Chinook Tribe Still Fighting Government Erasure

Bronze-cast carvings depicting the heroes of Chinook Indian mythology will soon greet visitors entering Seattle’s Burke Museum, their exploits having been passed through oral history for millennia. But the federal government claims the tellers of those stories – people who ran the major trade hub where the mouth of the Columbia River spills into the Pacific Ocean and who received Lewis & Clark at the end of their journey – do not qualify for federal recognition as a legitimate Indian nation.

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Richmond City Council Takes Aim at Confederate Monuments

In a win for civil rights activists fighting to roll back a more than 100-year-old law that has blocked the removal of Confederate monuments across Virginia, Richmond’s City Council passed a resolution Monday to petition the state’s legislature to empower cities to do as they wish with the controversial war memorials. 

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