On June 22, 2017, the United States Department of the Interior announced that grizzly bears within Yellowstone National Park will no longer be protected. This move has angered Native American leaders across seven states who say that the grizzly bears are an important religious symbol to them. Therefore, they believe that the bears should continue [ Read On… ]

The legalization in most states of medical marijuana has caused a fear of high taxation and tax problems with the federal government. The Native Americans may have found a way around the problems. The big business of gambling has already caused changes to the Native American culture and marijuana may be next. In 1988 the [ Read On… ]

During the 19th Century Christian missionary workers were often in most frequent contact with the indigenous peoples of America. In the process of interacting with Native American tribes missionaries came into possession of significant collections of Indian cultural artifacts. The items included objects such as wampum belts, peace pipes, headdresses, beaded ceremonial garments and much [ Read On… ]

Three hundred tribal members from 57 tribes arrived to a conference in Portland, Oregon to address the budget cuts that will go into effect under the new federal administration. According to tribal leaders from Montana, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Idaho, the cuts go against treaty agreements.   Though the details and commentary may vary, [ Read On… ]

Individuals who were protesting the Dakota Access pipeline and looking to protect the water in Lake Oahe in North Dakota recently won a significant victory. The Department of the Army announced, after several protests against the pipeline, that the final easement for the project would not be granted.   However, the Native American tribes in [ Read On… ]

With great interest, I just read a current online article that is about two oil pipeline-related memorandums that President Trump signed this week.   Due to the orders being signed by the president, work can now resume on the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota. The Keystone XL pipeline project from Alberta, Canada to [ Read On… ]

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council urged Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, also called water protectors, to stand down. After securing international attention and pressuring the Army Corps. of Engineers to suspend the pipeline easement until a full environmental review takes place, the tribe is calling on protesters to go home despite their acknowledgement that the [ Read On… ]

The Pequot people are a Native American tribe with an impressive history. During the Pequot War of 1637, British soldiers massacred many of them at a place called Mistick Fort. However, the Pequot people ultimately became one of the richest tribes in America through shrewd casino operations in Connecticut. The passage of time has cut [ Read On… ]

In 1996, 9,000 year old remains were found along the shore of the Columbia River in Kennewich, Washington. The remains were located on land belonging to the Army Corps. of Engineers who transferred the remains to scientists for investigation. Once anthropologists recognized the remains’ age, they aimed to determine its origins. Local tribes, the Yakama, [ Read On… ]

Native American living north of the Mexico border have been making steady gains in their population since the devastation of their numbers after first contact with European white settlers. However, a new trend is causing concern among Native cultural observers, and it involves the twin forces of urbanization and assimilation. It’s at once a simple [ Read On… ]