Case #40: Native American Boarding Schools, 1870-1970s: “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”

THE CRIME: The cultural genocide of the Native Americans The near extermination of the Native Americans in the centuries following 1492 is one of the great historical crimes committed by the rulers of this country—or any country. Credible estimates of the indigenous population in North America in 1492 are between 12.5 and 18.5 million. Through […]

Trump Says Settlers ‘Tamed a Continent.’ Now for Indigenous People’s Side

Members of the Coeur d’Alene, or Schitsu’umsh, Tribe on the Desmet Reservation in Idaho circa 1907. (Wikimedia Commons) This knowledge seems rudimentary, and yet it’s not: The same ships that transported the “American dream” from 15th century Europe likewise delivered a nightmare to indigenous lands now known as America—a nightmare that would persist for centuries for […]

The Gruesome Story of Hannah Duston, Whose Slaying of Indians Made Her an Amerikan Folk “Hero”

A century after killing and scalping ten Native Americans, she was memorialized in what might well be the first public statue of a female in America Junius Brutus Stearns, “Hannah Duston Killing the Indians” (1847). Oil on canvas. (Colby College Museum of Art, Gift of R. Chase Lasbury and Sally Nan Lasbury.) by By Barbara Cutter On a […]

The Chains That Bound Blacks and Indigenous Americans

Blacks and Native Americans share a history of enslavement at the hands of European settlers, said Dr Gerald Horne, professor of history and African American studies at the University of Houston and author of the new book, The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism in 17th Century North America and the Caribbean. […]

How Native Amerikan slaveholders complicate the Trail of Tears narrative @SmithsonianNMAI

Choctaw chief Greenwood LeFlore had 15,000 acres of Mississippi land (above, his Mississippi home Malmaison) and 400 enslaved Africans under his dominion. (Library of Congress) via How Native American slaveholders complicate the Trail of Tears narrative @SmithsonianNMAI

Case #90: The Sullivan Expedition, 1779—Genocide of Native Peoples and Scorched Earth in Upstate New York

  Destruction of Indian villages The Crime In June 1779, heavily armed caravans of more than 6,200 American soldiers headed north from Pennsylvania and west from a town near Albany, New York. These forces, under the command of General John Sullivan, comprised about 25 percent of the Continental Army, which had been formed by the […]

“WELCOME TO THE RED ROAD”

BY BRIAN MALDONADO WELCOME TO THE RED ROAD I HOPE YOUR PAYING ATTENTION. I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND THE RARE OPPORTUNITY YOU HAVE TO SEE THE WORLD THROUGH OUR EYES. HERE ON THE RED ROAD WE WALK IN STRIFE BUT KEEP ON SINGING. HERE ON THE RED ROAD WE WALK IN TEARS BUT KEEP ON WALKING […]

The Wounded Knee Massacre, December 29, 1890–Amerikan Crime Case #72

The Crime: On December 29, 1890, U.S. government soldiers massacred nearly 300 of the 350 Lakota men, women, and children on the  on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  The massacre took place near Wounded Knee Creek. Some of the women murdered were already widows whose husbands had previously been killed by U.S. troops. […]

Dennis Banks, warrior for Indian rights, presénte

by Mumia Abu-Jamal In the late 1960s and early ‘70s, two names emerged from the Native American and Indigenous community that stood for resistance to white repression and assaults on Native life: Russell Means and Dennis Banks. They were men who lived, at times, in urban America, and experienced its impoverishment as well as its […]

Remembering U.S. Soldiers Who Refused to Kill Native Amerikans at Sand Creek

A scholar shares the true story of two men who stood up and spoke out against the murder of American Indians, and how they are celebrated today. Native American tribal members pay their respects at the headstone of Union Officer, Capt. Silas Soule, at the Riverside Cemetery Dec. 03, 2014 in honor of the 150th […]