James Welch, a Native American writer, is being posthumously recognized by Google for his contributions to literature as well as the Native American rights movement. The writer will be the featured Google Doodle which sits atop the search engine’s search box. This would have been Welch’s 76th birthday. He passed away in late 2003.

 

James Welch is widely regarded as one of the prominent writers and founders of the Native American Literary Renaissance. He was born in 1940 on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation of Browning, Montana. Welch’s poetry and novels focused primarily on the life of Native American’s on his own Blackfeet Reservation. Despite Welch’s worries about not being accepted or even read as a Native American author, his works were widely published and thoroughly celebrated.

 

The celebration of Welch’s rich work comes at a time when many Native American’s are pushing forward to be recognized after years of neglect. Most recently, there has been a large and out-spoken resistance from many Native American tribes against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. The DAPL is designed to bring crude oil from North Dakota to more southern areas.

 

There have been massive and unwavering protests against the construction of the pipeline, especially from the Native American community. One area of particular interest is where the DAPL is planned to go under the Missouri River. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota, backed by several celebrities and members of other tribes, are remaining strong in their opposition to the construction of the pipeline over their land.

 

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