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Q+A with Salish Style creator Katie Manzanares

If it weren’t for a friendly Instagram message from Katie earlier this Summer I may not have known she was the face behind Salish Style, a successful Native and woman-owned apparel and accessory company seeking to revitalize underrepresented Coast Salish art through collaborations with Native and First Native artists.

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The Medicine of LGBTQIA2 Visibility and Inclusiveness

As I continued to navigate this communal silence, I recognized my unquestionable duty to step forward as a queer Indigenous woman and make myself available as a resource to others.

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Songs Born From Tragedy: Honoring the Missing and Murdered

My sister’s suffering and my family’s grief became my guides, but I find that MMIWG songs have served to light my path.

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A Home for Our Multi-Faceted Matriarchs: The Native Women’s Business Summit

As indicated by Native Women Lead (the brilliant founders of the NWBS) and derived from 2017 American Express State of Women Owned Businesses Report, 1.4% of all businesses owned by women were comprised of American Indian/Alaskan Natives.

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Taco Truck Challenge

Off the Rez, Seattle’s first and only Native American food truck to date, faced off against thirteen other competitors for the ninth annual 107.7 Taco Truck Challenge over Cinco de Mayo weekend.

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The Powerful Last Testament of Russell Means in ‘If You’ve Forgotten the Names of Clouds, You’ve Lost Your Way’

Means and Johnson do a credible job in comparing and contrasting both natural and human-made systems of law, further emphasizing the fundamental differences that have led to the combative history shared between Western and Indigenous societies.

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Gathering of Wellness 2019

How a handful of Native athletes are creating a space for health and wellness during Gathering of Nations.

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Indigenous Philosophy Meets Philanthropy in Edgar Villanueva’s ‘Decolonizing Wealth’

Regarding finance and its connection to colonialism, we have to contemplate the structural practices of philanthropy itself, especially in the context of a Western-based implementation.

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Reviving Dihiya (River Cane)

River cane is a plant that was once considered a vital cultural and survival resource for most Southeastern Native American tribes. Today, river cane, a species of bamboo, is nearing endangerment, which leaves the continuation of numerous cultural practices severely threatened.

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Why Native Entrepreneurs Must Continue to Ask, Why Not Us?

After having read Robert Miller’s book Reservation ‘Capitalism,’ Economic Development in Indian Country, I realized we as Native communities have some work to do around cultivating the importance of entrepreneurship in the larger guise of economic development.

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Finding Our Voice: The Challenges of Journalism and Media in Indian Country

While there is undoubtedly earnest attempts by a few mainstream media sources to report on American Indian issues adequately, a great deal of these mainstream narratives has only reinforced the perceived realities of American Indian communities.

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Healing: A Hidden Yucca Ball

“I always wanted to be a culture teacher from second grade,” Kevin Belin recalled. He fulfilled his childhood dream last year, having earned his B.A. in Secondary Education at Fort Lewis College. Now, as the Navajo Culture and Language teacher at T’iis Ts’ózí Bi’Ólta’ in Crownpoint, NM, Belin is in his element.

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Walls of Bitterness: Why Indigenous Christian Worship is Essential

Though Christian worship has been controversial in Indian Country for decades due to colonization and forced assimilation, more indigenous people than ever before are in agreement with its teachings due to the Bible’s universality.