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Tribal Profile: Narragansett Indians

Article profiles culture, history and current realities of the Narragansett people.

Tribal Profile: Wampanoag

Article discusses the history of the Wampanoag, who had first contact with the Mayflower pilgrims. It names famous Wampanoags and discusses the current Wampanaog culture and peoples.

Profile: Chief Massasoit

Massasoit is considered an American hero for aiding the Mayflower Pilgrims. The article considers the context of his friendship and offers a critical view of the conventional narrative.

Native American Origins of Thanksgiving (and Other Common) Foods

What did the Pilgrims and Indians actually eat in November of 1621? This article explores the indigenous origins of Thanksgiving foods and some of the most common foods grown and eaten in the world today.

Fact and Fiction about the Origins of Thanksgiving

Most Americans think that Thanksgiving has its roots in a simple tale of Pilgrims sitting down to a shared meal with Indians to thank them for their help in surviving their first year at Plymouth. However, the story is not nearly that simple and it obscures other facts, resulting in a largely fictionalized tale.

The Untold History of American Indian Slavery

One of the most obscure topics in American history is the over 300 year history of the Native American slave trade. As scholars continue to assemble scattered though plentiful historical records, there emerges an incomplete picture of the puzzle of this little-known era of history.

Native American Heritage Month and the Implications of History

Explores establishment of Native American Heritage Month in the context of history and the United States relationship with Native Americans. In particular it looks at the history of Native American citizenship and its relationship to land loss as well as the meaning of nationalism.

How the Injustices of the Past are the Injustices of Today in Indian Country

This article explores ways history is still playing out in unjust ways throughout Native America. It focuses on issues of law and identity as sites where policies of the past are still very much alive in the lives of Native American people.

Slavery and Identity Among the Cherokee

The Cherokee, whose homelands were in the deep South, adopted slavery in part to protect their lands from white encroachment. Sometimes intermarrying, their unions produced descendents who find themselves at the crossroads of identity between black and Indian, exemplified in the story of Shoe Boots.

The Indian Child Welfare Act: What Is It?

The breakdown of American Indian societies was due to profound disruptions as a result of colonization, and included decades of removal of children from their homes. With positive changes in policy in the 1970's Congress created the ICWA to prevent further loss. The article describes the background and facts that led up to the creation of the law in 1978.

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