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Matthews crowned 2019-20 Junior Miss Cherokee

August 23, 2019 - 1:00am

TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation citizen Desiree Matthews, 16, of Watts, was crowned 2019-20 Junior Miss Cherokee on Aug. 17 after competing at the 28th annual Junior Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition.

While representing the tribe as Junior Miss Cherokee, Matthews, a junior at Colcord High School, will serve as a goodwill ambassador to promote the CN and share the tribe’s culture and history.

She said the true meaning of serving as the next Junior Miss Cherokee would not fully resonate until her tenure ends next August. “I really couldn’t fully answer what it means to be named Junior Miss Cherokee until the end of my reign, but I am very honored to represent the Cherokee Nation and my hope that I can be the best that I can be.”

Matthews is the daughter of Mark and Miranda Matthews and is a member of the 2018-19 CN Tribal Youth Council.

“I am always in awe of and inspired by our youth who enter our annual leadership competitions. It shows great courage, but also a passion for their tribe and its culture, history, and heritage,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “We are very proud of each young lady who competed in this year’s Junior Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition and congratulates Miss Matthews on being named the next Junior Miss Cherokee. I know she will be a great ambassador of our great tribe.”

During the competition, contestants are judged on their use of Cherokee language, a cultural presentation and a speech on their platform, as well as their responses to an impromptu question.

Matthews told the traditional Cherokee creation story as her cultural presentation. Her platform speech focused on opioid abuse prevention. Matthews also answered an impromptu question on what advice she would give to Native youth growing up in this age of social media.

Jasmine Carpitcher, 17, of Tahlequah, was named first runner-up and Raynee Nofire, 16, of Salina, was named second runner-up.
Judges for Junior Miss Cherokee this year were Morgan Rodman, Marie Eubanks, Derrick Vann, and Cora Flute.


Benefits of Having a Business Logo Design on Your Photo Booths

August 23, 2019 - 1:00am

A logo is a small symbol used in marketing a business. Folks usually design the logo during the first planning stages of the business. The logo is created based on the brand objectives of the company. Sadly, some business owners only identify with the importance of having a business logo once the business is big and lacking a powerful brand image. It is, however, essential to create the logo when the business is small so that your customers can identify with your company when they see it. There are numerous reasons why your business needs a logo design; here are a few.

To Attract Customers

According to consumer surveys that experts conducted in recent years, most customers relate the value of the items they are buying to how good the packaging is. For your product to be appealing, you need a professional logo designer. Because they have a lot of experience and have studied all demographics of people, they know what your product packaging needs to look like to be truly professional. They will help you come up with a business logo design that customers can relate with and love. Their expertise gives you access to the techniques that will make your logo genuinely eye-catching.

For Consistency

Your business logo design will be the visual representation of your business. This vital perception is why you must ensure that your business logo is at the center of the trade show booth you hire. By putting it in your emails and letters, you provide your audience with consistent exposure to your brand. You can also consider having promotional products like photo booths at exhibitions, or t-shirts to woo your customers. You thus expose more people to your brand image, the more people associate with your products. Over time, you will not even have to put your name on promotional materials because your logo can act as a standalone – think of Nike and Adidas products. Especially where your name cannot fit, your logo will suffice.

Provides an Image of Sustainability and Credibility

There is something about a logo that speaks consistency to the customers. It tells them you are reliable. It is like a certification that customers look for before buying items or getting the services of a company. Your customers need to know that you are dependable and that they can rely on you for the best. If your business logo design does not accurately represent the purpose of your business, it is unlikely that customers will want to be associated with you. You will not make the right impression and may miss out on getting the attention of customers and thus not get the profit you expected.


Every business has a personality that people associate with it. People detect this personality from the name and the logo a company decides to use. Many businesses wouldn’t be as far ahead as they are today if they did not have a powerful image that people associated their business with. The tick on Nike products tells you that you are getting the best quality possible. A message that customers should get when they see your products.


How to Improve Writing Skills For Kids

August 23, 2019 - 1:00am

Writing is one of the 4 learning skills that kids need to master, in addition to reading, listening and speaking. It’s the way they explain themselves and share their ideas with the world. Some parents are worried that their kids aren’t good writers. While there are naturally talented writers, this skill can also be taught and learned. Taking a look at several free essays examples can show you how different people write. While there isn’t a single way for composing an excellent essay, checking out these free examples of several essays shows you that there are several different ways it can be done.

How to Improve Writing Skills for Kids?

When given enough time and attention, your kids can become good writers with a little practice. Here are some activities and tips that can help kids with writing.

    Read More

While thinking about how to help kids with writing, you shouldn’t ignore engaging them into some extra reading. Reading teaches children more vocabulary, figures of speech and ways used to explain certain ideas. Later on, they won’t face problems trying to write a difficult essay regardless of its topic, because they know how to pick the right words.

    Help Them

If kids are intimated by composing sentences on their own, you can make it part of some fun or family activity. If you’re a teacher, you can show them how you write about a certain topic and let them come up with their own sentences. Show them examples of essays you’ve written and ask for their opinion. Writing compositions can also become a family activity at home where several members of the family or friends can write a single sentence in the same story and finally share it together. The idea is to make this activity as fun as possible to help kids get rid of any pressure they naturally associate with compositions.

    Encourage Brainstorming

The biggest problem anyone can face while working on a task is finding the right ideas. When kids are older, they will be asked to submit a certain word count for a paper or essay. If they don’t know what to write, they might submit an incomplete essay. Teach them how to overcome this problem by writing down every idea that can be related to the main topic. Having the ideas written in front of their eyes will help them come with related words and pieces of evidence to support what they’re doing. Working in drafts shows kids that making mistakes is OK. It also teaches them the importance of editing. Later on, kids can use online and offline tools that help them improve the readability of their text by eliminating any mistakes and shortening unnecessarily long sentences.

Try Different Types of Writing

Using various activities to improve writing skills for kids will encourage all kids to take part. Some kids prefer story writing over essays. Others would love to try scripts. All these types of composition have several things in common and will come in handy later on. While older students mainly focus on finishing essays and research papers, they can still benefit from some input that makes their academic tasks more personalized.

    Ask Kids to Keep a Journal

Journaling is one of the most important activities to improve writing skills. Even adults are advised to keep a journal. First, it’s an amazing way to practice writing every day. Every time you write, you’ll be talking about a certain topic and trying to deliver a specific idea. It’s also a great way for kids to express themselves in a stress-free environment. Some kids would prefer to share their journal entries with others. Encourage them to do this at home or in the class. However, others would still prefer to keep their entries private. This is also OK until they’re confident enough about sharing their work with others. Kids will open up and talk about their feelings when they know that they won’t be judged.

    Encourage Free Writing

Writing for kids isn’t about sticking to a single type or genre. Kids might come up with their own topics and stories, ignoring the ones you’ve suggested in the class or at home. It’s important that you encourage this type of creativity as they’ll feel appreciated and will eventually try to do the things you’ve asked for. Kids will always prefer to write about themselves and their thoughts before they can follow a certain guideline.

These activities should be followed simultaneously by parents, guardians, and teachers. Improving writing is an ongoing process that takes time and patience. When these activities are followed, the results will be impressive.


Public Hearing Set for DAPL Expansion

August 23, 2019 - 1:00am

North Dakota Public Service Commission Agrees to Hear Feedback from Tribal Leaders in November on New Pumping Stations and Potential Doubling of Oil Flow


BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission announced today that it will hold a public hearing around a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). The hearing has been set for 9 a.m. on Nov. 13 at the Emmons County Courthouse in Bismarck, North Dakota.

There had been some question as to whether the public—including leadership from the Lakota nations in proximity or downstream from the pipeline—would have a chance to weigh in. Today’s decision by the Commission should provide that opportunity.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe recently took action to intervene in the process, calling for the public hearing. More than 19,000 letters to the Commission from concerned citizens backed the tribe’s call.

The proposed changes to DAPL, including the addition of new pumping stations, could nearly double the pipeline’s flow, from 500,000 barrels daily to 1.1 million.

The Lakota People’s Law Project said, “The hearing is a good step in the right direction. The process must be fully transparent, the public must be heard, and tribal concerns about the safety of sacred lands and water must be properly addressed. We look forward to making sure those concerns are voiced in detail at the hearing, and it is our hope that the commission will use its authority to say no to the proposed expansion and prevent further danger to the environment we share.”

Further comment from tribal leaders should be available in the coming hours and days.


Buy-Back Program Returns to the Navajo Nation

August 23, 2019 - 1:00am

WASHINGTON —  In June and July 2019, the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations mailed more than $140 million in purchase offers to more than 18,000 owners of fractional land interests at the Navajo Nation.  The deadline for landowners to return their voluntary purchase offers are either August 30, 2019, or September 30, 2019, depending on the offer cover letter date.

Due to a large number of fractional land interests at the Navajo Nation, the Buy-Back Program sent purchase offers to landowners in two different mailing waves.  The two mailing waves are based on various land areas across the Navajo Reservation.  Individuals may own, and receive offers for, interests in land in multiple land areas.

Wave 1.  The first wave of offers is for interests in certain lands in New Mexico with a corresponding land area code (LAC) of 791.  These offers have a cover letter date of July 1, 2019.  Landowners with fractional interests in LAC 791 have until August 30, 2019, to consider and return accepted offers in the pre-paid postage envelopes provided.

Wave 2.  The second wave of offers has a cover letter date of August 1, 2019, and was sent to Navajo Nation landowners for interests at the following LACs:  722 (Ramah), 723 (Alamo), 724 (To’hajiilee), 790 (Arizona), and 792 (Utah).  Landowners who received offers for interests owned in one or more of these five LACs have until September 30, 2019, to consider and return accepted offers in the pre-paid postage envelopes provided.

“We are proud of the initial Buy-Back Program implementation at the Navajo Nation. The Program achieved significant results and transferred more than 155,000 equivalent acres of land to the Navajo Nation,” said Principal Deputy Special Trustee Jerry Gidner.  “We must continue our government-to-government collaboration to make the current round of implementation success, while also ensuring that landowners understand their options, and have access to the information they need for an informed decision.”

Various informational tools are available to landowners, who are encouraged to think strategically about their options and carefully consider how to use the funds they receive from selling their land.  The Program’s website includes detailed frequently asked questions, a schedule of upcoming outreach events, and additional information to help individuals make informed decisions about their land.

Landowners are encouraged to call the Trust Beneficiary Call Center (Call Center) at 888-678-6836 or visit their local Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) office to ensure that their address on file is current, ask questions about their land or purchase offers, and request a copy of the appraisal completed for their land.

Addresses Needed for Some Landowners.  Nearly 1,700 Navajo Nation landowners do not currently have an up-to-date address on file with OST and, thus, the Program cannot mail them an offer package.  To receive an offer package in the mail, landowners must contact the Call Center or OST by the following dates:

  • August 23, 2019: landowners with interests in LAC 791; and

  • September 23, 2019: landowners with interests in LACs 722, 723, 724, 790, and 792.

Overall Program Progress.  The Buy-Back Program implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to consolidate fractional interests in trust or restricted land within a 10-year period set to expire on November 2022.  As of 8/20, approximately $285 million remains, comprised of $156 million in the land purchase portion of the fund and $129 million in the implementation portion of the fund.

Since the Program began making offers in December 2013, more than 874,400 fractional interests have been transferred to tribal governments, which represents 35 percent of the total fractional interests in 2013 at the 52 locations where Program implementation has occurred and the equivalent of 2.5 million acres of land.  As a result of the Buy-Back Program, tribal ownership now exceeds 50 percent in 17,300 more tracts of land (representing an increase of more than 142 percent for the locations where implementation has occurred), facilitating the exercise of tribal sovereignty and self-determination.

Interests consolidated through the Buy-Back Program are restored to tribal trust ownership.  Returning fractionated lands to tribes in trust has the potential to improve tribal community resources by increasing home site locations, improving transportation routes, spurring economic development, easing approval for infrastructure and community projects, and preserving traditional cultural or ceremonial sites.

The 2019 appropriations process realigned the Land Buy-Back Program from the Office of the Secretary to OST.  The realignment of the Buy-Back Program institutionalizes best practices to fulfill the Department’s fiduciary duties.  Further, it strengthens coordination efforts and opportunities to streamline processes.


Cherokee leaders solidify opposition to eagle feather proposal

August 22, 2019 - 1:00am

TAHLEQUAH – Tribal Councilors unanimously supported Resolution 19-049, which opposes a proposed change in federal regulations that would allow not only tribal citizens but also “all sincere religious believers” to possess eagle feathers.

“I think as Cherokees, we lead the way,” Tribal Councilor Mary Baker Shaw said during the Aug. 12 Resource Committee meeting. “I’d like to see the Council support this.”

Along with many others, Cherokee Nation had voiced its concerns with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which sought feedback online until July 16. The CN was among 532 tribes, tribal members and other individuals and organizations to respond.

“We addressed this at the (National Congress of American Indians) level, and it’s something we’re all on board with,” Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd said.

Under current law, possession of an eagle feather is illegal, though tribal citizens are permitted to have one for religious or spiritual reasons. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service was asked by pastor Robert Soto and the Washington D.C.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty to revise its existing rules in several ways that include the eagle feather expansion.

“No sincere religious believer should be banned from possessing feathers or risk criminal prosecution for simply possessing the feathers necessary to practice their faith,” the petition states.

The Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940 – revised in 1962 to include golden eagles – made it illegal to possess eagles and eagle parts without a permit. An exception was made “in recognition of the significance of eagle feathers to Native Americans,” according to the wildlife service, which established the National Eagle Repository in Denver to “provide Native Americans with the feathers of golden and bald eagles needed for ceremonial purposes.”

The CN’s response to the proposal noted that eagle feathers are already difficult to acquire.

“Bald and golden eagles are connected directly to our ceremonial practices, oral traditions, lifeways, clans, and kinship in ways that are unique to the Nation and having access to bird feathers and parts are critical to the continued existence of the Nation,” the tribe’s comment stated.

Cherokee Patriots Honored

Council also honored three Cherokee veterans as “Cherokee Warriors” by awarding them the tribe’s Medal of Patriotism.

Navy veteran Carroll Fry, Army veteran Lorie McCoy, and Air Force veteran Dan Carter all received a medal on Aug. 12.

Fry, 68, grew up in Nowata. She was introduced by then-Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden, also a Navy veteran.

“She outranks me, and she told me that a while ago,” Crittenden said. “And I’m OK with that. It’s all about service.”

A Vietnam and Desert Storm veteran, Fry entered the Navy in 1970 and retired in 1990 as a petty officer first class. At one point, she was a communications specialist involved in classified documents related to returning POW/MIA Vietnam veterans, according to the tribe.

Fry earned a myriad of medals and awards during her military career.

“I was also given a Navy commendation with my two roommates because we saved our next-door neighbor and her apartment that was on fire,” Fry said. 

McCoy, of Tahlequah, served in the Army from 1992-94 in a maintenance support battalion as a vehicle mechanic. She was honorably discharged as a private first class.

Vietnam veteran Carter, who grew up in Gore, served in the Air Force from 1971-74.

A fuel specialist deployed to southeast Asia, Carter rose in rank to an E4 sergeant. He was given the Vietnam Service medal among many others.

Emergency Room Upgrade Nears Completion

At the Aug. 12 Health Committee meeting, councilors heard from Claremore Indian Hospital CEO George Valliere about an emergency room remodeling project he estimated was 95-99 percent complete.

“We’re nearing the completion of the renovation of the emergency room,” he said. “That should be completed within the next few weeks. When we do, we’re planning just something small there, have a little open house.”

Tribal Councilor Keith Austin described the upgrade as “a rebirth.”

“A renovation is an understatement,” he said. “That’s so much better than it’s ever been in the history of that place.”

The fiscal year 2019 revenues at Claremore Indian Hospital increased 20 percent over 2018, according to Valliere’s report. 

He added that collections, at $20.8 million, were up $1.5 million.

“If things continue the way they have been, we should top $30 million this year,” he said.

In other business Aug. 12, the Tribal Council reappointed Tommye Sue Bradshaw Wright to the Cherokee Nation Businesses board of directors until August 2022.


USDA Waiver Expands CN Food Distribution Program access to Bartlesville

August 22, 2019 - 1:00am

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a waiver request by Cherokee Nation that allows the tribe to serve citizens living in Bartlesville through its food distribution program.

Until the waiver approval, citizens eligible for the tribe’s Food Distribution Program that lived in Bartlesville could not receive benefits due to residing in an urban area. Under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations regulations, an urban place is defined as having a population of 10,000 or more.

“We are appreciative that the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognized the need and approved the waiver that allows our tribe to better serve its citizens,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “The food distribution program can mean everything to a family, and it is so great that we will be able to now extend that blessing to tribal citizens living in the city of Bartlesville.”

Currently, the Cherokee Nation Food Distribution Program serves about 5,100 households per month through its seven food distribution centers inside the tribe’s jurisdiction. The USDA waiver allows the tribe to fill a service gap area of about 3,118 Cherokee Nation citizens in Bartlesville.

“We have had inquiries from clients requesting to apply for our food distribution program, and unfortunately, we’ve had to tell them that we were not able to serve them,” said Leah Duncan, Food Distribution Manager for the Cherokee Nation. “Now they’ll be able to get those services through Cherokee Nation.”

District 12 member of the Council of the Cherokee Nation Dora Patzkowski said the waiver is a blessing for tribal citizens living in Bartlesville needing that hand-up.

“The Food Distribution Program is such a blessing to Cherokee Nation citizens who are not necessarily looking for a hand-out, but may need a hand-up in life,” Patzkowski said. “Due to regulations beyond the tribe’s control, we were not able to help citizens in need that lived in Bartlesville until the recently approved waiver. Therefore, I am so proud and thankful for the work of our staff who spent an immeasurable amount of time and energy to secure the USDA waiver in order to serve Cherokee Nation citizens in Bartlesville.”

Eligible Cherokee Nation citizens living in the city of Bartlesville can begin utilizing the tribe’s Food Distribution Program on Sept. 3. The nearest Cherokee Nation Food Distribution Center facilities to Bartlesville are located in Nowata at 1018 Lenape Drive and Collinsville at 1101 N. 12th.

For more information on the Cherokee Nation Food Distribution Program, visit or call 800-865-4462.


Meetings with Crow Tribe Continue on Treaty Rights

August 22, 2019 - 1:00am

FORT HALL, Idaho — The Crow Tribal leadership expressed their appreciation to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes for offering to assist the Crows in protecting and upholding the treaty rights for off-reservation hunting, with a gift of two tipis to the current Chairman of the Fort Hall Business Council Ladd Edmo, and former chairman and current Council member Nathan Small. The two tribes have been engaged in council-to-council discussions on protecting treaty rights and met in Billings, Montana last week.

Crow Chairman AJ Not Afraid stated, “On behalf of the Crow Tribe, we appreciate the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes willingness to help our Tribe, and for the hospitality, we received from our previous meeting in Fort Hall. It is now our annual Crow Fair, and we invite you all to Billings to talk about the Treaty. On behalf of the Executive Officers of the Crow Tribe, I offer this 18-foot tipi to Chairman Edmo.” On behalf of the Crow Legislature, the Speaker of the House, Bryce Hugs, presented a gift of an 18-foot tipi to Councilman Nathan Small, for his support of the Crow Tribe in Washington DC, by attending the U.S. Supreme Court Hearing on the Herrera case.

Councilman Nathan Small said, “In my years of leadership and working with tribes, I have received many gifts, from Pendleton blankets, star quits, trophies and statutes — but nothing like this gift. This is overwhelming! Thank you! What I said earlier, about the importance of the treaty, and all the information we stated – all of that comes from the heart, and I have always stated, we as Tribal leaders, we do this in a good way, for the benefit of our young people. What we are doing now, in protecting the treaty, and what changes may come about, will benefit all of us in the end. If a negative outcome came about on this Herrera case, it would have devastated our people, so we are glad the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the 1868 treaty.”

In the one-day meeting, the two tribes acknowledged the historical sharing of traditions and ceremonies between our people, including the war bonnet dance and the sundance. The inherent and treaty rights are important to both tribes, along with the need to protect the wildlife, plants, water, and lands, and both tribes are ready to work together to ensure that the treaty language is upheld and exercised by both tribes. Continued council discussions are scheduled in mid-October, location to be determined.

The Crow tribal leadership shared their tribal system of government and how they made tribal laws through their three branches of government. They currently have about 14,000 plus tribal members, with approximately 7,000 who reside within their reservation boundaries.


Akwesasne Employment Resource Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

August 22, 2019 - 1:00am

AKWESASNE — Finding meaningful employment is often an arduous process for individuals who are returning or entering the workforce for the first time. For Akwesasne residents that process has been made easier thanks to the personalized service provided by the Akwesasne Employment Resource Center (AERC), who recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary on Friday, Seskéha/August 16, 2019.

Established in 2009, the AERC began as a partnership between the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s (SRMT) Office of Economic Development and the Akwesasne Area Management Board (recently renamed Akwesasne Career and Employment Support Services, ACESS), with contributions from the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs. The partnering agencies envisioned AERC to be a “one-stop-shop” for job seekers in Akwesasne, which it has done exceedingly well.

“The level of commitment and professionalism made finding the job that suited me a great success,” wrote Mark Boots about the assistance received from the helpful staff of the AERC. He noted, “I am now an employee of the [New York State] Department of Transportation and thanks to the staff for all the hard work and follow-up phone calls.”

When the Akwesasne Employment Resource Center opened ten years ago, 323 Akwesasne residents utilized its services during its first year to find employment. Since that time, through various outreach and a constant presence at community events, the AERC has become recognized as an employment agency that has continually connected job seekers to the world of work. Their proven track record has helped the AERC to increase the number of job seekers using their services to 2,659 each year.

Following its creation, initially as a pilot project, the employment agency began providing a physical and electronic job board, access to resources for conducting job searches and networking, assistance with developing cover letters and resumes, help with completing job applications, and mock interviews to prepare job seekers. The AERC also began offering employment coaching and counseling sessions, as well as a free three-week Job Finding Club that bundles all of the AERC’s services into a condensed workshop for those looking to quickly find employment.

“In the future, we are hoping to branch out to reach more chambers of commerce and companies to share with them the workforce we have available in our community,” said AERC Office Manager Danielle Salgado. On commemorating AERC’s anniversary, Salgado added, “It feels great to have 10 years under our belt servicing the community and we look forward to many more. Thanks to Steve Cook, Linda Lalonde and Dan Garrow for identifying the need and helping create the Akwesasne Employment Resource Center.”

For the past 10 years, the Akwesasne Employment Resource Center was located at 611 Route 37 in Akwesasne. With the increasing number of job seekers, they relocated in April 2019 to their current location at 18 Eagle Drive, across from the Heart to Heart Fitness Center, which provided an ideal location for the anniversary celebration. Surrounded by booths of collaborating agencies and businesses, AERC staff offered an open house and a day filled with fun and prizes, as well as food.

“This was an amazing opportunity to give recognition back to the efforts of the staff for helping establish the AERC as a credible source when businesses are looking to recruit in the Akwesasne community,” said Office of Economic Development Director James Lazore. Speaking on AERC’s increased outreach, Lazore added, “Not only do we assist job seekers, but we work with employers within a 2-hour distance of Akwesasne to fill their vacancies with qualified individuals.”

For more information about the Akwesasne Employment Resource Center, or to view the latest employment and training opportunities, please visit their website at, call (518) 358-3047, or stop by their office located at 18 Eagle Drive in Akwesasne, New York.


National Museum of the American Indian Launches New Online Materials

August 22, 2019 - 1:00am

Based on Accurate and Comprehensive Native Peoples History

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is looking to change the narrative about American Indians in classrooms, transforming how teachers are teaching history to achieve a more inclusive, accurate and complete education. As part of its national education initiative, Native Knowledge 360 Degrees (NK360°), the National Museum of the American Indian has launched new online educational resources about the Pawnee Treaties and the Inka Empire that will expand teachers and students’ knowledge and understanding of the contributions and experiences of Native Peoples of the Western Hemisphere.

Between websites, teacher guides, teaching posters and digital lessons, there are about 30 classroom resources and numerous related materials available for educators and students that embrace a richer and more inclusive discourse about American Indians. “The Pawnee Treaties of 1833 and 1857: Why Do Some Treaties Fail?” provides Native perspectives, images, documents, and other sources to help students and teachers understand the difficult choices and consequences the Pawnee Nation faced when entering into treaty negotiations with the United States.

The two new modules dedicated to the Inka Empire are available in English and Spanish versions. “The Inka Empire: What Innovations Can Provide Food and Water for Millions?” highlights how the need to feed and provide water for millions of people across a vast territory led to Inka innovations in water management and agriculture. Many of these innovations are still in use today by indigenous communities in the Andes. “The Inka Road: How Can a Road System Be an Example of Innovation?” explores a variety of sources to learn about the engineering of the Great Inka Road system and the Q’eswachaka suspension grass bridge.

“Native Knowledge 360° is aligned with the work of many Native nations, states, and organizations that share a common goal of making American Indian education a priority,” said Kevin Gover, director of the National Museum of the American Indian. “Americans do not know enough about our shared history even to be properly offended at the lack of an inclusive narrative that illuminates the history of this continent in all of its complexity. By offering better materials to our educators about American Indians, we are looking to create a more empathetic and better-educated citizenry.”
Collaborating with teachers, curriculum developers, national education organizations and working within state and national standards, NK360° uses innovative technology and media to engage students and enhance their learning. Mindful of today’s classroom demands and priorities, the museum creates materials that directly address Common Core, social studies and other standards and that can be scaled and adapted by teachers. Created in collaboration with Native communities themselves, the museum’s resources bring the Native voice directly into the classroom. NK360° offers teachers and students of various grade levels a rich selection of geographically and culturally diverse resources from which to choose.

NK360° was created to provide educators with essential understandings about American Indians that serve as a framework for teaching about Native American history, cultures and contemporary lives. The initiative offers pre-K to post-secondary teacher training to build new skills, awareness of classroom resources and the confidence to improve their teaching. NK360° challenges common assumptions about Native peoples their cultures, their roles in U.S. and world history, and their contributions to the arts, sciences, and literature. It advocates at the national level for teaching an American history that integrates important Native American events in the nation’s narrative and recognizes the richness and vibrancy of Native peoples and cultures today.

The National Museum of the American Indian acknowledges the support of the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation in the development of these educational resources.


New Program Gives Remote Native American Tribes Access to Electric Vehicles

August 22, 2019 - 1:00am

BLUE LAKE RANCHERIA — While California’s clean energy movement is expanding at a faster rate than most states, many incentives to switch over to clean vehicles are not always reaching Native Americans, who traditionally have been an isolated, underserved population.

There are a number of barriers for Native American tribes within California to transition to clean electric vehicles. Many tribes are remotely located, and the EV charging infrastructure needed is unavailable. Also, the unfamiliarity of EV charging stations and range anxiety can be intimidating for new communities to pursue green technologies.

To help close the clean energy gap, the Blue Lake Rancheria has teamed up with GRID Alternatives and the Native American Environmental Protection Coalition to conduct direct outreach to tribal communities to provide information on incentives and funding to make electric vehicles more affordable for low-income drivers.

The One-Stop-Shop Pilot will streamline and improve access to clean transportation incentives to consumers around the state who meet income qualifications.

“Tribal communities have often been overlooked in outreach and participation in emerging technologies. We are excited to help facilitate greater access to the many benefits of clean transportation,” Stephen Kullmann, BLR’s Community Development and Resiliency Director, said. The pilot will provide outreach for low-income consumers to upgrade their existing older vehicles and apply for zero-emission cars and clean mobility options.

“Electric vehicles are great because they’re a low carbon way to get transportation.

And transportation is one of the highest contributors to climate change,” Kullman said.

“With electric vehicles, you can utilize renewable to energy to charge your car and drive.”

The ‘One-Stop-Shop’ initiative addresses recommendations of the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act to increase low-income residents’ awareness of clean transportation options by expanding education and outreach, and it is part of a broader statewide effort to help transition California’s vehicle fleet away from fossil fuels to low emission options that are better for public health and the environment.

The Blue Lake Rancheria is already leading the way in climate action, with an aggressive timeline to have zero net carbon emissions by 2030. To make the transition, the tribe invests in green fuels and clean transportation.

In 2013, the tribe began migrating its government fleet to electric vehicles. There are two EV charging stations installed at BLR with more planned. The tribe is also developing a green commute program for its employees and is exploring EV transit buses to serve part or all of its public transit services.

The ‘One-Stop-Shop’ program is supported by $5 million legal settlement with Volkswagen related to the emissions test-rigging scandal. The German automaker admitted to secretly installing the software in nearly 500,000 U.S. vehicles to cheat government exhaust emissions tests.

GRID Alternatives is a national leader in making clean, renewable energy accessible to low-income communities.


Sen. Warren Apologies “for harm caused” at Native American Presidential Forum

August 21, 2019 - 1:00am

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Without specifying any particular incident, Senator Elizabeth Warren used the venue of the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum on Monday to apologize to Indian Country “for harm” she caused.

“Like anyone who’s being honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes,” Warren said before her speech. “I am sorry for the harm I have caused. I have listened, and I have learned a lot.”

Apparently, Warren was referring to checking the “Native American” box when she was in academia.

Her apology was met with applause from the crowd and she answered questions about what she would do for Indian Country if she is elected president of the United States.

Warren was one of the other presidential candidates who attended the first-ever Native American presidential forum.

Warren was introduced by Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., one of two Native American women in Congress.

The presidential forum is important because Native Americans are taking their role in the electoral process seriously as tribal communities become a stronger contributor to economies near tribal lands throughout the United States.

“Using the 2016 electoral college results and the slim margins that determined the outcome, the proportion of American Indians in these states was multiples greater than the margin of victory. While American Indians are just over 2 percent of the U.S. population, we are more than enough to determine the outcome of key battleground states in 2020. Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada, and Arizona are all in play. Candidates need to no longer take the Indian vote for granted and have substantive platforms for upholding the treaty and trust responsibility. I will support the candidate who has the best policy proposals for American Indians,” said Aaron Payment, tribal chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and vice president of the National Congress of American Indians.


Tribal Tech, LLC Named 6-Time Honoree to the Inc. 5000 List

August 21, 2019 - 1:00am

Tribal Tech, LLC joins a select group of companies as a 6-time honoree


ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Tribal Tech, LLC’s President & CEO, Victoria Vasques is proud to announce that, for the sixth year in a row, Inc. magazine has included them in their annual Inc. 5000 list, a comprehensive list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies and one of the most prestigious awards in the business. According to Inc., less than 3% of all honorees have achieved a listing for 6 consecutive years.

The 2019 Inc. 5000 list presents a comprehensive look at the nation’s fastest-growing and most successful, privately held companies. The Inc. 5000 list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success and the place where future household names first make their mark. Companies are ranked according to the percentage of annual revenue growth over a three-year period. Tribal Tech’s profile can be found at

Ms. Vasques stated, “I am very honored that Tribal Tech has earned a place on the Inc. 5000 list for the sixth year in a row. Since we are already included in the Inc. 5000 Hall of Fame, this award has just given the Tribal Tech family that much more to celebrate.”

Because of Ms. Vasques’ passion for education and wellness, and her American Indian heritage, Tribal Tech, LLC has worked closely with numerous government entities and non-profits to help underserved communities throughout the country.


Will Facebook’s Libra Kill Fiat Currency?

August 21, 2019 - 1:00am

Facebook will finally launch its very own digital currency, Libra in 2020, and the crypto industry can’t stop talking about it. Users can exchange Libra coins or purchase products and even spend it on interoperable wallet applications. With investors like Vodafone, Spotify, eBay, PayPal, and Uber already backing Libra, experts believe it is only a matter of time before it becomes one of the most significant cryptocurrencies in the industry.

No bank account, no problem

Libra will focus on people who face regular challenges in performing basic financial services and also don’t have bank accounts. Facebook’s subsidiary organization, Calibra, will handle all the crypto dealings so that it can concentrate solely on the safety and security of the transactions. Calibra will allow Facebook users to send Libra to anyone on your mobile phone. However, the receiver must also have a Libra account to receive the payment.

According to experts, Calibra will work within a fraction of a second. Similar to sending a message, you can send Libra to your phone contacts instantly without any transaction fees. Apart from sending Libra to your contacts, you can also pay bills with only a few clicks. This is a significant plus for investors because they can check the value of Libra before making a payment.

Like all cryptocurrencies, the market value of Libra will change. So, you can check the value of Libra before investing. Trading tools like Qprofit System provide the latest details on various cryptocurrencies so that you don’t miss a fruitful deal. Go through the Qprofit System Review, and you will understand why people rate this trading tool so highly.

Clash with fiat currencies

Libra will operate differently compared to Bitcoin. The developers are attaching it to officially sanctioned currencies like Dollar, Euro, and several others. This will help to counter the sudden fluctuations of the crypto market. Libra is not like the traditional crypto coins that grow multiple times so that you can earn significant profits. Instead, it is similar to trading a Euro for a Dollar. That is why it will not kill any of the existing fiat currencies tied to other crypto coins.

Crypto experts think that Facebook’s colossal reach will help during its initial period. Every new cryptocurrency faces a challenging period, especially during the first few months when they have to convince investors why they are popular in the market. With over 2.3 billion users, Facebook will not have an issue convincing investor about how they operate and why they should trust Libra.

Since Libra offers both investment and payment options, people will utilize it more frequently than other cryptocurrencies. For example, you not only can send Libra to your Facebook and mobile contacts but also pay for expenses like buying coffee from your local store, purchasing a metro pass, and so on. Again, the wide reach of Facebook and Libra’s flexibility assures that new user will not face any challenge when it comes to using this digital currency. Like social media, it will connect people through a common payment platform.


Grand Performances Amplifies the Voices of Native American Women

August 21, 2019 - 1:00am

LOS ANGELES — Grand Performances (GP) amplifies the voices of Native American artists Layla Locklear (Tuscarora/Oglala Sioux), Charly Lowry (Lumbee/Tuscarora), and Bear Fox (Akwesasne/Mohawk Nation) for a first-time collaboration in Los Angeles neighborhoods: Eagle Rock, Culver City, and Watts-Willowbrook from September 5-8, 2019. The collaboration is part of a week-long residency featuring all three artists titled Voices Making Waves: Native American Women from the Eastern U.S. The residency kicks-off the fall season of GP Amplified, which expands GP’s thoughtful programming to communities across the region.

During the residency, GP will combine a series of free concerts with the intersectional community- and artist-focused activities and conversations. To facilitate, GP has partnered with community-based organizations including Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Brasil Brasil Cultural Center, and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Each partner organization will act as a performance venue to initiate conversations between artists and the community in pre-or post-performance convenings. “This series continues our commitment to our states’ first peoples,” said Mari Riddle, GP Executive Director. “We hope to create a dialogue that reveals and celebrates shared cultural traditions and value systems. We want to lift up and speak to the possibilities that result in bringing culture-bearers together as allies to look at how forced migration manifests in 2019 Los Angeles and the cultural riches that have come from our many communities living together.”

Since its founding in late 1988, GP has used the arts to raise awareness of many issues of historic and current concern to Los Angeles communities. “Our goal for all of the work presented by GP is to tell the big and small stories,” said Leigh Ann Hahn, GP Director of Programming. “We want to shine a light on historical moments and the human condition, so that there is an opportunity for all participants – artists, audience, crew, etc. – to discover new art, another person’s story, or even connect more deeply with their own history.”

Artists-in-residence Locklear, Lowry, and Fox combine multi-culturally influenced and genre-spanning musicianship with deeply rooted Native American activism. Locklear is an accomplished musician, Native American rights activist, and advocate for Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Lowry makes passionate music that intersects with her activism in standing up for Lumbee and Native American rights.

Both Locklear and Lowry are former members of Ulali Project – an important and enduring Native American ensemble. The group is known for blending voice and hand percussion to create a groundbreaking contemporary sound, which was warmly received by GP audiences in 2018. Fox is a solo artist and member of the Akwesasne Women Singers, an ensemble of native voices driven to protect and preserve the Kanien’keha (Mohawk language) traditional customs.

Schedule – Voices Making Waves: Native American Women from the Eastern U.S.

Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 8 pm  Free

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Friday, September 6, 2019, at 8 pm – Free

Brasil Brasil Cultural Center, 12453 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 2 pm – Free (Space is limited)

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, 1731 E 120th St, Los Angeles, CA 90059

For more information and to RSVP for free, visit


Crittenden nominated as first Cherokee Nation Veterans Affairs secretary

August 20, 2019 - 1:00am

TAHLEQUAH – During a roundtable discussion with veterans of the armed forces at the Cherokee Nation’s Veterans Center, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. on Aug. 16 nominated former Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden to be the first Cabinet-level secretary of Veterans Affairs. 

The initiative was part of Hoskin and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner’s first 100 days in office. 

“I think to build on what we’ve done here, and Deputy Chief Warner and I have talked many times about it, how can we raise the profile of our veterans program, the Veterans Center? How can we put ourselves into a position to do even more?” Hoskin said. “We have sent to the Council legislation to create the first Cabinet-level office of Veterans Affairs. And we’re going to tell our citizens and we’re going to tell the world that our veterans program is that important, that we ought to have a Cabinet-level position.”

Crittenden served in the Navy from April 1964 to August 1967, and as the former deputy chief, he helped ensure the Veterans Center was opened. He oversaw the Cherokee Warrior Flight and signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for veterans to use the tribe’s health centers for routine care they would normally get at VA health facilities. He also signed an agreement with the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development so the tribe could be one of 26 tribes to be part of a housing program for homeless Native American veterans. 

“It blesses my heart. We talk about sacrifice that has been given by veterans through the ages,” Crittenden said. “And we all know that in our families if we didn’t serve we have a father or an uncle or a grandfather or a grandmother or somebody that did serve this country. Blessings just keep coming. I thank you all so much, and I’m going to do everything I can to improve what’s already a success in our tribe.”

The Veterans Affairs secretary position will act on behalf of veterans, oversee the Veterans Center, the Cherokee Warrior Memorial, new and existing tribal partnerships with VA hospitals and Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank, the annual Cherokee Warrior Flight and other annual veteran events.

“I am honored to have been asked by Chief Hoskin and Deputy Chief Warner to be the Cherokee Nation’s first secretary of Veterans Affairs,” Crittenden added. “What a blessing our veterans have been to our great tribe and this great country. I can’t say enough about Cherokee Nation Veterans Center Director Barbara Foreman, who has made great strides for our Cherokee veterans and the services we offer them in recent years. I look forward to working with her to build on that progress in the coming years, with the Council of the Cherokee Nation’s approval.”

The Tribal Council was expected to vote on the proposal for the position and Crittenden’s nomination during the Aug. 29 Rules Committee meeting.


“Everyday Native” Launches New Video as Resource for Teachers

August 20, 2019 - 1:00am

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Everyday Native, a free online teacher’s resource, celebrates its first year of bringing Native youth voices to 4th to 12th graders with a powerful new video called “Patricia’s Story.”  It features Salish Indian Patricia, who at 17 shares the diversity, joys, and hardships of living on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. The acclaimed narrator and actor Peter Coyote, whose voice brings Ken Burns’ PBS and National Geographic documentaries to life, introduces Patricia’s story.

Patricia speaks directly to viewers about how her family connects her to her Salish culture, what motivates her to be a leader and what she hopes to do in her life by becoming a youth mentor and environmental and treaty lawyer. The authenticity of Patricia’s voice, like all Everyday Native content, reveals Native youth’s stories as primary sources for teachers across subjects to introduce students to more accurate, respectful narratives that combat harmful stereotypes.

Everyday Native:  Education Helps Prevent Suicide  

In the most poignant part of the video, Patricia tells about attending the funeral of her 10-year-old cousin who died as a result of suicide. This reflects disturbing recent national statistics:  a 139% and 71% increase in suicide amongst Native girls/women, and Native boys/men, respectively from 1999 to 2017.

Everyday Native is a vital antidote to this trend and already a big success, with 200 percent user growth since the first quarter to the first anniversary.  By developing empathy in 4th to 12th-grade students, it helps reduce racist bullying which contributes to Native youth suicide.  Teachers also appreciate how Everyday Native enhances many subjects, including social studies, English, history, and art.  They say it offers them tools they need to create a cross-cultural understanding that’s essential for 21stCentury education.

August 1st marks Everyday Native’s first anniversary.  Since its launch,  teachers, school districts, State Indian Education staff, and parents have embraced Everyday Native’s ability to create critical engagement through activities that allow students to reflect on the experiences of Native youth.

Cross-Cultural Collaboration: A Long Friendship

Everyday Native was born out of the collaboration between non-Native documentary photographer, Sue Reynolds, and Victor Charlo, a Salish Indian poet-playwright and venerated member of the Salish Kootenai Tribes. Since 2018, this new website has been increasingly adopted in classrooms and has received the praise that includes Montana Arts Council, California Educator, NPR-Montana, Wyoming Public Media, Native News Online, a U.S. Congressman and four U.S. Senators.

Reynolds and Charlo’s first collaboration included a photo-poetry book, Still Here: Not Living in Tipis.  Both Reynolds and Charlo’s works strive towards healing racism and have appeared in national and international outlets.

Fact Sheet

Suicide is a pressing issue for Native youth.

The suicide rate for Native youth is 2.5 times the national rate in the U.S.  Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for Native youth ages 10-24, and the 3rd leading cause of death for Native youth ages 5-14. (1)

A 2019 CDC study found that suicide rates amongst Native girls and women have risen 139% and for Native boys and men have risen 71% when comparing all ethnicities in the United States. (Table 1 & 2)(2)

Systemic barriers and oppression still contribute to racial bullying and lack of culturally sensitive services and education for Native youth.

In 2018, ProPublica found that Native youth in a Montana school district were pushed into programs with minimal resources, received less emotional support and faced discriminatory discipline practices from staff which contributed to Native youth suicide. (3)

A 2018 CDC study showed that Native youth have less access to mental health treatment and diagnosis compared to Caucasian peers, in part because 70 percent of Native youth in the 18-state sample reside in rural communities where there is already lower availability of services. (4)

The same CDC study found that differences in “alcohol use, interpersonal problems, and access to mental health treatment” in the Native community may be “symptoms of disproportionate exposure to poverty, historical trauma, and other contexts of inequity.” (4)

Everyday Native is creating social change through education by featuring Native youth’s voices and stories.

The result of the first cross-cultural collaboration between non-Native and Native artists and educators, Everyday Native features images, stories and video of Native youth. Using primary sources, it inspires students to reflect on and discuss the experiences of 13 Native youth and families from the Blackfeet, Crow, Lakota, Nez Perce, and Salish tribes, and relate it to their own. Everyday Native is reviewed by Lakota, Salish, Cree and Dakota educators and non-Native teachers from Montana, Idaho, and California.



2019-20 Little Cherokee Ambassadors crowned

August 19, 2019 - 1:00am

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The 2019-20 Little Cherokee Ambassadors were crowned on Aug. 10 in Tahlequah, kicking off the first official event of the 67th Cherokee National Holiday.

Seventeen Cherokee children competed in three age divisions for the titles. Little Cherokee Ambassadors act as role models and ambassadors for the tribe by attending events and parades for the next year. 

Maryetta Elementary School fifth-grader Lindzee Scott was crowned Little Cherokee Ambassador in the 10-12 age category. Scott, 10, of Stilwell, said she is excited to begin serving as Little Miss Cherokee.

“It means a lot,” Scott said. “I’ve been practicing and am really looking forward to being in all the parades this year.”

For her cultural presentation, she showed traditional Cherokee hunting tools, such as arrowheads, spearheads, and tomahawks. She answered the importance and meaning of the star on the Cherokee Nation flag, named the three branches of Cherokee Nation government and described the traditional game of stickball.

Joining her in the male division of Little Cherokee Ambassador is Grand View Elementary School sixth-grader Jonah Asbill, 11, of Tahlequah. He sang “Orphan Child” in Cherokee.

Reese Henson, a fifth-grader at Cherokee Immersion Charter School in Tahlequah, recited the Lord’s Prayer in Cherokee to win the 7-9 age division.

“I like to share the Cherokee language and be an ambassador for the tribe,” Henson said.

Winning in the boys 7-9 age division is Lucas Asbill, 9, of Tahlequah. Winning in the 4-6 age division were AriaMae Cunningham, 5, and Wyatt Carey, 4, both students at Cherokee Immersion Charter School.

The Junior Miss Cherokee competition is slated for 6 p.m. on Aug. 17 at New Life Worship Center and the Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 24 at Cornerstone Fellowship Church.


Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Calls for a Cherokee Nation Delegate to Congress

August 19, 2019 - 1:00am

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Citing the 1835 Treaty of New Echota, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr., is proposing that the tribe appoint a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sworn-in on Wednesday, Hoskin spent little time making his move. On Thursday, Hoskin sent a letter to the speaker of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, to request a special meeting of the council later this month to consider confirming Kimberly Teehee as the 370,000-citizen tribe’s delegate to Congress.

Tehee previously served from 2009 to 2012 in the Obama White House as a senior policy adviser for Native American affairs. After obtaining her law degree, Tehee was an advisor to then Rep. Dale Kilee (D-Michigan).

Currently, Tehee serves as the Cherokee Nation’s vice president of government relations.

“At Cherokee Nation, we are exercising our treaty rights and strengthening our sovereignty,” Hoskin said. “The announcement next week is simply the first step in a long process, having a Cherokee Nation citizen seated as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. We are eager to work with our congressional delegation from Oklahoma to move this historic appointment forward.”

It’s not clear what steps Congress might take to accommodate a Cherokee Nation delegate, but it’s likely they would be a non-voting member, similar to those from American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington D.C., said Ezra Rosser, an expert in tribal law and a professor at American University’s College of Law, told the Associated Press.


Muscogee (Creek) citizen paces toward Olympic dreams

August 19, 2019 - 1:00am

BIXBY, Okla. – Muscogee (Creek) citizen Brandee Presley recently returned from Costa Rica with medals in hand.

The Ole Miss Rebel competed in the Pan American U20 Outdoors Championship July 19-22, achieving gold in the 4×100 meter relay and bronze in the 100-meter sprint. Presley said this is her greatest accomplishment to date, but this is not the end for the Bixby native.

“Right now, my recent accomplishments are driving me to see that I can do, what I did in such a short amount of time,” she said. “I just want to see what I can do in a longer amount of time with the things that I know and the things that I’m going to learn.”

Presley’s next goal is to become a national champion in the 4×100 meter relay, 100-meter and 200-meter sprints with a long-term goal of participating in the Olympics trials and eventually, become an Olympic champion representing team USA.

She has been running track for 15 years as a member of the Tulsa Express Track Club.

Her family has supported her throughout the years, even when it has to be from a distance when Presley is out of the country.

“I know that they have my back,” Presley said.

She said she is also thankful for the support of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the Muscogee (Creek) people.