The following stories, published over the last few years, honor specific Indigenous cultural practices and histories, dispel myths about Indigenous people in North and South America, and help us understand the systemic racism that has contributed to the suppression of Native American cultures and people.
Wounded Knee, Standing Rock, and Resistance
November 29, 2021
Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala left behind a one-of-a-kind object that undermines the crónicas de Indias.
February 17, 2020
The story of the 1890 massacre was often about the end of Native American resistance to US expansion. But that’s not how everyone told it.
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 1, 2021
The adoption of Aztec cultural iconography by modern activists has roots in Mexican nationalist policies of the 1920s.
October 12, 2020
Rebellion against invasion triggered a series of events that would take a "swift and violent toll" on a Caribbean island's native biodiversity.
October 10, 2016
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day and learn about the history of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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.
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.
August 16, 2022
Alpha Pi Omega, the first historically Native American sorority, supports Native students and creates cultural space for them on university campuses.
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.
July 30, 2021
Survivors of schools in the US spoke with scholars about their experiences of cruelty, neglect, and cultural degradation.
October 11, 2021
Although many archaeologists are trained to prize objectivity, Indigenous scholars approach research with a different sort of grounding.
November 23, 2020
Even well-intentioned books for children can romanticize (or demonize) Native Americans. But better materials exist.
Kinship, Families, and Women
October 10, 2022
Better known by the pen name Mourning Dove, Quintasket was a leader and activist who used her position as a public intellectual to fight for Colville rights.
October 4, 2019
“Trapping was not a ‘business for profit’ among the Dakota but primarily a social exchange,” one scholar writes.
April 19, 2021
Having more than one wife was an established part of life for some Native peoples before Europeans tried to end the practice.
October 17, 2014
MacArthur Fellow Sarah Deer discusses her legal work in preventing sexual violence among the Native American population.
November 29, 2020
The community's resilient history speaks of repeated invasions and resistance to enslavement.
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.
Horticulture and Hunting
November 24, 2020
Returning the "three sisters" to Native American farms nourishes people, land, and cultures.
October 12, 2020
Indigenous peoples' techniques to manage and benefit from fire are threatened, even as wildfires burn more frequently and intensely.
July 27, 2022
An important part of Indigenous spirituality and identity, the aromatic evergreen shrub is being threatened by poachers and over-commercialization.
September 4, 2020
An Arctic indigenous community has developed complicated but flexible "rules" for its own hunters to follow. Respect for animals is paramount.
May 3, 2021
Dogs were prolific hunters and warm companions for northeastern Native peoples like the Mi'kmaq.
May 27, 2020
From Aztec medicinal remedies to Darwin’s study of flower pollination, local knowledge about the runner bean reveals the importance of biodiversity.
November 5, 2019
The practice began with the 1933 creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and, specifically, its Indian Division.
Music, Sport, and Art
August 7, 2021
Olympic athletes are divided into teams of nations. To Indigenous competitors, though, that can mean representing oppressive settler-colonial states.
January 27, 2022
Native American musicians and performers have been honored since 1998 by the Nammys.
July 14, 2021
Black players were banned from Major League Baseball during the Jim Crow era. Other players walked the color line—gently.
June 24, 2018
This groundbreaking film was the first movie to be written, directed, co-produced, and acted by Native Americans.
December 19, 2016
Plains Indian ledger drawings offer a rich counter-narrative to the often-glamorized, or forgotten, history of the American West.
Colonialisms, Past and Present
October 6, 2023
The extermination campaigns against the Yuki people, sparked by the California Gold Rush and statehood, weren’t termed genocide until the mid 1970s.
August 7, 2023
In the nineteenth century, the Euro-American “Lost Tribes of Israel” theory was one of the most popular explanations for the existence of Indigenous peoples.
April 4, 2022
The participation of white mothers in the "bitter robbery" of Indigenous children from their families was a cruel irony in the colonialist programs of the US and Australia.
December 13, 2021
Slavery in North America was not an institution of singular evil.
March 15, 2019
In the early 1920s, reformers obsessed over the sexual nature of some Pueblo rituals, and attempted to control their performance.
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.
October 14, 2020
Historians need to know more about the roles of two-spirit Native Americans, but relying on written records isn't always productive.
January 6, 2021
Genetic testing to determine who is Native American is problematic, argues Native American studies scholar Kim TallBear.
September 23, 2020
Colonial exploitation made the indigenous Aztec people disproportionately vulnerable to epidemics. Indigenous accounts show their perspective.
July 13, 2020
Like COVID-19, the 1918 influenza pandemic moved swiftly through the Navajo community, but firsthand accounts of the devastation are rare.
February 3, 2020
Colonial education administrators recruited teachers from the mainland, but soon realized another strategy was in order.
January 24, 2020
Trump's border wall threatens habitats in Arizona's Sonoran Desert. What happened when the area was bulldozed in the 1950s?
August 21, 2016
Hawaii has been a state for 57 years, but its history goes back much further.
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
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.
January 15, 2021
Historically, relations between Native Americans and the Bureau of Indian Affairs have been contentious. Is that still the case?
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?
August 15, 2017
Cahokia was the largest pre-columbian settlement north of Mexico. It collapsed centuries before Europeans arrived in the region. What happened?
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