Author Archives: Stephen Carr Hampton

Drama on the Rez: Big Oil, Oklahoma, and Trump put the Five Tribes under pressure

With the ink barely dry on the Supreme Court ruling that eastern Oklahoma is in fact reservation land of the Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole, the Five Tribes are under pressure to relinquish some of their new-found sovereignty. The … Continue reading

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How Covid, Obama, and the Standing Rock Sioux shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline

Obama’s Play On December 4, 2016, during that short window between Hillary Clinton’s loss and Trump’s inauguration, the US Army Corp of Engineers, at the direction of lame duck President Barack Obama, announced that construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline … Continue reading

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Paha Sapa, Custer’s Last Stand, Mt. Rushmore, and Wounded Knee: A history of the Black Hills in one diagram

A lot of stories are linked to the Black Hills; a lot of dots connect there. Here’s a very abbreviated history. CLICK TO ENLARGE See this blog post for more background on the Great Sioux Nation, both past and present. … Continue reading

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John Sutter’s heart of darkness

In Joseph Conroy’s novel Heart of Darkness, the ivory trader Mr. Kurtz moves deep into the “savage interior” of the Congo and builds a vast slave plantation where he rules by terror. Severed heads are perched on the posts of … Continue reading

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Headline from 1606: Spanish Conquistador Juan de Oñate recalled to Mexico City

Sante Fe, NM:  In a stunning turn of events, Governor of the Northern Territories Juan de Oñate was recalled to Mexico City today by Spanish authorities for excessive violence and brutality against both Natives and colonists. Given the recent history … Continue reading

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Abolishing the police: Minneapolis looks to alternatives

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd and associated riots, the people of Minneapolis are turning to a 2017 report, Enough is Enough: A 150 year Performance Review of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD150). The Past The report … Continue reading

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How Andrew Jackson used the smallpox vaccine against Native Americans: A cautionary tale of politics and disease

In 1832, smallpox raged along the Mississippi River. After years of bitter debate, the Indian Removal Act had just been signed by President Andrew Jackson. A sharply divided white nation prepared for widespread Indian removal to west of the river; … Continue reading

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Navajo Nation now has one of the highest COVID rates in the world: May 3 update

COVID-19 cases in Navajo Nation continue to rise at high rates across in all regions. Both confirmed cases and deaths grew on average 6% per day over the last week, implying doubling of cases and deaths every 12 days. CLICK … Continue reading

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Navajo Nation COVID outbreak still spiraling: Apr 10 update

Navajo Nation has been hit with some of the highest per capita rates of infection anywhere in the world. The current number of cases are increasing 12% daily, doubling every 6 days. Detailed information and emergency orders can be found … Continue reading

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White noise in the time of coronavirus: The chaotic California Fish & Game Commission telemeeting

When the California Fish & Game Commission attempted to hold a telemeeting on April 9, it quickly devolved into chaos and was cancelled within minutes. It was an illustration of white rage, white privilege, and white noise making other voices … Continue reading

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