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Pharrell Williams wears an American Indian headdress on the cover of Elle UK
Hashtag #NotHappy was the response on Twitter

(June 6, 2014 | DiversityInc.) - Pop star and producer Pharrell Williams has had an amazing year in the public eye, with the commercial success of his single “Happy” and the countless other hits he’s produced—that is, until now. Read more

First Native American US ambassador to UN focuses on human rights

By Michael Collier
(June 12, 2014 | Cal Alumni Association) - Keith Harper says he always wanted a career that helped his people—indigenous people. Harper’s dream, which he cultivated while a student at UC Berkeley, was more fully realized this week when he became the first Native American of a federally recognized tribe to earn the post of U.S. Ambassador. This week, he begins his new job as the U.S. representative on the United Nation’s Human Rights Council, which is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Read more

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Senate confirms first Native American ambassador

Chester Nez, last of original Navajo code talkers of World War II, dies

(June 4, 2014 | CNN) -- For more than two decades, Chester Nez kept silent about his role as one of the original Navajo code talkers responsible for developing an unbreakable code during World War II. Read more

The Huffington Post: Redskins' attempt to troll senator on Twitter did not go well

By Michael Klopman
(May 29, 2014 | The Huffington Post) - The Washington Redskins' official Twitter account tried a new social media strategy on Thursday: trolling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Reid is one of many who believe the team's controversial name is offensive to Native Americans and should be changed. Read more

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Native Americans: We're not your mascots

By Simon Moya-Smith
(May 19, 2014 | CNN) - I once wondered why we indigenous peoples of North America must break it down when it comes to why something is anti-Native American. Read more

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Atlanta Dream to celebrate Heritage Fridays beginning May 30 with Native American Night

By Native News Online Staff
(May 22, 2014 | Native News Online) - The WNBA Atlanta Dream will begin a Heritage Fridays initiative when it celebrates Native American Night on Friday, May 30, with a 7:30 p.m. game against Seattle. Read more

Diane HumetewaDiane Humetewa confirmed by US Senate to be first American Indian woman Federal Judge

By Levi Rickert
(May 14, 2014 | Native News Online) - Hopi citizen Diane
Humetewa made history today, May 14, 2014, when the United States Senate confirmed her to serve on the federal bench as
judge for the U.S. District Court for Arizona. Humetewa is the first American Indian woman to serve in the federal judiciary. Read more

Navajo Joe Yazzie given outstanding community leader award by Chicago Cultural Alliance

By Levi Rickert
(May 14, 2014 | Native News Online) - Joe Yazzie, a respected Navajo elder, was presented the Outstanding Citizen Leader Award by the Chicago Cultural Alliance at its annual MOSAIC fundraising event last Thursday, May 8, 2014. Read more

UND students wear "Siouxper Drunk" shirts to Springfest

(May 12, 2014 | ValleyNewsLive.Com) - A group of students at the University of North Dakota are catching grief for wearing shirts that, some say, display "blatant racism." Several photos of the t-shirts have been making the rounds on social media following this weekend's Springfest at UND. Read more

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Harry Reid wants Washington Redskins to learn from NBA

By Michele Richinick
(May 1, 2014 | MSNBC) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants the National Football League to learn from this week’s controversy within the National Basketball Association and change the name of the Washington Redskins. Read more

Defying the Odds: On the Pine Ridge Reservation, five Red Cloud Indian school students earn the Gates Millennium Scholarship

By Native News Online Staff
(April 29, 2014 | Native News Online) - Growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Caine Ghost Bear spent hours every day with his great-grandmother. After losing his father at just three years old, she became a major force in Caine’s life, cooking for him and sharing stories about how much she had loved being a nurse. Read more

Minneapolis replaces Columbus Day with indigenous peoples day

(April 25, 2014 | Indian Country Today Media Network) - After unanimous City Council and mayor approval of a resolution today, Minneapolis will now recognize Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day on the second Monday of October. Read more

Native American rapper looks to break stereotypes

By Dawn Turner Trice
(April 22, 2014 | Chicago Tribune) - Frank Waln and his mother used to go for long walks on their South Dakota reservation. One evening about a decade ago, when Waln was 12, he saw an object in a ditch that caught the last bit of sunlight. Read more

Alaska becomes the second state to officially recognize indigenous languages

By Casey Kelly
(April 21, 2014 | KTOO) - Supporters of a bill to make 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages organized a 15 hour sit-in protest at the Capitol on Sunday. Their dedication paid off early this morning, when the Alaska Senate passed the measure on an 18-2 vote. Read more

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