For the first time, the Navajo Nation will have access to a unified address system, the lack of which has traditionally been a serious problem for the Native community.
This year Joy Harjo became the 23rd Poet Laureate and the first ever of Tribal membership. Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, is an international renowned writer and performer who lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In Mendocino, California, a group of Indigenous people from the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Tribes are defying a bevy of state and local laws. Intended to crack down on poachers who over-harvest local sea resources, the laws also criminalize Native traditions of sustainable harvesting, which stretch back hundreds of years.
Construction began this month on Major Market in New Mexico. Using a $1 million Kellogg Foundation grant and PRI (program related investment) RCAC helped to fund the organic market and deli in New Mexico. The market is owned and operated by Darrell Tsabetsaye and his family, all Zuni Tribe members.
The Cherokee Nation, the largest of the nearly 600 federally recognized Native American Tribes, is seeking to send a delegate to Congress. It’s their right based on treaties signed in the 18th and 19th centuries.