Indigenizing Alcatraz: A Longer Look at Native History and Alcatraz Island at the 50th Anniversary of the Indians of All Tribes Occupation

An Introduction to Alcatraz What would it look like if we tried to teach the history of the Civil Rights Movement without Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? This was the question Dr. Kent Blansett raised at his recent presentation, “Think Indigenous,” on the Red Power Movement at the Public Lands History Center’s American West Program […]

Outside History Blog Series: The Yellowstone Death Zone

Is Yellowstone National Park a magnet for murder? Whether through the power of the internet or DNA testing, law enforcement officials use sophisticated technologies that make it harder for criminals to escape justice. However, even the most sophisticated technological tools are useless when it is not clear who is able to try a criminal, creating […]

Outside History Blog Series: Native Hawaiian Land Losses

Beautiful white sand beaches, flowing palm trees, glittering waves, towering volcanoes, hula dancers in leis. These are the postcard images used to represent Hawaii, images that mask the truth behind what Hawaii has become. Urban settings, sprawling resorts, hospitality-based jobs, and Western companies have begun dominating Hawaii, forcing Natives off their land and homogenizing Hawaii’s […]

Outside History Blog Series: A Call for A Dark Night Sky

A Dark Night Sky in Los Angeles In 1994, an earthquake struck Los Angeles, California, causing a blackout that darkened the night sky. Reports came flooding in through 911 servers of “‘a giant silvery cloud’” filling the sky.[1] The “cloud” over Los Angeles that night was nothing other than the Milky Way, which was typically […]

Flirting with White Death: Avalanche Awareness in the Mountain West

This past winter, a group of friends and I went on a ski-in yurt trip in Northern Colorado. It was a memorable trip for all of us: we toured through fragrant evergreen forests, got sun above treeline, and harvested plenty of snow and smiles. It was also memorable through the decisions we made: each morning […]

Health, Recreation, Education, and Uplift: Lincoln Hills and Black Recreation in the Colorado Mountains

The following is a repost from History Colorado’s Weekly Digest that appeared in the August 28th edition under the title “Health, Recreation, Education, and Uplift: Lincoln Hills and Black Recreation in the Colorado Mountains.” To visit the original post, visit the History Colorado website. Lincoln Hills When temperatures soared in cramped, noisy cities, Colorado’s higher […]