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The Namesake of Howard University had Complicated Relationships with African Americans and Native Americans

24 May

Oliver Otis Howard was a revered Civil War general—but his career had a complicated postscript. Historian Daniel Sharfstein provides a concise summary of some of Howard’s zealous attempts to serve God through warfare, negotiation, education, and evangelism: The Namesake of Howard University Spent Years Kicking Native Americans Off of Their Land | History | Smithsonian

Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers, 1942-1946

8 May

Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Powell, WY

The Library of Congress announces its digitization of Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers: About this Collection – Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers, 1942-1946 | Digital Collections | Library of Congress

130,000-year-old mastodon bones could rewrite story of how humans first appeared in the Americas 

27 Apr

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

In The 1920s, A Community Conspired To Kill Native Americans For Their Oil Money

26 Apr

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

The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island

24 Apr

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

A stranded American Indian woman lived alone on this remote California island for 18 years, inspiring the great children’s novel Island of the Blue Dolphins. Her story, briefly told at Atlas Obscura, reminds us of the lamentable experience of Natives struggling to survive in a market-driven world of European-Americans: San Nicolas Island – Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California – Atlas Obscura

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The Western origins of the sanctuary movement

14 Mar

Churches in the West are once again at the forefront of a grassroots effort to save immigrants from deportation. Read Sarah Troy’s cogent report on the history and current directions of the reawakened Sanctuary movement here at High Country News: The Western origins of the sanctuary movement — High Country News

The big, nearly 200-year-old legal issue at the heart of the Dakota Access pipeline fight

13 Mar

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

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