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Two Tribal Libraries Earn top Museum & Library Award
The Barona Band Mission Indians Cultural Center and Museum (Lakeside, California), and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library (Sequim, Washington) have received the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The award, bestowed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is the nation’s highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. // Institute of Museum and Library Sciences; May 7, 2019

2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
The Aaniiih Nakoda College Library (Harlem, MT), (tribal college located on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation), the Barona Band Mission Indians Cultural Center and Museum (Lakeside, CA), and Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library, all selected as National Medal finalists for the National Medal by the Institute of Museum and Library Services .// Institute of Museum and Library Sciences; March 11, 2019

Gaming Destinations Bet Big on Meetings
Meetings & Conventions; March 15, 2019

Alaska Tribes & Members

Alutiiq Museum honors Native ancestors with memorial park
After several years of planning, fundraising and landscaping, a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Alutiiq Ancestors Memorial , heralding the official opening of the park to the public. // My Journal Courier; June 22, 2019

Opinion: Tlingit history and culture thrive as Hoonah expands cruise destination
The Huna Totem Corporation recently held a ground-breaking ceremony for a second cruise ship dock near the original cannery location at Icy Strait Point, the only privately-owned cruise port in Alaska. Icy Strait Point (ISP) and its location at Hoonah share a very strong and long connection with the Tlingit people that make it one of the most unique cruise destinations in North America. // Juneau Empire;  May 31, 2019

Princess Opens 50th Alaska Season with New Land & Ship Features
A number of new shore excursions in Juneau, Ketchikan, and Icy Strait Point will be available for guests to truly connect with the local nature, culture and adventures only found in Alaska, including: … Seafood Feast & Tribal Dance Show (Icy Strait Point); Tree Top Adventure Park & Zipline (Icy Strait Point); Adventure Park & ZipRider Combo (Icy Strait Point); Wilderness Hike & Kayak Adventure (Icy Strait Point); Discovering the Birds of Hoonah (Icy Strait Point). // Insider Travel Report, May 1, 2019.

More Alaska Headlines

10 of the least known islands you should visit to see wildlife
10 Best, March 21, 2019

State bill would make November Alaska Native Heritage Month; March 17, 2019

Mush! Traverse Alaska offers Iditarod adventure
Travel Weekly; Jan. 10, 2019

Eastern Region Tribes & Members

Alabama | Arkansas | Connecticut | District of Columbia | Delaware | Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | Louisiana | Massachusetts | Maryland | Maine | Mississippi | North Carolina | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New York | Rhode Island | Pennsylvania | South Carolina | Tennessee | Virginia | Vermont | West Virginia

NC conservationists work to recover WNC’s native brook trout
Mike LaVoie, natural resources manager for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, said wild brook trout, an important heritage species prized by Cherokee anglers for food and recreation, today occupy less than 10% of their historical range in EBCI waters. // Charlotte Observer; June 29, 2019

The World’s First Guitar-shaped Hotel Will Have Swim-up Suites and a 7,000-seat Concert Venue
The new, $1.5-billion hotel is part of a $2.2-billion expansion of the current Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino locations in Tampa and Hollywood, Florida. // Travel + Leisure; June 4, 2019

Asheville City Council votes to accept Harrah’s Cherokee naming proposal for civic center
Once the new contract goes into effect, the Civic Center will be renamed the Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville. // Fox Carolina; May 28, 2019

Franklin Town Council Transfers Nikwasi Mound Ownership To Local Nonprofit
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians bought the abandoned building next to the mound for $400,000. They are currently working on a feasibility study to build a Cherokee Museum annex on the property. // Blue Ridge Public Radio, May 7, 2019

Native Americans keep ‘Heritage’ in Jazz Fest with weaving, palmetto huts, storytelling and food
“But it’s not really just ‘Jazz Fest,’ ” said Janie Luster, a traditional artist at the festival and a member of the United Houma Nation. “It’s the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival,” she said, emphasizing the word “heritage.” And although they might not receive primary credit in the history books, Luster made the case that celebrating New Orleans’ heritage without including its indigenous population would be incomplete. // The Advocate, May 1, 2019

More Eastern Region Headlines

Archaeological study planned for the birthplace of the Seminole nation
ABC Action News, April 5, 2019

Tribe, 3 countries plan 400th Pilgrim anniversary in 2020
Enterprise News; March 17, 2019

Virginia’s new state park to tell story of state’s natives; March 9, 2019

Top 10 Things to do in Cherokee This Spring
Cherokee, North Carolina, March 4, 2019

Akwesasne TV reps join event in Paris to preserve indigenous languages
North County Now; Jan. 30, 2019

Akwesasne tribe seeking support to develop heritage museum, library at former General Motors parcel
Watertown Daily Times, Jan. 18, 2019

Traveling Exhibit “Native Voices: New England Tribal Families” Opens At Creative Discovery Museum
The Chattanoogan; Jan. 10, 2019

Midwest Region Tribes & Members

Iowa | Illinois | Indiana | Michigan | Minnesota | Missouri | Ohio | Wisconsin

‘Pure love on the dance floor’: Celebrating the jingle dress tradition
In fact, the story of the jingle dress — part handicraft, part dance, and part mythology — is getting a closer look in a new exhibit from the Minnesota Historical Society’s Mille Lacs Indian Museum. The exhibit opened this spring and will run through the fall of 2020. // MPR News; June 15, 2019

More Midwest Region Headlines


Red Lake Nation wins national economic development award
The Bemidji Pioneer, April 28, 2019

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Wins State Tourism Award
The County Today, April 22, 2019

New Exhibit Explores the History of the Ojibwe Jingle Dress
Native Knot; March 13, 2019

Minnesota tribe asks: Can wild rice have its own legal rights?
Star-Tribune; Feb. 9, 2019

Performance Brings Ancestral Women of Wisconsin’s 12 Tribes to Life; Jan. 4, 2019

Pacific Region Tribes & Members

California | Hawaii | Idaho | Oregon | Washington

‘Let us remain friends’: Chetzemoka Trail offers visitors a trip into the past
[The trail] consists of 18 historical markers, each sharing a portion of the story of the S’Klallam people who called the area home before European settlers arrived in the middle of the 19th century. // Peninsula Daily News; July 7, 2019

This bizarre prehistoric fish may be the key to preserving Yurok culture in California
“Yurok people are fish and river people,” Parker said. “The Klamath River is our grocery store. We eat out of the river.”// The Sacramento Bee; July 1, 2019

Snohomish River estuary project an example of why salmon recovery takes so long
We were trying to create more salmon habitat and the best place to do this is in the estuary. This particular area was previously farmland that could no longer be farmed because of the development that was going on around it,” explained Nelson, who works with the Tulalip Tribes. “We proceeded to purchase about 400 acres, which we converted it into 354 acres of estuary wetland.” // King-TV, June 13, 2019

Nez Perce Tribe’s Zims Hot Springs open
The [Nez Perce] Tribe purchased the property from long-time owner Allen Dixon on Friday, March 22, 2019. This historic area is part of the Tribe’s aboriginal territory and was once referred to as Chinook Meadows. // Indian Country Today; May 28, 2019

The Best Small Beach Towns in the United States
La Push, Washington: To make the most of a weekend, base yourself in the Quileute Oceanside Resort, run by the local Quileute Tribe. // AFAR, May 21, 2019

Bringing Prey-go-neesh Home
After a century, the condor may soon return to Yurok land. “In a very real way, in bringing the condor back to Yurok territory, we’re not only physically restoring our world, we are culturally and spiritually restoring our world,” says Tianna Williams-Claussen, a tribal member and wildlife biologist who has been working on the recovery project since its inception more than a decade ago. // North Coast Journal of Politics, People & Art, May 2, 2019

More Pacific Region Headlines

Why wild salmon remains king in the Pacific Northwest
National Geographic Traveler; April/May Issue

Nisqually Tribe Works on Conceptual Tourism Plan
Yelm Online, April 11, 2019

How the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Held On in Palm Springs
Smithsonian Magazine; April 5, 2019

Entering Berkeley is entering Ohlone territory
East Bay Times; March 12, 2019

First Four-Diamond Property Coming to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula
Native Business Magazine; March 6, 2019

The Basketmaker
Hakai Magazine; Feb. 26, 2019

Tribe buys Clarkston Golf and Country Club
The Lewiston Tribune; Feb. 2, 2019

$150,000 art installation will honor history, resilience of Puyallup people
Indian Country Today; Jan. 28, 2019

Plains Region Tribes & Members

Kansas | Montana | Nebraska | North Dakota | Oklahoma | South Dakota | Texas | Wyoming

Osage Congress passes $250K appropriation to design ON Museum expansion
Plans to expand and improve the Osage Nation Museum will move toward the design process after the Sixth ON Congress approved a $250,000 appropriation bill to fund the conceptual design work with the hopes donors will fund its construction later. // Osage News; July 10, 2019

Osage Casino Hotel-Tulsa starts second phase with $28 million tower
Osage Casino Hotel-Tulsa announced Tuesday a $28 million expansion that will add 145 guest rooms. // Tulsa World; July 9, 2019

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation: Home of the Oglala Sioux Tribe
The [Pine Ridge] Chamber of Commerce is located in Kyle, and is a great starting point to learn more about the reservation. Over the summer, an artist in residence will be available at the chamber showcasing their work and teaching local culture. // Rapid City Journal; May 30, 2019

National Bison Range in Montana Proposes New Management Plan
As part of its ongoing efforts to plan for the future of the National Bison Range and continue the refuge’s conservation legacy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announces a 45-day public comment period and three public meetings for a draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). …cooperating agencies include: the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes; Bureau of Indian Affairs; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Lake County; and Sanders County., May 3, 2019

More Plains Region Headlines

Hearst Foundations Present Spring 2019 Grants
Webwire, Apri 29, 2019

Choctaw Casino Durant Breaks Ground on $500 Million Expansion
Casino News Daily; April 27, 2019

Experience Native American Culture this summer in Wind River country
The Buckrail, April 24, 2019

The Blackfeet Nation is trying to open its own national park
High Country News, April 23, 2019. See also ABC Fox Montana

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Sees Great Reward Following Mvskoke Dome Investment
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Press Release; March 8, 2019

Biggest mistake Aussies are making in the US; Jan. 27, 2019

Chickasaw Cultural Center honored for efforts to protect the monarch butterfly
The Ad News; Jan. 12, 2019

America’s Plains Indians bring back bison to their lands
Deutsche Welle; Jan. 8, 2019

Marta Churchwell: Native American art on display in Miami cultural center
The Joplin Globe; Jan. 6, 2019

Indianische Künstler im Mississippi Museum of Art; Jan. 3, 2019

See also: Reiseziel Erde and the official German press release.

Southwest Region Tribes & Members

Arizona | Colorado | New Mexico | Nevada | Utah

Pueblos open for feast days
Several times a year, pueblos open their boundaries to the general public during feast days, which are used to celebrate a patron saint or recognize an important historical event. Visitors can watch traditional dances and share a meal with local residents. // Albuquerque Journal; June 18, 2019

New Mexico casino looks to fill more than 150 jobs
Following announcements of new additions and amenities to its property, Isleta Resort & Casino is looking for some additional help. Isleta held two job fairs last week in hopes of filling more than 150 positions. // Albuquerque Business First, May 7, 2019

Vacation matters: National Travel and Tourism Week May 5-11
The Navajo Nation Tourism Department will be promoting tourism across the Navajo Nation during National Travel and Tourism Week (May 5-11). // Navajo Hopi Observer, May 7, 2019

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe to develop luxury hotel at Auburn casino
The popular casino, perched on the plateau of the Muckleshoot Reservation, is undergoing a significant upgrade and expansion. // Kent Reporter, May 2, 2019

More Southwest Region Headlines

Hualapai Tribe raises fees for Colorado River rafters
Grand Canyon News, April 30, 2019

We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center earns AAA Four Diamond Award
AZ Big Media, April 14, 2019

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Commemorates Trail of Tears with Historic Three-Day Relay
Native News Online; March 17, 2019

New report reveals economic impact of New Mexico pueblos
Albuquerque Business First; Feb. 22, 2019

In Nevada, a School for Stolen Native American Kids Will Be a Museum; Feb. 11, 2019

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center lands grants to support entrepreneurs, artists
Albuquerque Business First; Jan. 31, 2019

Shutdown won’t stop it: Grand Canyon 100-year Celebration, Native American Style
Indian Country Today; Jan. 25, 2019

These Are the Most Exciting Museums Opening in 2019
Smithsonian Magazine; Jan. 17, 2019

Wildflower testing drone skills at Pojoaque
Albuquerque Journal; Jan. 1, 2019

Best Trips for 2019
National Geographic Traveler; January 2019

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