Steve Russell

My colleague Steve Newcomb accuses the first great Chief Justice of the United States, John Marshall, of telling stories. Just so, and let me be clear that by “great” I mean a public figur...

Steven Newcomb

Let us acknowledge that our nations were living entirely free and independent of Western Christendom prior to Columbus’s first invasive arrival to our part of Mother Earth....

Steven Newcomb

Part One of this essay examined how the United States has used certain creations of the...

Wounded Knee Aftermath National Catholic Reporter Library of Congress
Vinnie Rotondaro
Scholars say the Doctrine of Discovery holds immense importance in world history...
Candace Ducheneaux National Catholic Reporter
Vinnie Rotondaro
Candace Ducheneaux, a Lakota Indian with gray-streaked hair and a blunt, feisty spirit, sat down to a metal picnic table at a playground in this dusty, rundown town, one of America...
Steven Newcomb

In Hal Ashby’s movie Being There, starring Peter Sellers, at the end of the film there is a pyramid with an “all seeing eye,” and the slogan “Life is A State of Mind.” In The Universe and Dr....

Steven Newcomb

A little-noticed definition of “civilization” is this: “the forcing of a particular cultural pattern on a population to whom it is foreign.” The key word is “forcing,” which implies some agency that engages in the process of forcing a particular cultural pattern on a population or nation....

Steven Newcomb

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has developed an important and visually striking exhibit titled “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations.” It opened on September 21, 2014 and will run until fall 2018....

Steven Newcomb

Consider for a moment the existence of any Original Nation of this continent that has had a relationship with its territory for countless generations....