The Desert Rain Cafe, located in Sells, Arizona is now open! The Cafe is dedicated to providing delicious and healthy meals that feature traditional Tohono O'odham foods. The Cafe extends the ongoing mission of the Tohono O'odham Community Action program to reinvigorate culture, health and sustainable economic development within the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Visit them at to view their menu, get directions, see pictures and read their blog!

They invite you to join them as they share the bounty of the Sonoran Desert with their community and visitors. The Cafe is open Monday to Friday, from 7am to 3pm. Breakfast is served from 7am to 10:30 and lunch from 11:00 to 3:00.


A five minute video from the American Indian College Fund that is well worth the time to watch:


(Left Photo: Joe Spring for The New York Times) Chantel Hunt, 16, training for the national cross-country championships near her home on the Navajo reservation. (Right Photo: Rick Scibelli Jr. for The New York Times) Dillon Shije, 16, does his distance-running training at dawn and at dusk, after attending school an hourÕs drive from his home.

We are excited to recognize another organization, Wings of America, for their twenty year dedication to encouraging Native youth to compete in long distance running and all the benefits that come from that training and self-discipline. Wings of America is a program of The Earth Circle Foundation, Inc.

more information on them can also be found at:

Read the New York Times article about Wings of America:


AAIP is dedicated to pursuing excellence in Native American health care by promoting education in the medical disciplines, honoring traditional healing practices, focusing on cross cultural training between western and traditional medicine, and providing assistance to Indian communities.


A few years ago an arsonist burnt down the community's Big House in what was an apparent anti-Indian act. The Namqis First Nation responded by not simply re-building it, but by building the largest one ever built. It is a beautiful structure that serves the community and its guests admirably well. It also speaks to the resilience of spirit of survival of Canada's First Nations.

bottom: Interior of the Big House at Alert Bay, with two Thunderbirds holding aloft a Sisiutl (Sea creature) beam.

right: This shows the Dzunukwa (wild woman of the woods) figure below the Thunderbird supporting the Sisiutl beam. At lower left is a carved chair by Kevin Cranmer.


This website from the Arizona Commission on Indian Affairs is updated monthly with news and events pertaining to Arizona tribes:

Tohono OÕodham Communications has a wiki or website that specializes in news of the rez and issues that affect Tohono OÕodham tribal members, from politics to music. providing news and commentary about and to the national Indian community, is a product of Ho-Chunk, Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska,, and Noble Savage Media, a Native American-owned media firm.

Newz and Viewz by Native American Students

Navajo United Way is seeking donations of brand new duffel bags for children who are in foster care homes. Also needed are used cell phones, which will be refurbished and given to domestic violence shelters on the Navajo Nation. You can either send them to us and we will forward them on or you can contact Navajo United Way directly at 928-871-6661.

This site is based in Canada and includes news, art and music links for other First Nations groups.

Two NATIVE RUN radio programs air weekly on Sunday in Southern Arizona: (Broadcast range: east of Coyote Store, Tucson area, and north of Nogales area.)

1) Desert Voices 1550AM / 89.1FM, Sundays 12:30pm - 1:00pm. Broadcasted for and by O'odham regarding any events that may interest the O'odham communities. This show is bilingually broadcast in O'odham and English. Listen to KUAZ on line (modem or broadband) as well at:

2) Native Airwaves 1600AM (Tejano 1600), Sundays 9:00am - 10:00am. E-mail: Broadcast content includes anything Native or anything that may effect Natives, Native music (mostly Chicken Scratch), live interviews with Natives (anyone from bands to politicians to community members to students/children.)

Indian Country News, one of the best sources for news from Indian Country

The Navajo Times, newspaper of the Navajo People

For up-to-date information on issues facings tribes in British Columbia, try this site, run by the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs: It includes a number of interesting and useful links to Canadian First Nations sites.

U'mista: this museum and cultural centre of the Kwakwaka'wakw, or Kwak'wala speaking people, is situated in Alert Bay, Brtish Columbia.

Artist Links:

The Arizona State Museum is a wonderful place, near and dear to my heart, and this website is a good example of why: it lists the winners of their annual Southwest Indian Arts Fair dating back to its inception in 2001, includes photos of the works, the artists, comments from the judges, it talks about the judging philosophy Everything that a top notch Indian arts exhibition ought to do, but only ASM does it. I hope others will some day follow suit, but in the meantime, you will find this a great and growing resource to bookmark, and a worthy institution to support!

Run by Paul Kabotie, son of artist Mike Kabotie, grandson of artist Fred Kabotie and an artist in his own right (as well as a terrific IT person) this site is a reference website that you should definitely bookmark!

Robert Albert of Munqapi (Moencopi) Village is an outstanding, talented and very personable Hopi artist who won top honors at the Santa Fe Indian Market for his katsina carving.

Sherwin Bitsui is originally from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. Currently, he lives in Tucson, Arizona. He has published his poems in American Poets, The Iowa Review, Frank (Paris), Red Ink, elsewhere. Shapeshift is his first book.

Mike Kabotie of Shungopavy Village was a painter extraordinaire and son of the late Fred Kabotie, also an extraordinarily fine painter (as well as co-founder of the Hopi Guild).

Alutiq carver Jerry Laktonen of the Pacific Northwest." target="_blank

Jemez sculptor, Cliff Fragua's website.