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The Right’s War on History

The Right’s War on History

There is a guy named Bob Lonsberry who has hosted a local right-wing radio show here in Rochester for many years.  I have mentioned him before on this blog in response to his tweets some months back about Columbus Day.  Lonsberry, who about a decade and a half ago was suspended from his job for referring to the city’s African-American mayor as “a monkey,” and who whole-heartedly endorsed the Clown Prince of Mar-A-Lago’s characterization of those parts of the world…

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American Indian Law and Public Policy.

American Indian Law and Public Policy.

The semester begins for me tomorrow morning, and I will be teaching, among other things, my course in American Indian Law and Public Policy. The course is cross-listed in both the departments of history and American studies, and is the one required course in the college’s tiny Native American studies minor. I apologize in advance for the crazy formatting–I am still learning this whole WordPress thing, but I hope this is enough to give you the gist of what I…

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Talking About Christianity and Native American Communities

Talking About Christianity and Native American Communities

I was raised in a Catholic household by parents who are now Unitarians.  I was never confirmed, was withdrawn by my parents from Our Lady of Assumption school after I finished sixth grade, and long ago left the church.  There is nothing that I can accept as true in the Apostles’ Creed I was expected to memorize as a child. I write this to let you know where I am coming from when I tell you I am nonetheless sometimes…

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In Indian Country, the Police Are Not Your Friends

In Indian Country, the Police Are Not Your Friends

A deeply disheartening story appeared in Buzzfeed looking at relations between native peoples and local law enforcement on Wisconsin’s Bad River Reservation.  It was here, last year, where a sheriff’s deputy shot to death 14-year old Jason Pero.  And it is here, according to members of the Bad River community who spoke to Buzzfeed’s John Stanton, where rape, harassment, and racism are all experienced by members of the community at the hands of white law enforcement.  Stanton presents to his…

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On Montana, Foster Care, and Reservation Basketball

On Montana, Foster Care, and Reservation Basketball

A couple of news stories centered on Montana caught my attention this past week.  The Missoulian ran a series of well-reported stories on the state’s foster care system, Addicted and Expecting: How Montana’s Lack of Resources Impacts Mothers and their Children.  Montana, a state that is struggling like many others with the opioid crisis, has become the “child removal capital of the United States.” This at a time when research on best practices suggests that adequately funded and accessible drug…

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On Reparations and Reconciliation

On Reparations and Reconciliation

Students of Native American History could benefit from paying attention to the debate that took place earlier this week between Cornel West and Ta-Nehesi Coates.  Coates wrote We Were Eight Years in Power and West reviewed that book in The Guardian.  Since then, Coates has deleted his Twitter account after a lengthy exchange. I like Coates’ work, a lot, though I have yet to read his most recent book.  His article on white supremacy and the rise of Donald Trump…

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The Ballad of Roy Moore

The Ballad of Roy Moore

  Roy Moore, Roy Moore, of the G-O-P Ran for the Senate, and lost mightily A Democrat took that seat, Yes, Indeed. But Ol’ Roy Moore has yet to concede.   But what would’ve happened, if you had won? A senator who like teens, and bibles, and guns? When I look at you, here’s what I see– A monster who feels contempt for democracy.   Roy Moore, Roy Moore, of the G-O-P It’s wrong to date teens, they seemed to…

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It’s Finals Week!

It’s Finals Week!

Your final exam in Western Humanities, people.  Please discuss quietly in your groups.   Choose one of the following two options as the basis for your essay:   1).  Read closely and thoughtfully Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” A copy is available on the class Canvas Page in the “Martin Luther King” folder.  I would like you to read the letter very carefully and think seriously about it.   You will see from King’s letter that he…

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Visiting Carlisle, One Click at a Time

Visiting Carlisle, One Click at a Time

I have written at length on this blog about the boarding school experience, mostly in light of recent Canadian efforts to recover and digitize an enormous documentary record and discuss its implications fully enough to arrive at some sort of truth and reconciliation for the suffering these institutions unquestionably caused. While acknowledging the limitations of these initiatives, I have been largely positive in my assessment, and I have lamented that no similar accounting has taken place in the United States. …

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New York Historians and the State’s Freedom of Information Law–The Time to Act is Now

New York Historians and the State’s Freedom of Information Law–The Time to Act is Now

This morning’s Rochester Democrat and Chronicle included an editorial that should be of interest to all historians working in New York state and all historians anywhere interested in New York history.  According to the D&C editorial board, the bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) to strengthen New York’s FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) is a significant piece of legislation that is worthy of support. The bill has passed both the State Assembly and the Senate, has bipartisan support, and…

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