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Native American history



  • What Must Be Done with Native Remains in Texas's Big Bend Region?

    Byron Schroeder ran into difficulty tracking down the story of a commerical artifact digging operation on private land. Past participants were reticent because, in addition to artifacts, some had removed human remains. The story highlights the divides between academic and amateur archaeologists and the ethics of digs.



  • Cherokee Nation Opens Exhibition on Slavery

    Until recently, the Cherokee National History Museum in Oklahoma did not acknowledge slave ownership by tribal members or the efforts of the descendants of the enslaved to claim tribal membership. 



  • Native Activist Gets Apology from MPAAS For 1973 Oscars Protest

    Sacheen Littlefeather appeared in lieu of Marlon Brando to decline his Oscar for "The Godfather" as a protest against racist portrayals of American Indians. The Academy has just now apologized for the abuse she endured during the ceremony and afterward.



  • The Dangerous Myth that Pop Warner was Jim Thorpe's Savior

    by David Maraniss

    Most people understand the relationship of the star athlete and his football coach through the story told by a 1951 movie. A biographer says the coach chose hypocrisy and self-protection when Thorpe needed him most – when his Olympic medals were stripped for having played professional baseball with Warner's knowledge.



  • Tribal Sovereignty Isn't So Fragile

    by Noah Ramage

    Although the United States's campaign to legislate existing Indigenous republics out of existence has been broadly successful, the tenacity and durability of tribal sovereignty has been underestimated. 



  • Preserving Detroit's Native History

    Karen Marrero of Wayne State University discusses how oral traditions have kept indigenous histories alive even as many physical markers of that history have been destroyed. 



  • Robert Lee on "Land-Grab" Universities

    Robert Lee of Cambridge University discusses his work documenting the treaty-like arrangements by which universities appropriated indigenous lands to build their endowments, an understudied aspect of the land-grant university system. 



  • Harvard Holds Remains of 7,000 Native and Enslaved Persons

    by Gillian Brockell

    A university task force convened last year to investigate the provenance of human remains in Harvard's museums and collections condemned the leak of the report while defending their committee's work toward returning remains to appropriate tribal authorities and memorializing the deceased. 



  • Considering the Full Life of Wilma Mankiller

    by Alaina E. Roberts

    Wilma Mankiller's career as an activist included a stint as the first female head of the Cherokee Nation, but she must also be remembered for the mass disenrollment of the descendants of Cherokee Freedmen from the tribe's rolls and their exclusion from a share of new income to the tribe. 



  • The Monument Controversy We Aren't Discussing

    by Cynthia C. Prescott

    Outside of the former Confederacy, efforts to replace "Pioneer Mother" statues with depictions of Native American women have sparked a backlash including outright theft.