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Multi-Tribal/General Interest

US Mint reveals coin honoring American Indians in space program
The “American Indians in the Space Program” 2019 Native American $1 coin, to be released on Feb. 13, highlights individuals and achievements spanning the decades between NASA’s Gemini program and the International Space Station. // Collect Space; Dec. 17, 2018

In the Game
With big expansions underway, Native American casinos are more than just gaming. // Meetings Today (page 30); October 2018

Epcot’s new ‘Creating Tradition’ exhibit celebrates Native American culture
Attractions Magazine; July 28, 2018

Tracing the Native American Roots of Famous U.S. Parks, Trails, and Natural Spaces
National Geographic; July 24, 2018

Alaska Tribes & Members

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Huna Totem to Construct New Alaska Cruise Pier
“We are thrilled to partner with the Huna Totem Corporation to construct a new pier at Icy Strait Point, which will strengthen our presence in the wildly popular Alaska market and provide our guests with a best-in-class experience as they explore the natural beauty and exciting shore excursions of this unique destination,” said Howard Sherman, executive vice president of onboard revenue and destination development of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. //; Dec. 6, 2018

A shiny new business: Tribe-owned auto shop already proving popular
Sacred Shine hasn’t done much advertising, but the new auto shop is already booked up through the middle of next month. Word has spread quickly about the shop, owned by Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (CCTHITA)… // Juneau Empire; Dec. 28, 2018

Cunard Announces Exciting New Insights Program; September 10, 2018

Healing Totem Dedication at Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay National Park Newsroom; August 25, 2018

New bronze posts preserve Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian art
Juneau Empire; August 27, 2018

SHI to Unveil Exquisite Bronze House Posts at Public Ceremony
Sealaska Heritage; August 2, 2018

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

Traveling Exhibit “Native Voices: New England Tribal Families” Opens At Creative Discovery Museum
By visiting five different communities from northern to southern New England, museum visitors explore Native American traditions and how modern families balance contemporary life with preservation of important cultural identities.  // The Chatanoogan; Jan. 10, 2019

Oglala-Sioux Tribe Buys 90 Acres on I-90
A little history was made Wednesday when the Oglala Sioux Tribe bought 50 acres along I-90 with an eye on tourism development. The tribe closed on the parcel at the Exit 133 entrance to the Badlands National Park. It was the first time in the tribe’s history that it purchased land outside the reservation boundaries, tribal leaders said. The $950,000 purchase has been in the works for about five years and was born of observations made by some folks in the South Dakota Tourist trade. // KOTA TV; Nov. 7, 2018

Fierce, savvy and shrewd; Seminole Tribe of Florida rarely tastes defeat
CDC Gaming Reports; June 20, 2018

New Seneca-Iroquois National Museum opens
The Bradford Era; July 25, 2018

Midwest Region Tribes & Members

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

Mille Lacs Indian Trading Post became a lot more than just a trading post
Mille Lacs Indian Trading Post debuted its services as a general store for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in 1918. In future decades, it evolved into a center for local Ojibwe to trade and sell their art and educate visitors about Ojibwe culture. // MinnPost; Dec. 17, 2019

At a Native American Pow-wow in Wisconsin
I spend the last morning of the pow-wow enthralled again by the rhythmic dancing before one of my new friends, Nehomah Thundercloud, an educational programme director [with the Ho-Chunk Nation], takes me and Walker on a more edifying tour of Black River Falls – which begins at the casino. // South China Morning Post; Nov. 15, 2018

The Keepers of The Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers
Destination Small Town; July 13, 2018

Pacific Region Tribes & Members

California | Hawaii | Idaho | Oregon | Washington

A Place of Decency
Three bald eagles and three golden eagles have been moved from the nonprofit Birds of Prey Northwest site near St. Maries, a temporary home for two years, to [Coeur d’Alene] Tribe’s aviary on tribal land south of De Smet off U.S. 95. // Coeur d’Alene Press; Dec. 4, 2018

Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation Expands Its Reach
“The storefront down there for She Nah Nam Seafood is an extension of the processing and distribution company that we have,” Iyall said. “It’s just another way to get the product out there to the public.” She Nah Nam Seafood offers tribal-caught salmon, halibut, oysters and clams, among other seafood. //  Nisqually Valley News, Nov. 22, 2018

Snoqualmie Council approves Salish expansion project master plan application
The project is a multi-phase expansion of the Salish Lodge and Spa, located at the Snoqualmie Falls, to include a new hotel and events facility adjacent to the current lodge. Owned and operated by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, the expansion plans also include managed residential units as hotel condominiums on the property. // Snoqualmie Valley Record; Nov. 12, 2018

Autry Museum of the American West Receives $414,101 Grant From San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has awarded the Autry Museum of the American West a generous grant of $414,101, the largest gift the Autry has received from any tribe or Native community. // The Autry Museum of the American West; Oct. 17, 2018

Hikianalia on track to arrive in San Francisco on Sunday
Star-Advertiser; Sept. 10, 2018

Aquinas High School Opens New San Manuel Performing Arts Center
InlandEmpire.US; Sept. 6, 2018

Quinault Nation celebrates QBRC’s expansion grand opening
The Daily World; June 25, 2018

The House of Seven Brothers combines tradition with future vision
Sequim Gazette; June 14, 2018

Return of the Shores
Suquamish Tribe and the Port Madison Indian Reservation; May 18, 2018

Native American cuisine and ancestral traditions in the kitchen at Tulalip Casino
My Northwest; April 13, 2018

Suquamish Seafoods store offers briny bounty
Kitsap Sun; Dec. 17, 2017


Plains Region Tribes & Members

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

America’s Plains Indians bring back bison to their lands
One of those descendants is Jason Baldes from the Eastern Shoshone tribe. He’s also the executive director of the Wind River Advocacy Center in Fort Washakie, Wyoming. His ancestors’ lives were closely linked to the large mammals. // Deutsche Welle; Jan. 8, 2019

Marta Churchwell: Native American art on display in Miami cultural center
Early last year, Spiva Center for the Arts presented the exhibit, “Native American Contemporary,” featuring the work of 18 Native American artists representing 14 tribes, primarily from Northeast Oklahoma. It was the first time in Spiva’s 70-year history that it presented an exhibit focusing exclusively on Native American art. // The Joplin Globe; Jan. 6, 2019

Creating a successful economic future in northern Montana through tourism
As the new director of Aaniiih Nakoda Tours / Discover Fort Belknap, we have much planned and many ideas. That work includes continuing to improve our visitor infrastructure in the Fort Belknap Indian Community. It includes building more recreation opportunities like hiking trails and better promoting the experiences we are known for. Most importantly, it means continuing to build relationships with our neighbors, so we can all promote our region and expand the length of our visitor season. // Indian Country Today; Dec. 31, 2018

New Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center to open Nov. 10
“The Shawnee Tribe has worked for years to create a place where we can tell our own story. Located next to the Oklahoma Visitors Center on Eight Tribes Trail, we have created an inviting space for people of all heritages to explore Shawnee culture,” said Shawnee Tribe 2nd Chief Ben Barnes. // The Miami News-Record; Oct. 9, 2019

The first truly American cuisine is having a revival; Sept. 5, 2018

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa unveils plans, marks construction milestone
Anadisgoi Newsroom; Sept. 5, 2018

Hard Rock International Ranked Among Best Employers for Women
PR Newswire; Aug. 3, 2018

Southwest Region Tribes & Members

Arizona | Colorado | New Mexico | Nevada | Utah

Best Trips for 2019
New Mexico’s Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is one of those off-the-map places that adventurers purposefully seek, not fortuitously find.  Book the five-hour Navajo Tours USA Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Adventure for an in-depth look at the area’s landscape, legends, and Navajo culture. // National Geographic Traveler; January 2019

New Mexico tribe celebrates return of Pueblo cultural items
Tribal and federal officials celebrated the return Wednesday of dozens of cultural items to Acoma Pueblo’s nearly 1,000-year-old village in New Mexico after the tribe spent years pressing for the repatriations of ceremonial items from galleries, auction houses and private collections worldwide. // Associated Press; Dec. 19, 2018

Santa Ana Diversifies Agricultural Investments With Wine Enterprise
Just north of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the people of Santa Ana Pueblo continue to live in accordance with the Earth. There, among the high desert foothills, the tribe participates in several agricultural enterprises as a means to honor tradition and provide economic opportunity. // Native Business; November 19, 2018

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Expanding, Makes Key Hire
Two major projects at the site are breaking ground this month. First, the planned 92-room TownePlace Suites by Marriott will break ground at the plaza Nov. 20. Next, the second phase of the plaza will start at the end of November with the groundbreaking of Avanyu Plaza North, a 30,000-square-foot development that is slated for completion by December 2019, according to a release. // Albuquerque Business First; Nov. 12, 2018.

‘Written On The Land’ Exhibit From Voices Of Ute Tribes
In collaboration with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, History Colorado will open the exhibition Written on the Land: Ute Voices, Ute History on Dec. 8, 2018, at the History Colorado Center in Denver. //; Nov. 9, 2018

Nevada Arts, Culture and Heritage Guide Takes Top Honors
The Nevada Arts, Culture and Heritage Guide published by Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs (in partnership with Meredith) has won the top slot in the category of “Launch, New Magazine Launch: Custom/Content Marketing.” The award presented by Folio magazine is part of the Folio Eddie and Ozzie Awards, one of the most prestigious and inclusive awards program in the publishing community. //; Oct. 19, 2018

In the Heart of Navajo Lands
I am on the Navajo reservation, a sovereign nation legally constituted by treaty in 1868 and moated, like some semi-mythical island, by the contiguous 48 states. At 17.5 million acres—roughly the size of West Virginia—Navajo land is by far the largest Native American reservation in the country.. // Conde Nast Traveler; Oct. 11, 2018

A&M-San Antonio hosts art exhibit honoring Native American veterans; September 10, 2018

The Best-Designed Museum in Every State in America
Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum // Architectural Digest; August 22, 2018

Tamaya Resort wraps up $2.5 million renovation (slideshow)
Albuquerque Business First; Aug. 22, 2018 (Registration required)

Brand USA Marketing Entices International Travelers with Arizona Destinations
Brand USA; Aug. 9, 2018

A sneak peek at Native American series and specials airing this fall and beyond
Current; July 27, 2018

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