Reporter Chuck Hinman interviews Wompanaak/Wampanoag tribal member Ramona Peters on the effort of the tribe to use NAGPRA to bring home the remains of renowned Sachem Ousamequin, which were taken from the tribe's Burr's Hill burial ground (Warren, Rhode Island), during the 19th century.
A white anthropologist's ethnographic recordings, made on wax cylinders at the turn of the 20th century, are returned to their homeland and to the custody of descendants of Native participants in the original recording sessions, through digital re-formatting at the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center. A follow up story on how the Passamaquoddy are using the recordings to revitalize their language was recently posted to NPR. The Passamaquoddy People generously share their culture with the general public through this public educational website
Founded in 2015 by leaders of the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni and the Ute Indian Tribe, the Inter-Tribal Coalition is "a historic consortium of sovereign tribal nations united in the effort ...to work collaboratively to protect and promote sacred, spiritual, historical, natural, scientific and cultural resources on lands within the Bears Ears landscape". .
The Participatory Culture Foundation created Amara software for the purpose of allowing users to subtitle their own videos for streaming platforms, using a variety of different languages. This blog post discusses their encounter with the language reclamation work at Paul First Nation in the Canadian province of Alberta.
Two Native artists, Lee Francis IV (Laguna Pueblo) and Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva) collaborated on reframing the narrative for the 1763 massacre of Natives living in Conestoga Indian Town. With the support of The Library Company of Philadelphia, their efforts resulted in a graphic novel (available in print and online) and an art exhibit. The artists were recently interviewed by NPR's Code Switch team.
In 2013, the 113th Congress mandated the creation of a national memorial to commemorate the service of Native Americans in the armed forces of the United States. On November 11, 2020, that commitment will be realized with the opening of the Native American Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The link includes a video program that marks the opening of the Memorial, along with a virtual tour of the Memorial itself.
Watch oral history interviews with former service member who participated as "code talkers," creating a unique and unbreakable code based on the Navajo language that allowed the American military to maintain secrecy in its radio communications in the Pacific theatre during WWII. For more on the critical intelligence role that Native code talkers played in WWI and WWII, see this article from the CIA News & Information service