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Shattering Stereotypes: This Is What Native Americans Really Look Like Today

As we celebrate the supposed historical unity among Native American tribes and European settlers each Thanksgiving, we often forget that story’s dark side: exclusion, racism, even genocide. In Project 562 (named after the 562 federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States), photographer Matika Wilbur — a Native American herself — seeks to dispel the stereotypes surrounding European oppression of Native Americans and to reclaim Native American identity through portraiture. Wilbur’s photos reveal the true resilience and diversity of today’s Native Americans:

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Modern Native Americans Swimming

Caleb and Jared Dunlap, also known as the "twindians," hail from the Anishinaabe Tribe in Minnesota.

Modern Native Americans Hands

Stephen Small Salmon of the Salish Kootenai people in northeastern Montana. Salmon works to bring back fluency of tribal languages, which has fallen drastically over the years.

Modern Native Americans Pageant

JoRee White Clay LaFrance. LaFrance graduated as valedictorian from St. Labre Indian Catholic High School Academy in Montana.

Modern Native Americans Red Elk

Laura Red Elk, a "Navajo Walker" who is fighting fracking on Navajo Nation land.

Modern Native Americans Duncan

Talon and Sky Duncan, World Champion hoop dancers.

Modern Native Americans Jane Blackmen

Jane Blackmen, from the Pala Band of Mission Indians.

Modern Native Americans Generations

Jennie Parker and granddaughter Sharlyse Parker of the Northern Cheyenne in Lame Deer, Montana.

Modern Native Americans Josh Mori

Josh Mori of Kaua'i Hawaii. Mori has a Masters Degree in Native American Studies from Montana State University and is the founder of two non-profits: Pakahi Academy and Na Lawai's Pono.

Modern Native Americans Bethany

Bethany Yellowtail of the Crow tribe.

Modern Native Americans Hayes Lewis

Hayes Lewis, Zuni tribe.

Modern Native Americans Mary Evelyn

Mary Evelyn, of the Ohkay Owingeh and Isleta Pueblos.

Modern Native Americans Painting

Louis Gong of the NookSack Tribe, Canada. Gong is an artist and activist.

Modern Native Americans Izon

Kumu Olelo Kaeo Izon, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Modern Native Americans Jacket

Michael Frank of the Miccosukee. Frank is a tribe seer who works to protect and restore his ancestral territory. Native Americans lost almost 98% of their land during the time of the American conquest.

Modern Native Americans Wedding

Desi and Kevin Lonebear celebrate their Cheyenne wedding in Maui, Hawaii.

Modern Native Americans Straw Hat

Kayah George and her mother, Deborah Parker, former Vice-Chairman of the Tulalip Tribe in Washington state. Both women are advocates for tribal women's rights.

Modern Native Americans Mitchells

Robert and Fannie Mitchell, Dine tribe.

Modern Native Americans Tatanka Means

Tatanka Means, of the Oglala Lakota, Omaha, and Navajo Nations tribes.

Modern Native Americans Sage Romero

Sage Romero, Big Pine Paiute tribe. Approximately one third of Native Americans today, like Romero, live on reservations.

Modern Native Americans Trinity

Darkfeather, Bibiana, and Eckos Ancheta of the Tulalip Tribe.

Modern Native Americans Prayer

Starflower Montoya of the tribes Barona and Toas.

Modern Native Americans Solemn

Bahazhoni Tso of the Navajo Nation. While many enjoy a comfortable life, one quarter of Native American children still live in poverty.

Modern Native Americans Marva Scott

Marva Scott, Tolowa tribe.

Modern Native Americans Guylish

Guylish Bommelyn, Tolowa.

Modern Native Americans Cowboy

Steven Yellowtail of Crow Nation.

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Photo Of The Day: Celebrate Edwin Hubble’s Birthday With This Awe-Inspiring Space Photo

Hubble Image

A picture of numerous galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Image Source: HubbleSite

When people hear the name “Hubble,” they likely think of the Hubble Space Telescope, which has brought the wonders of the universe to all of us. It showed us that we are just a drop in a system of 100 billion galaxies. Yet the scientist behind the telescope’s name, Edwin Hubble, was just as important (if not more) in opening the eyes of the world to the wonders of space.

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31 Hunger Games Facts You Need To Know Before Seeing Mockingjay Part 2

This is it: the final showdown. Today, The Hunger Games saga will reach its climactic end with the release of its final film installment, Mockingjay Part 2. Over the past seven years, The Hunger Games novel series has sold over 65 million copies in the U.S. alone, with all three books topping the New York Times bestseller list. Likewise, the three films have grossed over $2 billion combined, all topping the box office charts. Here are 31 fascinating behind-the-scenes facts to sate even the biggest fans’ appetites.

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