July 13, 2020

On Mcgirt's Importance

This Atlantic piece is a good overview of the legal overview of McGirt: At least with respect to Indian law, several tribal attorneys told me, this Supreme Court might just be the Gorsuch Court. Tribal attorneys “will be quoting that decision for the rest of our lives,” Riyaz Kanji, the lawyer who argued the McGirt case on the tribe’s behalf, told me. “The Court is not going to be in the business of taking away tribal rights without congressional intent anymore. Read more

July 9, 2020

Sovereignty Upheld

I am not by any stretch of the imagination a legal scholar, nor do I have a particular specialty in allotment and Oklahoma statehood era Indigenous issues. Being a historian of Indigenous America I am however pretty familiar with the fundamental issues at stake in the McGirt case handed down today by the Supreme Court. The case reaffirmed the sovereignty of the Muscogee Nation in clearly stating that the Muscogee’s were granted a reservation in Indian Territory following their coerced removal from the southeastern United States in the 1830s. Read more

May 21, 2020

Dennis Banks FBI File

Dennis Banks passed away on October 29, 2017. On November 1, 2017 I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI for any files related to Banks. Most of the FBI files related to the American Indian Movement have been public for a number of years but I was curious to see if the FBI would release anything new Banks following his death. After I filed the request the only thing I heard was a notice saying my request was overly broad and I could reduce the scope to enable faster processing. Read more

August 3, 2017

From the Archives: The Vanishing Americans

Here’s a little article I pulled from a digital copy of The Indian, May 28, 1970: The Indian, May 28, 1970 What really drew my attention to the article was the blending of traditional identity with contemporary rock music, then I decided to see if they ever managed to get that record made. There’s no entry for the Vanishing Americans in my encyclopedia of native music, but the band did end up touring with Bonnie Raitt. Read more

September 3, 2015

Bob Englehart's Golden Hill Paugussett Cartoon

In her book, Cash, Color, and Colonialism: The Politics of Tribal Acknowledgement, Renee Cramer made a passing reference to a cartoon in the Hartford Courant on the controversy over the potential federal acknowledgement of the Golden Hill Paugussetts in Connecticut. The small tribe, mostly located in the southwest part of the state, had a large percentage of members with African American heritage, which hindered their application for recognition because they didn’t “look Indian. Read more

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