The Real Life Story behind Dead Horses

The Utes and the Navajos: the 200 years war The Setup Good fences make good neighbors is a proverb existing in many different cultures and languages. In this blog, I use a derivation of this ancient proverb, “Good Roads Make Bad Neighbors,” to illustrate how … Continue reading The Real Life Story behind Dead Horses

The Nez Perce War, Part 3: Native America’s Most Epic Run For Freedom

In 1876, after a series of battles suppressing Native resistance to incursions of its citizens, the U.S. government demanded the Nez Perce move to a much smaller reservation to make room for the new immigrants. Under pressure to move, the tribe split into two groups: … Continue reading The Nez Perce War, Part 3: Native America’s Most Epic Run For Freedom

The Battle of Hundred-in-the-Hands (Part 1)

It has been a popular misconception that Native Americans’ sole victory was against George Custer and his 7th Cavalry, otherwise the tribes suffered an endless string of defeats. The truth is, although they ultimately lost their lands and way of life, Indians won significant battles … Continue reading The Battle of Hundred-in-the-Hands (Part 1)

Anatomy of Disaster: The Villasur Massacre

World War Zero Between 1689 and 1763, there were no less than four colonial wars (often called World War Zero) involving France, Britain, Spain, and their respective colonies. These conflicts were expressions of European competition over balance of power, expansionism, mercantilism, and Native American alliances. … Continue reading Anatomy of Disaster: The Villasur Massacre

The U.S. Army’s Worst Indian Catastrophe?

Custer’s Last Stand. The Worst Disaster? A swirling mass of feathered, painted men and horses. The whistle of bullets and arrows. The coppery smell of blood and acrid odor of burned gun powder. The co-mingled screams of men and horses. The shrill wail of trumpets … Continue reading The U.S. Army’s Worst Indian Catastrophe?