Monday, March 20, 2017

Native Sovereignty and the Dakota Access Pipeline

A protester at Standing Rock in November 2016 watches the police convene.
Image Courtesy of Origins, The Ohio State University; and Avantgardens' Facebook.
February 2017.
Check out the Origins Podcast by the History Departments of The Ohio State University and Miami University episode entitled Native Sovereignty and the Dakota Access Pipeline

Guests include:
  • Dr. David Nichols, Associate Professor of History, Indiana State University;
  • Dr. Christine Ballengee-Morris, Professor of Arts Administration, Education and Policy and Program Director of American Indian Studies, The Ohio State University; and
  • Dr. Daniel Rivers, Associate Professor of History, The Ohio State University.

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(27 minutes and 52 seconds)

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Remembering the First Native American Woman Doctor

Photo courtesy of Smithsonian National Anthropological Archives.
November 17, 2016.
"In an era when women couldn’t vote and Native Americans were denied citizenship, Susan La Flesche shattered not just one barrier, but two, to become the first Native American woman doctor in the United States."

Susan La Flesche's dedication to becoming a doctor sparked from when she was eight years old sitting at the bedside of a dying elderly woman. The doctor was summoned four times to the aid of the elderly woman, who never showed up resulting in a painful death for the lady. The message that was sent from the Doctor explained the reason for not showing, one of the lines from the message included "It was only an Indian". 

Susan went on to attend the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, "a time when even the most privileged of white women faced severe discrimination." Upon graduating, she went on to help and serve 1,244 patients spread over a territory of 1,350 square miles on her reservation. 

To read more from Christopher Klein's article at the History Channel, 
please click here.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

OSU Bike Sharing!

The Ohio State University proudly began its bike sharing program in August 2015. This program offers university students, faculty and staff members, and campus visitors an alternative option to traveling across campus and support the "park once" philosophy. Living in a residence hall? No problem. Get access to a bicycle without having to store it on campus, and sleep soundly knowing it will be properly maintained. No need to lug your bike back and forth from home.
  • 115 bikes total (100 cruiser bikes, 15 accessible bikes).
  • 17 bike sharing stations on campus.
  • Accessible bikes include: side-by-side tandems, trikes, heavy duty bikes, cargo bikes, and hand-cycle bikes.
  • Free bicycle helmets (a $45 value) will be provided to the first 700 students, faculty and staff who register for an annual membership. Just sign up online for the helmet after purchasing a membership.
  • The student rate is $35/year. The faculty/staff rate is $55/year. Visitors can choose from the public annual rate of $75 or a 24-hour pass at $6 a day.
  • Payment options include BuckID and Credit Card.
  • Ride up to 2 hours at a time during the week; 3 hours at a time on weekends.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Archaeologists Have a Huge New Stonehenge to Figure Out

Photo courtesy by Evgenii Bogdanov.

 November 17, 2016.
In Kazakhstan, Archaeologists have found a complex of stone structures similar to the Stonehenge but bigger. " The site is the size of 200 American football fields, about 300 acres." Its existence was found by an explorer, F. Akhmadulin, who was searching the surrounding area with a metal detector when he discovered a metal saddle fragment.

Upon discovery of the saddle, Akhmadulin showed Evgenii Bogdanov, of the Russian Academy of Sciences Siberian Department's Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, his find and the within the context of the site where it was found. The Russian Academy's interest was raised when they saw the stone pillars. 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Reviving An Indigenous Language for Everyday Use

Photo Courtesy of Aubs Momberg.
December 26, 2016.
Adrian Jawort of Indian Country Today raised attention on the efforts Robert Hall (Blackfeet) from Montana who has been fighting to spread the dwindling language of the Blackfoot Nation. He tells of the difference in how many people speak his native language Pikuni between his childhood and today, where he grew up. Expanding of how native American languages have suffered since the time of Columbus. "American Indian children in both Canada and the United States were forcibly taken from families and sent to boarding schools …They were beaten for speaking the languages first heard across these lands”.

Maatoomsstatoos’s (known as Robert Hall) life changed after his professor told him of the benefits in learning and speaking his native language. His professor Stephen Greymorning (Arapaho) taught him that to know your native language is to know you ancestors through how they spoke and thought. Maatoomsstatoos volunteers to teach classes throughout the reservation on a weekly basis, hosts a local radio broadcast that highlights Pikuni learning, and is in the publishing process for a book on schedule to be published in 2017.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

'Part-Time Indian' Film Will Cast Native American Actors In Main Role

Photo Courtesy of BDG Media Inc. 
December 13, 2016.
As Kristian Wilson of has reported, Sherman Alexie recently revealed his movie, based off of his book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part- Time Indian, is casting lead roles to Native American actors with the intention of making the movie "culturally authentic." The successful novel brings "diversity" to the collection of young adult books. Moreover, it sheds light onto the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to the media, as well as the infringement on SAG-AFTRA with Native Americans in Hollywood.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

First humans arrived in North America a lot earlier than believed

Horse mandible from Cave 2 which shows stone tool cutmarks.
Photo courtesy of Université de Montréal.
January 16, 2017.
A new study by Ariane Burke, a professor from the Université de Montréal's and her student assistant, Lauriane Bourgeon, have discovered ancient man made tool marks on a horse mandible and published their results with Science Daily and Plos | One. With the help of carbon dating from "Dr. Thomas Higham, Deputy Director of Oxford University's Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit", it has been shown that the horse mandible is ~10,000 years older than the previous oldest fossil.

"The timing of the first entry of humans into North America across the Bering Strait has now been set back 10,000 years"!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Little Bighorn Battlefield Among National Parks Offering Fee-Free Days

Photo courtesy of National Park Services/S. Smith
January 11, 2016.
The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is among National Park Service sites offering a number of fee-free days in 2017, the second of which will be February 20th, Presidents' Day.

For many years, the Native Americans were not recognized in their part of the Battle of Little Bighorn; particularly how "12 companies of the Seventh Cavalry were defeated by Lakota (Sioux), Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors". In 1991, President George H.W Bush signed legislation to rename the General Custer Memorial to recognize the Native Americans who fought valiantly at Little Bighorn to protect their homeland and their traditional ways of life. 

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