There’s A Change A-Comin’, or Is There

One of the surprise results of the November election has been the stimulation of previously docile citizens to engage with the political and policy gears of our nation. I have attended many organizational meeting of groups I’ve been active with for some time, where attendance has doubled or more, seemingly overnight. The newcomers say something …

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Final Commentary on TNToT: “Repeating the Mistakes of the Past in “The New Trail of Tears””

The final commentary on TNToT was published in the LA Review of Books. An excerpt: Riley’s real interest is to bring unfettered free markets and “property rights” to Indian country. She suggests the disestablishment of tribal land holdings as the solution to imaginary corruption, as well as to all the other problems in Indian country. …

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Sixth Commentary on TNToT — Chapter 5: “Taking Indian Kids Away from Their Homes and Families”

This is the sixth full commentary on “The New Trail of Tears” (TNToT), a book written by Naomi Schaefer Riley (NSR or the author). The announcement post is here. The first commentary, “Framed by a Friend,” is here. The second commentary, “Turning Indian History against Indians,” is here. The third commentary, “Indians are Saudi Arabia, Not Israel (Oh, and Crying …

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Fifth Commentary on TNToT — Chapter 4: “Tearing Down American Indian Educators and Parents”

This is the fifth full commentary on “The New Trail of Tears” (TNToT), a book written by Naomi Schaefer Riley (NSR or the author). The announcement post is here. The first commentary, “Framed by a Friend,” is here. The second commentary, “Turning Indian History against Indians,” is here. The third commentary, “Indians are Saudi Arabia, Not Israel (Oh, and …

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Fourth Commentary on TNToT: Chapter 3 — “Indians as Unmotivated, Dependent Victims”

This is the fourth full commentary on “The New Trail of Tears” (TNToT), written by Naomi Schaefer Riley (NSR or the author). The announcement post is here. The first commentary, “Framed by a Friend,” is here. The second commentary, “Turning Indian History against Indians,” is here. The third commentary, “Indians are Saudi Arabia, Not Israel (Oh, and Crying Toddlers)” …

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Third Commentary on TNToT: Chapter 2 — “Indians are Saudi Arabia, Not Israel (Oh, and Crying Toddlers)”

This is the third full commentary on “The New Trail of Tears” (TNToT), written by Naomi Schaefer Riley (NSR or the author). The announcement post is here. The first commentary, “Framed by a Friend,” is here. The second commentary, “Turning Indian History against Indians,” is here. Chapter 2 of TNToT focuses on the Seneca Nation of Indians of New …

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Reading is Democracy

I was reading from the pile of books stacked nearby earlier this morning, John Harris’ How to Be Good: The Possibility of Moral Enhancement (Oxford University Press, 2016) It’s a philosophical treatise that I bumped into on the new book shelf a few weeks back. As I was reading it, I kept reflecting on, “why am …

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New – Tomorrow’s Battlefield: US Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa (Nick Turse)

With the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) boasting a 25% expansion in FY 2014 to 674 operations in Africa, (2015 AFRICOM Posture Statement),  Nick Turse’s new book,  Tomorrow’s Battlefield: US Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa (Haymarket, 2015,) is a timely survey of the nature and rationales for this explosion of AFRICOM’s military training, equipping, …

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Oral History and Digital Humanities

All fields in the humanities have been transformed by digital technology, but none more so than oral history.  The new book, Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access, and Engagement, published by Palgrave Macmillan, explores the impact that new technologies have had on the field.  Edited by Doug Boyd and Mary Larson, the essays in the …

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