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History Through a Native Lens

Timeline Overview This timeline of historically traumatic events was authored by Karina…

Indian Policy Timeline

  Indian Policy Timeline (The Indian Experience) Federal Policies Toward Native Americans…

Mixed Identity

I belong to two different tribes: to the Shoalwater Bay Indian tribe…

Native Pride

It is not documents that define us, but rather what is undocumented….

Dealing with Stereotypes and Racism

Most of us know that racism and stereotypes suck. Some of us…

Identity

JeMarie is a seventeen-year-old Californian of Native American descent, specifically Iroquois, Choctaw,…

Indigenous Story Studio

Indigenous Story Studio creates illustrations, posters, video and comic books on health…

I Am Indian Country

Respect, honesty, love, bravery, humility, truth and wisdom are our cultural values….

iLL Mind Of Ghost Dog: The Most Dangerous Native

As you ladies and gents read the title of my blog, “The…

Imelda Martina Sanchez

I am Imelda Martina Sanchez. I am a Native and Mexican American…

Maria Martinez

Yah’teeh shi eya Maria Mary Martinez ye’she Ashihii nishlii haclishnee ba’sh’chiin, tlogi…

Native Identity: Stereotypes

When I first started college in Seattle, Washington, I started making a…

Poetry Slam: I Know this to be True

I know this to be true – that I do not like…

Run for it!

Have you ever considered running for a tribal office or position? As…

The Lakota Berenstain Bears

The first ever Native American language cartoon series celebrated its one year…

Tiffany Benally

I am a young mother and wife. I was born in Fort…

What I am Thankful for

What I am Thankful For Tribal Ways I am thankful for our…

562

562: A photo project documenting all 562…now 566 tribes in the United…

A Native Candidate’s Story

When Barbara Vicknair (enrolled citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians…

Bad Indians: A Poem By Ryan Red Corn

I was told by those old ones that every song has a…

Culture is Prevention

Culture is Prevention: Native youth and elders explore underage drinking. Filmed at…

Powwows

Geronimo, Crazy Horse, Chief Joseph Jesus, I wanna be the poet who…

Residential Schools

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a program was set…

Rez To Urban Transition

Growing up on the reservation is a privilege afforded to few. Getting…

Assimilation, Relocation, Genocide

Since first contact, Native Americans have been given three choices — which…

Beadwork

“Native American beadwork is an art form created by indigenous peoples. There…

Beadwork: Tips and Supplies

Here is a link to a website that offers diagrams on how…

Seven Grandfathers

Once there was a child. Though she was very young, the patriarchs…

Smudging

Have you ever been at a powwow or a ceremonial gathering and…

Spirit Animals

Many members of the Native community possess what is known as a…

Spirit Houses

Many tribal communities have a tradition of a specific place to go…

Bump Ball

Bump ball is a simple field game that requires some playing space…

California Genocide

Genocide is a strong word denoting a planned extermination of a racial,…

Story of Rock

In the beginning, the Creator was lonely and decided to create the…

Story of the Seasons

Long, long ago there were many kinds of Seasons. They were very…

Teaching Quotes From Our Elders

We Indians live in a world of symbols and images where the…

Coyote And The Mallard Duck

As Coyote was traveling up the river when he saw five mallard…

Coyote Dances With A Star

Because the Great Mystery Power had given Coyote much of his medicine,…

Coyote’s Carelessness

Coyote was going along and he came to a river where five…

The Sacred Circle

A young man sat alone near the river, apart from his three…

Creation Story – Warm Springs

Long ago, long before the coming of the great flood, the Cocoon…

The Three Sisters

An Iroquois legend tells of three sisters who sprouted from the body…

The Urban Relocation Program

In the last half of the 20th Century, a government program that…

The Widow As Butterfly: A Story Of Renewal

Long ago, there were two Caterpillar people who loved each other very…

The Woman Who Loved a Serpent Who Lived in a Lake

There was a very beautiful woman. She turned the heads of all…

Tolowim Woman & Butterfly Man

A Tolowim woman went out to gather food. She took her child…

Double Ball

Double ball is similar to lacrosse, but is played with sticks around…

Trail of Tears

In the early 1800s, the Cherokee tried to assimilate, along with their…

Tribal Sovereignty

After over 300 years of history, the question of Indian tribal sovereignty is…

Tuska

Tuska is a traditional game that is played in a field and…

Elders

Native American elders are revered individuals who provide wisdom and leadership for…

Values

The seven grandfather teachings passed down by our elders have given us…

Eskimo Stick Pull

The items needed for this game are a 1.5 inch diameter, a…

Four Man Carry

This traditional game was played to test ones ability to pack an…

Women’s Fancy Shawl

The Fancy Shawl dance is one of the most athletic dance styles….

Women’s Jingle Dance

The jingle dance is an innovative and rhythmic style which originated among…

Womens Traditional Dance

Southern Cloth and Buckskin dancers are very similar, so much so that…

Health and Healing

Though considerable diversity exists throughout Indian Country, traditional Native world views were…

High Kick

High kick is an Alaskan Native game that tests your ability to…

Historical Trauma

To better understand historical trauma, think about boarding schools – which are…

Historical Trauma – Steps in Healing

Many Native teens still carry historical trauma with them today. How many…

History

The history of relationships between Native Americans, Europeans and other immigrants continue…

Indian Boarding Schools

In the late 1800s, Native Americans were losing the U.S-Indian wars, particularly…

Lacrosse

Lacrosse is a traditional game that has been played by many of…

Language

A man and an eagle were flying one day, the man’s hair…

Leaving Home

When you leave home—perhaps for college, or to move out and start…

Legend of the Origin of Baskets

Long ago, there was a young woman whom we would call in…

Man in the Maze

“The maze is a symbol of life … happiness, sadness … and…

Medicine Wheels

Medicine Wheels are a powerful intertribal symbol that represents living a balanced…

Men’s Fancy Dance

The men’s fancy dance is one of the most exuberant and wildly…

Men’s Grass Dance

A dancer, clad in bright colors, sways and moves as a strand…

Men’s Northern Traditional

The Northern Traditional dance evokes the style of Plains Indians, their hunting…

Moving To The Rez

I was born when my parents lived on the reservation, and lived…

Native Baseball

This game is simple and does not require a lot of space…

Ojibwe Dreamcatcher Legend

This is the way the old Ojibwe say Spider Woman helped bring…

History Through a Native Lens

Timeline Overview This timeline of historically traumatic events was authored by Karina…

Indian Policy Timeline

  Indian Policy Timeline (The Indian Experience) Federal Policies Toward Native Americans…

Mixed Identity

I belong to two different tribes: to the Shoalwater Bay Indian tribe…

Native Pride

It is not documents that define us, but rather what is undocumented….

Dealing with Stereotypes and Racism

Most of us know that racism and stereotypes suck. Some of us…

Identity

JeMarie is a seventeen-year-old Californian of Native American descent, specifically Iroquois, Choctaw,…

Indigenous Story Studio

Indigenous Story Studio creates illustrations, posters, video and comic books on health…

I Am Indian Country

Respect, honesty, love, bravery, humility, truth and wisdom are our cultural values….

iLL Mind Of Ghost Dog: The Most Dangerous Native

As you ladies and gents read the title of my blog, “The…

Imelda Martina Sanchez

I am Imelda Martina Sanchez. I am a Native and Mexican American…

Maria Martinez

Yah’teeh shi eya Maria Mary Martinez ye’she Ashihii nishlii haclishnee ba’sh’chiin, tlogi…

Native Identity: Stereotypes

When I first started college in Seattle, Washington, I started making a…

Poetry Slam: I Know this to be True

I know this to be true – that I do not like…

Run for it!

Have you ever considered running for a tribal office or position? As…

The Lakota Berenstain Bears

The first ever Native American language cartoon series celebrated its one year…

Tiffany Benally

I am a young mother and wife. I was born in Fort…

What I am Thankful for

What I am Thankful For Tribal Ways I am thankful for our…

562

562: A photo project documenting all 562…now 566 tribes in the United…

A Native Candidate’s Story

When Barbara Vicknair (enrolled citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians…

Bad Indians: A Poem By Ryan Red Corn

I was told by those old ones that every song has a…

Culture is Prevention

Culture is Prevention: Native youth and elders explore underage drinking. Filmed at…

Powwows

Geronimo, Crazy Horse, Chief Joseph Jesus, I wanna be the poet who…

Residential Schools

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a program was set…

Rez To Urban Transition

Growing up on the reservation is a privilege afforded to few. Getting…

Assimilation, Relocation, Genocide

Since first contact, Native Americans have been given three choices — which…

Beadwork

“Native American beadwork is an art form created by indigenous peoples. There…

Beadwork: Tips and Supplies

Here is a link to a website that offers diagrams on how…

Seven Grandfathers

Once there was a child. Though she was very young, the patriarchs…

Smudging

Have you ever been at a powwow or a ceremonial gathering and…

Spirit Animals

Many members of the Native community possess what is known as a…

Spirit Houses

Many tribal communities have a tradition of a specific place to go…

Bump Ball

Bump ball is a simple field game that requires some playing space…

California Genocide

Genocide is a strong word denoting a planned extermination of a racial,…

Story of Rock

In the beginning, the Creator was lonely and decided to create the…

Story of the Seasons

Long, long ago there were many kinds of Seasons. They were very…

Teaching Quotes From Our Elders

We Indians live in a world of symbols and images where the…

Coyote And The Mallard Duck

As Coyote was traveling up the river when he saw five mallard…

Coyote Dances With A Star

Because the Great Mystery Power had given Coyote much of his medicine,…

Coyote’s Carelessness

Coyote was going along and he came to a river where five…

The Sacred Circle

A young man sat alone near the river, apart from his three…

Creation Story – Warm Springs

Long ago, long before the coming of the great flood, the Cocoon…

The Three Sisters

An Iroquois legend tells of three sisters who sprouted from the body…

The Urban Relocation Program

In the last half of the 20th Century, a government program that…

The Widow As Butterfly: A Story Of Renewal

Long ago, there were two Caterpillar people who loved each other very…

The Woman Who Loved a Serpent Who Lived in a Lake

There was a very beautiful woman. She turned the heads of all…

Tolowim Woman & Butterfly Man

A Tolowim woman went out to gather food. She took her child…

Double Ball

Double ball is similar to lacrosse, but is played with sticks around…

Trail of Tears

In the early 1800s, the Cherokee tried to assimilate, along with their…

Tribal Sovereignty

After over 300 years of history, the question of Indian tribal sovereignty is…

Tuska

Tuska is a traditional game that is played in a field and…

Elders

Native American elders are revered individuals who provide wisdom and leadership for…

Values

The seven grandfather teachings passed down by our elders have given us…

Eskimo Stick Pull

The items needed for this game are a 1.5 inch diameter, a…

Four Man Carry

This traditional game was played to test ones ability to pack an…

Women’s Fancy Shawl

The Fancy Shawl dance is one of the most athletic dance styles….

Women’s Jingle Dance

The jingle dance is an innovative and rhythmic style which originated among…

Womens Traditional Dance

Southern Cloth and Buckskin dancers are very similar, so much so that…

Health and Healing

Though considerable diversity exists throughout Indian Country, traditional Native world views were…

High Kick

High kick is an Alaskan Native game that tests your ability to…

Historical Trauma

To better understand historical trauma, think about boarding schools – which are…

Historical Trauma – Steps in Healing

Many Native teens still carry historical trauma with them today. How many…

History

The history of relationships between Native Americans, Europeans and other immigrants continue…

Indian Boarding Schools

In the late 1800s, Native Americans were losing the U.S-Indian wars, particularly…

Lacrosse

Lacrosse is a traditional game that has been played by many of…

Language

A man and an eagle were flying one day, the man’s hair…

Leaving Home

When you leave home—perhaps for college, or to move out and start…

Legend of the Origin of Baskets

Long ago, there was a young woman whom we would call in…

Man in the Maze

“The maze is a symbol of life … happiness, sadness … and…

Medicine Wheels

Medicine Wheels are a powerful intertribal symbol that represents living a balanced…

Men’s Fancy Dance

The men’s fancy dance is one of the most exuberant and wildly…

Men’s Grass Dance

A dancer, clad in bright colors, sways and moves as a strand…

Men’s Northern Traditional

The Northern Traditional dance evokes the style of Plains Indians, their hunting…

Moving To The Rez

I was born when my parents lived on the reservation, and lived…

Native Baseball

This game is simple and does not require a lot of space…

Ojibwe Dreamcatcher Legend

This is the way the old Ojibwe say Spider Woman helped bring…

Culture is Prevention

Culture is Prevention – Sarah

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BRAVE: Episode 6

BRAVE: Episode 5

Brave: Episode 4

BRAVE: Episode 3

BRAVE: Episode 2

BRAVE: Episode 1

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