Thanksgiving Turkey and Traditions

Thanksgiving Turkey and Traditions

Americans love turkey on Thanksgiving, and it’s only fitting that the president pay homage to one of the countries dearest traditions. Just look at some of these turkey facts through American history. One of the country’s founding fathers Benjamin Franklin had proposed the turkey as the United States’ national bird, instead of the bald eagle. […]

First Native American Nominated to National Parks Service

First Native American Nominated to National Parks Service

Posted by on Nov 11, 2021 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

The National Park Service was formed more than a century ago by President Woodrow Wilson. It protected the thirty-five national parks and monuments that existed at that time in 1916. Today, the National Parks Service oversees more than four hundred locations totaling 85 million acres in all fifty states. Now, for the first time, President […]

Civil Rights Leader Gloria Richardson Dies at 99

Civil Rights Leader Gloria Richardson Dies at 99

Posted by on Jul 28, 2021 in People and Culture, United States | No Comments

When you think of the leaders of the civil rights movement, you may first think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, or John Lewis. But there were many other leaders of the movement whose work is less well known. One of these individuals is Gloria Richardson, who passed away last week in New […]

Haaland Announces Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative

Haaland Announces Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative

Posted by on Jul 20, 2021 in Current Events, United States | No Comments

Last month, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland–the first Indigenous person ever to be appointed to this position–announced a federal initiative to formally investigate the history of American Indian boarding schools. Beginning with the Indian Civilization Act of 1819 and continuing through the late 1970s, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and various Christian church denominations […]

Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre

Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre

Posted by on Jun 2, 2021 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

One hundred years ago, one of the U.S.’s worst incidents of race-based violence occurred: the Tulsa Race Massacre. There were no memorials to those lost. Evidence of the riot was removed from newspapers and police logs. Now, however, a new lawsuit in Oklahoma is seeking reparations for the massacre. Here, btw takes a closer look. […]

The History of Memorial Day

The History of Memorial Day

Posted by on May 27, 2021 in United States | No Comments

Memorial Day is an American holiday to honor members of the military who lost their lives during wars or conflicts. Many local communities hold patriotic celebrations that include parades, fireworks, and flag displays. Memorial Day is observed annually on the last Monday of May as a federal holiday. While the holiday honors fallen service members, […]

AAPI Heritage Month: Senator Mazie Hirono

AAPI Heritage Month: Senator Mazie Hirono

Posted by on May 18, 2021 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month: a time to recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the AAPI community. While Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing demographic group in the United States, they remain drastically underrepresented in all levels of government, including Congress. This week btw gets to know a […]

“Going for Broke”: Remembering the 442nd Regimental Combat Team

“Going for Broke”: Remembering the 442nd Regimental Combat Team

Posted by on May 12, 2021 in United States | No Comments

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month–a time to honor and celebrate this community’s many accomplishments, achievements, and contributions. The 442nd Regimental Combat Unit that served during World War II was a segregated Japanese American unit. It became one of the most decorated military units in U.S. history. Here, btw takes a […]

Biden Appoints New AAPI Liaison

Biden Appoints New AAPI Liaison

Posted by on May 4, 2021 in Government, United States | No Comments

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month–a time to honor and celebrate the achievements, accomplishments, and contributions of the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States. As of the 2017 Census, 22.2 million Asian American and Pacific Islanders were living in the U.S. On April 14, the White House announced the new role […]

The 50th Anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy

The 50th Anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy

Posted by on Apr 22, 2021 in United States | No Comments

Fifty years ago this month, the American table tennis team started a dialogue between American athletes and Chinese athletes that began a resumption of diplomacy between the two nations. The foundations for what became known as “Ping Pong Diplomacy” had been set years before. American and Chinese table tennis players first met at a tournament […]