NATIVE AMERICAN

Moorhead celebrates first-ever Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The city passed a resolution in July to mark it an official holiday

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The city of Moorhead celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day as an official holiday for the first time. The city council passed a resolution in July to mark the second Monday of every October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Moorhead Mayor Jonathan Judd says this is a celebration that “knows no geographical boundaries.” Events throughout the day like a prayer…

Panel on ND’S Indigenous Communities Brings Up Themes of Unhealed Trauma, Systemic Oppression

This is the first panel on indigenous communities hosted by the Northern Plains Ethics Institute

FARGO, N.D. — The Northern Plains Ethics Institute hosted a panel on ethical issues in North Dakota’s Indigenous communities on Thursday. Unhealed trauma, trust, and systemic oppression were some of the themes panelists brought up when asked about the most important issues affecting the indigenous community. “I’m shocked that people are surprised at the conditions in Native communities. Why are you surprised,…

“Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” A Film About Native American Life, Opens at West Acres Cinema

It's adapted from a novel by Minnesota author Kent Nerburn

FARGO, N.D. — A movie adapted from a novel by Minnesota author Kent Nerburn opens at West Acres Cinema. The film Neither Wolf Nor Dog tells the story of a white author who gets sucked into the world of contemporary Native American life by a 95–year old Lakota elder. The movie has been in two hundred theaters across the U.S. and…

Students Learn Traditions at Native American Youth Leadership Day

They're making medicine bags and learning about Native American culture

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Students at Community High School in West Fargo are getting a unique opportunity to learn skills from Native Americans. More than 40 students in sixth through eighth grade are participating in Native American Youth Leadership Day. The students are learning Native American practices such as making medicine bags. Event organizers say they want these kids to learn a…

Plains Art Museum Hosts Native American Arts and Crafts Festival

There was art of all mediums ranging from jewelry to painting to pottery

FARGO, N.D. — The Plains Art Museum is celebrating Native American Heritage Month with a festival dedicated to Native arts and crafts. Artists from the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin were there to show and sell their work. There was art of all mediums ranging from jewelry to painting to pottery. Artists applied to the festival by showing their original work, and…

Judge Rules Six Who Challenged ND Voter’s Law May Cast Ballots

The law requires voters to show ID with a residential street address, a provision American Indians say is not always evident on reservations.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ A judge says six Native Americans who challenged North Dakota’s voter identification law will be allowed to cast their ballots. The Bismarck Tribune reports that U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland signed an order Friday adopting the agreement, one day after he denied an emergency motion by the Spirit Lake tribe asking to block the state’s voter…

Former U.S. Attorney For ND Says Voters’ Address Issues Continue With Central Voter File

BISMARCK, N.D. – Amid issues that North Dakotans won’t be able to vote if they don’t have an address on their ID, Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger says “every voter will be given a ballot.” However, he has not said every ballot will be accepted. Native American tribes failed with legal challenges to the law. They argue many people on…

“The Heartbeat of Mother Earth”: The Pipekeepers Perform Powwow Drumming

They taught the community about the significance of drumming in Native American culture

MOORHEAD, Minn. — It’s more than just a drumbeat… it’s considered the heartbeat of Mother Earth. A group of Native Americans called The Pipekeepers taught people at the Moorhead Library about powwow drumming and why it’s so important in Native American culture. “It’s a reflection of your own heartbeat and the heartbeat of all the living things here on earth,” Rona…

Governor Burgum Thanks First Native Veterans Honor Flight Members

The flight departed Monday from Bismarck Airport and will return Tuesday night

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum helped send off 100 military veterans on the first North Dakota Native Veterans Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. The flight to see the memorials in their honor includes representation from all five tribal nations in North Dakota. The flight departed from Bismarck Airport and will return Tuesday night. About 155 people are making the trip,…

F-M Crossroads Powwow Healing One Family’s Spirit, Helps Others to Express Their Culture

Singers receive an $8,000 grand prize and first place dancers are awarded $1,000

FARGO, N.D. — Some wounds never heal but one family has found their saving grace with a little help from the beat of a drum. “We lost our daughter nine years ago. My husband tried to think of something we could do as a family to strengthen ourselves, be together as a family, because when we’re singing and doing this,…