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Indigenous and Local History


Landscape photo of Red Fox Meadow Natural Area on a beautiful Fall Day, Oct. 24

Breve historia de los pueblos indígenas en el norte de Colorado

Austria Cohn and Sarahy Quintana December 8, 2021
Fort Collins y el norte de Colorado pertenecían originalmente a los pueblos indígenas antes de la llegada de los colonos europeos, que llegaron y robaron la tierra.
Landscape photo of Red Fox Meadow Natural Area on a beautiful Fall Day, Oct. 24

A brief history of Indigenous peoples in Northern Colorado

Austria Cohn, News Reporter December 1, 2021
Fort Collins and Northern Colorado originally belonged to Indigenous people prior to the arrival of European settlers, who came and stole the land. 
Two people sit looking out over Horsetooth Reservoir

A timeline of Indigenous and settler history in the Fort Collins area

Katrina Leibee, Editor-in-Chief November 18, 2021
It was from 12,000 B.C. to 5500 B.C.E that the Clovis, Folsom, Agate Basin, Hell Cap, Cody, Firstview and Kersey cultural groups inhabited Northern Colorado.
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LFTE: History is not black and white: Why we made this special edition

Katrina Leibee and Serena Bettis November 18, 2021
As November is Indigenous History Month, and The Collegian staff has many history buffs in its midst, we wanted to create a special edition that would incorporate the history of this land and the stories of this City and campus that we call home. The intent of this publication is to learn and understand what came before us, while both celebrating and critiquing our roots, both at Colorado State University and in the Northern Colorado area. 
5 Books to read to learn about indigenous perspectives of history.

5 books you should read on Indigenous history, perspectives

Ivy Secrest November 18, 2021

It is so easy to practice mindless advocacy: speaking on behalf of groups you don't understand and can never be a part of. Indigenous groups are often included in this kind of allyship.  It is easy...

Archive photo of tents and patients

The pandemic in Fort Collins a century ago

Hayden Hawley November 18, 2021

COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on all of our lives, the depth of which is yet to be fully understood. Just over 100 years ago, a surprisingly similar scourge fell upon the world: the 1918 influenza...

Pickle Barrel restaurant located in Fort Collins Nov. 14. The restaurant was created as a CSU class project by Robert Piccaro and Brenda Smith 30 years ago. (Milo Gladstein | The Collegian)

The roots of 122 W. Laurel St.

Bella Eckburg November 17, 2021
In the building now home to The B&B Pickle Barrel Deli at 122 W. Laurel Street, which was purchased by Robert 'Bob' Piccaro and Brenda Smith in 1988, lies a history enveloped with musicality and international connection.  Chris Eala, who was born in the Philippines, came to Fort Collins in the late 1950s at the urging of the Colorado State University music department, which recognized his gift of repairing musical instruments. The little shop became Chris’s Music store. 
In recognition of the labor done by the Latinx community in Fort Collins, the City added an installation of a short hoe statue. Kota Babcock | The Collegian

Sugar beets, sundown laws, student efforts: History of Latinx FoCo

Kota Babcock November 16, 2021

Despite Hispanic and Latinx laborers sustaining the sugar beet industry that built Fort Collins, the history of this community is full of injustice and discrimination, especially at the hands of police....

The Armstrong Hotel in downtown Fort Collins

The hidden history of Fort Collins architecture

Brooke Pippin November 16, 2021

Fort Collins architecture is a reflection of the city's history and the characters who shaped it.  “Like most communities, Fort Collins has a diverse array of building styles and types representing...

Laramie Woods Colorado State University Woman’s Club Basketball Leader on the basketball court outside of the recreational center, Nov. 5.

Laramie Woods, Colorado State club leader and Indigenous athlete

Michael Giles November 16, 2021

This week's Indigenous player spotlight is on Laramie Woods. Woods is a junior at Colorado State University studying ecosystem science and sustainability and is also president of the women's club basketball...

Amy Van Dyken Way located next to The Circle at Colorado State University Nov 15. (Grayson Reed | The Collegian)

Landmarks and legacy: CSU’s buildings’ ties to campus history

Serena Bettis November 16, 2021

At times, history can feel far away. As Colorado State University students walk from class to class, they see shiny new glass buildings and empty lots ready for construction — ultimately, a very different...

A hiker at the Maxwell Natural Area passes a sign placed by the First Nations Right Relations Gathering for Hughes Land Back Aug. 22. Colorado State University planned to develop the Hughes land, but activists hoped the site could be used as a gathering place for Indigenous people.

Lopez: Public schools can teach better Indigenous history

Dominique Lopez November 16, 2021
Imagine sitting down in a middle school or high school history class. You might recognize the seats around you and see the familiar faces, but what history do you remember learning in that class?
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