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First Nations

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Native systems of governance have faced intense challenges since European explorers first landed on these shores. While America's founding fathers took inspiration from Indigenous governments, the relationship between First Nations and the U.S.

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Democracy flourished on the North American continent well before any of the American founding fathers were born.

Chef Elena Terry holds ancestral corn seeds. Photo by Tom Jones. No reproduction without permission.

For Chef Elena Terry, seeds represent both the past and the future of her people.

The 100,000 watt transmitter at WOJB broadcasts up to 80 miles. Photo courtesy of WOJB.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A Facebook message from Robert Albee, one of the early founders and organizers of WOJB–FM, brought to our attention a few errors and some elements of the radio station’s history that were missing from this article.

An evening reading with the US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo at Overture Center for the Arts.

A recently published fourth collection, Palominos Near Tuba City, exemplifies the talents that have earned poet Denise Sweet considerable accolades.

Karen Ann Hoffman and Melanie Tallmadge Sainz share their perspective on supporting and promoting Native art and artists.

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Oneida artist Karen Ann Hoffman shares her knowledge of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) raised beadwork with a group of apprentices and friends.

Beaders (l to r) Sandra Gauthier, Judith Jourdan, and Betty Willems at an Oneida Nation Arts Program workshop in 2013. Learn more about Oneida raised beadwork. Photo by Anne Pryor.

Raised beadwork has powerful cultural and historic meanings for the Oneida Nation.

Sandra Wescott Gauthier, My Backyard Birds Vase (detail), 2016. Glass beads, velvet, calico
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Showcasing the work of Wisconsin Oneida artists dedicated to the survival of one of their most important artistic traditions: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) raised beadwork.

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