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Matthew Sakiestewa Lecture at the Heard Museum

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert (Hopi) will present "Marathoner Louis Tewanima and the Continuity of Hopi Running" at the Heard Museum February 22, 2020 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Monte Vista Room. Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert is Professor and Head of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona. He is an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe from the village of Upper Munqapi. Centering his research and teaching on Native American history and the history of the American West, he examines the history of American Indian education, the Indian boarding school experience, and American Indians and sport. In January 1907, Louis Tewanima, from the Hopi Reservation in northeastern Arizona, enrolled at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. While at Carlisle, Tewanima joined the school’s cross-country team. He won numerous races and earned the opportunity to compete in the 1908 and 1912Summer Olympic Games. Tewanima’s story represents his ability to redefine Hopi...

BRACKEEN V. BERNHARDT | INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a 41-year-old federal law protecting the well-being and best interests of Indian children and families by upholding family integrity and stability and keeping Indian children connected to their community and culture. ICWA also reaffirms the inherent rights of tribal nations to be involved in child welfare matters involving their citizens. Brackeen v. Bernhardt is the lawsuit brought by Texas, Indiana, Louisiana, and individual plaintiffs, who allege ICWA is unconstitutional. It is the first time that a state has sued the federal government over ICWA’s constitutionality. In 2018, a federal district court in Texas, in a widely criticized decision, held that ICWA violates the US Constitution. Last year, in response to appeals brought by the federal government and the intervening tribal nations at that time (the Cherokee Nation, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Oneida Nation, Quinault Indian Nation, and the Navajo Nation), a three-judge panel from...

Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum opens

Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum opens

CARSON CITY, Nevada – (Jan. 8, 2020) For the first time, the general public can get a glimpse of life at Stewart Indian School, 130 years after the government boarding school opened in Carson City and 40 years after it was closed. The new Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum – long a dream of alumni and tribal leaders in the state – opens its doors on Monday, Jan. 13. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Stewart Indian School is located at 5500 Snyder Ave., in Carson City. The Cultural Center & Museum occupies what was once the school’s administrative building. More than $4.5 million in funding from the Nevada Legislature in 2017 and 2019, along with the support of governors Brian Sandoval (2017) and Steve Sislolak (2019), were utilized for the renovation. The State of Nevada also funded contracts with Gallagher and Associates of San Francisco and Pacific Studio of Seattle to work with the museum staff and the Stewart Alumni...

thin banner of photographs of the inside of the Boarding School exhibition