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Category Archives: Humanitarian

An Interview with Dana Lone Hill

“It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story,” but sometimes a single voice can tell a story too.  Native American author Dana Lone Hill is one of those voices and now is your chance to win an autographed copy of her new book, “Pointing With Lips.” Hurry, the contest ends October 16! For […]

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$554M Navajo Settlement: A Win but Not a Windfall

On May 29, 2014, the Navajo Nation Tribal Council voted to accept a $554 million settlement from the U.S. government for claims dating back to 1946 – starting the clock on a 120-day process of payment earmarked for September. It is and is not surprising that it has taken until yesterday for this news to […]

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day

How do I as a civilian even begin to talk about this? It’s a heavy thing and a lot to wrap my head around… the meaning of National POW/MIA Recognition Day for Native Americans. A few days ago, I was walking in the rain with my dog on a cold morning on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. […]

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What is Tribal Sovereignty?

Lately, there has been much focus on sovereignty, a huge issue for tribes. And this is important in that it can perhaps bring to light the unique relationships that exist between the United States and the Indian nations. This starts with the need to understand just what “sovereignty” is and how that meaning is interpreted, […]

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The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934

In my recent blog post on Black Elk, a holy man and healer of the Oglala Sioux, I mentioned how the early reservations were before the Indian Reorganization Act… no food, inferior shelter, meager provisions and uncaring superintendents. In today’s topic, I explain the changes brought about by the Indian Reorganization Act and how they […]

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BIE Schools & Sovereignty in Indian Education

A certain excitement comes with the start of a new school year. Like many students as summer begins to wind down, I started feeling the all too familiar back-to-school blues. The uncertainty of taking on a new role as a teacher for my second year at St. Francis Indian School was getting to me… still […]

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An Interview with Dana Lone Hill

A powerful voice from Indian country, Dana Lone Hill recently released her first novel, “Pointing With Lips,” which is set on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Check back this fall for more information about our book contest and giveaway!! In the meantime, Dana granted us an interview to share with readers everywhere. This Lakota author is […]

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Redskins Trademark: #ProudToBe

The Washington Redskins football team has lost its trademark for its team name. Change the Mascot is urging everyone to encourage a name change and a mascot change for the Redskins.

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Native American Film Series: “Tiger Eyes”

In the movie “Tiger Eyes,” the story goes from loss to love and a clear understanding that no one person is alone. It is part of a series of films featuring Native actors and presented on the National Relief Charities Blog.

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Native Chiefs & Leaders: Black Elk

What we can learn from the life and quotes of Oglala Lakota holy man Black Elk. Discussed by Murray Lee, a blogger for National Relief Charities.

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