ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ - An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

  

 

Monday, September 15 at 7PM

BookPeople Presents

Activist & Acclaimed Author
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

speaking & signing
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States


There are more than five hundred federally recognized indigenous communities and nations in the U. S., comprising nearly three million people. Dunbar-Ortiz challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the indigenous peoples was designed to crush the original inhabitants. Told from the viewpoint of the indigenous, it reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire. Join us for this important discussion.

About An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States:

Today, in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized indigenous communities and nations comprising nearly three million people. These individuals are the descendants of the once fifteen million people who inhabited this land and are the subject of the latest book by noted historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.  In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the indigenous peoples was genocidal and imperialist—designed to crush the original inhabitants. Spanning more than three hundred years, this classic bottom-up history significantly reframes how we view our past. Told from the viewpoint of the indigenous, it reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a farmer and half-Indian mother. She has been active in the American Indian Movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. After receiving her PhD in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at California State University and helped found the departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indians in the Americas, held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva. She is the author or editor of seven books.


Praise for An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States:

“Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States should be essential reading in schools and colleges. It pulls up the paving stones and lays bare the deep history of the United States, from the corn to the reservations. If the United States is a ‘crime scene,’ as she calls it, then Dunbar-Ortiz is its forensic scientist. A sobering look at a grave history.”
—Vijay Prashad, The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South

“Justice-seekers everywhere will celebrate Dunbar-Ortiz’s unflinching commitment to truth—a truth that places settler-colonialism and genocide exactly where they belong—as foundational to the existence of the Unites States."
—Dr. Waziyatawin, Dakota activist and author of For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook

“Dunbar-Ortiz strips us of our forged innocence, shocks us into new awarenesses, and draws a straight line from the sins of our fathers—settler-colonialism, the doctrine of discovery, the myth of manifest destiny, white supremacy, theft and systematic killing—to the contemporary condition of permanent war, invasion and occupation, mass incarceration, and the constant use and threat of state violence.” —Bill Ayers

"An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States provides an essential historical reference for all Americans. Particularly, it serves as an indispensable text for students of all ages to advance their appreciation and greater understanding of our history and our rightful place in America. The American Indians’ perspective has been absent from colonial histories for too long, leaving continued misunderstandings of our struggles for sovereignty and human rights."
—Peterson Zah, former President of the Navajo Nation

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Event date: 
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
603 N Lamar Blvd
78703-5413 Austin
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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (ReVisioning American History #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807000403
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Published: Beacon Press - September 16th, 2014

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