San Diego’s Native American community came together this weekend to celebrate their culture and traditions -- with a special Mother’s Day twist -- during the 31st annual Balboa Park Pow Wow.The goal of the event is allowing Native Americans to both share traditions with their children and expose other local residents to tribal songs and dances, Indian tacos and fry bread, and other elements of the culture, organizers said.“We have to keep our culture going because European people, over the years, have been trying to take the ‘Indianness’ out of our people,” said Native American Randy Edmonds, who founded the event in 1988. “They want us to do everything like white people.”Similar pow wows are held throughout the year across California and the nation, including several others in San Diego sponsored by local universities and tribes such as Barona and Sycuan. But the two-day Balboa Park pow wow is always on Mother’s Day weekend, giving … [Read more...] about Annual Balboa Park Pow Wow highlights Native American culture
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Dana Hedgpeth, The Washington Post Published 1:04 pm PDT, Wednesday, April 10, 2019 At first glance, it looked like a set of black numbers and letters written in English, perhaps with some symbols included. It had gone unnoticed for nearly 200 years in a cave nestled in a wooded hillside overlooking Fort Payne, Alabama - population 14,000, about 60 miles southwest of Chattanooga, Tennessee - and was partially covered by graffiti. But when cave explorers found the inscriptions, they realized the significance. After years of research and analysis, a team of Native American scholars and anthropologists determined the inscriptions are the first evidence of the Cherokee syllabary - the tribe's written system that uses symbols to create words - ever found in a cave. It details the "secluded, ceremonial" activities of the tribe that once occupied the area. "People had probably been looking at and passing by this for years, but they just didn't know what they were looking at," … [Read more...] about This Native American inscription was found deep inside a cave. 200 years later, scholars think they understand its meaning.
U.S. land managers will move forward in March with the sale of oil and gas leases that include land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites sacred to Native American tribes. The sale comes as Democratic members of Congress, tribal leaders and environmentalists have criticized the federal Bureau of Land Management for pushing ahead with drilling permit reviews and preparations for energy leases despite the recent government shutdown.With limited staff on duty over the last month, the critics complained that they were locked out of the process because the agency didn't release any information about the sale. They also questioned whether the agency would be able to adequately review the land that's up for bid and whether it would consider protests to the move.U.S. Sen. Tom Udall told The Associated Press in an email that he's concerned about the latest attempt to lease potentially culturally significant land in New Mexico without a more comprehensive plan in … [Read more...] about U.S. moves forward with sale of oil leases near sacred Native American sites
Sarah Sunshine Manning, The Washington Post Published 10:22 am PST, Thursday, November 8, 2018 History was made, twice over, in Tuesday's midterm elections, when two Native American women defeated their opponents. Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo from New Mexico, and Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation from Kansas, are heading to Congress, the first Native American women to do so. Throughout Indian Country, as the interconnected community of Native Americans is affectionately known, indigenous people were overjoyed. On a night of many firsts (the first Muslim women were elected to Congress, and Davids is also the first openly gay woman elected to represent Kansas), the victories by Davids and Haaland were partly about representation. "I never imagined a world where I would be represented by someone who looks like me," Haaland said in her victory speech, to thundering cheers. These wins are profoundly personal for Native Americans, who were made citizens of this … [Read more...] about Two Native American women are headed to Congress. This is why it matters.
Updated 9:18 pm CDT, Wednesday, October 3, 2018 A Jeep drives through a flooded street to get sand bags to deliver to local businesses during a flash flood as a result of heavy rains from tropical storm Rosa Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Phoenix. A Jeep drives through a flooded street to get sand bags to deliver to local businesses during a flash flood as a result of heavy rains from tropical storm Rosa Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Phoenix. Photo: Ross D. Franklin, AP A pedestrian walks through a flooded street with a hand truck to get sand bags to deliver to local businesses during a flash flood as a result of heavy rains from tropical storm Rosa Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Phoenix. less A pedestrian walks through a flooded street with a hand truck to get sand bags to deliver to local businesses during a flash flood as a result of heavy rains from tropical storm Rosa Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in ... more … [Read more...] about The Latest: Tribe is concerned about Arizona dam’s integrity