Author Archives: Stephen Carr Hampton

COVID-19 outbreak at Navajo Nation: Apr 4 summary

See my first update on Apr 1 for relevant background and links to Navajo Nation press releases. Here is the summary for Apr 4. There have now been 13 deaths. CLICK TO ENLARGE The COVID-19 epidemic in Navajo Nation was … Continue reading

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COVID-19 outbreak at Navajo Nation: Apr 1 summary

UPDATE AS OF APRIL 1, 2020 Navajo Nation is currently experiencing one of the largest outbreaks of COVID-19 among any Native community in North America. Navajo Nation press releases document the spread, which I summarize here. The outbreak began on … Continue reading

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Lost Bird died in the last pandemic

In 1920, Lost Bird, aka Zintka, aka Zintkala Nuni, died in the Spanish flu pandemic in the Bay Area of California. We still don’t know her real name. Wounded Knee, 1890 After the massacre, Hugh McGinnis, of the same 7th … Continue reading

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Asymptomatic but contagious: Healthy youth may be spreading the virus

Here’s what they learned in the town of Vo’, Italy, when they tested everybody.  This comes from a Physicians Facebook group, posted by an Italian doctor (Daniela Molena): A letter from Prof Romagnani Sergio who is a Professor in Florence. He … Continue reading

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Land acknowledgement: Minneapolis, Minnesota

I went to Minneapolis to visit my son. I’d never even been to Minnesota before. But it’s exciting to be here—the home of so much important Native history, past and present. It’s the intersection of the Mississippi River and the … Continue reading

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Super Bowl LIV: The Erasure Bowl

A lot has been written about Kansas City’s use of the Chiefs as a mascot, with its various forms of “playing Indian”– tomahawk chops, the chant, etc. For more on the mascot issue– in fact, for a comprehensive review of … Continue reading

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Movie review: “From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A reporter’s journey”

In 1973, Kevin McKiernan was a young white photographer from Minneapolis looking for a job. When AIM took over Wounded Knee, he headed to South Dakota and managed to get a press pass. When the US military excluded all media … Continue reading

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