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This Week In History News, Feb. 10 – 16

This Week In History News, Feb. 10 – 16

Study shows Native American genocide caused ice age, Hitler's paintings go up for auction, text reveals medieval nun fled to "pursue carnal lust."
Genocide Of Native Americans Left So Much Untended Land That Earth’s Climate Cooled, New Study Shows

Genocide Of Native Americans Left So Much Untended Land That Earth’s Climate Cooled, New Study Shows

The study suggests that the regrowth of abandoned Native American land reduced CO2 so much that it actually caused the Little Ice Age, a period of global cooling.
These Infamous Crystal Skulls Aren’t From Aztecs Or Aliens, But Just Victorian Hoax Artists

These Infamous Crystal Skulls Aren’t From Aztecs Or Aliens, But Just Victorian Hoax Artists

A 2008 study led by the Smithsonian Institute found that likely all the 13 life-size quartz crystal skulls are likely fakes.
Niihau: Hawaii’s “Forbidden Island” Without Paved Roads, Plumbing, Or Police

Niihau: Hawaii’s “Forbidden Island” Without Paved Roads, Plumbing, Or Police

Purchased by a wealthy Scottish widow in 1864, the family-owned island is committed to preserving its natural and cultural history — perhaps at a dangerous cost.
The Trail Of Tears: Government-Approved Ethnic Cleansing That Removed 100,000 Native Americans From Their Ancestral Lands

The Trail Of Tears: Government-Approved Ethnic Cleansing That Removed 100,000 Native Americans From Their Ancestral Lands

The Trail of Tears refers to the perilous journey of the 'Five Civilized Tribes' of the Southeast who were forced from their ancestral homelands to a designated zone in the west.
The Osage Reign Of Terror: How A Bigoted Conspiracy Against The Native Americans Led To The FBI’s First Case

The Osage Reign Of Terror: How A Bigoted Conspiracy Against The Native Americans Led To The FBI’s First Case

In the 1920s, the Osage were among the wealthiest people in the world. But jealousy and bigotry would bring on a startling and barbaric conspiracy to end their success.
Archaeologists Discover Pre-Aztec Temple To “Flay Lord” Xipe Tótec, A Deity Who Desired Skinned Sacrifices

Archaeologists Discover Pre-Aztec Temple To “Flay Lord” Xipe Tótec, A Deity Who Desired Skinned Sacrifices

This is the first-known temple discovered to honor the grisly deity Xipe Totec, which translates to "our Lord of the flayed."
This Week In History News, Dec. 2 – 8

This Week In History News, Dec. 2 – 8

Half of Oklahoma may be returned to the Cherokee, archaeologists uncover two mummies in Egypt, murder map reveals the danger spots of medieval London.
Oklahoma Fears Collapse As Supreme Court Decides Whether To Return Half Its Land To The Cherokee

Oklahoma Fears Collapse As Supreme Court Decides Whether To Return Half Its Land To The Cherokee

How one murder case from 2004 could result in the most significant restoration of tribal jurisdiction over Native American land in U.S. history.
The Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Mass Murder Mormons Blamed On Native Americans

The Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Mass Murder Mormons Blamed On Native Americans

The Mountain Meadows Massacre has been described by historians as "the most hideous example of the human cost exacted by religious fanaticism in American history until 9/11."
Mystery Of 10,600-Year-Old ‘Spirit Cave Man,’ Earth’s Oldest Natural Mummy, Finally Solved

Mystery Of 10,600-Year-Old ‘Spirit Cave Man,’ Earth’s Oldest Natural Mummy, Finally Solved

Members of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone tribe claimed cultural affiliation with the mummy and wished to give him a proper burial.