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The United States may have dumpster fire leadership. But at least the Navajo Nation has figured out COVID-19. Earlier this year, the Navajo Nation Reservation was a major hot spot for coronavirus cases. Now, it’s seen a day without a single positive case. It’s a turning point in its battle against the virus. Navajo Nation […]
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Voter Suppression: Native Edition

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On September 14, 2020
Once again, racism against Native communities is equally as harsh and horrifying as against any other racial minority in the United States. This very much includes voter suppression. Here’s an interview with Jean Schroedel, who has a new book out on the issue: Jean Schroedel: Many Native American reservations have what’s called non-standard mail service, […]
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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 […]
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