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Month: June 2019

California’s Apology for its Treatment of Native Peoples

California’s Apology for its Treatment of Native Peoples

California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an apology for his state’s historic treatment of native peoples. Because one in eight Americans is a Californian by birth or residence, this is a significant act. Despite having spent twenty-four of the last twenty-nine years in New York, I still consider myself a Californian. I grew up not far from the Mission San Buenaventura. We traveled almost daily along the route followed by Father Serra as he began his march to establish California’s…

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Why I’m Worried About What Clarence Thomas Might Be Doing Right Now in Carpenter v. Murphy.

Why I’m Worried About What Clarence Thomas Might Be Doing Right Now in Carpenter v. Murphy.

I have listened to the first two episodes of Rebecca Nagle‘s This Land podcast. If you are interested in Native American history, you should too. Nagle tells the story of Patrick Murphy, convicted by the State of Oklahoma for the gruesome murder of George Jacobs back in August of 1999. An Oklahoma court sentenced Murphy to death. Both the murderer and his victim were members of the Muscogee Creek Nation. In a last ditch appeal designed to save his life,…

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Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Revisited

Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Revisited

Peter Feinman does important work promoting the study of New York history. It is important to give him his due. That said, a number of recent posts on his blog touching upon subjects relevant to Native American history struck me as particularly disappointing. Over the past couple of weeks, Feinman has offered his thoughts on the Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day controversy. As many readers will no doubt recognize, a growing number of states, municipalities, and other organizations have replaced their…

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How Does a Story End?

How Does a Story End?

Driving from Rochester to Washington a couple of weeks ago, I saw this historical marker on Route 15, just north of the Pennsylvania state line. It commemorated the “final episode” of the Sullivan-Clinton campaign in 1779. American forces invaded the western Iroquois homelands and burned towns throughout the “Finger Lakes” region of western New York. I tell the story of the Sullivan-Clinton campaign in Native America. I have also written about it on this blog here and here. Because I…

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What You Need To Read, June 2019

What You Need To Read, June 2019

Anderson, Gary Clayton. Massacre in Minnesota: The Dakota War of 1862, The Most Violent Ethnic Conflict in American History, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2019). Arnott, Sigrid and David L. Maki., “Forts on Burial Mounds: Interlocked Lanscapes of Mourning and Colonialism at the Dakota-Settler Frontier, 1860-1876,” Historical Archaeology, 53 (March 2019) 153-169. Barman, Jean. Iroquois in the West, (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2019). Beck, David R. M. Unfair Labor: American Indians and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, (Lincoln:…

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