Cree language to go online with new Internet dictionary

Miyo Wahkohtowin Community Education Authority (MWCEA) and Dr. Earle Waugh Dir. Center for Culture & Health Family Medicine, University of Alberta (U of A) are partnering to develop a web based interactive First Nations language portal with dictionary and curriculum based resources to further the development for Cree language in Canada.

Gang Graffiti Sprayed on Petroglyph National Monument

Tags on the rocks read “TSK,” short for Too Sick Krew, an offshoot of another gang. They have been embroiled in a four-year war with rival gang TCK, or Thugs Causing Kaos, that has been blamed for homicides, drugs and stolen vehicles.

Gang tags were spray-painted on at least eight large basalt boulders at the edge of the Petroglyph National Monument but none of the ancient petroglyphs was damaged, the monument’s superintendent says.

The silver metallic paint had been removed from all but three boulders at the top of a ridge by Tuesday, and monument Superintendent Joseph Sanchez said the cleanup should be completed by Thursday at the latest.

Nunavut film trade show gives casting call for 2 Inuk actresses

Days after British film star Ralph Fiennes visited Nunavut looking for an Inuk actress for his directorial debut, a second highly regarded industry veteran has travelled to the North to do the same.

Seminoles have a rags-to-riches story

AUTHOR: Sue Reisinger, Seminole Corporate Counsel

Several times last autumn, the Florida Seminoles’ efforts to buy Hard Rock Cafe International Inc. hit a snag. Some tribal leaders balked at spending nearly a billion dollars for the hotel/restaurant/casino franchise; they didn’t want to hear advice from outsiders, such as Wall Street investment bankers, to go ahead with the deal. It was tribe’s general counsel, Jim Shore — the first Seminole to graduate from law school — who saved the day and the deal.

He oversaw the negotiations, worked with the bankers, and supervised the tribe’s outside lawyers. Then he soothed the leaders’ anxiety. For seven months he repeatedly called, visited or emailed the tribe’s five elected council members, answering their questions, easing their doubts, and sharing his vision for the Seminoles’ future. The leaders were “a little bit cautious because we’re talking big bucks here. They had to be satisfied with the numbers,” Shore says.

But in the end Shore and the Seminoles prevailed over 69 other bidders. On Dec. 7 the tribe announced that it had reached an agreement to buy the Hard Rock franchise for $965 million from the London-based Rank Group Plc. Rank’s shareholders approved the sale on Jan. 8, and the deal closed last March. The Seminole Indians gained control of the two Hard Rock casinos on Florida Seminole reservations, plus 124 Hard Rock Cafes in 45 countries, five hotels, two Hard Rock live performance venues, and the Hard Rock brand name.

The differences between Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and Santo Domingo jewelry styles

The most popular jewelry styles from the Southwest are made by the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and Santo Domingo tribes. While individual artists may make jewelry in a style usually associated with a particular tribe that may not be their own, these are the general, most common differences in the jewelry styles created by these Southwest tribes.

1st Annual Powwow on the Plateau

WHEN: June 23 & 24, 2007 WHERE: Ballfield beside the Cumberland County Fairgrounds, Crossville, TN WHAT:1st Annual Powwow on the Plateau ADMISSION: Adults–$5, Children age 5-12–$3, Ages 4 and under– FREE, Seniors (60+)–$3, All Active Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and … Continue reading

Gathering of Nations Powwow

WHAT: Gathering of Nations Powwow WHEN: April 27 – 28, 2007 WHERE: Alburquerque, New Mexico WHAT: 24th Annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

UNM Native American Heritage Festival

Join the University of New Mexico’s celebration of Native American culture and heritage at the 52nd annual Nizhoni Days April 23-29. All events are free and open to the pulbic. The festivities open on Monday, April 23 with an all … Continue reading

Cherokee healer says to remember and follow the traditions

AUTHOR: Betty Smith Crosslin Smith, Cherokee Traditionalist Cherokee traditionalist Crosslin Smith explains the principles set down by the creator. “Maintaining the spiritual tradition handed down through centuries is vital to a person’s health in today’s society,” Smith said Friday.

Old Indians mounds claimed by Eastern Cherokee tribe

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on Monday officially reclaimed one of the few undisturbed Indians mounds remaining in Western North Carolina. “This property is not just about a mound,” said Principal Chief Michell Hicks. “It is about a way of life.”

Navajo inventor and family to get ‘Makeover’ home

Garrett Yazzie, a Navajo Nation teenager who invented a solar heater to power his Pinon home at 13, was to receive a new home this weekend, courtesy of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Yazzie and family will get a new home … Continue reading

Days of the Blackfeet festival showcases ethnic culture

The Days of the Blackfeet kicks off Monday with a native film festival, art show and sale and a presentation on the history of Indian horse racing. Traditional games, a double-ball competition, lectures on language and
pemmican-making demonstrations also are part of a packed four-days of cultural events.

Is this an authentic native american artifact?

QUESTION: I am looking at going to an artifact auction advertised at to get a chanupa (pipe) and a shield and put them where they need to be, which is back in a ceremonial family’s care and not in … Continue reading