The relationship between Europeans and the indigenous American peoples is often not reducible to the simplistic paradigm of aggressive colonizer and peaceful natives.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s absurd DNA testing debacle should make us all wonder why we are glued to putting people into racial categories.
‘Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. . . Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.’
Acting as if the results of the senator’s DNA test are a vindication of her initial claims is an assault on reason.
Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’ accepts history’s brutal realities rather than substituting political cant. Cooper is what historians used to be: one who doesn’t fashion history to fit a political agenda.
Most Americans were taught a cartoonish version of the first Thanksgiving, but the history of the Pilgrims and Indians was far more complex—and harrowing.
When people compare different actors on the historical stage and express themselves from a political viewpoint, we can expect to end in the realm of the absurd or the downright ridiculous.
U.S. policies have turned Indian reservations into ‘small third-world countries,’ Naomi Schaefer Riley claims in her latest book.
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