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7:30 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

NARF And NCAI Advise Tribes To Stay Away From Supreme Court

John Echohawk
Credit Native American Rights Fund

The relationship between the Supreme Court of the United States and Native Americans has a rocky history and recent rulings have not gone the way Indian Country hoped. The Supreme Court, friend or foe, is charged with interpreting the law of the land.

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Indian Times
8:54 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Kiowa Tipi Resurfaces After Almost 100 Years

Matt Reed with Kiowa Tipi
Credit Susan Shannon

A Kiowa tipi over 100 years old was “discovered” amidst the artifacts at the Oklahoma History Center by Matt Reed, Curator of the American Indian collections for the Oklahoma Historical Society. Reed, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, at first was reluctant to believe he had… what he had.

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Indian Times
9:08 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Return To Longhorn Mountain: An Update

View from Longhorn Mountain
Credit Warren Queton

Summer is coming to a close and it was a headline making summer for Oklahoma’s natives and tribes. We revisit one of those stories, the fate of Longhorn Mountain.

Last June, it was learned that half of Longhorn Mountain near Lawton had been leased to a rock crushing company that would soon start mining gravel. Longhorn Mountain is a sacred site to the Kiowa Tribe that had passed out of tribal ownership, and though the tribe had been notified by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation about the construction of a road, they didn’t understand what exactly was going to happen.

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Indian Times
8:40 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Tourism In Indian Country Unlikely Key To Preserving Culture

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association
Credit AIANTA

Tourism in Indian Country…what does that bring to mind?  White tourists looking at baubles, bangles and bright shiny beads?  The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, or AIANTA, thinks it’s so much more than that.  The organization was formed in 1993 to help tribes recognize that cultural tourism could help preserve traditions.

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Indian Times
10:56 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

How A Granddaughter’s Memory And Her Persistent Husband Relocate Bust of Ancestor

Evelyn Trumbly Taylor with the bust of her grandfather Albert Penn
Credit Larry Taylor

100 years ago, give or take a year, according to whom you are speaking, the Smithsonian sent an artist out to different reservations to make busts of Native Americans, the thinking being that these were a “vanishing people” and should be preserved for posterity.

Then, these busts were forgotten, becoming just more acquisitions for the Smithsonian Institution’s vast holdings.

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Labor Day Celebrations
6:23 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Oklahoma Tribes Celebrate Labor Day

Example of stickball instruments
Credit upwiththemooses / Flickr.com

Several Native American tribes across Oklahoma are holding celebrations this weekend to recognize their culture and heritage.

In Tahlequah, the Cherokee Nation is hosting the Cherokee National Holiday. The holiday commemorates the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution. The event runs through Sunday and will feature arts and crafts, softball and basketball tournaments, fireworks and more.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur is hosting a stomp dance, stickball and cultural demonstrations as part of a Labor Day celebration on Saturday.

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Indian Times
3:32 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Indian Nations Celebrate Labor Day Indian Style

Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma
Credit Susan Shannon

Labor Day signals the end of summer but it also means that some of the largest Native American celebrations are going to happen in Oklahoma.

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Indian Times
8:52 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

“Baby Friendly Initiative” Promotes That Breast Is Best

Native Woman Breast Feeding Her Child
Credit Drawing by Robert Sisk (Loyal Shawnee/Eastern Delaware)

How a baby begins life after birth affects the rest of the baby’s development. The Baby Friendly Initiative, begun by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, recognizes that. It currently has made inroads in 152 countries, including the United States, and now Oklahoma. The first hospital to make the grade is Claremore Indian Hospital.

Georgiana Sweetwater, who goes by Gibby and is from the Pawnee Nation, is the Nurse Manager for OB In-Patient Services and Women’s Clinic. She attended a workshop sponsored by the United Nations in Albuquerque.

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Sand Creek Massacre Of 1864
8:18 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Descendants of Sand Creek Massacre Determined To Get Justice

Sand Creek Battle Ground Monument
Credit jb1Ookie / Flickr.com

The Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 is one of the darkest hours in the history between the US Government and Native American Tribes. To add insult to injury, certain reparations were promised in the Treaty of Little Arkansas, but never happened. So the descendants are taking their grievances to court.

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Indian Times
10:51 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

This Was The Week That Was For Oklahoma's Natives

Eagle Staff
Credit JoKay Dowell

This has been an unusual week with an unusual amount of news stories concerning three tribes in Oklahoma: the Cherokees, the Delawares, the Keetowahs, and one little girl.

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