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Using Culture to Cope with COVID

COVID has brought more than just physical illness to our communities. It’s...

Connecting to Our Land is Connecting to Our Culture

Our relationship with the land is a huge part of our culture...

Culture is Prevention

The Land & Ancestral Wellness Wisdom

Much of our knowledge as Indigenous people comes from the land: our...

Environmental Racism and Seeking Environmental Justice

In the 1970s, the Grassy Narrows Reserve in Canada, home of the...

BRAVE: Episode 2

Resiliency is in Our Blood

Resilience has become a bit of a buzzword in Native Country. A...

Indigenous People for Black Lives Matter

Today as I write this article the world is mourning Daunte Wright,...

Aurora / Connection

Indigenous Feminism

Creating a world where people of all genders are respected and valued...

Healing the Land is Healing Us

Western colonial ways of thinking about health tend to focus on physical...

#Indigilove Recap Video

Land Back: Because Colonialism Does Not Spark Joy

In the opening scenes of Rutherford Falls, a Native-inclusive TV series launched...

Racism and Anti-Racism

Racism impacts all aspects of our lives. It impacts what policies are...

MMIWG (Murdered Missing Indigenous Women and Girls)

Indigenous Futurism

What would the world look like if tribal supernatural entities ruled? How...

The Judicial Branch

Sometimes, an advocacy group, business, church, or even a group of individuals...

Defined by my Ancestors, Not Dead Presidents

The Executive Branch

After a bill passes both the House of Representatives and the Senate,...

The Legislative Branch

The Legislative Branch of the U.S. federal government makes laws. The Legislative...

Elder Teachings

Advocacy in the Three Branches of Government

The United States federal government is divided into three branches: the Executive...

We Are More Than a Mascot

Native American mascots are one of the more controversial topics when it...

WRN Ambassadors

Represent We R Native

Native Cultural Appropriation

Cultural appropriation is when someone from the dominant culture (i.e. the most...

Who is Secretary Deb Haaland?

Deb Haaland is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna and has...

Indigikitchen

Re-indigenizing our diets

Tips for Moving Beyond Blood Quantum

We know blood quantum, or “how much Native blood you have,” isn’t...

Blood Quantum Blues

“So… how much Native are you?” The dreaded question every Indigenous person...

Powwow Sweat

Jingle Dress

Indigenizing Your Self-Care

Self-care means taking care of the whole self – physically, emotionally, mentally,...

What Is Tribal Consultation?

Tribes are nations that have the right to make decisions about how...

My Culture

We R Quileute

Chickasaw Spaceman

John Herrington, born in Wetumka, Oklahoma, is an enrolled member of the...

Indigenous Comic Books

Comics and cartoons have existed for centuries, but it wasn’t until the...

The Medicine Game

Brothers Miles and Lyle Thompson-two of the top college lacrosse players of...

Reclaiming Our Stories Through Media and Film

As Indigenous people, we know that storytelling is a powerful teaching tool....

Indigenous Star Stories

When you look up at the night’s sky, what do you see?...

Sequoia Dance

I Am Native. Sequoia Lynn Dance (Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, age 17) This is...

Indigenizing Movement and Mental Health

Movement is medicine – for our mind, body, and spirit. For our...

History Through a Native Lens

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

Our Cultures are Our Source of Health

Renowned Hollywood actor and Cherokee tribal member, Wes Studi, explains how American...

Mountain Meditation

Sit tall with a long spine and your head erect to allow...

National Native American Heritage Month

A little proclamation from the prez in honor of National Native American...

REPRESENT

Kayla Gebeck, Red Lake Ojibwe, studies linguistics and Native American Studies at...

Men’s Health

It’s Men’s Health Week this week. It’s a time for health and...

Mixed Identity

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

Represent – Computer Medicine

Mattie Harper, Bois Forte Ojibwe, is a Ph.D candidate in Ethnic Studies...

Native Pride

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

Spiritual Well-being

Whether you turn to traditional culture, an organized religion, or to a...

We Are Still Here

What is today’s young Native American’s life like? What are the challenges...

Native Identity: Stereotypes

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

562

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

Traditional Stories of Sexual Health

Joey Criddle is a Two Spirit man fighting with other LGBTQ Native...

Poetry Slam: I Know this to be True

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

A Native Candidate’s Story

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

Miss Indian Nations

A short conversation with Shanoa Pinkham (Yakama), 2011 Miss Indian Nations.

Run for it!

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

Bad Indians: A Poem By Ryan Red Corn

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

Two Spirit

Two Spirited people have both a male and female spirit in them.

Tiffany Benally

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

Culture is Prevention

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

1/2

Monika lost her identity…but her identity never lost her. Instead of feeling...

What I am Thankful for

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

Erika Ramirez

My experience at the NIHB Native Youth Health Summit, was one of...

Two Spirit Project (Garni)

Garni (Blackfoot Nation) talks about coming out as a lesbian and her...

Happy Halloween: What Are You Doing With Your Pumpkin?

Pumpkins have long served as a staple in the diet of American...

Indigenous Story Studio

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

Around Here

I Am Indian Country

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

I Strengthen My Nation

A media campaign featuring Hollywood actor Chaske Spencer (who played Sam Uley...

Violence Against Women

Please contact your senators and representatives and urge them to pass a...

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...

Asema Is Sacred

Men’s Fancy Dance

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

Story of the Seasons

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

Native Pride-Language

What does Native Pride mean to you? Anthony talks about keeping traditions...

Men’s Grass Dance

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

Teaching Quotes From Our Elders

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

Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliance: It Gets Better!

This “It gets better” video was made in support of Two-Spirit youth...

The Sacred Circle

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

Moving To The Rez

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

Bullying

Bullying Is Not the Ojibwe Way  

The Three Sisters

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

Native Baseball

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

Natives and Sports

Arabella Zephier (Yankton Sioux, Ihanktonwan Oyate) talks about her struggles with wanting...

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...

Natives Helping Natives

A Public Service Announcement filmed by youth participants at the NativeSTAND conference...

Assimilation, Relocation, Genocide

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

Ojibwe Dreamcatcher Legend

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

Dii ei Shighan (This Is My Home)

Graham Beyale. This is my DIGITAL STORY that was made at a...

The Woman Who Loved a Serpent Who Lived in a Lake

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

Beadwork: Tips and Supplies

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

Drugs And Alcohol

Vance Home Gun. How has alcohol affected your life? Vance shares a...

Powwows

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

Tolowim Woman & Butterfly Man

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

Family

Shante’s grandma has been there for her through thick and thin. She...

Historical Trauma – Steps in Healing

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

Residential Schools

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

How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes

  A traditional Tulalip story of how the chipmunk got its stripes....

Trail of Tears

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

Indian Boarding Schools

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

Ripple Effect

When you’re feeling down, try talking with someone who can help. Call...

Rez To Urban Transition

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

Tribal Sovereignty

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

I Strengthen My Nation – Extended

People notice your actions. You have influence. Think about it. What someone...

Lacrosse

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

Seven Grandfathers

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

I Strengthen My Nation – PSA

That one choice strengthens you, strengthens others, and strengthens your Nation.

Tuska

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

Language

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

Spiritual Well-being

Steven offers some advice and encourages us to be positive…each day

Smudging

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

Values

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

Identity-Geronimo E-KIA

Geronimo was a product of his environment. A human. One with flaws....

Leaving Home

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

Spirit Animals

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

Identity-Proud Native American

A video poem that honors Anishinaabe heritage. The poem illustrates a young...

When a Woman has her Moon

People will say that a woman who is having her moon should...

Legend of the Origin of Baskets

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

To the Indigenous Women: A Poem by the 1491s

Raise Awareness and Help End the Epidemic of Violence against Native Women...

Spirit Houses

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

Women’s Fancy Shawl

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

Man in the Maze

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

Women’s Jingle Dance

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

Medicine Wheels

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

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