American History

The Voting Rights Act and the Consequences of Our Actions

February 28, 2013

. A little over a year ago, to counter a vein of left criticism of President Obama during the election year, I wrote, of the 1968 presidential election, Significantly, while Nixon won 86% of the registered Republican vote, Humphrey won only 74% of registered Democrats. Democratic division before and after the ’68 convention [primarily over [...]


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A Melancholy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011

This is the first Thanksgiving without my brother, who died in May, so it will be a melancholy holiday for my family. It was Jeff’s favorite holiday, as it is mine, and we will try to honor what he loved in it, and why he and Anne hosted our family feasts on the day for [...]


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“Special” Rights and the Accomplices to Discrimination That Are Those Who Call Them So

September 2, 2011

In a recent Indian Country Today essay, Peter d’Errico, the eminent Native American rights advocate, argued that “we need to be careful with the phrase ‘special rights.’ Perhaps we shouldn’t even use it.” In this instance, I think d’Errico is too moderate in his judgment. d’Errico was writing about the term specifically in its application [...]


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In Memory, and with Thanks

May 31, 2010

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.


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Developments in Indian Country

April 30, 2010

The Ninth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues concludes today after eleven days.  Among the documents produced, according to Indian Country Today was a “groundbreaking report examining the roots of Christian domination over indigenous peoples and their lands”: North American Representative to the Permanent Forum Tonya Gonnella Frichner, an attorney and [...]


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Leonard Peltier, the Sioux, and the State of Native America

August 25, 2009

Imprisoned since 1977 for the murder of two FBI agents during a gun battle on the Oglala Sioux, Pine Ridge Reservation, Leonard Peltier was denied parole this past Friday. Peltier’s last parole hearing was sixteen years ago. He will not receive another hearing until 2024, when he will be seventy-nine years old. People generally inclined [...]


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The Legal Justification for the Native Conquest

July 18, 2009

Nazune Menka is a graduate student in environmental science who this past spring semester was participating in the Native American Political Leadership Program at George Washington University. Through the program, she had the opportunity, with other students, to meet with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The students were given the opportunity to ask questions of [...]


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In a Navajo Way

March 30, 2009

Robert Yazzie and Amber Kanazloah Crotty don’t like to say that Navajos have “lost” their knowledge of their native traditions. They might say that some Navajos are not in “relationship” with elements of their culture. The knowledge is there somewhere, as a part of who they are – like a vague sense of “coyote” as [...]


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Some Pawnee Come Home

March 20, 2009

Prior to 1907 there existed in the United States an area referred to as the Indian Territory, an area, ultimately reduced to the Oklahoma territory, to which various Indian Tribes were removed from their native grounds in order to make way for white settlement. These relocations became famously dramatic through the Trail of Tears that [...]


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Code Talker

March 5, 2009

Originally there were twenty-nine. They developed the code. Then there were about 390 more. Sam Tso was one of the 390. During the Second World War, he was a Navajo Code Talker. It had been done before, on a smaller scale, with the Cherokee and Choctaw, in the First World War. The Comanche were used [...]


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Commemorating the Apache Experience: in Photos

February 27, 2009

Photography by JD To read about the Geronimo Commemoration, see AJA’s report here. For background on the event read Repressed National Memories and Old San Carlos and a Blessing. SUBSCRIBE to the sad red earth.


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Commemorating the Apache Experience

February 21, 2009

They came from the Jicarilla Apache Tribe. They came from the Tonto Apache. The White Mountain Apache were there, and the Yavapai-Apache, and the Camp Verde Apache. They came from the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Under a grey, marbled dome of sky and the cross-hatched rays of light that sometimes broke through them, amid a [...]


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We Shall Remain

February 19, 2009

If you haven’t yet heard about it, a remarkable five-part series will air on PBS’s The American Experience beginning in April. Entitled We Shall Remain, the co-production by Native Public Media (an Unusual Suspect, blog right) and WBGH of Boston offers a new perspective on American history – a Native perspective, from the Mayflower through [...]


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The Indian Boarding Schools

February 2, 2009

Most Americans, though they may recognize – when they pause to give it a moment’s thought – that Europeans conquered the people native to this continent as part of the process of establishing the United States and other nations, and they might grudgingly concede, in their need to retain a fierce pride in their national [...]


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People of San Carlos II

January 29, 2009

Douglas Miles is Apache. He is an artist. He is an entrepreneur. He is a skateboard crew leader. He is an activist and “community organizer,” of a kind. (Photos by Brendan Moore: www.BrendanMoorePhoto.com) Can he be any one of those things alone? Or, for most people, must every role he takes on be encountered only [...]


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Old San Carlos and a Blessing

January 19, 2009

On December 30, 2008 members of the San Carlos Apache community, accompanied by leaders and members of the Mescalero and Jicarilla Apache Tribes, who had traveled to San Carlos for the occasion, took part in a blessing ceremony at the site of Old San Carlos, the original Agency (Bureau of Indian Affairs) settlement on the [...]


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People of San Carlos I

January 1, 2009

Dale Miles was the first person we got to know on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. We had read one of his editorials, about anti-Apache prejudice, in the off-reservation, Apache Moccasin newspaper, and sought him out. It is not entirely clear how many non-Natives read the Apache Moccasin, even though it is non-Native published, and [...]


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