In 1980 the Supreme Court awarded the Sioux tribe 106 million dollars as compensation for land that was taken from them. The Sioux refused to accept the payment, and the money remains in the US Treasury to this day, accruing interest.
In 1980 the Sioux Nation tribe won their case claiming the Black Hills of South Dakota were wrongfully taken and required compensation. The tribe refused the $106 million award and continues to do so even though the award with interest is now $1.2 billion.
In 1911 a lone man emerged from the wilderness in California, the last member of his tribe and also “the last wild Indian”. With the help of university professors he was able to preserve parts of his language and culture.
Johnny Cash released a whole album called “Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian” because Cash had been convinced that his ancestry was Cherokee, even by members of the Cherokee tribe. Later he found it he was not Cherokee at all, but Scottish, English and Scots-Irish.
Zoos save feathers that come off many of their birds and have them distributed to Native American tribes for their religious ceremonies.
Joseph Medicine Crow, a Native American of the Crow tribe, served in World War II and completed all the requirements to become a war chief while at war, making him the last Crow member to do so.
Many Native American tribes recognized as many as four genders, and people who would be considered homosexuals by modern standards were revered and respected for carrying “two spirits”.
In 1847 during the Irish potato famine, the Choctaw Nation of Native Americans donated $147 to assist with famine relief. The Irish have just completed a monument of appreciation.
Some Native American people intentionally bent trees to mark trails and many remain today as hidden monuments.
Disney was planning on making a short film featuring Mickey Mouse as Christopher Columbus discovering America. It got cancelled because the animation team was unsure how to animate the native people Mickey would have to encounter in a non-offensive way.