Published November 29, 2015 WASHINGTON — The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, rode horseback from state to state, getting endorse…
Being Native American and living in the United States, it feels like our Native communities are an old grandmother who has a very large and very beautiful house. Years ago some people came into our house and locked us upstairs in the bedroom. Today our house is full of people. They’re sitting on our furniture, they’re eating our food, they’re having a party in our house. They’ve since come upstairs and unlocked the door to our bedroom but it’s much later; we’re tired, we’re old, we’re weak and we’re sick, so we can’t or we don’t come out. But the thing that hurts us the most, the thing that causes us the most pain is that virtually nobody from this party ever comes upstairs, seeks out the grandmother in the bedroom, sits down next to her on the bed, takes her hand and simply says thank you. Thank you for letting us be in your house.
So writes Mark Charles, a self-described Navajo Christian. Read the rest of his incisive post at his blog here: Reflections from the Hogan: The Myth of Thanksgiving and Racial Conciliation
The sweet potato is a New World food that spread around the world, including across the Pacific before the Europeans got there.
Keep Woodrow Wilson and John C. Calhoun on campus. Or so argues historian James Livingston in a thoughtful post at the Chronicle of Higher Education: Don’t Repress the Past – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Author Candice Millard (with whom we at Northwestern College are familiar because of our use of her Destiny of the Republic in our First Year Seminar) provides a lucid overview of a new biography of George Armstrong Custer. I’ve got my copy of the book in hand, but it will be a while until I am able to read it … You can find Millard’s review at the New York Times here: ‘Custer’s Trials,’ by T. J. Stiles – The New York Times
Robert McKenzie, author of The First Thanksgiving and Professor of History at Wheaton College, has written a post that can get us thinking historically about the nearly-here Thanksgiving holiday: SETTING THE STAGE: THE GUESTS AT THE FEAST | Faith and History