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AIANTA Members & Tribes in the News

Multi-Tribal/General Interest

Epcot’s new ‘Creating Tradition’ exhibit celebrates Native American culture
Fashion designer Loren Aragon (Acoma Pueblo) used the patterns on a jar made in the 1900s by an Acoma Pueblo potter as inspiration for his “Ancient Resonance” dress. // Attractions Magazine; July 28, 2018

Tracing the Native American Roots of Famous U.S. Parks, Trails, and Natural Spaces
Colorado Resident Jaylyn Gough was tired of seeing the Native American roots of the outdoor spaces she loved being ignored. She knew each of these natural icons had a history—one that didn’t start with the person they were now named after. // National Geographic; July 24, 2018

Alaska Tribes & Members

Cunard Announces Exciting New Insights Program
Alaska Native Voices along with members of the Huna Tlingit tribe, a group native to Glacier Bay and Icy Strait, will offer lectures and workshops about their history, culture, and storytelling while cruising the Alaskan coastline. //; September 10, 2018

Healing Totem Dedication at Glacier Bay National Park
On August 25, 2018, Glacier Bay National Park and the Hoonah Indian Association (HIA) ceremonially dedicated the Healing Totem Pole – a hand-carved monument commemorating the evolution of park and tribal relationships. // Glacier Bay National Park Newsroom; August 25, 2018

New bronze posts preserve Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian art
“We are not just a part of history, we are here and living our way of life,” said Rosita Worl, Sealaska Heritage Institute president, during a ceremony held in front of the Walter Soboleff Building. “These bronze posts are symbols of our past and symbols of our future.” // Juneau Empire; August 27, 2018

SHI to Unveil Exquisite Bronze House Posts at Public Ceremony
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will publicly unveil three exquisite bronze house posts, which will be on prominent display outdoors on the corner of Front and Seward Streets by the Walter Soboleff Building in Juneau. // 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

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; November 7, 2018

Fierce, savvy and shrewd; Seminole Tribe of Florida rarely tastes defeat
Florida’s Seminole Indian tribe is a gaming industry success story. Not only does the tribe own and operate six of Florida’s seven casinos, the Seminole influence is felt worldwide through its groundbreaking ownership of Hard Rock International, which was acquired for just under $1 billion in 2007. // CDC Gaming Reports; June 20, 2018

New Seneca-Iroquois National Museum opens
The Seneca Nation of Indians (Onon:dowa’ga:’) has announced the opening of the new Seneca-Iroquois National Museum. // The Bradford Era; July 25, 2018

Midwest Region Tribes & Members

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

The Keepers of The Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers
The Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers is a Tribal non-profit organization in Pipestone, Minnesota, that was formed in 1996 by local Native Americans and tribal leaders to protect and educate the public about the nearby pipestone quarries. // Destination Small Town; July 13, 2018

Pacific Region Tribes & Members

California | Hawaii | Idaho | Oregon | Washington

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 grant will enable the Autry to build and strengthen relationships with Native communities as well as provide significant access to its collections, particularly with the anticipated opening of the Autry’s Resources Center. // The Autry Museum of the American West; October 17, 2018

Hikianalia on track to arrive in San Francisco on Sunday
In keeping with traditional voyaging protocol, the canoe will be welcomed first and granted permission to enter the cove by the Muwekma Ohlone tribe, the hosts of this region. After an exchange of chants and ceremonial welcome rituals, there will be remarks by dignitaries, local officials, community members and Hikianalia captain Lehua Kamalu. // Star-Advertiser; September 10, 2018

Quinault Nation celebrates QBRC’s expansion grand opening
About 100 people from around Grays Harbor County and the North Beach celebrated with the Quinault Indian Nation on Friday as the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino held a grand opening for its $25 million expansion that opened earlier this month. // The Daily World; June 25, 2018

10 Things to Do in Seattle
Two new exhibits shed light on the life and work of prolific photographer Edward Curtis, whose portraits of Native Americans at the turn of the century have proven both iconic and controversial. // Crosscut; June 21, 2018

The House of Seven Brothers combines tradition with future vision
…the new restaurant pays homage to the genealogical story based on Mary Ann Lambert’s book about the seven Ste-Tee-Thlum brothers, their little sister and family lineage, as represented by eight masks hanging throughout the restaurant. // Sequim Gazette; June 14, 2018

Return of the Shores
The Suquamish Tribe is celebrating the return of 36 acres located on the shores of the Port Madison Indian Reservation. // Suquamish Tribe and the Port Madison Indian Reservation; May 18, 2018

Native American cuisine and ancestral traditions in the kitchen at Tulalip Casino
Inside the Tulalip Casino, there is a seafood restaurant called Blackfish, where salmon is cooked using traditional tribal techniques over an open fire pit. Tribal members thought it was important to share their culinary traditions with non-natives who come into game and dine. // My Northwest; April 13, 2018

Suquamish Seafoods store offers briny bounty
Seafood has always been a staple industry for the Suquamish Tribe, but the opening of the retail outlet marks the first time the tribe has offered its briny bounty direct to the public. // Kitsap Sun; December 17, 2017

Plains Region Tribes & Members

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

The first truly American cuisine is having a revival
Driven by the growing number of Native American chefs and their social media followings, Native American cuisine is having a revival. It may be the country’s first truly American cuisine, but in many ways, it’s also its newest. //; September 5, 2018

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa unveils plans, marks construction milestone
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa unveiled plans for its latest expansion today during a ceremony and celebration marking the last piece of steel being placed in the structure. Plans for the resort destination include a new country-themed live entertainment venue, a poker room, a multipurpose center and additional gaming. // Anadisgoi Newsroom; September 5, 2018

Hard Rock International Ranked Among Best Employers for Women
Hard Rock International, which is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, is one of two Native American-owned enterprises to make the list. The other is the Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce, of Ada, Okla. The two Tribes are leaders in Indian Gaming in the United States. // PR Newswire; August 3, 2018

Southwest Region Tribes & Members

Arizona | Colorado | New Mexico | Nevada | Utah

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. The second phase of retail expansion will also include 20,000-square-feet of restaurant and retail space in three buildings and a 2,000-square-foot security annex. The second phase was originally projected to start in winter 2019 but instead will break ground a year earlier than expected. Read more at Albuquerque Business First; November 12, 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. //; October 11, 2018

A&M-San Antonio hosts art exhibit honoring Native American veterans
The exhibit, titled “Patriot Nations Art Exhibit: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces,” pays homage to the thousands of Native American veterans who defended the United States in wars from the Revolution to current conflicts in the Middle East.; September 10, 2018

The Best-Designed Museum in Every State in America
Serving as the welcome center to Acoma Pueblo, which is the country’s oldest operating settlement and home to the Pueblo people, Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum was designed by Barbara Felix Architecture + Design // Architectural Digest; August 22, 2018

Tamaya Resort wraps up $2.5 million renovation (slideshow)
This new round of renovation follows a $5 million project to renovate its 350 guest rooms last year. // Albuquerque Business First; August 22, 2018 (Registration required)

Brand USA Marketing Entices International Travelers with Arizona Destinations
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park – Sandstone formations, ranging in height from 400 feet to 1,000 feet, tower over dramatic, desert landscapes. // Brand USA; August 9, 2018

A sneak peek at Native American series and specials airing this fall and beyond
Growing Native — A four-part series from Vision Maker Media about tribes that are reclaiming traditional knowledge and food pathways. Vison Maker’s Charles “Boots” Kennedye, Kiowa, is leading this production. // Current; July 27, 2018

10 Budget Romantic Getaways for 2018
Havasupai is ideal for both adventure lovers and romance-seekers on a budget. This is the home to a number magical falls, including Havasu Falls. Set in a remote corner of the Grand Canyon on the Havasupai Native Reservation, getting there requires a 10-mile trek, but your reward is some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls, with crystal clear aquamarine waters that plunge into travertine swimming holes at the bottom. Accommodations on the reservation include hotel-style lodging and camping, starting at under $20 per person per night. // Trips to Discover; January 18, 2018

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