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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

Soboleff building gets gold for being green, music program receives a grant, CCS is on the move
Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Building was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold rating by the United States Green Building Council // Juneau Empire, Aug. 1, 2019

WEIO brings athletes and artists closer to Alaska Native culture
The World Eskimo Indian Olympics serve as an outlet for more than sports. Art and culture play a prominent role throughout the Games… // KTUU TV; July 19, 2019

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

More Alaska Headlines

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

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

Cherokee invest in Nikwasi Mound’s future, as preservation efforts pick up steam
An estimated 1,000 years old, 15-foot tall Nikwasi Mound is all that remains of a once major, 100-acre Indian village displaced by modern-day Franklin. Historians say the mound served as both villagers’ meeting place and sacred site. // Citizen Times; July 29, 2019

Casino traffic in Cherokee booming, but some say it distracts from tribe’s legacy
While the Cherokee tribe and the region have benefited economically from the casino dollars, some are concerned that it’s taking attention away from the culture and history of the Cherokee people. // Charlotte Observer, July 26, 2019

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

More Eastern Region Headlines

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

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

VIDEO: Bear takes care of itchy head on Red Cliff trail cam
This trail camera video shows [a bear] taking care of its itchy head in the Frog Bay Tribal National Park.; July 2, 2019

‘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

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

‘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

More Pacific Region Headlines

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

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

Indigenous people from around the US keep tradition alive at Mandaree powwow
For the people of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation on the Fort Berthold Reservation in northwest North Dakota, rodeos are a long-time custom. // Williston Herald; July 22, 2019

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

Photos: Tribal members and sponsors visit bison herd on the Wind River Reservation
Photos from a visit to the Eastern Shoshone tribal buffalo herd on the Wind River Reservation Sunday morning, // Casper Star-Tribune, June 23, 2019; See also Wyoming Public Media; U.S. News & World Report

More Plains Region Headlines

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

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

Race series urges Diné to get out, enjoy the land
Due to the strong interest in bike racing, the NavajoYES organization is hosting a new and improved Tour de Rez Race Series. The series includes five stops where road racers and mountain bikers compete for points that add to a total score after the final race in late September. // Navajo Times; July 25, 2019.

More Southwest Region Headlines

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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