From challenges to political sovereignty to debates about land rights to casinos to missing and murdered women and girls, news about Native Americans is at the center of many local and national debates. That includes Massachusetts where back in the 1600s, colonists first met native populations like the Wampanoag, Pequot, Nipmuc, Mashpee, and Pennacook. Perhaps not surprisingly, many of today’s issues are rooted in that fraught history.
So we’ve asked an expert to help us frame the current issues through the lens of history and culture. Philip Deloria joined the History Department at Harvard earlier this year as the University’s first tenured professor in Native American History. He joined Under The Radar this week to talk through some of the latest news.
Callie talks with Professor Deloria about his personal projects: