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Spring Equinox in Native American Cultures

The spring equinox is recognized by many Native cultures for the purposes of practicality and ceremony.

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Q&A with New President and CEO Joshua Arce

In an interview with PWNA’s new CEO, Joshua Arce shares, “Most importantly, I’m a solution-oriented person – it’s easy to identify problems but more important to find solutions.”

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The Clear Impact of Partnership With Native Americans

Here is a glimpse of the impact you can make by donating to Partnership With Native Americans.

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The Realities of Winter in the Northern Plains

On remote reservations in the Northern Plains, winter storms often prevent access to necessities such as food, water and warmth… PWNA offers the Northern Plains Reservation Aid (NPRA) program…

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You Wanted to Know: Do Indians Have a Free Ride to College?

Question: “Do Indians have a free ride to college?” Excerpt: “Although only a small percentage of Indians obtain significant financial help with college, I believe it would be perfectly fair if all Indians did get a free ride. As a matter of not only historical experience but also direct government policy, many Indian people have […]

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National Homemade Bread Day and the History of Frybread

Nov. 17 is National Homemade Bread Day, and bread is one food that knows no cultural bounds. However, this day is also a reminder of the darker history behind Indian frybread.

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Recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day

Accepting that Columbus performed horrible actions toward indigenous people and not the history taught in school has led to a shift that celebrates not Columbus Day but the survivors of his actions.

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Native American Beliefs: “The Great Mystery”

Many Native American beliefs — ranging from beliefs about nature and animals, to traditional customs and ceremonies — are cause for discussion among non-Native peoples. Also discussed are the various spiritual and religious beliefs of Native American tribes. I want to speak to one specifically, the Native American belief in “The Great Mystery.” When non-Natives consider “The […]

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You Wanted to Know: Why Do Indians Have Long Hair?

Question: Why do Indians have long hair? Excerpt: For most Indians, hair was only cut under certain circumstances… Many Dine, or Navajo, cut children’s hair on their first birthday and then do not cut it again… Among some tribes, hair was cut as part of tribal mourning customs…You can imagine how it must have felt […]

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The Significance of Feathers in Native Cultures

Across America, there seems to be a disconnect when it comes to feathers, headdresses and what they mean to the Native cultures…

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