Author Archives: Tristan Picotte

The True Impact of the Dawes Act of 1887

The biggest impact of the Dawes Act was a loss of indigenous cultures, tradition and land across the U.S. It did a number on our tribal communities and tried to pit our ancestors against each other.

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National Freedom Day

National Freedom Day brings a chance for all of us to remember that everyone is trying to live their lives the best they can and to help others along the way.

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Ira Hayes: Hero by Happenstance?

In many ways, Ira Hayes was just like many of us – quiet, humble, and driven to do the best he could at what he did. In his case, this included critical service such as helping to raise the flag at Iwo Jima and serving among the many Navajo code talkers and other Native American veterans.

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Disaster Relief by a First Responder for the Reservations

A national member of VOAD – Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster – PWNA provides disaster relief to reservations within its 12-state service area. As a state member of VOAD in Arizona, South Dakota and Montana, PWNA concentrates its emergency relief in these areas but evaluates other disasters on a case by case basis, if requested by the tribe.

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Federal Recognition for Virginia Tribes

Dealing with policies such as federal recognition has been said to be degrading. “The disregard of such tribes seems like the cause of their “disappearance” in today’s age.

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Honoring Native American Veterans

Honoring Native warriors and veterans has always been a part of indigenous culture…. ever reminds us of the valor and bravery and their many sacrifices.

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International Literacy Day and the Literacy-Poverty Link

Some 40 million Americans are hindered by inadequate reading and literacy skills. PWNA is doing its part to encourage adult-child reading time and literacy development of youth in reservation communities.

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Many cultures encounter this challenge: How do we practice our culture in a society that demands a large portion of our time outside of that culture? How do we connect our culture to our daily lives?

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Animal Welfare in the Summer Heat

Partnership With Native Americans and Reservation Animal Rescue reeived recognition from BlogPaws at their annual conference, which this year was held in Phoenix, Arizona.

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The Buffalo Takes Its Place in History Again

While the bison may never again number the masses they once did, their population growth over the last 100 years is a testament to their resiliency and place in history as the United States National Mammal.

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