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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: Tribes Will Participate

Law Enforcement administration officials for a number of Indian reservations have signed on to support National Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, October 22. The Drug Enforcement Agency has been encouraging participation in the annual event for years in order to recover prescription drugs from medicine cabinets. The Office of Justice Services in the Bureau of…

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Cherokee Heritage Center’s Sevenstar Gala

The Cherokee Heritage Center hosted the Sevenstar Gala on October 22.  The event is held annually, representing an opportunity to recognize those who help to advance the Cherokee National Historical Society’s mandate to preserve, promote and teach the Cherokee nation’s history and culture. Sevenstar is the Center’s marquee fundraiser. Three prestigious awards were given out: the…

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Therese Martin of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Celebrates 100 Years

Therese Martin is the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s eldest tribal member celebrates her 100 years of life on November 3, 2016. She received kind words and well-wishes, not to mention countless cards and gifts as the community celebrated her 100th birthday. Therese Martin has imparted a lot of things to her community. Not only while she served…

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What Prompted Andrew Jackson to Push Through the Indian Removal Act?

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 forced countless Indians from their homes to reservations and government lands on the western side of the Mississippi River. It was this legislation that led to the tragic Trail of Tears. That’s not how it played out, though; because Andrew Jackson was determined to remove the Indians from their…

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Manifest Destiny: Westward Expansion in 19th Century America

The title “Manifest Destiny” is a term created by newspaper editor to John O’Sullivan to describe a modus operandi of at least one significant segment of the U.S. Government and the American people during the 19th century. It describes the belief that the United States and its people had the God-given mandate to pursue westward…

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Navajo Nation Reeling Under the Scope of COVID-19

Reservation existence is tough. And that’s under the best of circumstances. The 2020 assault of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has compounded the difficulty of rez life and Navajo Nation is reeling. There are more than 100 deaths reported, more than 3,000 cases confirmed at this point. Yes, the incidence of of both death and illness is extreme….

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Indian Reservations: A Look Back at the Relocation of Native Americans

There are about 310 individual reservations in the United States today, most of which are owned by Native Americans. These Indian reservations were established through different periods of colonial westward expansion, often starting off as large blocks and fragmenting or being forcibly moved from one location to another. A look at the history of the…