The following stories, published over the last six years, dispel myths about Indigenous people in North America, honor specific Indigenous cultural practices and histories, and help us understand the systemic racism that has contributed to the suppression of Native American cultures and people.
January 31, 2019
The remains of two of the very last of the Beothuk are finally being repatriated to Canada. Why has it taken almost 200 years?
October 4, 2019
“Trapping was not a ‘business for profit’ among the Dakota but primarily a social exchange,” one scholar writes.
March 26, 2018
A generation before Rosa Parks, a young Alaska Native woman was arrested for sitting in the "whites only" section of a Nome, Alaska movie theater.
February 17, 2020
The story of the 1890 massacre was often about the end of Native American resistance to U.S. expansion. But that's not how everyone told it.
March 15, 2019
In the early 1920s, reformers obsessed over the sexual nature of some Pueblo rituals, and attempted to control their performance.
July 22, 2018
Susan LaFlesche Picotte was first Native American to be licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. She opened her own hospital, but didn't live to run it.
March 4, 2019
What you were taught in elementary school about Native Americans not owning land is a myth. The truth is much more complicated.
August 4, 2015
Ayapaneco, an endangered Mexican language, sparked linguistic interest when the last two speakers of the language were not speaking to each other
November 25, 2016
Have you been wondering about the history of Standing Rock protests and the American Indian Movement? Learn why and how we “Remember Wounded Knee.”
October 14, 2019
Europeans were eager to absorb the starches and flavors pioneered by the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere.
October 16, 2019
By mistaking a culture's history for fantasy, or by disrespecting the wealth of indigenous knowledge, we're keeping up a Columbian, colonial tradition.
October 17, 2014
MacArthur Fellow Sarah Deer discusses her legal work in preventing sexual violence among the Native American population.
October 12, 2015
More and more states are choosing not to honor Columbus Day celebrations. We look back at the history of the holiday.
August 21, 2016
Hawaii has been a state for 57 years, but its history goes back much further.
August 25, 2020
South Dakota has been called "the Mississippi of the North" for its long history of making voting hard for Native Americans.
March 6, 2019
A suffragist searching for a heroine found Sacagawea and lifted her out of historical obscurity.
December 13, 2017
In the nineteenth century, many Native American children attended “Indian schools” designed to blot out Native cultures in favor of Anglo assimilation.
August 15, 2017
Cahokia was the largest pre-columbian settlement north of Mexico. It collapsed centuries before Europeans arrived in the region. What happened?
October 10, 2016
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day and learn about the history of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
January 24, 2020
Trump's border wall threatens habitats in Arizona's Sonoran Desert. What happened when the area was bulldozed in the 1950s?
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