Sacheen Littlefeather, Activist Who Declined Marlon Brando’s Oscar, Dies at 75

Sacheen Littlefeather, the activist who in 1973 declined an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando at the 45th Academy Awards to protest the treatment of Native Americans by the film industry, died on Sunday at age 75. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the news on Twitter. According to the Associate Press, … Read more

Malerba sworn in as 1st Native American in US Treasurer post

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mohegan Chief Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba was sworn in Monday as the Treasurer of the United States, the first Native American to hold that office. Her signature will now appear along with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on US currency. Yellen hailed the appointment at the Treasury Department ceremony as a sign of the … Read more

As inflation soars, access to indigenous foods declines

CHICAGO (AP) — Blueberry bison tamales, harvest salad with mixed greens, creamy carrot and wild rice soup, roasted turkey with squash. This contemporary Native American meal, crafted from the traditional foods of tribes across the United States and prepared with “Ketapanen” – a Menominee expression of love – cost caterer Jessica Pamonicutt $976 to feed … Read more

The Academy Apologizes to Sacheen Littlefeather, Who Refused Marlon Brando’s 1973 Oscar

Sacheen Littlefeather‘s 60-second speech at the 1973 Oscars, where she appeared on behalf of best-actor-winner Marlon Brando, was instantly among the awards show’s most blatantly political moments and has since become one of the top-viewed Oscar speeches of all- hour. Littlefeather was 26 when she took the Oscars stage in Brando’s place to decline his … Read more

Developer finds human remains near Nashville Civil War fort

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A developer has unearthed human remains that could be two centuries old while digging to lay the foundation of a new Nashville project not far from a Civil War fort and a cemetery dating back to 1822. For Nashville, the discovery marks the latest intersection of economic boom times and the city’s … Read more

60 curators, 1 show: Native Americans’ pick favorite pottery

SANTA FE, NM (AP) — Native American voices and artistry are at the core of a new traveling exhibition of clay pottery from the Pueblo Indian region of the American Southwest, as major art institutions increasingly defer to tribal communities for displays of ancestral art and artifacts. In all, 60 Native American artists, museum professionals, … Read more

Chaos erupts as SUV drives into Native American parade

GALLUP, NM — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and his family were among those almost hit as a large SUV drove through a Native American parade in western New Mexico, causing multiple injuries. Police took the driver into custody Thursday evening but have yet to release details about why the vehicle was speeding through downtown … Read more

Canada says pope’s apology to Indigenous not enough

QUEBEC CITY — The Canadian government made clear Wednesday that Pope Francis’ apology to Indigenous peoples for abuses in the country’s church-run residential schools didn’t go far enough, suggesting that reconciliation over the fraught history is still very much a work in progress. The official government reaction came as Francis arrived in Quebec City for … Read more

A Frequently Misunderstood American Master

In town with some summer hours to spare? Visit “Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe,” the overdue retrospective of a remarkable Yanktonai Dakota painter, who died in 1983, at the age of sixty-eight. The show graces the always enthralling New York branch of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, housed in the … Read more

Hillsborough County School Board Votes To Change Chamberlain High Mascot – CBS Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Hillsborough County Schools voted on Tuesday to change Chamberlain High School’s mascot. Two groups showed up to the board meeting to voice their opinions on the mascot, “The Chiefs.” “It’s very offensive what goes on,” said Robert Rosa with the Florida Indigenous Alliance. READ MORE: Tampa International Airport … Read more