Yavapai Nation offers cultural tour of tribal lands

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is offering a cultural heritage tour through tribal lands. Called “The Yavapai Experience,” the tour is being offered through one of the nation’s commercial ventures, Fort McDowell Adventures.

Update on 5 charged in unauthorized Makah whale hunt

AUTHOR: Claudia Rowe, Seattle PI Reporter The five members of the Makah tribe who took it upon themselves to stage an illegal, unsanctioned whale hunt in the Strait of Juan de Fuca last September have now been formally charged on … Continue reading

Native American Insult on the radio

To Whom it May Concern;

12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day I was listening to my was favorite radio station WGRR here in Cincinnati when I heard the following re-broadcast from Chris and Janeen morning show.

Many Indians say, ‘no thanks’ to Thanksgiving

AUTHOR: Anju Kaur Desiree Shelley’s family has observed Thanksgiving for generations, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t understand the protests of fellow Indians who don’t. A native of Baltimore, Shelley has roots in the Monacan tribe of Virginia. Her father … Continue reading

Cherokee and Sioux courtship and wedding customs

Mailbag Question:

In the very near future, I am planning on asking a woman of mixed Sioux and Cherokee descent to marry me. Her family history is obscure but I would like to recognize her partial native american heritage by making a traditional request for her hand, if such a tradition exists. If you could point me in the proper direction, I would be apppreciative.

~Submitted by Jim M.


Hi Jim,

Most of the customs of the Cherokee and Sioux that would be practiced today apply more to the wedding ceremony than the courtship period.

In the old days, marriages were usually arranged by the parents in both Sioux and Cherokee society, and the formal request for a bride was made by presenting gifts (the bride price – usually food, blankets, and fine clothing, and later horses) to the bride’s parents, who made the decision to accept or reject the marriage proposal for the girl.

Most marriages were arranged this way, although there were a few romantic marriages instigated by the young people.

Navajos showcased on TV

Navajos showed up on three television channels simultaneously the last Sunday in October, and the spurt of Navajo celebrity isn’t over yet. Billy Luther’s documentary “Miss Navajo” aired Tuesday, Nov. 13, on PBS. And Elsa Johnson, a Navajo cultural consultant … Continue reading

Five American Indian Artists to be exhibited in US Embassies

Norman Akers (Osage), Mario Martinez (Yaqui), Larry McNeil (Tlingit), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Flathead Salish) and Marie Watt (Seneca) — artists who often utilize traditional American Indians motifs in unexpected ways — were selected by the U.S. State Department and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian to have their work showcased overseas in U.S. embassies worldwide, introducing foreign audiences to the richness and variety of contemporary American Indian art.

How many native americans have played major league baseball?

QUESTION: My son asked me if Jacoby Ellsbury is the first Native American in the majors. I could think of Chief Bender, Louis Sokalexis, Jim Thorpe, and Allie Reynolds, but I wondered where I could find a comprehensive list. And … Continue reading