7 Native American Blogs

Are you interested in more Native American Podcasts? Here are 7 blogs you can visit right now!

  1. Beyond Buckskin

Beyond Buckskin is a website and business dedicated to promoting and selling Native American made fashion. It is headed up by Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain

Chippewa) who holds a PhD in American Indian Studies, with an emphasis on art, education, and culture. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on Native American designers of high fashion, a project that would steer her towards a lifelong journey of supporting, promoting, and working with Native American artists.

In 2009, she launched the Beyond Buckskin blog in an effort to share her doctoral research with more people outside of academia. Interest in the blog grew and led to the development of a business, the Beyond Buckskin Boutique, which launched online in 2012, and the brick and mortar retail shop opened its doors in 2016 on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, Metcalfe’s home community. You can read more about the Boutique at this link.

In addition to hosting and producing fashion shows and arts events, Metcalfe continues to share her journey, challenges, and successes through workshops, presentations, and keynote addresses. She can be reached at this link.

2. The Local Crank

Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: “If people had wanted me to be nice, they should’ve voted for me.”

3. AIM: American Indian Movement

For those who are seeking truth of the First American Culture. We are in the process of helping everyone to understand who and why the First American is the same as everyone else and also why they are unique in our greater society.

4. Native Appropriations

Native Appropriations is a forum for discussing representations of Native peoples, including stereotypes, cultural appropriation, news, activism, and more.

Right now the website is under construction, so please excuse the mess!

5. Native Pride

Believe What You Like But Know What You Must

People are free to be consumed with contemplating their existence, their origins, the origins of the universe, supreme beings, controllers of destiny or anything else. But solving “the Great Mystery” is neither a requirement of being Ohnkwe Ohnwe nor does it provide a path to righteousness. I maintain that spirituality does not require faith or the leaps that faith requires but rather awareness. If it helps to believe that “God has a plan” and we just must have faith that “He” knows what “He” is doing, then walk that path. My interest is in taking the mystery out of life by pointing to the obvious that is ignored everyday in the midst of fanatical ideology and the sometimes not too subtle influences of promoting beliefs over knowledge. I have said it before: “beliefs are what you are told, knowledge is what you experience”. I support a culture that prepares us to receive knowledge and to live a life with purpose. I am certainly not suggesting there is only one way to do that.

“Let’s Talk Native…” on the LTN Radio Network

"Let's Talk Native..." on the LTN Radio Network

6. Native Public Media

Founded in 2004, Native Public Media (NPM) provides services that encourage the expansion and strengthening of Native media through platforms that are community-based, local, and democratic. NPM, as a national center, provides leadership, centralized resources, and strategic and coordinated approaches to successfully strengthen the Native Broadcast System.  These services include broadcast licensing guidance, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) compliance, station operations guidance, legal guidance, broadcast leadership training and education, and telecommunications and communications policymaking.​

Over the past fourteen years, NPM has grown a network of 57 Native radio stations and 4 television stations.  Native stations play a vitally important role in the communities they serve. Native stations serve as an essential source of news, deliver critically important health information, provide a forum for discussion and debate around the issues that affect their communities, broadcast life-saving information in times of emergencies, air extensive cultural content, promote language preservation, and provide jobs as part of the local economy.

7. Newspaper Rock

Where Native America meets pop culture

Do you know of any Great Native American blogs? How about any Podcasts or Newsletters? Make sure to share them in the comments and any feedback is appreciated!

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