Monthly Archives: April 2014

Range Wars and White Privilege

Throughout the history of the west, white settlers encroached upon Native American lands, creating conflict.  More often than not, there was minimal violence.  Instead, the Natives went to the federal authorities, with whom they already had a treaty, and asked … Continue reading

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On this date… April 17, 1680… Quebec

On this date in 1680, Kateri Tekakwitha breathed her last.  She was a captive orphan, a girl convert, a French Iroquois, and a Catholic saint.  Descriptions of her death are colored with racial overtones.  A priest at her bedside observed, … Continue reading

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Absolutely True Ban of Sherman Alexie’s Book

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie gets the ultimate endorsement:  censorship.  This fabulous illustrated book, geared toward a junior high and high school audience, is both a funny and sobering look at life on the rez. … Continue reading

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On this date… April 5, 1614… Virginia

On this date in 1614, Pocahontas was married to John Rolfe.  Never mind that she was already married to Kocoum and had a child. At this point she was being held hostage, raped, and impregnated.  Her first husband had been … Continue reading

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