Tresa's blog

The Struggle Continues: The ongoing fight to reform the 1872 Mining Law

Karen Robertson

Community members involved with Red Thunder, Inc were pivotal in bringing awareness to the corporate and governmental alliances between the U.S. and Canada and their abuses towards public lands held in trust by the United States.

What makes a mountain, hill or prairie a ‘sacred’ place for Native Americans?

Rosalyn R. LaPier

For several months Native American protesters and others have been opposing the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The plans for construction pass through sacred land for the Native American tribe, Standing Rock Sioux.

Why is water sacred to Native Americans?

Rosalyn R. LaPier

The Lakota phrase “Mní wičhóni,” or “Water is life,” has become a new national protest anthem.

Environmental History and Native American Activism

Joseph Gaudet, University of Michigan

Environmental history is the study of how humans have changed the environment over time and, conversely, how the environment has altered society.


Joseph W. Azure

Photo: Joe W. Azure in front of the new Ceremonial Sweat Lodge, in Big Warm, Mt., on May 29, 2017

Speech given by Joe W. Azure at the Western History Conference in St. Paul, MN

Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Things

Timothy James LeCain, Montana State University

About 15 years ago the anthropologist Shepard Krech sparked a controversy with his book, The Ecological Indian, which basically argued that the North American Indians were not the proto-environmental saints that some had previously made them out to be.

A Spiritual Journey

Ali Zaid

I’m older now—it’s funny how one’s mind starts to reminisce about the past.  I once heard that while you’re in your mother’s womb, your destiny is written upon your forehead.

Calling on the Spirits

Karen Robertson

We called on the ancestral spirits and those that once shared these Little Rocky Mountains.

Native Lands and the National Park Service Anniversary

Rosalyn LaPier, Joseph P. Gone, and David Cournoyer

On August 25th the nation celebrated the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, a federal agency that manages National parks and related federal lands. Lands that were once owned, and still remain important, to Native peoples.