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Conversations: Angeline Boulley, "Firekeeper's Daughter"

On this edition of Conversations, Angeline Boulley talks with host Dan Skinner about her debut novel, “Firekeeper's Daughter.” Boulley is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. 


"Kansas Profile" Series: How Native Americans Helped Win World War II

Along with other Native Americans, Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez helped America win the war in the Pacific during World War II.  After the war, he studied at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence.  (Flickr_Fronteras-Desk)

It was kept secret for more than 20 years after the end of World War II, but Native American soldiers were a key factor in America's victory over the Japanese in the Pacific. Many people now know the story of the Navajo Code Talkers. In this guest commentary, we hear about one of those Native American heroes who had ties to Kansas.  

Remembering the "Kidder Massacre" in Northwest Kansas

Depiction of the scene, witnessed by George Armstrong Custer, following the "Kidder Massacre" in Sherman County, Kansas, in the summer of 1867. (Image credit: Harper's Weekly)

Almost 150 years ago this month, a group of Union Army soldiers were attacked and killed by Indians on the High Plains of northwest Kansas in what's come to be called the "Kidder Massacre" by some historians.  Like many Native Americans, Commentator Rex Buchanan doesn't refer to the attack as a "massacre," but he did recently visit the site of the battle, near Beaver Creek in Sherman County.

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