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Native Women and Suffrage

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On August 3, 2020
The historical memory of the women’s suffrage movement that culminated in the Nineteenth Amendment, 100 years ago, is almost lily white. The pictures in our mind are of the mothers of the movement, such as Anthony and Stanton, white women in white dresses marching down streets in New York and Washington, white women protesting against […]
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I recently rewatched the extraordinary 1961 film The Exiles, directed by Kent MacKenzie. He got to know the Native community living in Los Angeles and shot a film about them, following a few through a 12-hour time period. The stories are fictionalized but reflect the real life experiences of people who had left reservations in […]

The 49ers

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On February 2, 2020

Is the Kansas City Chiefs an offensive name? Yes, albeit not quite as horrifying as the Washington Redskins. But is the San Francisco 49ers really much better? No, since the Gold Rush and the followin

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This is the grave of Schenando. Supposedly born in approximately 1706, at least according to legend, Schenando, also called Skenandoa or Shenandoah, was a chief of the Oneida. He was born into the Susquehannocks, but later was adopted by the Oneida. A huge man for his time, around 6 feet, 5 inches according to many […]

Alcatraz

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On November 20, 2019

Fifty years ago today, the Native American rights movement’s occupation of Alcatraz began: On Nov. 20, 1969, more than 70 Native Americans gathered before dawn on a dock in San Francisco Bay. Th

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