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Most people will identify the states of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota on this map. Aaron Carapella, an Oklahoma cartographer, has created maps that depict what the nation may have looked like in terms of Native American tribes circa 1480. BEMIDJI PIONEER GRAPHIC

Peering into the past: Maps of Native America's history raise questions

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BEMIDJI -- America. Land of the free and the home of the brave. But brave people already called this land home before Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star Spangled Banner," before Europeans declared their freedom from Great Britain on land already occupied by other nations native to North America.

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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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