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How reparations could work: Using the US’s past affirmative action for whites as a model

Reparations for on-going injustices against Native and African Americans are entirely feasible. Historic government programs for white people serve as a model. The giant Monopoly game Imagine the US economy thru history as a giant Monopoly game. In the beginning, … Continue reading

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Occupied Lands: The Great Sioux Nation

This is the first installment of a multi-part series looking at lands that were ethnically cleansed of Native Americans, focusing on what has become of those lands today, and what has become of the people that lived there.  The Sioux … Continue reading

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On this date… July 5, 1876… Montana

On this date in 1876, one day after the nation celebrated its Centennial, the news of Custer’s Last Stand reached the media. Eight years earlier, in 1868, the Great Sioux Reservation was “set apart for the absolute and undisturbed use … Continue reading

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Twelve Things More Offensive than the Washington Redsk*ns

Much has been written about the problems associated with team mascot names like the Redsk*ns—their derogatory history, their effect on indigenous youth, and the inevitable offensive chants and signs from fans of opposing teams (e.g. “scalp the Redsk*ns”, etc.). Thanks … Continue reading

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On this date… November 3, 1875… Washington, D.C.

On this date in 1875, President Ulysses Grant contrived a war to steal the Black Hills. George Bush II contrived a war. He said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, but what they really had was oil. The Lakota, or … Continue reading

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On this date… August 27, 1874… South Dakota

The Chicago newspaper declared:  “GOLD!  The Glittering Treasure Found at Last…  A Belt of Gold Territory Thirty Miles Wide.”  The article was leaking the news from an illegal US Army expedition into the Great Sioux Reservation. The reservation, delineated by … Continue reading

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