American History

The Trail of Broken Treaties and Occupation of Wounded Knee

October 2, 2021

The Trail of Broken Treaties and the Wounded Knee occupation symbolized a new beginning for the sovereignty  movement for many American Indians. The media coverage these events generated helped to make non-Native Americans more aware of and perhaps sympathetic to Indians rights. […]

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco
American History

The 1969 Occupation of Alcatraz Island

October 1, 2021

The occupation of Alcatraz, led by Richard Oakes, took place in 1969. The occupiers were 78 young people who called themselves Indians of all Tribes and aimed to reclaim their lands from the government. […]

Two Native American men on horses.
American History

The Impact of the Indian Reorganization Act

September 24, 2021

The mounting pressure against loss of tribal sovereignty led to the launch of the Indian Reorganization Act in 1934. While 181 tribes voted to accept it as law, 77 tribes had reasons to reject it. […]

Photo of a tribal person in traditional wear.
American History

Native Americans before the Great Depression

September 24, 2021

Even before the Great Depression hit the US, much of the rural population, particularly the Native Americans, were already in miserable economic state. The Native Americans spoke out and fought for their rights. […]

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