Native Americans In Arkansas

Christopher Columbus Pinta Nina
Great Lakes Today

Replicas of two ships used by explorer Christopher Columbus, which led to the European colonization of the Americas, are to visit Arkansas in October and November. The replicas of Niña and Pinta are traveling together around the U.S. to help people learn more about the voyage in 1492 that led to the discovery of what was called the New World.

But a recent stop along Lake Ontario in north-central New York drew protests from Native Americans who say the ships only tell half of the story.

Erin Fehr
Darcy Hagood / KUAR News

The Sequoyah National Research Center, a Native American archive and gallery on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is unveiling a new exhibit Tuesday. Entitled “Native Voices,” it examines the diverse and holistic ways many Native Americans approach illness and health.

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde has sent a letter to the Bureau of Indian Affairs asking them to turn down a request from the Quapaw Tribe.

The tribe submitted an application asking that 160 acres of land adjacent to the Little Rock Port Authority's industrial park be given federal trust status. In his letter dated Monday, Hyde says the tribe has not demonstrated the need for federal designation with its plan to use the land for agriculture.