This Week in Native American News

Another Offensive Political Comment

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Yet again, a political figure has offended the Native American people. This one, you may have already heard about.

Last week, Hillary Clinton commented that she had dealt with many men who had "gone off the reservation." She has since apologized.

So, why, is this comment offensive? Find out here.

While you're at here, here's why native mascots are offensive.

One more point:

Cultural appropriation, the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture, has been a hot topic lately and covers everything from clothing lines selling headdresses to makeup product lines.

Here's why Native Americans find wearing headdresses offensive.

FSU Students Discourage Wearing Headdresses

Todd Russ apologizes to Native Americans
The Florida State University student government voted to discourage the wearing of Native American headdresses at FSU sporting events. In 2005, the Seminole Tribe gave FSU permission to use their name and logo, but they find the headdresses distasteful. Read the full article here.

P.S. A Canadian Music Festival is doing the same.

Recent High School Grad Solves Water Problem

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North Spirit Lake First Nation, located about 500 miles northwest of Thunder Bay, Ontario, has been under a boil water advisory for 14 years. A new program from the Northern Chiefs Council, asked people to take the initiative and the responsibility for providing clean water in their own communities, and 19-year-old Quentin Rae has stepped up.

"I have to take care of the plant, make sure chlorine gets in the water to clean the bacteria," said Rae with a smile during his first week on the job at the end of April.  "I just graduated last year and they gave me the job." Read the full article here.

Once Rae is fully trained, the boil advisory can finally be lifted.

In Other Native American Youth News...

Daunnette Reyome, a 13-year-old Omaha model, is using her platform to speak out against cultural appropriation. (Like we said, this is big in the news right now!)

Madeline Sayet (Mohegan) is helping Native actors to build their resumes and taking on Shakespeare while she does it.

Ready for Your Next Trip? Travel Route 66

Still photo from Children of the Arctic Movie
A new travel guide will lead you down the iconic Route 66 and highlight the histories of more than two dozen tribal communities along the 2,400-mile byway, as well as their relationship to the road that helped change the West.
Tribes now have a venue to tell their own stories, said Lisa Snell, who was tapped by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association to spend a year traveling the route, doing research and conducting interviews. Read the full story here.

Ready to plan your trip? Here's the site.