Kiowa Tribe fights for sacred Longhorn Mountain

Kiowa Tribe fights for sacred Longhorn MountainThe Kiowa Tribe has gathered cedar for ceremonies and prayed on Longhorn Mountain south of Gotebo, Oklahoma for generations. That practice is in serious jeopardy as efforts to mine gravel out of the mountain are scheduled to begin by summerís end, turning generations of sacred usage into rubble.

Brazilian Tribe Opens Indigenous Education Center

Brazilian Tribe Opens Indigenous Education CenterAn education center created by the Paiter-Surui [en] tribe in the Brazilian Amazon that will offer professional courses to the area's indigenous has finally opened.

Santa Ysabel Tribe First in California to Support Same-Sex Marriage

Santa Ysabel Tribe First in California to Support Same-Sex MarriageThe Santa Ysabel Tribe has announced its firm support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community as it strives for same-sex marriage equality and an end to governmental discrimination.

The dancing feet of the Powwow

The dancing feet of the PowwowThe long prairie grass swayed in the hot summer sun. The young American Indian man, fasting and praying as he watched the grass dance in the wind, soon saw himself dancing in a similar manner.

DISCOVERING NATIVE CULTURE IN A SWEAT LODGE

DISCOVERING NATIVE CULTURE IN A SWEAT LODGEI have a funny relationship with my own culture in that I feel like a tourist in it. I was raised in complete seclusion from my Aboriginal background. There was no parental influence that rooted me in any cultural experiences. I grew up knowing the textbook definition of Indians. The hunter-gatherers, the feather in the hair, something about a peace pipe... It became clear these were just stereotypes. The truth is 'Indians' are my family, and I should probably know about my own culture. So, now that Iím in my early 20s, itís become a goal of mine to immerse myself in the culture that I missed out on as a child. First stop, sweat lodge.