Over centuries, the concept of “Native American Cuisine” has faded into obscurity. Sean Sherman, an Oglala Lakota man, is leading the movement to create a “New Native American Cuisine”.
Read the full article by Tejal Rao on The New York Times website.
Louise Erdrich, Minneapolis bookstore owner recently put out her new book, “LaRose”. She recently sat down with the NY Times to discuss the book, her bookstore, her family, and how her work explores her Ojibwe family and heritage. You can read the full interview with Erdrich in the NY Times, here.
The Washington Redskins have asked the Supreme Court to review their appeal of a federal judge’s July ruling that upheld the cancellation of their trademark. But there’s a catch: the team only wants the high court to consider its case if it takes up a similar one involving a band called “The Slants.”
Read the full article by Des Bieler on The Washington Post website.
The Bancroft prize is one of the most prestigious awards in the field of American History. Border Law: The First Seminole War and American Nationhood (Harvard University Press) by Deborah A. Rosen on the conflicts between the Seminole tribes of Florida and the Monroe Doctrine and The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast (Yale University Press) by Andrew Lipman takes accounts from English, Dutch and other archeological sources to examine the dual battleground and trade hub nature of the area between the Hudson River and Cape Cod between the 16th and 18th Centuries.
To read more about the award and the books that received it, read an article on the New York Times here.
Jake Page was the founding editor of Smithsonian Books and wrote extensively on American Indian culture. He died on February 10. During his career he pushed editors to publish stories about stolen Indian artifacts, and when they pushed back he decided to turn his research into fiction to reach a wider audience. Some of his titles on American Indians include In the Hands of the Great Spirit (2003), The First Americans: In Pursuit of Archeology’s Greatest Mystery (2002), and The Stolen Gods (1993) among many others.
You can read more about Jake Page and his work in an article by The Washington Post here.
Read his obituary in the New York Times here.
After years of legal debate, the custody of two skeletons (the La Jolla Bones) was awarded to the Kumeyaay tribe. The decision is hotly contended as a miscarriage of justice by the University of California scientists who were hoping to use new methods of DNA testing on the bones.
You can read more about the story in the New York Times article by Carl Zimmer, here.
Recently, the Pamunkey tribe (located just east of Richmond, VA) has finally triumphed over their adversaries in a quest to receive federal status. With its newfound federal status, the Pamunkey tribe will receive all rights and benefits given to recognized tribes, including the right to open a casino.
You can read more about the Pamunkey victory in the Washington Post article by Joe Heim, here.
Suffering from congestive heart failure, ballerina Yvonne Chouteau died on January 24th, 2016 in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Hall of Famer is known for founding the dance school at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma and as being a principle dancer of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She is one of a celebrated group of dancers known as the American Indian ballerinas of Oklahoma.
To learn more about her, you can read her obituary in the New York Times, written by Jack Anderson.
Recently, Dennison Tsosie, a silversmith who’s traditional Navajo art has been featured in the Smithsonian and the Heard Museum, sat down for an interview with New York Times reporter, Patricia R. Olsen, as part of her series on vocations. You can read the interview on the New York Times website, here.
John Trudell spoke out for the rights of American Indians for over thirty years- spending time as the national chairman of the American Indian Movement, testifying for the defense of activists Bob Robideau and Darelle Butler, joining an occupation of Alcatraz Island, and many taking many other stands for civil rights.
You can read more about Mr. Trudell in the New York Times article by Bruce Weber, here.