Report: Indigenous Genocide Led to Climate Change

Columbus’ arrival started the genocide of indigenous peoples.

A new report says that the “Little Ice Age” that occurred in the 1600s resulted from the Native American genocide that followed Christopher Columbus and the arrival of European settlers, according a story published by CNN today.

European settlers killed 56 million indigenous people over about 100 years in South, Central and North America, causing large swaths of farmland to be abandoned and reforested, researchers at University College London, or UCL, estimate. The increase in trees and vegetation across an area the size of France resulted in a massive decrease in carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, according to the study.

Carbon levels changed enough to cool the Earth by 1610, researchers found.

Click on the link for more details. Here’s another version from the BBC.

Lincoln Billboard Covered in Duluth

The Lincoln billboard was in front of this Duluth mural. (Screen capture from AIHCO video.)

MPR reports that a billboard in Duluth with an image of Abraham Lincoln has been covered “after outcry over forgotten history.”

Lamar Advertising had put up the Lincoln sign on a billboard just up the street from the American Indian Community Housing Organization. It was directly in front of the mural of a Native American woman and “water protector” that covers an entire side of the organization’s brick building.

For some, that was an offensive juxtaposition: On Dec. 26, 1862, as the U.S.-Dakota War was ending, Lincoln ordered 38 Dakota men to be hanged in Mankato, Minn.

More than 300 Dakota men were convicted and sentenced to death in brief sham trials. Lincoln commuted of 264 of them but allowed 38 men to be hung, in what is the largest mass execution in U.S. history.

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