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  • The 1950s are remembered fondly by most US history textbooks. Known as the Eisenhower era, the postwar years were considered a new height of prosperity, with median family purchasing power increasing as much as 30%. Unfortunately, that prosperity was not universally shared. While many Americans were celebrating the end of World War II, indigenous people on the Fort Berthold reservation were being forced into a settlement agreement over losses they would suffer due to the Garrison Dam. After this settlement they experienced an economic decline aggravated by drought, poor relationships with the surrounding governments, and their decreasing ownership of the land.
  • Edward Sheriff Curtis was born on this date in 1868, near Whitewater, Wisconsin. When he was in 6th grade he built his own camera, changing his life…
  • One of the biggest rights Native Americans have fought for since white settlers came to this land is a right to education. While settlers provided…
  • People often feel cooped up in winter, but the winter of 1880-81 was particularly challenging, with an abundance of snow. Going into the winter, people…
  • To err is to be human. One of the most common human mistakes is estimating time. We say we’ll be there in 20 minutes, but it actually takes twice as long.…
  • Arikara, or Sáhniš as called by its people, is part of the Caddoan language family, a group of languages that comes from the Caddo dialect, which is over…
  • From spreading disease to forced assimilation, we hear so much about the damage white settlers caused for native peoples, but we hear less about the…
  • On this date in 1913, Olaus Abelseth was celebrating his mother’s birthday, and felt fortunate to be alive, having survived the sinking of the…
  • The Garrison Dam is the fifth largest earthen dam in the world. Made by packing down dirt with other materials, its total volume is 66.5 million cubic…
  • Harold Bachman was born on September 2nd, 1882 in Atlanta, Illinois to Clark B. and Anna Belle Bachman. In 1889 the family moved to Lakota, where Clark…