Shattered mastodon bones from a Southern California site bear the scars of human activity from 130,700 years ago, a team of scientists says — pushing back the generally accepted date that humans are thought to have settled North America by a whopping 115,000 or so years.
If verified and corroborated by other scientists, the discovery described in the journal Nature could radically rewrite the timeline of when humans first arrived in the Americas.
Read the rest of the story by Amina Khan of the Los Angeles Times here: 130,000-year-old mastodon bones could rewrite story of how humans first appeared in the Americas – LA Times
The Osage tribe in Oklahoma became spectacularly wealthy in the early 1900s — and then members started turning up dead. David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon describes the dark plot against them: In The 1920s, A Community Conspired To Kill Native Americans For Their Oil Money : NPR
Tribal sovereignty is a concept that even some of the protesters may not be familiar with. But it’s important. This article by German Lopez at Vox does a fine job of clarifying some key issues and history about tribal sovereignty: The big, nearly 200-year-old legal issue at the heart of the Dakota Access pipeline fight – Vox
Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway’s fictitious Bowling Green Massacre overlooks a real, historical massacre of Lenape Indians that took place in 1643. Read about it here at Indian Country Media Network: The Real Bowling Green Massacre – Indian Country Media Network
On this day U.S. soldiers massacre the wrong camp of Piegan Blackfeet in Montana on Jan 23, 1870. Learn more about the Marias Massacre here: Soldiers massacre the wrong camp of Indians – Jan 23, 1870 – HISTORY.com
Historian John Turner reviews a book by Samuel Redman: Bone Rooms. It is gristly material that we need to hear about how we non-Indians have so cavalierly treated Indian bodies. Read the entire piece here at The Anxious Bench: The Desecration of Indian Corpses