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The US Stole Generations of Native American Children to Open the West

Nick Estes High Country News
Native pupils at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania (c.1900). Nearly 200 Native children lie buried at the entrance of the Carlisle Barracks. Although Carlisle is located in the East, it played a key role in pressuring the West’s most intransigent tribes to cede and sell land by taking their children hostage.

Tribal Sovereignty and the Struggle for Democracy in 2020

Jacob Swenson-Lengyel Organizing Upgrade
audience of Native Americans listening to Candidate Sanders In Indian Country, we’re in a political moment which is ripe for Native grassroots organizing, the best in my lifetime. Tribal sovereignty will only be realized for all Indian Nations with a broad and deep democratic system.

The Misguided Attacks on 'This Land Is Your Land'

Will Kaufman The Conversation
As the author of three books on Guthrie, I wonder how the folksinger would respond to recent criticism of “This Land Is Your Land.” We can’t know for sure, but some of his unpublished writings and recently discovered recordings offer some clues
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