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
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
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
Seventy-five years ago was “The Battle of Los Angeles.” Read about it from the archives of the Los Angeles Times: From the Archives: The 1942 Battle of L.A. – LA Times
The rich colors of Bill Manbo’s photos remind us that the World War II internment of Japanese Americans at Heart Mountain, Wyoming took place in the same vivid hues as the present. Peruse some of Manbo’s photographs here at the New Yorker: The Colors of Japanese Internment – The New Yorker