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Month: March 2019

Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and the Yakama Decision before the Supreme Court

Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and the Yakama Decision before the Supreme Court

As Nina Totenberg pointed out in her report on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Washington State Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den, Inc., Trump-appointee Neil Gorsuch joined with the Court’s more liberal members in a significant defense of the Yakama tribe’s rights under its 1855 Treaty. Those treaties are discussed in the current edition of Native America. Justice Gorsuch wrote a concurring opinion with Justice Ginsberg that tells us much about where he stands on treaty rights. This is…

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Scholarship and Activism

Scholarship and Activism

In the epilogue to her powerful The Beginning and End of Rape, Sarah Deer wrote about the day she received a phone call from the MacArthur Foundation announcing that she had won one of their coveted “Genius” prizes. The honor, so richly-deserved, would not change her, she wrote. Deer would continue to combine her activism and scholarship to help Native American communities. “History repeats itself.” What history teacher has not heard that line from a student? “Those who do not…

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The Lonely Death of Carlos Pico

The Lonely Death of Carlos Pico

I am teaching for the first time a freshman writing seminar on the history of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The students have read a couple of secondary works, but the bulk of their work will involve research in the documents collected by the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center. It is an amazing resource, filled with revealing records from the school, but also amazing human stories. The students are selecting the topics for their research papers….

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What You Need to Read, March 2019

What You Need to Read, March 2019

Adams, James David, Jr., Troy Phipps, “Los Angeles Area Indian Land Ownership After the Civil War,” Journal of the West, 57 (Spring 2018) 7-13. Andersson, Rani-Henrik and Raymond J. DeMallie, A Whirlwind Passed Through Our Country: Lakota Voices of the Ghost Dance, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2018) Beck, Robin. Chiefdoms, Collapse, and Coalescence in the Early American South, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018). Beyreis, David. “The Chaos of Conquest: The Bents and the Problem of American Expansion, 1846-1849,” Kansas…

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Indigenizing the American Revolution

Indigenizing the American Revolution

This past weekend, I flew to Atlanta to participate in the conference hosted by the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era. It was, as I indicated in an earlier post, the first time I presented any of the research from my current project to an academic audience. I was part of a round table discussion called “Indigenizing the American Revolution.” While some of the panelists presented rather straight-forward papers, my goal was to suggest some changes in thinking about how we…

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Remembering Zachary Bearheels

Remembering Zachary Bearheels

A year and a half ago I wrote a post about the killing of Zachary Bearheels by a police officer in Omaha, Nebraska. You can read that story here. On Friday of last week, the district attorney announced that no charges will be filed against the officer involved. This morning, Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) tweeted out a recent New York Times story reporting that authorities in Sacramento would not file charges against the officer who gunned down Stephon Clark. “Our…

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