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Indigenous youth find rewards in student-directed music program

WHITEHORSE, Yukon-Indigenous students in Whitehorse are enjoying a new program that they, themselves, drive-instead of adults. A new music program that lets students guide their lessons is offering a pressure-free way for... — Updated 1/22/2024

 

Chickasaw Media student wins Heartland Emmy Award

ADA, Okla.-While she was a student, Paige Orr received an award that inspired a change in her choice of a dream career. "My dream was to be on camera and make videos or be an ESPN sideline reporter, but I've realized I have a... — Updated 1/22/2024

 

Chickasaw equestrian riding tall in the saddle despite health challenges

KELLYVILLE, Okla.-Brianna Lytle is a rare breed. The 18-year-old Chickasaw is the type of person who discovers their passion early in life and forges a path to pursue it, despite... — Updated 5/17/2023

 

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Hockey sticks reflect Indigenous skills At the end of each of the 31 games played in the 2023 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship held in Halifax an... — Updated 3/20/2023

 

Tribal member wins big at Junior World Finals

DURANT, Okla.-Choctaw tribal member, Savannah Toon, won the Junior World Finals for Barrel Racing in Las Vegas in December 2022. Over 800 contestants from across the U.S., Canada, M... — Updated 3/20/2023

 

Chickasaw Nation pilot building world-class flight school

CHICKASAW NATION, Okla.-Like pioneer aviator "Pearl" Carter Scott or retired Navy test pilot and astronaut Cmdr. John Herrington, Austin Wallace is making his mark on Oklahoma aviat... — Updated 1/27/2023

 

Sports card company focuses on Indigenous players

CARLSBAD, Calif.-To help shine a light on the Indigenous community and honor iconic Indigenous players, Upper Deck created a limited-edition set featuring Indigenous hockey players... — Updated 1/27/2023 Full story

 

Cree hockey activist receives award for his passion

CHESTERMERE, Alb.-Stephane Friday, a young Cree man from Kashechewan First Nation in northeastern Ontario is one of seven people who was presented with the Herbert Carnegie... — Updated 1/27/2023

 

Meet Simon the Scientist . . . a YouTube whiz

WINNIPEG, Man.-Meet Simon Monteith. He's a nine-year-old Opaskwayak Cree Nation boy from Manitoba who is passionate about science. "I like being curious and finding out new... — Updated 11/28/2022

 

The sky is not the limit: cruising altitude

ADA, Okla.-Sara Ellis is one of the few girls enrolled in Ada High School's aviation program. "I never thought I would want to be in the aviation field," Ellis said. "I was not... — Updated 9/30/2022 Full story

 

Sports provide an important but underutilized path to college for Native students

LONG BEACH, Calif.-Two years ago, Deontay Begay was overjoyed when he and his twin brother, Deondre, were recruited to play basketball for Northwest Indian College. It was a way to... — Updated 9/30/2022

 

Chickasaw student lauded by ESPN

ADA, Okla.-The Chickasaw Nation proudly announces that Chickasaw citizen Sania Richardson of Ada High School has made the top 25 on ESPN's 2025 HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings. As a... — Updated 8/5/2022

 

First Native American chosen as Miss Minnesota

WINONA, Minn.-In June 24-year-old, Rachel Evangelisto became the first woman to be crowned Miss Minnesota at the Miss Minnesota Scholarship Org. Pageant and will move on to... — Updated 8/5/2022

 

Red Hawk First South Dakotan To Win National 4-H Youth in Action Award

BROOKINGS, S.D.-Tashina Red Hawk was just 7 years old when her parents bought her first horse. Her mentor, Kassandra Chauncey, a Todd County Junior Division 4-H member at the time, was training her how to ride when her own horse... — Updated 6/23/2022

 

Arizona law allows Indigenous students greater cultural expression at graduation

PHOENIX-Just minutes before her high school graduation in Gallup, New Mexico, three years ago, Dakotah Harvey was told to remove the eagle feather from her mortarboard or she would... — Updated 6/23/2022

 

'Read Across Navajo Nation Month' promotes literacy among students

Window Rock, Ariz.-Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, First Lady Phefelia Nez, and Second Lady Dottie Lizer recently signed a proclamation recognizing March 2022 as "Read Across... — Updated 3/28/2022

 

Rowland creates Native American resource guide for Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas-Caroline Rowland is proud of her Choctaw heritage and knows the history of her tribe. She's also a criminal justice major and history and writing double minor at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth,... — Updated 3/28/2022

 

Cherokee Nation Film Office preparing young Natives for growing film industry

TULSA, Okla.-The Cherokee Nation Film Office and Oklahoma Film & Television Academy are partnering to help educate Native American students to be set-ready as industry... — Updated 3/28/2022

 

Students harvest moose through outdoor program

LISTUGUJ, Que.-Mi'kmaw Students in one Canadian school are learning about life-sustaining elements of their Indigenous culture in very practical ways. Recently, eight students at the Alaqsite'w Gitpu School school in Listuguj,... — Updated 11/22/2021

 

Student activist fights trafficking

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.-Vanguard University student body president Matthew J. Holgate is a visionary leader. While many students are just trying to navigate their way through classes,... — Updated 11/22/2021

 

Kansas school district offers students support through Indigenous cooking, activities

Lawrence, Kans.-This summer, the Lawrence, Kansas, school district and their Native American Student Services (NASS) hosted an Indigenous Family Cooking Class open to anyone in the... — Updated 10/4/2021

 

New board game to preserve Cree language and culture

Fort Smith, NWT-A workshop hosted by the Northwest Territory Métis Nation and non-profit arts organization, Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP) was the birthplace of a new board... — Updated 10/4/2021

 

Colorado governor signs two bills affecting Indigenous communities

DENVER, Colo.-In early July, Colorado governor Jared Polis signed two bills that affect Native American young people and culture in Colorado. The first bill, the Native American tuition classification bill, ensures that Native... — Updated 9/2/2021

 

Student creates university class highlighting Indigenous knowledge

WOLFVILLE, N.S.-As Leah Creaser, a student at Acadia University and member of the Acadia First Nation, sat in her biology classes, she ended up being bewildered. It wasn't the... — Updated 9/2/2021

 

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GLENDALE, ARIZ.-It might have been the optics, but whenever professional bull riders Keyshawn Whitehorse and Cody Jesus entered the ring, the crowd seemed louder, more engaged. In... — Updated 6/7/2021

 

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