Posts from the ‘Blog’ category

Narcissa’s Letter: The Massacre

By R. GREGORY NOKES  In what is now known at the Whitman Massacre, a gang of disaffected Cayuse Indians murdered American missionaries Marcus and Narcissa Whitman…

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Nokes’ new book due out next spring

My new book, “The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California,” is scheduled for spring release from Oregon State University Press.

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Oregon should follow Washington’s lead in honoring early African Americans (Guest opinion)

THE OREGONIAN — To someone steeped in the sad history of early Oregon’s racism, as I have been in my recent writing, it was a relief to…

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Massacre at Hells Canyon ranks high in OPB views

My Take: TV Ratings I’ve never paid much attention to television ratings, except when they reflect well on me. And here’s one that so reflects. I’m…

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Oregon’s Legacy of Racist Laws

Printed in the Oregon State University Press June 7, 2017 On June 4, Kirk Johnson wrote a piece in the New York Times spotlightling Oregon’s racialist recent…

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Black Harris – Northwest Mountain Man of Mystery

Greg Nokes authored a feature for Columbia Magazine on Black Harris, a mid-1800s mountain man who pioneered the West.

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Peter Burnett (1807-1895)

I wrote this article on Peter Burnett, Oregon pioneer and first U.S. governor of California, for the on-line Oregon Encyclopedia. Book still in the works.

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OPB’s Oregon Experience to feature Massacre of Chinese

Mark your calendar for Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Massacre in Hell’s Canyon,” inspired by R. Gregory Nokes’ 2009 book, “Massacred for Gold.”

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My Take: Fidel Castro (and the photograph not on my wall)

The death of Fidel Castro at age 90 is the end of an era for the Cuban people. It’s also the end of an era for…

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A Martin Luther King Jr. Day message

Jennifer Delanty, moderator of the Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference, gave this address to the congregation at Seattle Mennonite Church on January 18, as part of the…

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