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Utah State University’s Mountain West Center for Regional Studies has announced the 2018 winners of the Evans Biography Awards for books published in 2017. Author and ethnographer Rodney Frey won the Evans Handcart Award for his book Carry Forth the Stories: An Ethnographer’s Journey into Native Oral Tradition (Washington State University Press, 2017).  

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In 2012, photographer Matika Wilbur sold everything in her Seattle apartment and created Project 562, which reflects her commitment to visit, engage with and photograph all 562 plus Native American sovereign territories in the United States. With this project she has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles, many in her RV (which she has nicknamed the “Big Girl”) but also by horseback through the Grand Canyon, by train, plane, and boat and on foot across all 50 states.

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After oil was discovered beneath their land in the 1920's, the richest people per capita were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. They rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions and sent their children to study in Europe. 

 

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Native Americans continue to be one of the most underrepresented groups in the Census of Agriculture. While more producers are participating every year, much of the data is still missing.

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A Native American advocacy group is making a long shot request for an independent expert with the United Nations Human Rights Council to order the United States to respond to ongoing human right violations it says are happening at Bears Ears National Monument.

The Deseret News reported Tuesday that Utah Dine Bikeyah leaders say ongoing grave robbing and looting of cultural artifacts merit action and intervention. The group didn't provide any statistics to back the claim in its official letter.

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In 2012, photographer Matika Wilbur sold everything in her Seattle apartment and created Project 562, which reflects her commitment to visit, engage with and photograph all 562 plus Native American sovereign territories in the United States. With this project she has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles, many in her RV (which she has nicknamed the “Big Girl”) but also by horseback through the Grand Canyon, by train, plane, and boat and on foot across all 50 states.

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Election sites far from reservations. Poll workers who don't speak tribal languages. Unequal access to early voting sites.

Native Americans say they've encountered a wide range of obstacles that makes voting difficult.

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A federal judge is approving new county election districts in southeastern Utah after finding the boundaries discriminated against American Indians who make up roughly half the population. The new San Juan County voting districts are designed to give native residents an equal voice in local races, but commissioner Phil Lyman said Friday they are unfair and the county plans to appeal.

Matika Wilbur is the photographer behind Project 562. When she came to Utah State University on Nov. 15, it was the 37th university she had spoken at that month. The project, named for the 562 federally recognized U.S. tribes she initially planned to visit, is dedicated to changing the way we see Native America.

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The Wellsville City Council recently formed a committee to make changes regarding the battle re-enactment, which originally involved white citizens dressing up as Native Americans and re-enacting a version of the Bear River Massacre that Native Americans say is historically inaccurate.

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As you float down the Colorado River from Glen Canyon Dam to Lake Mead you may not realize that river right, the north side of the river, is owned and managed by the National Park Service and river left is managed by several groups including the Hualapai and Havasupai Indian nations.

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A Native American tribe wants a small northern Utah city to get rid of an annual battle reenactment that features people dressed as American Indians raiding an encampment of white settlers.

The Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation has told Wellsville city officials that the so-called "Sham Battle" is a racially and culturally insensitive portrayal of Native Americans.

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Western Democrats are pressuring President Donald Trump not to rescind land protections put in place by President Barack Obama, including for Utah's Bears Ears National Monument.