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8 Guides and Tours to Honor Indigenous Cultures
A growing indigenous-led tourism industry is working to bridge that gap, opening up Native lands and leading hikes, cycling tours, and multi-day trips that explore their histories. // Outside Magazine, Oct. 14, 2019

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

Tlingit potatoes continue to thrive thanks to Sitka Tribe, Forest Service
In 2017, the Forest Service teamed up with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska to promote the crop, which some people still grow at home. // Alaska Public Media; Oct. 10, 2019

November is officially deemed Alaska Native Heritage Month
The legislation permanently establishes November as Alaska Native Heritage Month. // KTUU-TV, Oct. 6, 2019

With $500,000 in support from Sealaska, landless Alaska Native communities continue push for their own village corporations
Southeast’s landless Alaska Native communities want to form five new village corporations out of 115,000 acres of Tongass National Forest. The effort has new cash and — it says — the right political climate in Washington to finally get it done. // KTOO Public Media; Sept. 6, 2019


More Alaska Headlines

Soboleff building gets gold for being green, music program receives a grant, CCS is on the move
Juneau Empire, Aug. 1, 2019

WEIO brings athletes and artists closer to Alaska Native culture
KTUU TV; July 19, 2019

Alutiiq Museum honors Native ancestors with memorial park
My Journal Courier; June 22, 2019

Opinion: Tlingit history and culture thrive as Hoonah expands cruise destination
Juneau Empire;  May 31, 2019

Princess Opens 50th Alaska Season with New Land & Ship Features
Insider Travel Report, May 1, 2019.

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

Cranberry Day Honors Ancient Wampanoag Tradition in the Bogs
For thousands of years, cranberries were an important food source for the Wampanoag communities. Sasumaneash, or “sour berries,” were easily stored and would help families get through the winter. // Vineyard Gazette; Oct. 13, 2019

Tunica-Biloxi’s 4th Annual Intertribal Basketry Summit to celebrate tribe’s ancient art, teach cultural traditions
Tunica-Biloxi Tribal members, as well as weavers from regional American Indian communities, will demonstrate southeast basket traditions using long leaf pine needle, river cane and palmetto. // KALB-TV, Oct. 14, 2019

Make it new again: Mohawk tribe raises next generation of native speakers
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in Akwesasne has been working for years to save its native language. The number of Mohawk speakers has been declining for the last century, but new language immersion programs on the reservation are working to reverse that trend. // NCPR; Aug. 22, 2019

Burn, scrape and shape: Dugout canoe to be built at Pocumtuck Festival
The first step to creating a mishoon, or dugout canoe, is to find the right tree. That’s exactly what organizers of the 6th annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival have done, and the weekend celebration will highlight a traditional mishoon of the indigenous people of the Northeast on Saturday and Sunday at Unity Park. // Greenfield Recorder; Aug. 1, 2019


More Eastern Region Headlines

Cherokee invest in Nikwasi Mound’s future, as preservation efforts pick up steam
Citizen Times; July 29, 2019

Casino traffic in Cherokee booming, but some say it distracts from tribe’s legacy
Charlotte Observer, July 26, 2019

NC conservationists work to recover WNC’s native brook trout
Charlotte Observer; June 29, 2019

The World’s First Guitar-shaped Hotel Will Have Swim-up Suites and a 7,000-seat Concert Venue
Travel + Leisure; June 4, 2019

Asheville City Council votes to accept Harrah’s Cherokee naming proposal for civic center
Fox Carolina; May 28, 2019

Franklin Town Council Transfers Nikwasi Mound Ownership To Local Nonprofit
Blue Ridge Public Radio, May 7, 2019

Native Americans keep ‘Heritage’ in Jazz Fest with weaving, palmetto huts, storytelling and food
The Advocate, May 1, 2019

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

National Food Sovereignty Summit hosted by Oneida Nation
A summit held in Oneida attended by tribes from across the nation focused on bettering their food systems and reinvesting in their culture. // WBAY Action News 2; Sep 26, 2019

Oneida Nation hosts 10th annual Big Applefest
Activities included horse-drawn wagon rides, apple pie baking contests, a petting zoo and a farmer’s market. // We Are Green Bay, Sept. 22, 2019

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community opens public exhibit celebrating the tribe’s history, people, and culture
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) recently opened a public exhibit that celebrates and chronicles the history of the tribe and allows visitors to experience Dakota culture. The exhibit is located in Hoċokata Ti (2300 Tiwahe Circle, Shakopee), the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s new cultural center and gathering space. // Indian Country Today; Sept. 12, 2019

Program connects native master artists with apprentices, keeping culture alive in Lac du Flambeau
Only five Master Builders of traditional Ojibwe birchbark canoes remain in the United States. Two of them are in Lac du Flambeau. // News Watch 12; Aug. 8, 2019


More Midwest Region Headlines

VIDEO: Bear takes care of itchy head on Red Cliff trail cam; July 2, 2019

‘Pure love on the dance floor’: Celebrating the jingle dress tradition
MPR News; June 15, 2019

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

Nisqually Land Trust Acquires New Property for Ohop Creek Restoration
The Nisqually Land Trust announced last week the acquisition and permanent protection of 90 acres of wildlife habitat and more than a mile of salmon-producing shoreline along Ohop Creek in the Ohop Valley near Eatonville. // Nisqually Valley News; Oct. 17, 2019

Coast Salish tribal culture alive at new Mukilteo ferry terminal
When the new Mukilteo Multimodal Ferry Terminal opens in 2020, ferry riders will see … indigenous tribes’ stories told throughout the site. // WSDOT Blog, Oct. 1, 2019

Yurok Tribe accepts UN Equator Prize for forest management
… the Yurok Tribe will be one of the first two indigenous nations in the United States to receive the United Nations Development Programme’s prestigious Equator Prize. The award is an acknowledgement of the Tribe’s forward-looking, climate change mitigation work, which merges Traditional Ecological Knowledge with western science to facilitate the restoration of healthy forests. // Times Standard; Sept. 24, 2019

Planned hotel a monument to how gaming turned life around for Washington tribes
A groundbreaking was held in front of the Auburn casino Thursday for the 400-room hotel with a top-floor restaurant and every room with a view of either Mt. Rainier or the Olympics. // Komo News; Sept. 5, 2019

Suquamish Tribe to open new seafood shop
The Suquamish Tribe is nearing completion on its rebuild of a seafood shop on the site of the old liquor store next to the Masi Shop and gas station along SR305.// Ktsap Daily News; Sept. 17, 2019

Yakama linguist honored for a lifetime of reviving Native languages
Virginia Beavert, 97, has devoted much of her professional life to revitalizing the Indigenous languages of the Columbia River system. On Saturday, The Museum at Warm Springs presented Beavert with the Twanat Award during the Huckleberry Harvest and Honors Dinner, held at the High Desert Museum in Bend. // Yakama Herald; Aug 21, 2019

‘Share our culture’: Yurok Tribe to offer canoe tours of Klamath River in 2020
In 2020 the Yurok Tribe will offer Redwood Canoe Adventure Tours along the Klamath River to hghlight the tribe’s relationship with the river and the region as part of an overall economic development vision for the tribe. // Times Standars; Aug. 5, 2019

More than a viral sensation, the Salmon Cannon could bring the species back to the Upper Columbia after 90 years
The Salmon Cannon, born in the apple fields of Eastern Washington, is a key component of the Colville Confederated Tribes’ plans to reintroduce salmon to the Upper Columbia River and, eventually, the Spokane River.. // Seattle Times; Aug. 16, 2019

‘Adorable’ species of fish with 3 eyes and rings of sharp teeth finds home at Oregon Zoo
The five Pacific lamprey now living in the Oregon Zoo’s Cascade Stream building come from the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation. “They aren’t your typical cuddly creatures, but they have a lot of heart,” Shelly Pettit, the zoo’s senior fish keeper, says. // Fox 12 Oregon; Aug. 5, 2019


More Pacific Region Headlines

‘Let us remain friends’: Chetzemoka Trail offers visitors a trip into the past
Peninsula Daily News; July 7, 2019

This bizarre prehistoric fish may be the key to preserving Yurok culture in California
The Sacramento Bee; July 1, 2019

Snohomish River estuary project an example of why salmon recovery takes so long
King-TV, June 13, 2019

Nez Perce Tribe’s Zims Hot Springs open
Indian Country Today; May 28, 2019

The Best Small Beach Towns in the United States
AFAR, May 21, 2019

Bringing Prey-go-neesh Home
North Coast Journal of Politics, People & Art, May 2, 2019

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 Nation celebrates new Osage Nation Heritage Trail
Osage Nation officials and members celebrated the introduction of the Osage Nation Heritage Trail Scenic Byway as a way to promote tourism to the region and restore the Osage heritage. // Skiatook Journal; Oct. 27, 2019

Native American Tribes Support National Park Status For Cahokia Mounds
The Osage Nation is one of 11 Native American tribes with ancestral links to Cahokia Mounds that have worked with researchers studying the feasibility of making the ancient mounds a national park. // St. Louis Public Radio; Oct. 1, 2019

Building an American Serengeti in Montana
The perils of rewilding ranchland with ranchers still on it; “We can all be stuck in our bad history,” Horse Capture says, his hand sweeping across elemental country. “But let’s see what the future holds for us, together.” // Sierra; Sept. 5, 2019

The Lakota Music Project in South Dakota finds common ground through collaboration
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota is as big as Delaware and Rhode Island combined, and it has some of the highest poverty rates in the United States. For the past three years, it has also hosted performances of music written by high school composers for the instruments of a European-style symphony orchestra. // Brainerd Dispatch; Sept. 17, 2019

Lander Art Center Celebrates Wind River Artists
The Lander Art Center is highlighting artists from the Wind River Reservation with an exhibit called “Art of Home.”  // Wyoming Public Media; Sept. 18, 2019

Saracen Casino Resort event creates splash
Quapaw Nation officially broke ground on the Saracen Casino Resort Monday morning in Pine Bluff. The project is the Quapaw Nation’s first development in Arkansas and is expected to create 1,100 jobs. // The Pine Bluff Commercial; Aug. 6, 2019

Protecting Potawatomi in the 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages
“Who we are as Potawatomi people is that we share common blood, history, dance, food, traditions, and it’s the language that ties it all together. Without a language, we cease to be a unique people,” [said CPN Language Director Justin Neely]. // Pawhuska Journal Capital; Aug. 4, 2019



More Plains Region Headlines

Indigenous people from around the US keep tradition alive at Mandaree powwow
Williston Herald; July 22, 2019

Osage Congress passes $250K appropriation to design ON Museum expansion
Osage News; July 10, 2019

Osage Casino Hotel-Tulsa starts second phase with $28 million tower
Tulsa World; July 9, 2019

Photos: Tribal members and sponsors visit bison herd on the Wind River Reservation
Casper Star-Tribune, June 23, 2019; See also Wyoming Public Media; U.S. News & World Report

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation: Home of the Oglala Sioux Tribe
Rapid City Journal; May 30, 2019

National Bison Range in Montana Proposes New Management Plan, May 3, 2019

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

BISON ON THE EDGE: Scientists, Indigenous Peoples Gather to Develop Roadmap for Rewilding North America Bison
American Bison Society conference, cohosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Pueblo of Pojoaque, brings together experts from Mexico to Canada to plan future for iconic species. // News Wise, Oct. 19, 2019

Native American arts auction
Friends of Hubbell Trading Post will sponsor the Native American Arts Auction on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Gallup Community Service Center. // Navajo Times; Sept. 28, 2019

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation President Bernadine Burnette named one of Arizona’s most influential women for 2019
Arizona Business Magazine named Burnette one of “Arizona’s Most Influential Women” at a gala event at the Arizona Biltmore on August 22. // Indian Country Today; Sept. 6, 2019

10 Native Americans win scholarships
As part of the Friends of Hubbell program, 10 Native Americans students from the Four Corners have been awarded scholarships for the 2019—20 academic year from the proceeds of its semi-annual auctions held in Gallup. // Albuquerque Journal, Aug. 12, 2019

Native American artists collaborate with local tech company
The interactive exhibit lets people design their own, traditional Olla Pot, while teaching them about the meaningful symbols they’re using. …it has been so well received, even winning several national awards, that they’re now looking for a permanent home for the exhibit. They’re also hoping to add even more pueblos’ designs and native artists’ works to the always-changing art. //; Aug. 6, 2019


More Southwest Region Headlines

Race series urges Diné to get out, enjoy the land
Navajo Times; July 25, 2019.

Pueblos open for feast days
Albuquerque Journal; June 18, 2019

New Mexico casino looks to fill more than 150 jobs
Albuquerque Business First, May 7, 2019

Vacation matters: National Travel and Tourism Week May 5-11
Navajo Hopi Observer, May 7, 2019

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe to develop luxury hotel at Auburn casino
Kent Reporter, May 2, 2019

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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