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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
Groups gathering in gaming destinations (such as members San Manuel Casino and Tulalip Resort Casino) have more opportunities than ever. Both the number of gaming cities and the facilities within them continue to expand. // Meetings & Conventions; March 15, 2019

Alaska Tribes & Members

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.

10 of the least known islands you should visit to see wildlife
The second largest island in America is home to 3,500 brown bears. Part of the larger Kodiak Archipelago, Kodiak Island and its 1.9-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge feature diverse terrain ranging from snow-covered peaks and alpine meadows to wetlands. // 10 Best, March 21, 2019

State bill would make November Alaska Native Heritage Month
November would be permanently declared Alaska Native Heritage Month under legislation previously in the state Senate. // KTUU.com; March 17, 2019

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

Eastern Region Tribes & Members


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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

Archaeological study planned for the birthplace of the Seminole nation
Historian David Letasi, along with archaeologists and the Seminole Tribe of Florida are planning to begin a study of the area around Brooksville that used to be the home of 1200 Seminoles. // ABC Action News, April 5, 2019

Top 10 Things to do in Cherokee This Spring
If you’ve never visited Cherokee before, spring is the perfect time to go. // Cherokee, North Carolina, March 4, 2019

Tribe, 3 countries plan 400th Pilgrim anniversary in 2020
Native American leaders are teaming up with groups in the U.S., Britain and the Netherlands to ensure next year’s commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim landing showcases the harsh legacy of colonization. // Enterprise News; March 17, 2019

Virginia’s new state park to tell story of state’s natives
More than 600 acres of Virginia land located near the home of Pocahontas and her father will be dedicated as a Virginia state park and will serve as a gateway to the American Indian site. // WTOP.com; March 9, 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

Red Lake Nation wins national economic development award
NAFOA awarded the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians of Minnesota and their economic development organization, Ogaakaaning Enterprises, with the 2019 Small Deal of the Year Award for their Red Lake Trading Post Grocery Store Project. // The Bemidji Pioneer, April 28, 2019

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Wins State Tourism Award
Frog Bay Tribal National Park has received the Governor of the State of Wisconsin’s Tourism Stewardship Award Winner, in recognition of its “outstanding contributions to the state’s hospitality and travel industry.” // The County Today, April 22, 2019

New Exhibit Explores the History of the Ojibwe Jingle Dress
“Zibaaska’ iganagooday: The Jingle Dress at 100” will open April 3 at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post // Native Knot; March 13, 2019

Minnesota tribe asks: Can wild rice have its own legal rights?
Members of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe are seeking ways to codify their “spiritual connection” to wild rice.
Star-Tribune; Feb. 9, 2019

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

Pacific Region Tribes & Members


California | Hawaii | Idaho | Oregon | Washington

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

Why wild salmon remains king in the Pacific Northwest
Once the First Salmon ceremony has been performed—with its rituals of drumming, dancing, fasting, and feasting, which might take place over several days—the fishing season can then begin in earnest.

The [Brigham Fish Market] is the first Native American–owned brick-and-mortar fish market in the Columbia Gorge,

Fishermen from the Yakama Nation in Washington fish from their homemade wooden platforms for spring chinook along the shores of the Klickitat River. // National Geographic Traveler; April/May Issue

Nisqually Tribe Works on Conceptual Tourism Plan
Part of the plan includes interpretation centers at strategic locations through the region, where a person will interpret what the land and culture of each area has meant to the Nisqually Indian Tribe for a group of visitors.// Yelm Online, April 11, 2019

How the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Held On in Palm Springs
The one-mile square area, known as Section 14, competes for sovereignty with the wealthy in Southern California. // Smithsonian Magazine; April 5, 2019

Entering Berkeley is entering Ohlone territory
Ohlone leaders say the signs are step towards the recognition Ohlone people deserve. // East Bay Times; March 12, 2019

First Four-Diamond Property Coming to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula
The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is building the first four-diamond property on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. [which] broke ground on its resort and casino expansion at 7 Cedars Casino on February 28. // Native Business Magazine; March 6, 2019

The Basketmaker
Ed Carriere, a master Suquamish basketmaker, carries a classic burden basket he wove from cedar roots with handles and head strap made from cedar bark and wool. // Hakai Magazine; Feb. 26, 2019

Tribe buys Clarkston Golf and Country Club
The Nez Perce Tribe completed its purchase of the 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

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.
KULR8.com, May 3, 2019

Hearst Foundations Present Spring 2019 Grants
The Hearst Foundations have announced that 76 grants valued at $15,975,000 have been awarded to deserving nonprofit organizations, including the Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. // Webwire, Apri 29, 2019

Choctaw Casino Durant Breaks Ground on $500 Million Expansion
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma broke ground on Thursday on a previously announced $500 million plan for the expansion of the Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Oklahoma. // Casino News Daily; April 27, 2019

Experience Native American Culture this summer in Wind River country
First, Wyoming’s largest powwow—the 60th Eastern Shoshone Indian Days—will take place June 21-23… Also, join the Northern Arapaho tribe at one of their powwows this summer. The Ethete Celebration is July 26-28, and the 65th Northern Arapaho powwow is August 30 – September 1. // The Buckrail, April 24, 2019

The Blackfeet Nation is trying to open its own national park
Plans are still in the conceptual phase, but BirdRattler said he imagines the tribal park could span a northwestern slice of the reservation all the way up to the Canadian border. // High Country News, April 23, 2019. See also ABC Fox Montana

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Sees Great Reward Following Mvskoke Dome Investment
“It’s great to see. I am very pleased with the positive attention this has brought to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation,” Principal Chief Floyd said. “The investment has dramatically changed the use of the Dome, and we are already seeing dividends.” // Muscogee (Creek) Nation Press Release; March 8, 2019

Biggest mistake Aussies are making in the US
News.com.au; 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
CanadaReisen.at; Jan. 3, 2019

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

Southwest Region Tribes & Members


Arizona | Colorado | New Mexico | Nevada | Utah

Hualapai Tribe raises fees for Colorado River rafters
River runners embarking on trips down the Colorado River along the Grand Canyon’s western side will need to hand over more cash this year, after the Hualapai Tribal Council approved a $100-per-person fee April 10. // Grand Canyon News, April 30, 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

We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center earns AAA Four Diamond Award
For the 14th consecutive year since it opened its doors in November 2005, the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center has received AAA’s prestigious Four Diamond Award.  // AZ Big Media, April 14, 2019

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Commemorates Trail of Tears with Historic Three-Day Relay
To remember the 1875 Trail of Tears when their ancestors were forced to trek approximately 180 miles from San Carlos to Fort McDowell, nearly 30 Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation tribal council and community members retraced this arduous and poignant journey in a three-day relay. // Native News Online; March 17, 2019

New report reveals economic impact of New Mexico pueblos
A new study conducted by the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economics Research and commissioned by the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center details considerable economic impact from the state’s 19 pueblos. Pueblo-owned enterprises employed a total of 7,799 people in 2017 and saw nearly $1.1 billion in sales, over a quarter of which came from out of state. Hotels and casinos accounted for almost 87 percent of tribal enterprise employment. // Albuquerque Business First; Feb. 22, 2019

In Nevada, a School for Stolen Native American Kids Will Be a Museum
Today, the Stewart site is best known for the stone masonry of its buildings, most of them crafted by Native workers in the early 20th century. An audio tour you can access via mobile phone features alumni describing what life was like there. Thanks to funding from the state of Nevada, a soon-to-open cultural center and museum will provide further context. // Frommers.com; 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
The state-run Stewart Indian School Museum and Cultural Center will endeavor to tell the stories of these children and the effects the Stewart school had on their lives. // 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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