Native Americans

Code Switch
4:59 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Native American Artists Reclaim Images That Represent Them

Jason Lujan "re-contextualizes" the word 'Apache' in his art.
Jason Lujan

There's been a lot of discussion about the name of a certain Washington football team — with lawsuits arguing that it is disparaging, and media outlets choosing not to use it in their content.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 2:41 pm

Celebrating Independence Day on July Fourth is as American as burgers and dogs on the grill, lemonade in plastic cups, apple pie on paper plates, baseball, fireworks and Sousa marches.

Except for those Americans who don't celebrate it at all.

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2:54 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Oklahoma Kiowas Feel Pride With Their Man at the World Cup

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Al Jazeera America looks at how the first tribally enrolled Native American to participate at the World Cup has fueled an interest in soccer in Carnegie, Oklahoma.
Tribal members leaned forward in their folding chairs in the final 10 minutes of the match, some wearing T-shirts with Wondolowski's likeness, listening intently, then cheering when one of the ESPN announcers intoned, "Fairy tale for Chris Wondolowski, another player who's really paid his dues in the game.
Native Language & Culture
11:44 am
Wed June 25, 2014

KOSU Joins Clinton Global Initiative Project to Preserve American Indian Languages

KOSU's Kelly Burley looks on as David Crawler translates a children's story From English to Cherokee.
KOSU

There are approximately 7,000 languages spoken on planet Earth.  But more than half of those could vanish before the end of this century, and nowhere is the problem more evident than in Oklahoma.  Kelly Burley has more on the challenge at hand, and what KOSU will be doing to help turn an idea into action in the revitalization of some of our state’s American Indian languages.

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Code Switch
4:15 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before

Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has designed a map of Native American tribes showing their locations before first contact with Europeans.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 7:14 pm

Finding an address on a map can be taken for granted in the age of GPS and smartphones. But centuries of forced relocation, disease and genocide have made it difficult to find where many Native American tribes once lived.

Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has pinpointed the locations and original names of hundreds of American Indian nations before their first contact with Europeans.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Tue June 17, 2014

A Native American Take On Tornadoes

1904-05. Red Stone Church Built Winter
Courtesy of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Musuem of Natural History, University of Oklahoma

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 7:50 am

While tornadoes continue to tear across America's midsection — taking lives and destroying property — we continue to search for explanations of the phenomenon, in hopes of developing better warning systems and protection.

But after decades of research, funded by decamillions of dollars, the fundamentals of wind funnels remain somewhat mysterious.

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