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Chickasaw Nation creates phone app for parents, others

ADA, Okla.-The Chickasaw Nation has created a mobile application that offers mothers, fathers and other caretakers a new resource in the palm of their hands. The MOMents app, now... — Updated 1/3/2018


Inuit reaffirm solidarity on sustainable use of the arctic's living resources

OTTAWA, Ont.-In November, Inuit from Canada, Greenland, Alaska and Chukotka came together in Ottawa to discuss cultural sustainability, food security and conservation through use.... — Updated 1/3/2018


Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to construct cultural center

Shakopee, Minn.-The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has broken ground on Hoċokata Ti, a multi-purpose building that will serve as a community gathering space, cultural... — Updated 1/3/2018


Nominations open for Native youth leadership awards

MESA, Ariz.-Nominations are now open for the 2018 UNITY 25 Under 25 Native Youth Leadership Awards. The program is designed to celebrate the achievements of Native American and... — Updated 1/3/2018


Mixed Americans: How interracial families talk about race

Tempe, Arizona-When Talia Fuentes fills out the race/ethnicity portion of the United States Census, she checks three boxes: Hispanic, Native American, and Caucasian. But up until... — Updated 1/4/2018


Navajo Tribal member becomes UFC Flyweight Champ

LUKACHUKAI, Ariz.-In December, Navajo tribal member Nicco Montaño defeated Roxanne Modafferi to become the first Navajo Ultimate Fighting Championship Flyweight Champion.... — Updated 1/4/2018


Awards announced from 42nd Annual American Indian Film Festival

SAN FRANCISCO-The 42nd Annual American Indian Film Festival was held November 4th at the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco. Established in 1975, the American Indian Film... — Updated 1/4/2018


Bear Ears Monument remains controversial

Bear Ears Monument in Utah remains in the middle of controversy. The state of Utah has submitted maps to the Interior Department that show Bear Ears National Monument cut in size fr... — Updated 11/16/2017


Sex trafficking in Indian Country a "significant problem," senators told

WASHINGTON-Sex trafficking in Indian Country is a significant problem, with tribal women and children suffering at higher rates than the general population, a panel of experts and... — Updated 11/16/2017


Cities switch honor from Columbus to Indigenous Peoples

KANSAS CITY-On October 9, Kansas City, Mo., officially declared the day as Indigenous Peoples Day, joining a growing list of more than 50 U.S. cities shucking the celebrations of... — Updated 11/16/2017


Village seal changed due to racist charges

Whitesboro, a village of about 3,700 in central New York's Oneida County, recently unveiled a new official seal in efforts to respond to a charge of racism. The previous seal... — Updated 11/16/2017


Indian Life columnist receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The Tomaquag Museum, Rhode Island's only museum dedicated to telling the story of the state's Indigenous Peoples, recently awarded Indian Life's Native Cooking columnist with their... — Updated 11/16/2017


Canadian government settles lawsuit over children "scooped" out of indigenous communities

On October 6, 2017, The Canadian federal government agreed to pay C$750 million to the survivors of the "Sixties Scoop" program, in which 20,000 First Nations children were removed... — Updated 11/16/2017


Aboriginals in Canada increasing four times faster than population

According to Canada's 2016 Census, the indigenous population of the country is growing at four times the rate of the rest of the population. Nearly 1.7 million people identified as... — Updated 11/16/2017


Senators introduce resolution to honor Native American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON-Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tom Udall (D-NM), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), led a bipartisan group of 21 senators in... — Updated 11/16/2017


American Indian children among those lagging behind.

BALTIMORE-According to an Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2017 Race for Results report, American Indian kids join children in immigrant, African-American, and Latino families as lacking... — Updated 11/16/2017


Navajo, other tribes call land-use bill a step in the right direction

WASHINGTON-Tribal leaders backed a House bill on October 25, 2017, that would give tribes the ability to control more of their land, instead of having to get federal approval for... — Updated 11/16/2017


NCAI joins Assembly of First Nations in calling for a North America Free Trade Agreement Indigenous Chapter

MILWAUKEE, WI | On Tuesday, October 18, 2017, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) membership overwhelmingly moved to support Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde’s request that NCAI join... — Updated 11/16/2017


Controversies continue over Native American costumes

With racial issues taking more attention on the North American stage the past couple of years, controversy was rife in 2017 over the appropriateness, or inappropriateness, of... — Updated 11/16/2017


Tribal Justice: Native Americans hope acknowledging the past will shape a better future

PHOENIX-Law students, professors and tribal members gathered recently at the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law in downtown Phoenix to watch the new documentary "Tribal Justice."... — Updated 11/16/2017


Alberta names first government building after indigenous woman

In a historic first, a provincial government building has been named for an Indigenous woman. In late October, during Women's History Month, the government announced the... — Updated 11/16/2017


Thousands of elders gather in Edmonton

More than 5,000 elders of First Nations, Métis and Inuit descent gathered in Edmonton for the First National Gathering of Elders in September, 2017. The Northland's Expo Center in... — Updated 11/16/2017


Cherokee Nation honors hundreds of Native-owned businesses

TULSA, Okla.­-The Cherokee Nation honored hundreds of Native-owned businesses, from construction companies to printing shops, during the tribe's 10th Annual TERO Certified Indian... — Updated 11/16/2017


Bryan Rice named new Director of BIA

WASHINGTON-In October 2017, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the selection of Bryan Rice, a veteran federal administrator and citizen of the Cherokee Nation of... — Updated 11/16/2017


First Nation girl nominated for International Children's Peace Prize

A Wikwemikong First Nation girl from Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario has been nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize. Thirteen-year-old Autumn Peltier is the... — Updated 11/16/2017


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