Category Archives: Culture

Native Wisdom….

L/R–John Redbird Smith, Redbird Smith, Bluford Sixkiller, Oce Hogshooter….Taken at Redbird Smith Ceremonial Grounds near Vian, OK. Redbird Smith (1850–1918) was a Cherokee traditionalist and political activist. In November of 1918, Redbird Smith passed away. He was buried with the death ceremony of the Keetowah. About a year earlier, he had wrote the following words, “I have endeavored […]

Native American History RV Vacation

For an RV camping vacation that’s a history lesson, as well, consider exploring Native American historical sites. The suggestions below represent just a few of the hundreds of places you can learn about the role of Native Americans in our nation’s history. Native American History RV Vacation – Four Corners Itinerary Where the borders of […]

American Indian Health Crisis – Diabetes, Alcoholism and Depression

“Our nation’s first inhabitants [American Indians] are suffering from among the worst health disparities in the world, and that shouldn’t be acceptable to anyone,” says Donald Warne, MD, MPH, in his article in the Winter 2008 edition of The Pain Practitioner, the official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Management. While studying for his […]

7 Native American Herbal Healing Secrets

Pic White Sage Are you aware of the fact that Native Americans lived in this country for thousands of years and never had one case of many of the common illnesses we face daily? I believe the reason they were healthier is because they lived off the land and used herbs and other plants as […]

Native American Herbal Medicine

Pic Boneset Native American herbal medicine has been used for treating common illnesses and conditions for centuries. In fact, some people still use these ancient herbal cures today. Herbal remedies were a fundamental component of the Native American culture that went far beyond treating the symptoms of illnesses and into spirituality as part of the […]

A Native American Teaching On Water

Smoky Mountains

  “Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” Slovakian proverb Our bodies are made primarily of water, as is planet earth. Yet how often do we think about our relationship with water? Or how to protect it and use it? It is universally accepted that there can be no life without water. It […]

Opioid epidemic threatens Cherokee children

Opioid epidemic threatens Cherokee children

‘We see the worst of the worst’ Kristi Eaton – Washington Post May 3 Opioid epidemic threatens Cherokee children and the Nation’s future: Nikki Baker-Limore never thought she would see anything worse than methamphetamine hit her community. But the executive director of the Indian Child Welfare Act office for the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma says […]

Native American Government Grants

The section of the US population that has been stuck with the highest level of poverty and the lowest life expectancy rate are Native Americans. Grant funds are now available to try and turn this drastic reality around and reverse the trends of poverty and illness in Native Americans. The Federal government has allocated funds […]

Native Americans Most Likely to be Killed by Cops

Native Americans Most Likely to be Killed by Cops  Watch The Video SUQUAMISH TRIBE DESCENDANT JEANETTA RILEY, A 34-YEAR-OLD MOTHER OF FOUR, LAY FACEDOWN ON A SANDPOINT, IDAHO, STREET. One minute earlier, three police officers had arrived, summoned by staff at a nearby hospital. Her husband had sought help there because Riley—homeless, pregnant and with a history of mental illness—was threatening suicide. Riley had a […]

Substance Abuse Programs for Native Youth

Programs for Native Youth The Native Youth Educational Services Workgroup provides information about programs and resources that address substance use disorders among Native youth. The Native Youth Educational Services Workgroup, part of the Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee, serves as a resource to tribes and Indian Country. It includes: A chair from […]

13 Issues Facing Native People Beyond Mascots And Casinos

By Julian Brave NoiseCat Most of the recent headlines about indigenous Americans have had to do with a certain D.C. football team, or a surpassingly dumb Adam Sandler movie, or casinos of the kind operated by the fictional Ugaya tribe on “House of Cards.” And we’re not saying these issues don’t matter. But beyond the slot machines, the movie sets and […]

Ending Violence Against Native Women

Ending Violence Against Native Women In the United States, violence against indigenous women has reached unprecedented levels on tribal lands and in Alaska Native villages. More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence, and more than 1 in 2 have experienced sexual violence. Alaska Native women continue to suffer […]

National Congress of American Indians

Mission & History National Congress of American Indians charter Members at the Constitutional Convention Cosmopolitan Hotel, Denver, Colorado, November 15-18, 1944 – Download a full list of members in the photo.  NCAI was established in 1944 in response to the termination and assimilation policies the US government forced upon tribal governments in contradiction of their treaty […]

Change The Mascot

ChangetheMascot.org Take Action NEW: Top Civil Rights Organizations Urge Media Not to Use Washington Team’s R-word Name on Thanksgiving – Press release Read the letter to broadcasters here Native American leaders and a D.C. Councilmember are urging Washington NFL team owner Dan Snyder to unite on issues of race.  Read the letter to Daniel Snyder here. Read: The NFL Needs […]

Ending the Era of Harmful “Indian” Mascots

  Ending the Era of Harmful “Indian” Mascots NCAI’s Long Standing Oposition to Harmful “Indian” Sports Mascot As the nation’s oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native advocacy organization, NCAI has long held a clear position against derogatory and harmful stereotypes of Native people—including sports mascots—in media and popular culture. In 1968 NCAI […]