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Throughout the nation, Native Americans are continuing to receive recognition and attain success in classrooms, art exhibits, social policies and more. Please enjoy a compilation of our favorite Native American news headlines from the month of July. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and stay up to date with the latest headlines all year long.

Exhibit shares history of Native American veterans via The Midland Reporter-Telegram

  • “A traveling Smithsonian exhibit about the history of Native Americans in the U.S. military is on display at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park in eastern Nebraska. ‘Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces’ tells the story of the American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who served the country in every major U.S. military encounter since the Revolutionary War. ‘Patriot Nations’ will be on display through Sept. 2 in the Harold W. Andersen Visitor Center, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Fort Atkinson sits on the east side of Fort Calhoun, which is situated 15 miles north of Omaha. A park entry permit is required for all vehicles and can be purchased at the park.

Molly of Denali brings representation of Alaskan Natives to the mainstream via Chicago Tribune

  • “The theme song is catchy, and the landscapes are different than those found in the Great Lakes and lessons about indigenous [peoples] are those that have been historically ignored. Those are the things that come to mind having watched an episode of WTTW’s new animated show ‘Molly of Denali.’ Set in Alaska, the show is the first nationally distributed children’s series to feature an Alaskan Native American lead character, according to Lisa Tipton, senior director of programming at WTTW-Ch. 11, Chicago’s PBS affiliate. Each episode features Molly and her friends Tooey and Trini on their adventures, from helping her grandfather reconnect with his musical side to finding out the Native names of community members and recording them for the fictional village of Qyah, Alaska.”

In North Carolina, Native Americans Take Control of Their Health Care via U.S. News & World Report

  • “Light pours through large windows and glass ceilings of the Cherokee Indian Hospital onto a fireplace, a waterfall and murals. Rattlesnake Mountain, which the Cherokee elders say holds ancient healing powers, is visible from most angles. The hospital’s motto — ‘Ni hi tsa tse li’ or ‘It belongs to you’ — is written in Cherokee syllabary on the wall at the main entrance. ‘It doesn’t look like a hospital, and it doesn’t feel like a hospital,’ Kristy Nations said on a recent visit to pick up medications at the pharmacy. ‘It actually feels good to be here.’”

K-12 teachers learn ways to bring Native American history and traditions to the classroom via Cronkite News

  • “The Heard Museum has wrapped up its second annual Teacher Institute program, which gives Arizona educators a better understanding of American Indian history, culture and art. The free three-day workshop in late June aimed to provide new classroom resources and tools to about 20 K-12 teachers through presentations, artist demonstrations, gallery tours and more. One of those demonstrations focused on weaving, a tradition that runs deep in many tribes, including the Navajo. Filmmaker and weaver Velma Kee Craig was among the presenters at the Heard. She wants to share the weaving tradition of her Navajo culture with others.”
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