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New beading mat and tray so my beads don't roll around! Super helpful so far, also has a lid to protect paused project from mischievous kitties ❤️ Currently making a pair of holiday fringe earrings...

White Gold (Minis) Brick Stitch Fringe Beaded Earrings--

#Christmas #Holiday #Christmas2023 #Cvkvlv #CvkvlvBeadwork #Mvskoke #Native #Indigenous #NativeAmerican #Beadwork #Jewelry #Earrings #Handmade #IndigenousCreatives

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White Gold Beaded Dangle Earrings

Made with seed beads, bicones, and silver bugle beads. Get a pair here:

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#Christmas #Holiday #Christmas2023 #Cvkvlv #CvkvlvBeadwork #Mvskoke #Native #Indigenous #NativeAmerican #Beadwork #Jewelry #Earrings #Handmade #IndigenousCreatives

White, silver and gold Native beaded dangle earrings
Ron Franke
14 hours ago

An article worth your time reading

"Biden to back Haudenosaunee Confederacy competing in Olympics with own flag", #CNN

"Biden ... 'will recognize that due to the Confederacy’s unique role in inventing the sport of lacrosse, their sustained global leadership within the sport since its invention and their Nation-to-Nation request for support, they should be granted a narrowly scoped exception to field their own team.'"


At a White House Tribal Nations Summit, "Biden will sign a new executive order [EO] aimed at strengthening tribal sovereignty while reforming funding apparatuses for tribal nations."

The EO "will direct all federal agencies to move funding programs to more closely fall in line with to the Indian Self-Determination and Educational Assistance Act, 'which has allowed Tribal Nations to build and run their own hospitals, schools, and police forces to better meet the needs of their communities using the same federal dollars.'"

#Biden #POTUS #NativeAmerican

17 hours ago


White Christmas Tree Brick Stitch Beaded Earrings

Hands down my favorite pair in the collection ❤️ Shop this pair and other holiday designs:

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Native beaded white Christmas tree earrings
Jim Wald
1 day ago

MIT grad student on #antisemitism

"I am the daughter of a #Jewish mother and an #African-#Muslim #immigrant father" . . . .

"I was forced to leave my study group because my group members told me that the people at the Nova music festival deserved to die because they were partying on stolen land.”

Ummm ... 🤔

#Israel #Gaza #academia #rape #massachusetts #NewEngland #NativeAmerican #Indigenous

"l was forced to leave my study group
because my group members told me
that the people at the Nova music
festival deserved to die because they
were partying on stolen land.” Listen to
@MIT student Talia Kahn on the rise of
antisemitism on her campus.
Eli Kowaz (@elikowaz) on X
Map of Indigenous peoples and territories in what is now New England and eastern Canada:

Kwinitekw Environs This map expands from the previous one to the larger network of Kwinitekw, showing Wabanaki wélhanak, mission villages, and neighboring Native territories from Sobakw, the sea, to Ktsitekw, the St. Lawrence River
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White Gold (Minis) Brick Stitch Fringe Beaded Earrings

Perfect to wear to a Holiday dinner ✨ ✨ ✨

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White, silver, and gold Native beaded earrings
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Christmas Tree Brick Stitch Beaded Earrings

These tree earrings are adorable, love the gold trim 😍

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Green Native beaded Christmas tree earrings on a stone background
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Peppermint Red Chevron Brick Stitch Fringe Beaded Earrings

I loved making this pattern! ❤️❤️ Shop this pair and other holiday jewelry on my website:

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Red and white Native beaded earrings on a stone background
2 days ago

The #Wabanaki #TribalNations — an alliance of the #Penobscot, #Passamaquoddy, #Maliseet and #Mi’kmaq — wanted to rebury the #AncestralRemains. But #Harvard’s #PeabodyMuseum of #Archaeology and #Ethnology said, as it had in past years, that the tribes didn’t have enough evidence to show that they could be tied, through #culture or #lineage, to the #ancestors whose remains the #museum held.

#Indigenous #colonialism #repatriation #RepatriateToIndigenous #NativeAmerican

2 days ago


Cvkvlv's Holiday 2023 Collection is out now!!

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3 days ago

The Repatriation Project

Tribes in #Maine Spent Decades Fighting to Rebury Ancestral Remains. Harvard Resisted Them at Nearly Every Turn.

by Mary Hudetz and Ash Ngu
Dec. 4, 5 a.m. EST

"Donna Augustine was in tears as she read the letter from Harvard University that winter morning in 2013. Looking around the room inside an elementary school on Indian Island, Maine, she saw other elders and leaders from the four Wabanaki tribes were also devastated as they read that the university was denying their request to repatriate ancestral remains to their tribes.

"The Wabanaki tribal nations — an alliance of the #Penobscot, #Passamaquoddy, #Maliseet and #Mikmaq — wanted to rebury the ancestral remains. But Harvard’s #PeabodyMuseum of Archaeology and Ethnology said, as it had in past years, that the tribes didn’t have enough evidence to show that they could be tied, through culture or lineage, to the ancestors whose remains the museum held.

"The denial felt like a rejection of Wabanaki identity for Augustine, a Mi’kmaq grandmother, who had spent years urging Harvard to release Native American remains.

"'Every one of us in that room was crying,' she recalled. 'We jumped through every hoop.'

"The group representing the only four tribal nations in present-day Maine had furnished a deeply researched report documenting their histories in the region, even sharing closely held stories passed down within their tribes from one generation to the next that told of their ancient ties to Maine’s lakes, islands and forests.

"Now they could see it hadn’t been enough for Harvard, which especially prized the remains of 43 ancestors buried for thousands of years near Maine’s Blue Hill Bay.

"Complicating matters for the tribes, another museum, the similarly named but smaller Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology, housed on the campus of the #PhillipsAcademy, a Massachusetts preparatory school, held items from the same ancient burial site.

"Instead of sending a letter as Harvard did, the Phillips Academy museum director, Ryan Wheeler, had asked to meet with the tribes. Seated at the table that morning, he was initially uncertain what he would do. He would later say that it became evident during the meeting that the tribes exhibited a strong connection to the ancestors they sought to claim, both from the report they had provided and their reaction to Harvard’s decision.

"He recalled leaving the meeting certain he would repatriate. 'There was really no question about it,' he later said.

"What the Wabanaki committee and Wheeler didn’t know, however, was just how hard Harvard would push back. In the two years that followed, the director of the Harvard museum went to surprising lengths to pressure Wheeler to reverse his decision.

"A #ProPublica investigation this year into repatriation has shown how some of the nation’s #elite museums have used their power and vast resources to delay returning ancestral remains and sacred objects under the #NativeAmericanGraves Protection and Repatriation Act. By exploiting loopholes in the 1990 law, anthropologists overruled tribes’ evidence showing their ties to the oldest ancestral remains in museums’ collections. We’ve also shown that museums and universities have delayed repatriations while allowing destructive analyses — like DNA extractions — on ancestral remains over the objections of tribes.

"Harvard, where the remains of an estimated 5,500 Native Americans are stored at the Peabody Museum, used these loopholes over the span of three decades to prolong the Wabanaki tribes’ repatriation process while remaining in technical compliance with the 1990 law, our review found.

"For Augustine and her colleagues, few things were more frustrating than knowing that NAGPRA had empowered museums to decide whether Indigenous people had a valid connection to their ancestors. These were the same institutions that had collected the human remains and objects from ancestral burial sites. Despite NAGPRA’s intent to give Indigenous people say over ancestral remains, institutions still made the final decisions on whether to repatriate.

"'The wolves are in charge of how to deal with the sheep,' said #DarrellNewell, a former vice chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe who helped create the Wabanaki Intertribal Repatriation Committee to accelerate negotiations with the institutions. 'It’s just not a good way.'

"Harvard in recent years has apologized and promised to speed repatriation, saying it aims to repatriate all #NativeAmerican remains and the items once buried with them within the next three years and recently doubled staffing in the Peabody Museum’s repatriation office. However, the school has yet to return more than half of the human remains it reported holding under NAGPRA, according to federal data from November. Only two institutions, of the hundreds that must comply with NAGPRA, hold more human remains than Harvard."

Read more:

#Repatriation #NativeAmericans #Wabanaki #WabanakiConfederacy #HarvardUniversity #CulturalGenocide

6 days ago

Allison Burke has 4 #mustangs at her place on the reservation of the #SpokaneTribe of Indians in NE #Washington. All four are from #NativeAmerican reservations in the #PNW.

The #Spokane & other tribes used #horses to cover more ground for trade & to hunt & forage. They would ride them into the rivers & catch fish from their backs. Horses also helped #Indigenous nations in the West fight back against the colonizers who began arriving in waves in the mid-1800s.

Jim Wald
1 week ago


Enslaved Christians: #Black Church Members in the Era of Cotton Mather Tickets, Thu, Nov 30, 2023 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite

#NativeAmerican #slavery #Puritans #massachusetts

1 week ago

Nisenan leaders and Nevada City representatives met yesterday at 'Uba Seo Gallery for a check presentation to The California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project or CHIRP. With the $5,000 donation, the City of Nevada City is the first government entity to participate in the Ancestral Homelands Reciprocity Program. #Nisenan #NativeAmerican

Shelly Covert was joined by Virginia Covert, the original Chairwoman of the Nisenan Tribal Council, Sarah Thomas and Lorena Davis. Nevada City Mayor Daniela Fernandez, Council member Lou Ceci, City Manager Sean Grayson and Police Chief Dan Foss attended.
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Why #Navajo is the world’s hardest language to learn
The tonal #NativeAmerican #language differentiates words based on #pitch and makes Spanish conjugation look like child’s play.

by Tim Brinkhof, November 27, 2023

"Concentrated in #Arizona and #NewMexico, the Navajo are one of the largest Native American groups in the United States. Consisting of up to 400,000 tribal members, they are thought to have originated from northwestern #Canada and were forcibly moved to their present location by the federal government in the 1860s during #TheLongWalk.

"Traditional Navajo families live in circular mud-and-log homes called hogans, create intricate ceremonial paintings made of sand, and hold four-day runs (a ritual called kinaalda) to celebrate young girls turning into adult women.

"Arguably, the most important aspect of Navajo culture is their language. Also known as #Diné #Bizaad (the “people’s language”), Navajo is similar to #Apache, from which it separated between 1300 and 1525 AD. Both Navajo and Apache belong to a language family called #Athabaskan, which, providing evidence for their geographic origin, is also spoken by native tribes in #Yukon, #Alaska, and #BritishColumbia. As with other Native American languages, #globalization and #discrimination threaten Navajo’s survival. In 2017, the number of fluent speakers was estimated at 170,000, less than half of the tribe’s population.

"Learning Navajo isn’t easy. Compared to other complicated but more widely spoken languages, like Korean or Arabic, there are limited resources available to non-speakers. Mastery of Navajo language also requires a level of familiarity with Navajo customs, something even some Indigenous people no longer have access to.

"That said, the most daunting aspect of learning Navajo is the language itself. Described by linguists Robert W. Young and William Morgan as a 'hopeless maze of irregularities,' its unique grammar, syntax, and tonal pronunciation are so indecipherable to outsiders that, during the Second World War, the American army used Navajo as a form of military code."

#CulturalPreservation #IndigenousLanguages #IndigenousCulture #Linguistics #Anthropology #Codetalkers

The cutting-edge work of Native American aerospace engineer Mary Golda Ross

As Native American Heritage Month comes to a close, for our “Hidden Histories” series, we look at the life and legacy of Mary Golda Ross, the first Native American woman to become an engineer and a pioneering figure of the space age.
#USnews #UShistory #Indigenous #aerospace #engineering #science #technology #NativeAmerican #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

"...I'd see differences between the city life and the res life. There was a big difference between the care of the people. There were more resources in the city versus what people have available on the res — healthcare, for instance. Or the high food prices on the res or in remote areas — it's really, really expensive, so a lot of the people depend on hunting and fishing to survive. I've seen that difference."

#Indigenous #nativeamerican #thanksgiving

2 weeks ago

Boo hiss! Judge Du did give the tribes another month to amend their complaint.

Judge again rules against #tribes’ effort to stop #lithium mine

By: Jeniffer Solis - November 21, 2023

"A Nevada federal judge ruled against three #NativeAmerican tribes seeking to halt construction of the country’s largest #openpit lithium mine, but will allow them to amend their complaint against the U.S. government.

"In the meantime, construction at #LithiumNevada’s mine near the #Nevada - #Oregon border will continue. Major construction on the lithium mine is scheduled to start in 2024, while production is expected to begin in late 2026, say Lithium Nevada officials.

"In the order, filed earlier this month, U.S. District Judge #MirandaDu dismissed the tribe’s claim that the mine’s approval violates federal preservation law and land policy.

"#Du ruled the three Native American tribes’ failed to prove that the #BureauOfLandManagement did not adequately consult with them, as required by the National Historic Preservation Act, which gives tribes the right to consultation when a project affects areas of #religious or #cultural significance.

"However, the judge gave the tribes a month to amend their complaint, which claims construction of the lithium mine in #ThackerPass near the sacred site of a 1865 massacre violates #FederalLaw.

"The three litigating tribes — #SummitLake #Paiute Tribe, #RenoSparks Indian Colony, and #BurnsPaiute Tribe — refer to Thacker Pass as “Peehee mu’huh” which translates to 'rotten moon' in honor of their ancestors who were massacred by the U.S. Cavalry in 1865 in an area of the pass shaped like a moon.

"In a ruling in 2021, Judge Du said evidence presented by the tribes that a massacre took place in Thacker Pass 'further highlights the shameful history of the treatment of #NativeAmericans by federal and state governments' but 'does not definitely establish that a massacre occurred' within the proposed project site.

"All three tribes claimed the BLM withheld crucial information from relevant agencies and #misrepresented the extent of the agency’s tribal consultation before approving the lithium mine project.

"The government dismissed those claims by arguing they have satisfied federal law by consulting with relevant tribes prior to approving the mine, and by continuing that consultation with tribes after the mine’s approval.

"Du agreed with the government’s argument and dismissed the tribe’s legal challenge, but left room for the tribes to amend their complaint related to the #NationalHistoricPreservationAct and further explain their claim that the BLM was legally required to complete the consultation process before approving the project. Du also gave the tribes space to amend their claim on how the government might have violated the Federal Land Policy and Management Act.

"Part of the tribe’s lawsuit seeking to block construction of the mine is still pending at the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals, where oral arguments will be heard in February [2024].

"Will Falk, representing the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, said consultation should have been completed before construction began to avoid or mitigate harm to the sacred site.

"Tribal attorney’s on the case are still considering whether to amend the complaint by the Dec. 9 deadline or focus on their pending appeal, said Falk.

"'We are very disappointed that the court is allowing Lithium Nevada to destroy the site of an 1865 massacre of Paiute peoples and a whole Traditional Cultural District before the Bureau of Land Management finished consulting with tribes,' Falk said. 'While #ClimateChange is a very real, existential threat, if government agencies are allowed to rush through permitting processes to fast-track destructing mining projects like the one at Thacker Pass, more of the #NaturalWorld and more Native American culture will be destroyed.'

"The new ruling is the latest in a series of legal setbacks for opponents of the lithium mine. Over the summer, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to vacate federal land managers’ approval of a lithium mine, ruling that the U.S. government took a sufficiently 'hard look' at the project’s impacts before approving it.

"Before that, Du also ruled largely in favor of Lithium Nevada and the Bureau of Land Management in a consolidated case involving claims brought by environmental groups, a local rancher, and two Native American tribes.

"'We’ve dedicated more than a decade to community engagement and hard work in order to get this project right, and the courts have again validated the efforts by Lithium Americas and the administrative agencies,' said Tim Crowley, the vice president of government and community relations for Lithium Nevada, in a statement."

#NativeAmericanHistory #CulturalGenocide #RespectTheTreaties #LithiumAmericas #OpenPitMining

2 weeks ago

Today is #BlackFriday but more importantly #NativeAmericanHeritageDay !!

Looks like the perfect day to shop #Native owned businesses instead of big brands😊

#Mvskoke #Indigenous #NativeAmerican

It's like the NHL is trying to fight some sort of war out of the 19th Century. It's 2023 Gary (and Owners)! Preventing your star players from showing simple support for social causes is a BAD IDEA. 🤦‍♂️ 🤦‍♂️ 🤦‍♂️
#NHL #Fleury #IndigenousRights #NativeAmerican #Hockey #Backwards

David Ano
2 weeks ago

I wish you a happy #NativeAmericanHeritageDay in celebration of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. There are currently 574 different federally recognized tribes living within the US, and more not recognized federally...
#history #NativeAmerican #IndigenousPeoples #Thanksgiving #firstnations

Jim Wald
2 weeks ago

And, keeping it here in Massachusetts, from our friends at WBUR :

Beyond turkey: How to start a conversation with children about Thanksgiving

A #NativeAmerican children’s book author who often goes to #schools to talk about gratitude has advice about how parents can reframe the story of Thanksgiving for their young children.

We revisit a conversation Here & Now’s Deepa Fernandes had last year with Traci Sorell, author of “We are Grateful: Otsaliheliga."


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November 12, 2023 via #WabanakiReach

#Haudenosaunee #Thanksgiving Address

"The Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address is an ancient message of peace and appreciation of #MotherEarth and her inhabitants. The children learn that, according to #NativeAmerican tradition, people everywhere are embraced as family. Our diversity, like all wonders of #Nature, is truly a gift for which we are thankful.

When one recites the Thanksgiving Address the Natural World is thanked, and in thanking each life-sustaining force, one becomes spiritually tied to each of the forces of the Natural and Spiritual World. The Thanksgiving Address teaches mutual respect, conservation, love, generosity, and the responsibility to understand that what is done to one part of the #WebOfLife, we do to ourselves.

Greetings to the Natural World

The People

Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people.

Now our minds are one.

The Earth Mother

We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our mother, we send greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Waters

We give thanks to all the waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know its power in many forms‐waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of Water.

Now our minds are one.

The Fish

We turn our minds to the all the Fish life in the water. They were instructed to cleanse and purify the water. They also give themselves to us as food. We are grateful that we can still find pure water. So, we turn now to the Fish and send our greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.


Now we turn toward the vast fields of Plant life. As far as the eye can see, the Plants grow, working many wonders. They sustain many life forms. With our minds gathered together, we give thanks and look forward to seeing Plant life for many generations to come.

Now our minds are one.

The Food Plants

With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans and berries have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them too. We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and send them a greeting of thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Medicine Herbs

Now we turn to all the Medicine herbs of the world. From the beginning they were instructed to take away sickness. They are always waiting and ready to heal us. We are happy there are still among us those special few who remember how to use these plants for healing. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the Medicines and to the keepers of the Medicines.

Now our minds are one.

The Animals

We gather our minds together to send greetings and thanks to all the Animal life in the world. They have many things to teach us as people. We are honored by them when they give up their lives so we may use their bodies as food for our people. We see them near our homes and in the deep forests. We are glad they are still here and we hope that it will always be so.

Now our minds are one

The Trees

We now turn our thoughts to the Trees. The Earth has many families of Trees who have their own instructions and uses. Some provide us with shelter and shade, others with fruit, beauty and other useful things. Many people of the world use a Tree as a symbol of peace and strength. With one mind, we greet and thank the Tree life.

Now our minds are one.

The Birds

We put our minds together as one and thank all the Birds who move and fly about over our heads. The Creator gave them beautiful songs. Each day they remind us to enjoy and appreciate life. The Eagle was chosen to be their leader. To all the Birds‐from the smallest to the largest‐we send our joyful greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Four Winds

We are all thankful to the powers we know as the Four Winds. We hear their voices in the moving air as they refresh us and purify the air we breathe. They help us to bring the change of seasons. From the four directions they come, bringing us messages and giving us strength. With one mind, we send our greetings and thanks to the Four Winds.

Now our minds are one.

The Thunderers

Now we turn to the west where our grandfathers, the Thunder Beings, live. With lightning and thundering voices, they bring with them the water that renews life. We are thankful that they keep those evil things made by Okwiseres underground. We bring our minds together as one to send greetings and thanks to our Grandfathers, the Thunderers.

Now our minds are one.

The Sun

We now send greetings and thanks to our eldest Brother, the Sun. Each day without fail he travels the sky from east to west, bringing the light of a new day. He is the source of all the fires of life. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Brother, the Sun.

Now our minds are one.

Grandmother Moon

We put our minds together to give thanks to our oldest Grandmother, the Moon, who lights the night‐time sky. She is the leader of woman all over the world, and she governs the movement of the ocean tides. By her changing face we measure time, and it is the Moon who watches over the arrival of children here on Earth. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Grandmother, the Moon.

Now our minds are one.

The Stars

We give thanks to the Stars who are spread across the sky like jewelry. We see them in the night, helping the Moon to light the darkness and bringing dew to the gardens and growing things. When we travel at night, they guide us home. With our minds gathered together as one, we send greetings and thanks to the Stars.

Now our minds are one.

The Enlightened Teachers

We gather our minds to greet and thank the enlightened Teachers who have come to help throughout the ages. When we forget how to live in harmony, they remind us of the way we were instructed to live as people. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to these caring teachers.

Now our minds are one.


Now we turn our thoughts to the creator, or Great Spirit, and send greetings and thanks for all the gifts of Creation. Everything we need to live a good life is here on this Mother Earth. For all the love that is still around us, we gather our minds together as one and send our choicest words of greetings and thanks to the Creator.

Now our minds are one.

Closing Words

We have now arrived at the place where we end our words. Of all the things we have named, it was not our intention to leave anything out. If something was forgotten, we leave it to each individual to send such greetings and thanks in their own way.

Now our minds are one."

#Gratitude #Spirituality #IndigenousWisdom

A #NativeAmerican #tribe is about to put #solarpanels over its #canals
The Gila River Indian Community signed a project partnership agreement with #ArmyCorpsOfEngineers to put #solar panels over its canals. The pilot is part of a broader effort by the Biden administration and the Bureau of Reclamation to implement solutions for the drought crisis that’s threatening the Colorado River Basin. The objective is to create clean energy and conserve water in the Tribe’s canal.

2 weeks ago


Clip-On Customization

No Piercings? No problem. Now you can customize any pair of Cvkvlv beaded earrings with a pair of clip-on hoop findings:

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#Cvkvlv #CvkvlvBeadwork #Mvskoke #Native #Indigenous #NativeAmerican #Beadwork #Jewelry #Earrings #Handmade #IndigenousCreatives

Three colors of clip-on hoop findings on a stone background
Kiamichi Camp
2 weeks ago

Still have a lot of things in my shop! Holidays are coming up and I have a lot of items under 15 bucks that make great stocking stuffers! Support Native artists!

#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #NativeArtist #Beadwork #NativeAmerican #IndigenousArtist #EtsyShop

2 weeks ago

For #Alaska Families, Questions Remain About Unsolved Deaths and “Suicides”

Local law enforcement said there was only one official unsolved #murder in Kotzebue, Alaska.

Many residents suspect otherwise.

#Crime #CriminalJustice #Police #Indigenous #Native #NativeAmerican #SexualAssault #News #LawEnforcement

Photo of Kotzebue, Alaska, Mayor Saima Chase outside her home. 

Photo Credit:Emily Mesner / ADN

Found out 4 Directions is doing a campaign for #NAHM for the Native American Rights Fund

#Indigenous #NativeAmerican

2 weeks ago

Today in Labor History November 20, 1969: Occupation of Alcatraz: Native American activists seized control of Alcatraz Island and occupied it until the U.S. Government ousted them 19 months later. The protest group called themselves Indians of All Tribes. They took the island because, according to the Treaty of Fort Laramie, all retired, abandoned or out-of-use federal land was to be returned to the Indians who once occupied it. Since Alcatraz had been closed for over 6 years, and the island had been declared surplus federal property, indigenous activists believed that the island was theirs to reclaim. One of the organizers of the Occupation, Richard Oakes, was shot to death in 1972 by a white supremacist YMCA counselor in Sonoma, CA.

#WorkingClass #LaborHistory #alcatraz #occupation #NativeAmerican #indigenous #aim #StolenLand

Graffiti from the occupation of Alcatraz as it appeared in 2010. Reads: Indians Welcome above a sign that reads: U.S. Penitentiary, Alcatraz Island. By Loco Steve, CC BY 3.0,
Poetry News
2 weeks ago

Oh sweet boy, strong and proud
Your hair, such a sacred vow
It was part of your culture
But sadly it had to go
Your strength is something to be admired, how

#aclu #nativeamerican #culturalheritage #strength #ode #poetry

i try to watch #NativeAmerican public tv. saw about a year ago a docu of a young man being promoted to chieftain. the docu was about 1-2 years old and he was one of the youngest (he was a teen at the time) to be given a chieftainship.

just saw him in a preview to a new docu and he's now a young adult in his early 20s and thriving as one of the new elders of his nation.

am now emotionally invested in his success. makes me so happy to see him and his people thriving.

3 weeks ago

Prosecutors add #HateCrime allegations in shooting over Spanish #conquistador statue

AP, November 3, 2023

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — "State prosecutors added hate-crime allegations Thursday to charges of attempted murder against a New Mexico man accused in the shooting of a #NativeAmerican #activist amid confrontations about aborted plans to reinstall a statue of a Spanish conquistador in public, at a court hearing Thursday in northern New Mexico.

"Defendant Ryan David Martinez pleaded not guilty to all charges at the arraignment overseen by a district court judge from a courthouse in TierraAmarilla.

"Assistant District Attorney Tony Long indicated that his office will pursue sentence enhancements based on the use of a firearm and try to prove that the shooting was motivated by bias against a particular social group.

"Martinez was arrested on Sept. 28 after chaos erupted and a single shot was fired at an outdoor gathering in Española over canceled plans to install a bronze likeness of conquistador Juan de #Oñate, who is both revered and reviled for his role in establishing early settlements along the Upper Rio Grande starting in 1598.

"The shooting severely wounded #JacobJohns, of Spokane, Washington, a well-traveled #activist for #environmental causes and an advocate for #NativeAmericanRights who is of #Hopi and Akimel #Oodham tribal descent.

"He had joined other advocates for Native American rights as they celebrated with song, prayer and speeches the county's decision not to install the statue that day.

"Under state law, a hate-crime sentence enhancement could extend prison time by up to a year. The firearm-related enhancements could add up to eight years in prison.

"Initial felony charges against Martinez carry possible sentences of up to 16 years and six months in prison, along with possible fines and parole, Long told the court. A misdemeanor charge of reckless driving could add up to 90 days in prison.

"State District Court Judge Jason Lidyard scheduled a jury trial for May 2024. He has ordered that Martinez remain in jail pending trial."

#ClimateActivist #ClimateJustice #IndigenousActivists #NewMexico #MAGA #HateCrimes

3 weeks ago

How the #NativeAmerican Vote Continues to be Suppressed

by Patty Ferguson-Bohnee
February, 2020

"The right to vote has been an uphill battle for #NativeAmericans. The #VotingRightsAct of 1965 helped to secure and protect that right for many Native Americans and #AlaskaNatives. With the Voting Rights Act, voter participation among Native Americans increased. However, the Supreme Court invalidated the Section 5 preclearance formula in 2013 (Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. 529 (2013)), removing one of the most powerful tools to ensure equal access to the ballot, including Alaska and Arizona, and two jurisdictions in South Dakota with significant Native American and Alaska Native populations. Since the Shelby County decision, efforts to suppress the vote have increased. For Native Americans, these voter suppression efforts can and do have devastating impacts.

"Despite the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, many Native Americans living on reservations continued to be excluded from the democratic process. In 1948, Native Americans in #NewMexico and #Arizona successfully litigated their right to vote. #Utah and #NorthDakota became the last states to afford on-reservation Native Americans the right to vote in 1957 and 1958, respectively. When the right to vote was finally secured, voter suppression laws kept Native Americans from voting and seeking elected office. In Arizona, for example, Native Americans could not fully participate in voting until 1970 when the Supreme Court upheld the ban against using literacy tests (Oregon v. Mitchell, 400 U.S. 112 (1970)). Today, the right to vote continues to be challenged through the passage of new laws and practices that either fail to consider, disregard, or intentionally target Native American voters.

"In order to understand the challenges faced by Native American voters, one must recognize the vast differences in experiences, opportunities, and realities facing on-reservation voters as compared to off-reservation voters.

"I will never forget the #Navajo grandmother who spoke only Navajo and could not vote after Arizona passed its voter ID law in 2004. She tried several times to obtain an Arizona ID on her own but was denied because she was born at home in a hogan, and the boarding schools changed her Navajo name to English. She lived in a modest home on the Navajo Reservation without electricity and running water, and lived a traditional lifestyle taking care of her sheep. She was embarrassed and devastated when she was turned away from the polls for not having an ID. Working with her, a team from the Indian Legal Clinic traveled five hours to meet her at multiple agency offices to obtain her delayed birth certificate; we then went to two separate Motor Vehicle Division Offices. The first one did not issue same-day photo IDs, and the other initially denied her request. The office rejected her delayed Navajo birth certificate, until I was able to intervene and demonstrate to them that it was an acceptable document. The system failed to consider her reality as a Navajo woman and failed to value her as a voter. Fortunately, she was persistent in exercising her right to vote, but not all voters are, nor should they have to be.

"This example helps explain why voting can be difficulty for Native American voters. Turnout for Native Americans is the lowest in the country, as compared to other groups. While a number of issues contribute to the low voter turnout, a study conducted by the Native American Voting Rights Coalition found that low levels of trust in government, lack of information on how and where to register and to vote, long travel distances to register or to vote, low levels of access to the internet, hostility toward Native Americans, and intimidation are obstacles. Isolating conditions such as language barriers, socioeconomic disparities, lack of access to transportation, lack of residential #addresses, lack of access to #mail, and the digital divide limit Native American political participation. Changes to voting processes further frustrate the ability of Native Americans to vote."

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#RightToVote #VoterSuppression

3 weeks ago

2020: How #NativeAmericans#RightToVote has been systematically violated for generations

In the new book Voting in Indian Country, Jean Reith Schroedel weaves together historical and contemporary voting rights conflicts as the election nears

by Nina Lakhani in New York
Fri 16 Oct 2020

"#VoterSuppression has taken centre stage in the race to elect potentially the 46th president of the United States. But we’ve heard little about the 5.2 million #Native Americans whose ancestors have called this land home before there was a US president.

"The rights of indigenous communities – including the right to vote – have been systematically violated for generations with devastating consequences for access to #CleaAir and #water, #health, #education, economic opportunities, #housing and #sovereignty. Voter turnout for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives is the lowest in the country, and about one in three eligible voters (1.2 million people) are not registered to vote, according to the National Congress of American Indians.

"In a new book, Voting in Indian County: The View from the Trenches, Jean Reith Schroedel, professor emerita of political science at Claremont Graduate University, weaves together historical and contemporary voting rights conflicts.

"Is the right to vote struggle for Native Americans distinct from the wider struggle faced by marginalized groups in the US?

"One thing few Americans understand is that American Indians and #NativeAlaskans were the last group in the #UnitedStates to get #citizenship and to get the #vote. Even after the civil war and the Reconstruction (13th, 14th and 15th) amendments there was a supreme court decision that said #IndigenousPeople could never become US citizens, and some laws used to disenfranchise them were still in place in 1975. In fact first-generation violations used to deny – not just dilute voting rights – were in place for much longer for Native Americans than any other group. It’s impossible to understand contemporary voter suppression in Indian Country without understanding this historical context.

"Why didn’t the #AmericanIndianCitizenshipAct 1924 nor the #VotingRightsAct (#VRA) 1965 guarantee Native Americans equal access to the ballot box?

"The motivation for the VRA was the egregious treatment of #black people in the south, and for the first 10 years there was a question over whether it even applied to #AmericanIndian and Native Alaskan populations. It wasn’t really discussed until a #CivilRights commission report in 1975 which included cases from #SouthDakota and #Arizona that showed equally egregious #discrimination and absolute denial of right to vote towards Native Americans – and also #Latinos.

"When voter suppression is discussed by politicians, advocates and journalists, it’s mostly about African American voters, and to a lesser degree Latinos. Why are Native Americans still excluded from the conversation?

"Firstly they are a small population and secondly most of the most egregious abuses routinely occur in rural isolated parts of #IndianCountry where there is little media focus. But it’s happening – take Jackson county in South Dakota, a state where the governor has done little to protect people from #Covid. The county council has just decided to close the legally mandated early voting centre on the #PineRidgeReservation, citing concerns about Covid, but not in the voting site in #Kadoka, where the white people go. Regardless of the intent, this will absolutely have a detrimental effect on Native people’s ability to vote. And South Dakota, like many other states, is also a very hard place for Native people to vote by mail. In the primary, the number of people who registered to #VoteByMail increased by 1,000% overall but there was no increase among reservation communities. In #Oglala county, which includes the eastern part of Pine Ridge, turnout was about 10%.

"The right to vote by mail is a hot political and civil rights issue in the 2020 election – could it help increase turnout in Indian Country?

"No, voting by mail is very challenging for Native Americans for multiple reasons. First and foremost, most reservations do not have home mail delivery. Instead, people need to travel to post offices or postal provide sites – little places that offer minimal mail services and are located in places like gas stations and mini-marts. Take the Navajo Nation that encompasses 27,425 square miles – it’s larger than West Virginia, yet there are only 40 places where people can send and receive mail. In West Virginia, there are 725. Not a single PO box on the Navajo Nation has 24-hour access."

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#NativeAmerican #VoterSuppression

3 weeks ago


Desert Fire Triangle Peyote Stitch Beaded Bracelet

Made of shiny delica beads with adjustable clasp. Shop this bracelet and other beaded jewelry on my website:

DM with questions or custom requests!

#Cvkvlv #CvkvlvBeadwork #Mvskoke #Native #Indigenous #NativeAmerican #Beadwork #Jewelry #Earrings #Handmade #IndigenousCreatives

Turquoise, red, orange, yellow, and white Native beaded bracelet on a stone background
Turquoise, red, orange, yellow, and white Native beaded bracelet on a wrist
3 weeks ago

One of my FAILED ideas... 😬

I'm not a sports person but I thought what a phenomenal way to celebrate your team or gift your sporty significant other.

Beaded earrings that are particularly suited for sports fans. If you'd like to have them make you a pair in your team colors*, @Tzipporah would be happy to do it.
*except mascotry teams

#Cvkvlv #CvkvlvBeadwork #Mvskoke #Native #Indigenous #NativeAmerican #Beadwork #Jewelry #Earrings #Handmade #IndigenousCreatives

3 weeks ago

Be sure to order now for the Holidays! These are handmade. There is a finite amount of my labor and shipping becomes less predictable as the Holidays get closer.

Here's some of my stock, available to ship on my website:

Order ASAP to get made to order items in time for the Holidays

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Eight styles of Native beaded earrings
Four styles of Native beaded earrings
Four styles of Native beaded earrings
3 weeks ago


Desert Fire (Minis) Brick Stitch Fringe Beaded Earrings

Finally got some pics of these minis! Available on my website:

DM with questions or custom requests!

#Cvkvlv #CvkvlvBeadwork #Mvskoke #Native #Indigenous #NativeAmerican #Beadwork #Jewelry #Earrings #Handmade #IndigenousCreatives

Turquoise, Red, orange, yellow, and white Native beaded earrings on a stone background
4 weeks ago

One Woman Died on an #Alaska Mayor’s Property. Then Another. No One Has Ever Been Charged.

Before they died, Jennifer Kirk and Sue Sue Norton were both victims of domestic violence, but the men involved — the ex-mayor’s sons — faced few consequences despite a long history of similar allegations.

#News #DomesticViolence #Police #Politics #Women #NativeAmerican #CriminalJustice

Side-by-side photos of two young,  Inupiaq women. On the left is Jennifer Kirk and on the right is Susanna “Sue Sue” Norton. Both died, two years apart, in homes owned by a former mayor of Kotzebue, Alaska, and often occupied by his adult sons.
Dr. Amy H. Sturgis 🍂🍁
1 month ago

#CallForPapers: Special Issue on Indigenous Speculative Fiction

Orbit: A Journal of American Fiction now seeks contributions for a special issue on #Indigenous authors and their works, with a particular emphasis on US (#NativeAmerican, including but not limited to #AlaskaNative and #PacificIslandNative) and Canadian (#FirstNations, #Métis, and #Inuit) authors and works.

#IndigenousFuturism #IndigenousLit #SFF #SpecFic #SpeculativeFiction #Academics #ScienceFiction #Fantasy #Horror

There's a bunch of #twitch events put together for #IndigenousHeritageMonth by The Four Directions (a Natives streamer group thingy)

next event is on the 10th and the last event is the 28th

#Indigedon #Indigenous #NativeAmerican #streaming

1 month ago

A local native tribe has joined the protest, taking to the water in a traditional Coastal Salish Canoe to Block The Boat!

Additional kayaks and other small vessels are reportedly in position to disrupt access to the port.

🖤 ✊🏿


#NativeAmerican #PeopleOfTheSalishSea #Canoe #Tacoma #PNW #FreeGaza #Palestine #BlockTheBoat #BDS
1 month ago

I'm in a serious spot for cash to pay bills. Some sales would be a big help!

#IndigenousMutualAid #SettlerSaturday

Here’s some of what I have in stock:

#Cvkvlv #CvkvlvBeadwork #Mvskoke #Native #Indigenous #NativeAmerican #Beadwork #Jewelry #Earrings #Handmade #IndigenousCreatives

Eight styles of Native beaded earrings