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Opinion from New York Times: Ask Who Paid for America’s Universities

Article published May 7, 2020 in the New York Times.
Authored by Tristan Ahtone and Robert Lee.

“This is how deep it goes. Even an essay calling for a fairer America missed the injustice at the core of the nation’s character.”

The United States is well known for technological break throughs, but at what cost do our centers of research come, and what historical implications are there? The New York Times hosts an opinion piece that discusses the Morrill Act of 1862, which appropriated land to fund agricultural and mechanical colleges, also known as land-grant universities.

“But ask who paid for it, and who’s still paying today?”. These universities were transferred lands by the U.S., acquired from decades of conflict with Indigenous peoples that the U.S. paid little to nothing for, transferring the cost in so many ways to the peoples native to North America.

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