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Month: September 2019

What’s So Great about the American Revolution?

What’s So Great about the American Revolution?

Recently I attended a planning meeting for New York’s commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution. National, state, and local organizations are planning events. Although I am all for public engagement with history and its consequences, discussions like these sometimes fill me with dread. New York’s state historian Devin Lander convened this meeting at the Ganondagan State Historic Site, where French forces attacked and destroyed a Seneca town late in the seventeenth century. His goal is to create…

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Ten Little Democrats

Ten Little Democrats

Ten Democrats have qualified for the third debate to be held tomorrow night in Houston.  While it is almost certain that the moderators will not ask candidates about issues affecting Indian Country, there are important questions out there that a committed President might address.  The shift in tone from the Obama years to Trump could not be more stark.  The President’s racism and hostility towards Native Americans is readily apparent.  Though some native communities, like the Crows, favor the current…

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Don’t Call Me A Taxpayer

Don’t Call Me A Taxpayer

You have heard it before. I am not sure how long political leaders have been doing it, but it has increasingly come to bother me.  A representative in Congress, asked about this or another issue, will make reference to “the American Taxpayer,” as in, “we can’t waste the taxpayers’ money,” or the “American taxpayers did not send us to Congress” for whatever thing it is that representative opposed.             I find myself bringing this up in my classes. I am…

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