Author Archives: Andrew Bentley for PWNA

Holiday Gifts for Children of the Reservations

If you have been following the National Relief Charities blog for some time now, you may be familiar with some of the topics I have written. Either way, I’d like to briefly reintroduce myself. My name is Andrew Bentley, and I am an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. In June of […]

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Native Americans Giving Back: Buffy Sainte-Marie

When it comes to the United States, it is mostly understood that Native Americans were here first. Before it was recorded by the likes of Elvis, Barbara Streisand and Cher, Until It’s Time for You to Go was recorded first by a Native American: Buffy Sainte-Marie. Cree singer-songwriter, Buffy Sainte-Marie, was breaking ground in the […]

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day

How do I as a civilian even begin to talk about this? It’s a heavy thing and a lot to wrap my head around… the meaning of National POW/MIA Recognition Day for Native Americans. A few days ago, I was walking in the rain with my dog on a cold morning on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. […]

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BIE Schools & Sovereignty in Indian Education

A certain excitement comes with the start of a new school year. Like many students as summer begins to wind down, I started feeling the all too familiar back-to-school blues. The uncertainty of taking on a new role as a teacher for my second year at St. Francis Indian School was getting to me… still […]

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Redskins Trademark: #ProudToBe

The Washington Redskins football team has lost its trademark for its team name. Change the Mascot is urging everyone to encourage a name change and a mascot change for the Redskins.

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Native American Film Series: “Tiger Eyes”

In the movie “Tiger Eyes,” the story goes from loss to love and a clear understanding that no one person is alone. It is part of a series of films featuring Native actors and presented on the National Relief Charities Blog.

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Native American Film Series: “Rez Bomb”

The Native American film, “Rez Bomb,” is a tale of love and crises on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The story features Native American actors and centers around an unlikely couple, a young Lakota woman and a young man from an affluent white family.

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Native American Film Series: “Skins”

Skins is as close to experiencing life on Pine Ridge, while also doing justice to the people and culture it represents.

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Native American Film Series: “Imprint”

The Native American movie, “Imprint,” was mainly filmed on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Some would call it a “supernatural” story. Yet, to think of it in only that way would be missing out on its deeper meaning. It’s about a journey we all need to take sometimes.

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Native American Film Series: “Barking Water”

Native American movie “Barking Water” tells the journey of a dieing man and his life partner, as they journey home to the Seminole Reservation of Oklahoma. Anyone can relate to this film, which accurately portrays its Native American characters.

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