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Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Métis of Maine. Check out the photos of the group, too. - CorbieV 20:05, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

New article on Indian Joe[edit]

I just created the article on Indian Joe, a scout around the time of the American Revolutionary War. — Sebastian 10:11, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ronald Barnes (Alaskan politician)[edit]

I would have nominated this for deletion years ago had I cared enough. Now that it has been nominated, I thought I would bring attention to it just in case there are any sources particular to the indigenous community that anyone may possibly know about (my Google search gave a faint indication that Barnes may possibly be known in indigenous circles). RadioKAOS / Talk to me, Billy / Transmissions 21:14, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

Appreciate the notification. Montanabw(talk) 21:47, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

Can anyone validate if this guy (Barnes) is notable among the Alaskan indigenous community? Some people on WP who are active in these circles haven't heard of him. His article is up for deletion here, so please come over and vote. DroitInternationale (talk) 13:25, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

Indigenous Literatures wikithon[edit]

Dear project members -

I am an academic who researches and writes about Native American and First Nations literatures. I'm also an occasional Wikipedian and would like to work to improve the project's coverage of Native American authors and books.

With this in mind, I've proposed that the next Native American Literature Symposium (NALS) in March run a wikithon session to get academics and writers, of whom there should be around 150 in attendance, contributing to Wikipedia. I have a list of authors who don't currently have articles, and I will also get participants working on improving existing stub articles. The NALS programme can be found here [1].

Would it be OK to create a sub page to this WikiProject from which to coordinate the session? I'd also love to get input from project members as to which articles we should be pointing participants to. Best, James Mackay (aka Vizjim (talk) 19:14, 15 February 2015 (UTC))

Hi Vizjim. My suggestion is to create a wikipedia editathon page specially for this event. Ask people like User:Keilana or User:harej how it is done I think they can help you out. Also User:Uyvsdi and User:mimi.roberts are both in your general area and might be able to help. Montanabw(talk) 02:59, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Elizabeth Warren article.[edit]

There are some issues on the Elizabeth Warren article, with non-Native sources being used instead of Native ones. Conveniently, the non-Native sources claim Native heritage is "difficult to prove"... No, it's not. The Cherokee have kept excellent records, and Warren's ancestors are not on them. The immediate sources I have on this, though, are blogs. I know mainstream, WP:RS news outlets interviewed Cherokee people about this, and I thought those sources used to be in the article. However, there has been a POV, biased push to minimize or disappear this issue. Could use some eyes on this and help on sourcing.[2] - CorbieV 20:49, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

Oh here we go again. That one was settled during the 2012 election. Montanabw(talk) 20:13, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Is Wohpe a Lakota goddess?[edit]

The only source for Wohpe is a New Age book. I'm struggling to source it. Dougweller (talk) 19:15, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

Ah, it used be spelled 'Whope' and I can find sources for that.[3] User:Uyvsdi moved it to Wohpe saying it was the most common English spelling - but not in the sources I can see. Dougweller (talk) 19:18, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

"Revival" field in language infobox[edit]

If you enter a value for "revived" in the info box, it will now produce a "revival" field. It can be used in conjunction with "speakers" for revitalization efforts, and with "extinct" for reconstruction. I'm cleaning up articles that already mention revival in the info box, but I'm hoping that having a dedicated field for it will encourage more. — kwami (talk) 02:03, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Drastic Revamp of Lumbee[edit]

Lumbee is an article that is in dire need of trimming and cleanup. I have been mulling over what to do for the last 2 months with this article. It is very bloated with unsourced content and often contradictory information. I propose that a drastic cleanup take place in the form of complete deletion or trimming of all unsourced information. Though we might lose some good information, at its current state, this article is completely worthless. I brought it to the attention of the talk page, but want a WikiProject blessing on this first. Jcmcc450 (talk) 15:14, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

I'll comment there. Montanabw(talk) 19:13, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Indian Chief[edit]

The primary topic of "Indian Chief" is under discussion, see Talk:Indian Chief (motorcycle) -- (talk) 05:03, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Irataba FAC[edit]

The article Irataba is now at FAC: Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Irataba/archive2. Rationalobserver (talk) 23:55, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

Requested Move Indian Chief (motorcycle) needs input[edit]

There is an RM at talk:Indian Chief (motorcycle) that would benefit from input of this project.--Mike Cline (talk) 13:52, 1 April 2015 (UTC)


Seems to have a reasonable request. I don't see much about the Comanche culture in the article and I don't know anything about any festivals they might have or have had. Rmhermen (talk) 21:07, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Relevant move request(s)[edit]

There is a move request regarding the word "Indians" and the page Indians at Talk:Indian people‎ and Talk:Belizean people that members of this project may be interested in. (It's actually the same move request, introduced by two different editors in two different multi-moves.) Egsan Bacon (talk) 15:33, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

Elizabeth Warren Native heritage RFC[edit]

Request for Comment:Talk:Elizabeth_Warren#RfC Native American Ancestry Controversy section. - CorbieV 17:32, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

Oh god, not that again.... Montanabw(talk) 01:58, 10 April 2015 (UTC)

Settlement of the Americas[edit]

I've raised an issue about possible OR at Talk:Settlement of the Americas and would appreciate comments, or at least eyes. Thanks. Dougweller (talk) 14:46, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Menominee Tribe v. United States nominated for TFA[edit]

Menominee Tribe v. United States has been nominated for Today's Featured Articles, if interested, please visit and register your support or opposition to the nomination. GregJackP Boomer! 17:45, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Kennewick Man[edit]

See WP:RSN#Kennewick Man - using an unread book as a source. Dougweller (talk) 07:18, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Alex Jones says "tinfoil" is a trite, meaningless buzzword used by would be self declared "authorities" in an attempt to discourage or squelch further inquiry or discussion, as a substitute for their lack of substantive points. Would you be willing to comment further on your position here? (talk) 20:08, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Nope. You are on your own, anon IP. Montanabw(talk) 21:49, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
Would you like to explain your removal of an 'n' in Kennewick Man, and why your edit summary "Undid revision 657833984 by CBHA (talk) violation of wp:talk; this page strictly for improving article content" elsewhere doesn't apply to you comment here? Dougweller (talk) 20:38, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
I'd say this drama needs to go elsewhere, and Doug, if you need it, there is always ANI. Montanabw(talk) 21:50, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
No, removing the n was unintentional. Thanks for fixing it! (talk) 22:03, 24 April 2015 (UTC)