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Bad Map

The map above is included regularly in Tulsa World stories on COVID-19 in Oklahoma. The map’s breakdown of cases has stayed essentially the same since the beginning of the outbreak in March.

Sovereignty Upheld

I am not by any stretch of the imagination a legal scholar, nor do I have a particular specialty in allotment and Oklahoma statehood era Indigenous issues. Being a historian of Indigenous America I am however pretty familiar with the fundamental issues at stake in the McGirt case handed down today by the Supreme Court.

The Swiping Revolution

A few nights ago at far too late an hour I ended up watching the entire unveiling of the first iPhone back in 2007. I’m not sure I ended up on the subject, but in the end I stuck around for the entire 80ish minutes because it was such an interesting relic of technology history.

An Abundance of History

The Athletic (subscription needed) asked their beat reporters to share the best book on their team and Scott Burnside picked this for the Hurricanes: The Hartford Whalers: Images of Sports | Brian Codagnone

A Tale of Two Charts

Since the world went on lockdown during what should have been spring break, I’ve been logging the daily COVID-19 numbers provided by both Oklahoma (where I live) and Connecticut (where my parents live) in a Google Docs spreadsheet.

Dennis Banks FBI File

Dennis Banks passed away on October 29, 2017. On November 1, 2017 I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI for any files related to Banks. Most of the FBI files related to the American Indian Movement have been public for a number of years but I was curious to see if the FBI would release anything new Banks following his death.

From the Archives: The Vanishing Americans

Here’s a little article I pulled from a digital copy of The Indian, May 28, 1970: What really drew my attention to the article was the blending of traditional identity with contemporary rock music, then I decided to see if they ever managed to get that record made.

Coding? But You're a Historian

When I went away to start my undergrad I was not only a pretty socially awkward person (alert: still am), but I had my own computer for basically the first time in my life.

Priorities

In January 2013 the New York Times public editor wrote a column discussing how front page obituaries in 2012 “became something less than a rarity.” According to Margaret Sullivan the total number of front page obituaries for 2012 was 30, or less than ten percent of all front pages that year.

2016

Spent a weekend with the monks at Clear Creek Abbey Saw Bruce Springsteen in concert for the first time Won a $6,000 summer research fellowship Presented at a conference in Hawaii (and spent a week exploring Oahu)