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Congratulations to past participants of what is now known as the NMAI Artist Leadership Program! Thanks for being a part of the NMAI Art Markets both in Washington, D.C., and New York at the George Gustav Heye Center! Virginia Ballenger, Steve LaRance, Porfirio Gutierrez, Morris Muskett, Laura Wong-Whitebear, Kelly Church, Mateo Romero, and Adrian Wall, you are the cultural bearers that...
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Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Statement on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Not Grant Easement

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The Army's announcement underscores that tribal rights are essential components of the analysis to be undertaken in the environmental impact statement going forward.

Interior Secretary Jewell Statement in Support of U.S. Army Decision Related to the Dakota Access Pipeline

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Army will not grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline crossing

Army will not grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline crossing

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Today is the last day to experience "Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains" at NMAI New York. The exhibition explores the dynamic tradition of narrative art within Native Nations of the Great Plains and is curated by Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota).

Learn more about "Unbound" here: [ Nmai.si.edu Link ]
U.S. military veterans spoke with tribal leaders on Saturday about their shared interest in blocking a multibillion-dollar pipeline project near a Native American reservation, with as many as 3,500 veterans joining protests at the site.

U.S. veterans, tribe elders join forces in pipeline protest

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We had so much fun showing you our D.C. market! Now we would like to take a quick stroll through the New York Native Art Market.
It's been a great day so far at the 2016 Native Art Market in New York! For the first time ever on our Facebook we bring you a 360-degree video of the event. The market runs until 5 p.m. today and is also open tomorrow featuring nearly 40 Native artists from across the Western Hemisphere. Can you spot any of your favorites?
2016 Native Art Market at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Join us at 12:00 Noon here on our Facebook page for a walk through of our 2016 DC Native Art Market on Facebook Live.
"I get to carry the culture for a little while, and then I'll hand it off."
—Ch´ais-koowu-tla´a T´ak dein taan, Ta´ax´ hit
(Teri Rofkar, Tlingit Raven Clan, Snail House, 1956–2016)

The museum joins many, many people in honoring the life of Teri Rofkar and offering our condolences to her family on her death.

Teri mastered traditional Tlingit weaving, especially basketry and Ravenstail...
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Check our Ustream page at 4 p.m. for a live webcast of the Art Talk at the 2016 Native Art Market Preview Party in New York featuring Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota), Tonya Rafael (Diné) and Peter Broome (Upper Skagit).
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We’re getting set for both previews of the 2016 Native Art Market in Washington, D.C., and New York City happening later today. Get a first chance to meet this year’s artists and shop before the markets open this weekend!

In New York the preview begins with an Art Talk at 4 p.m. and the event closes at 7:30 p.m.; open to members and non-members. For info and pricing: [ S.si.edu Link ] (Entry...
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Our senior geographer, Doug Herman, writes that he is moved by the story of Polynesian exploration told in "Moana" and by the film's message of taking care of the Earth. But despite research and consultation with Pacific Islanders, he notes, the movie falls back on stereotypes and clichés. Doug relates the film's strengths and weaknesses to larger issues in our understanding of other cultures...
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How the Story of "Moana" and Maui Holds Up Against Cultural Truths

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The 2016 Native Art Market takes place this weekend, Dec. 3–4, in both our Washington, D.C., and New York City museums, featuring nearly 80 artists across a wide array of artistic disciplines and representing Native groups throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Art Market is a great place for holiday shopping for collectors, enthusiasts and newcomers alike.
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“This bison robe reflects my personal perception of the evolution of Native traditional and contemporary art forms. I have always felt that one of the strengths of our culture has been our ability to adapt to and evolve in an ever-changing technological landscape. Our art has reflected that evolution.” —Dallin Maybee (Northern Arapaho/Seneca, b. 1974) on his 2013 work “Conductors of Our Own...
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The 2016 Native Art Market takes place this weekend, Dec. 3–4, in both our Washington, D.C., and New York City museums, featuring nearly 80 artists across a wide array of artistic disciplines and representing Native groups throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Art Market is a great place for holiday shopping for collectors, enthusiasts and newcomers alike.
For information on the D.C. Market:
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Just released! Smithsonian Magazine writer Roger Catlin reviews "Horace Poolaw: For a Love of His People," our landmark exhibition on Poolaw's photography that recently opened at our museum in Washington, D.C.

A Rare Insider's View of Native American Life in Mid-20th-Century Oklahoma

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