[The Guardian] Chef Crystal Wahpepah on the power of Indigenous cuisine: ‘Native foods are overlooked’

Out on the sunny patio at Wahpepah’s Kitchen, sizzling plates of bison and deer make their way down a table filled with Native American educators from across the country. The game meat joins other indigenous dishes on the kitchen’s menu, such as leafy salads topped with striped red corn and blue corn mush sweetened with … Read more

[NBC News] U.S. counts Indian boarding school deaths for first time but leaves key questions unanswered

The Interior Department documented more than 500 deaths of Indigenous children, but it’s far from a complete count. “We have a long way to go,” one expert said. At least 500 Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian children died while attending Indian boarding schools run or supported by the U.S. government, a highly anticipated … Read more

[UCLA] Mercedes Dorame: Making Art on Tongva Land

Native American Indigenous artist and UCLA alumna Mercedes Dorame will deliver the keynote address at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture’s 2022 commencement on Saturday, June 11th at 4 p.m. This will be the first commencement ceremony to be held in-person since 2019. Dorame is a member of the Tongva people, and her heritage … Read more

[Los Angeles Times] Sepulveda, Sherman, Tarzana: The most interesting stories behind the Valley’s street names

Tujunga, Topanga and Cahuenga Three names from California Native Americans remain on big Valley streets — Tujunga, Topanga and Cahuenga. Tujunga is a tidy avenue from Universal City to Sun Valley, its name altered from the Tongvan language “tuhuunga,” meaning “place of the old woman.” This was per UCLA’s emeritus linguistics prof and Native American … Read more

[High Country News] Two Southwest tribes raise concerns over uranium storage

Tribal communities in Arizona and Utah face environmental problems connected to the same radioactive resource: uranium. In White Mesa, Utah, at America’s last uranium mill, a pool of toxic waste is emitting dangerous amounts of radon to the surrounding communities, among them the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. This isn’t news: In November 2021, High Country … Read more

[Daily Bruin] UCLA plans to open American Indian and Pacific Islander Living Learning Community

UCLA will offer students the opportunity to join a new Living Learning Community focused on the Native American and Pasifika student experience beginning in the fall. Sponsored by both the American Indian Student Association and the Pacific Islands’ Student Association, the American Indian and Pacific Islander LLC will be housed in the west half of … Read more

[PBS] Sec. Haaland announces panel to focus on Native American missing, slain cases

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 40 law enforcement officials, tribal leaders, social workers and survivors of violence have been named to a federal commission tasked with helping improve how the government addresses a decades-long crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans and Alaska Natives, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced Thursday. The committee’s creation means … Read more

[The Nature Conservancy] Significant Washington Land Returned to the Colville Tribe, its Original Stewards

In Washington state, nestled in a habitat corridor linking the Cascades to the Rockies, in the heart of the Tunk Creek Valley, there’s a conservation story that is closely tied to the peoples connected to this land—and continues to breathe with the transfer of Indigenous lands back to the original stewards. It takes place on … Read more