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Your Call: The history of Native Americans and National Parks

photographed by W. H. Jackson, 1870.
National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress)
Shoshone Indians, a tribe that once lived in the area now known as Yellowstone National Park.


On the August 23rd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the history of the national parks and Native Americans.

Yellowstone, the first national park, was established in 1872. It was an era of westward expansion and Native American removal. Nearly every national park and monument was once inhabited by indigenous people. What is the full and honest history of our national parks? How can we address the wrongs of the past and protect wild places for the future? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.


Philip Burnham, associate professor in the English Department at George Mason University, and author of Indian Country, God's Country: Native Americans and the National Parks

Web Resources:

Philip Burnham: Indian Country, God's Country: Native Americans and the National Parks

National Parks Traveler: Many National Parks Get The Indian Story Wrong

Cultural Survival: American Indians and National Parks

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.