President Obama doesn't understand America's history with Indigenous Peoples.
“Massacre” is a slippery pejorative like “terrorist.” If one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter or asymmetrical warrior, it’s also true that the prevailing party in a battle never describes it as a massacre.
A noticeable trend has emerged in recent years as more and more cities in the United States drop “Columbus Day” in favor of “Indigenous Peoples Day.” This name change is considered to be a great improvement by those who know that Columbus Day stands for a bloody expansion of empire and colonizati
I never thought much about Christopher Columbus until I became writing partners with Russell Means, in 1992. Russell had strong feelings about Columbus.
Those of us who have experienced the knifeless brain surgery that is law school are constantly reminded that U.S. and Canadian law and politics owe a great deal to the English Common Law.
In 2004, the Delaware Nation of Oklahoma, in Anadarko, filed a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Delaware Nation based its lawsuit on “the doctrine of discovery,” and the royal charter that King Charles II of England issued to William Penn in 1681.
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In 1892, Burke Aaron Hinsdale delivered a commemoration address at the University of Michigan, entitled “The Discovery of America.” The occasion was the 400th year since Columbus’s first historic voyage from Spain to the Caribbean.
Last week the United States observed another anniversary of 9/11, a date that will remain as a reminder of why the U.S. went to war. 9/11 is the new century’s Gulf of Tonkin. It is not just one day. It is now an era.
I write on September 12 and that is no accident. I was waiting for September 11 to pass, to let people still grieving unspeakable losses have a bit of peace before I say this piece.
September 6 marked 20 years since Anthony “Dudley” George, an unarmed First Nation man, was shot by the Ontario Provincial Police and died.
I had just moved to beautiful Manatee County, Florida. I decided to walk around my new neighborhood, where I had just purchased a mobile home.
In his brilliant book The American Indian in Western Legal Thought (1990) Robert A. Williams says that Chief Justice John Marshall and the other justices of the U.S. Supreme Court “were well aware of the historical paternity of this bastardized” (illegitimate) doctrine of discovery.