How would a two-headed being perceive the modern day powwow?

AUTHOR: Paul Halvey The two-headed creature is an archetypal character in folklore. Often representing choice or opposing views, it is present in tales across cultures. American Indian culture is no exception. So how would a two-headed being perceive the 13th … Continue reading

New pemmican energy bar going on the market

Following two years of intense product development, Native American Natural
Foods, a Pine Ridge based company,  is preparing to launch its new buffalo energy bar based on old traditional pemmican recipes at the Black Hills Pow Wow, Oct. 5-7, in Rapid City, S.D.

The Mother Blessingway Ceremony

A Mother Blessing is one form of the Navajo Blessingway ceremony. It is a ritual for the expectant mother. A Mother Blessingway is a gathering of only women who get together, tell (positive) birth stories, give the expectant mother emotional … Continue reading

Montana’s Blackfeet Tribe celebrated in Smithsonian exhibit

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian opened an exhibit Friday celebrating the history and culture of Montana’s Blackfeet Tribe.

Makah tribal member kills whale without permits or tribal sanction

AUTHORS: Lynda V. Mapes and Jonathan Martin It was about 6:30 on a beautiful summer morning, with gray whales all around, when Wayne Johnson decided he had waited long enough: It was time to hunt whales again. Within minutes Saturday, … Continue reading

UN set to adopt native rights declaration, no thanks to Canada

Canada was cast Thursday as a bad actor that aggressively campaigned alongside countries with tarnished human-rights records in its failed bid to derail the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The non-binding declaration is expected to be … Continue reading

Kenewick Man back in the news

AUTHOR: Knute Berger

Five years ago this July, an ancient skeleton was found on the banks of the Columbia River during a hydroplane race near Kennewick, Washington. When the bones turned out to be a major archaeological find, the remains of a 9,000 year-old prehistoric man, a political, legal, cultural, and racial battle ensued. Just who was Kennewick Man, who owned his bones, and what should be done with them?

What are some of the most commonly held misconceptions about native american indians both in the past and in the present?

Question: What are some of the most commonly held misconceptions about native american indians both in the past and in the present?
Submitted by Jennie T.

Probably the biggest misconception non-indians have about native american indians is that they are all the same, that they share a common culture, common beliefs, and a common governmental structure. Many people picture the Plains Indian tribes as representative of all Indians because of their romanticized portrayal in Hollywood movies.

Independent film explores history of Haskell Boarding School

The camera slowly dollies in on the stern face of actor Kevin Geer. About
30 cast and crew members crammed into the third floor of the Watkins
Community Museum of History look on.

“This is not a prison. There are no walls. No fences. But there is a
clock,” Geer scolds. “You will learn to respect time.”

“Respect” and “time” are key words on the set of “The Only Good Indian,” a
film that takes place in the early 1900s when respectful treatment of
American Indians was at an all-time low.