Native History

Wounded Knee Escort Horses
On February 27, 1973, some 250 Sioux Indians led by members of the American Indian Movement converged on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, launching the famous 71-day occupati...
Ohlone Singers Gold Greed Genocide
Marc Dadigan
Though often romanticized in history textbooks, museum exhibits and government park displays, the Gold Rush era in California is remembered by many California Indians as a time whe...
First Baptism in California
Deborah A. Miranda
We are told that Junipero Serra is being canonized because he brought Christianity to California Indigenous Peoples...
Dr. Dean Chavers
One of the first militant actions of Indian protest happened at my home on the night of January 18, 1958. That night the Ku Klux Klan decided to teach the Lumbee Indians a lesson...
What was Commissioner of Indian Affairs William Atkinson Jones worried about in January of 1902? Hair, long hair on Native American men to be more precise...
Dakota 38 Ride Jessica Olson
Christina Rose
While the mainstream celebrates Christmas as a time for peace and joy, across the Plains the winter holidays are a reminder of massacres that took place throughout the 1800s...
Simon Moya-Smith
One hundred and fifty years ago, on November 29, 1864, roughly 700 men of the Colorado Territorial militia murdered and mutilated an estimated 160 Cheyenne and Arapaho as they rest...
Sand Creek Massacre Historic Site
Konnie LeMay
Some would prefer to sweep away memories of the massacre, but forgetting the dead is not the traditional—or honorable—way...
Sand Creek Massacre Survivors
Konnie LeMay
This year marks the 150th anniversary since the Sand Creek Massacre, a tragic and unnecessary event of November 29, 1864 forever changed Indian relations with the U.S. government...