "Our commitment to action...

 

Savanna's Act for missing and murdered Native Americans headed to Trump's desk for signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump is poised to sign a missing and murdered Native Americans bill that was backed by North Dakota leaders in light of the 2017 death of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind in Fargo. The U.S. House approved Savanna's Act Monday, Sept. 21, with a voice vote, meaning the bill is headed to the...

 

Smithsonian To Reopen National Museum of American History, National Museum of the American Indian Sept. 25

The Smithsonian will reopen two additional museums in Washington, D.C., to the public Friday, Sept. 25: the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of the American Indian, both located on the National Mall. These locations will reopen with new health and safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will have reduced days and hours of operation, and...

 

More young bears, less food send them to Juneau's garbage

JUNEAU, Alaska – A larger than normal number of young bears and dwindling natural food supply for them are forcing the animals to head for Juneau's garbage with unusual frequency, a wildlife official said. A poor berry crop and lackluster salmon runs this year mean more bears are looking for food among the city's trash, KTOO...

 

Sanford Thief River Falls offers flu vaccine clinics

FARGO, N.D. – Sanford Health is making it easier than ever to get a flu shot in a year when it’s more important than ever. Sanford Health Thief River Falls, 3001 Sanford Pkwy., is offering seasonal influenza (flu) vaccinations by appointment only to adults and children at flu vaccine clinics from 4 to 7 p.m. on the following dates: • Sept. 22 • Sept. 29 • Oct. 6 ...

 

Colonization and Domestic Violence

The parallels that can be drawn between colonialism and domestic violence can be seen through their definitions and through a review of Native American history. Having lived through genocide and horrific suffering, the aftermath of European contact and colonization continues to not only haunt Native Americans, it wreaks havoc...

 

CDC study finds coronavirus rarely kills children, but minorities at higher risk

(CNN) - Children and teens from minority groups are disproportionately hit by coronavirus, just as older adults are, according to the findings of a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children from ethnic and racial minorities, those with underlying health conditions and those between the ages of 18 and 20 are more likely to die, a CDC-led...

 

Western wildfire smoke causes East Coast haze, vivid sunsets

The smoke from dozens of wildfires in the western United States is stretching clear across the country - and even pushing into Mexico, Canada and Europe. While the dangerous plumes are forcing people inside along the West Coast, residents thousands of miles away in the East are seeing unusually hazy skies and remarkable...

 

A Message from the Red Lake Nation Boys & Girls Club

We realize school is different for the Red Lake District this year. Distance learning has added more responsibilities and challenges for parents/guardians. We want to make your days easier and provide dinner for your kids. Feel free to stop in at the Red Lake and Ponemah Boys and Girls Clubs for a meal Monday-Friday 5-6 PM. We...

 

The National Museum of Finland returned Pueblo Tribes' ancestral remains from its collection for reburial in Mesa Verde, Colorado

The ancestors and grave items, which are estimated to date back to the 13th century and were part of the National Museum of Finland's Mesa Verde collection, have been repatriated to the Hopi Tribe, the Pueblo of Acoma, the Pueblo of Zia, and the Pueblo of Zuni, indigenous tribes of the United States, to be reburied on Saturday...

 

Six Feature and Episodic Fellows Selected for 2020 Sundance Institute Indigenous Intensive

(LOS ANGELES, September 2020) — A new group of six Indigenous storytellers participated last month in the Sundance Institute Indigenous Intensive. Presented by WarnerMedia 150, the Intensive was held digitally on Sundance Co//ab, the Sundance Institute's digital learning platform. The weeklong program focused on launching the development process of the storytellers...

 

Choctaw Nation Disaster Preparation Includes Drones

DURANT, Okla. – Week three of National Preparedness Month is "Prepare for Disasters." As part of the Choctaw Nation Office of Emergency Management's preparation, drones can be deployed to provide eyes in the skies during times of need. From the 10½ counties of the Choctaw Nation to the aftermath of hurricanes in Texas,...

 

Coronavirus Drained Black, Latino, and Native Americans' Savings Way More Than White People's

More than 40% of Black, Latino, and Native American households reported in a new poll that they ran through their savings to get by during the COVID-19 pandemic. The numbers underscore a dire economic reality that might exacerbate the country’s stark racial wealth disparities. An NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll released...

 

Phoenix Indian Center to Celebrate the Art of Native Fashion in Virtual Silver & Turquoise Ball

Phoenix, AZ – American Indian fashion will take center stage at the annual Silver & Turquoise Ball, a fundraising event supporting Phoenix Indian Center (PIC), which, for the first time, will take place virtually on Friday, October 16, from 7 to 8 p.m. PST. The theme for the live-streamed event is Celebrating the Art of...

 

Chickasaw veteran recalls overcoming varying conflicts across the globe

As Chickasaw veteran Louis Parker recalls 88 years from his home in Chico, California, what unfolds is an underdog tale full of peaks and valleys, seemingly insurmountable odds, and the will to push forward and do well. He overcame numerous obstacles on a journey from Oklahoma to Kansas, California, then Japan and Korea;...

 

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