An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

〶 Format Kindle Download [ ◸ An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States ] ⎫ Book Author Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz ␈ Introduction This land We are here to educate, not forgive. We are here to enlighten, not accuse. Willie Johns, Brighton Seminole Reservation, Florida Under the crust of that portion of Earth called the United States of Americafrom California to the Gulf Stream watersare interred the bones, villages, fields, and sacred objects of American Indians They cry out for their stories to be heard through their descendants who carry the memories of how the country was founded and how it came to be as it is today It should not have happened that the great civilizations of the Western Hemisphere, the very evidence of the Western Hemisphere, were wantonly destroyed, the gradual progress of humanity interrupted and set upon a path of greed and destruction Choices were made that forged that path toward destruction of life itselfthe moment in which we now live and die as our planet shrivels, overheated To learn and know this history is both a necessity and a responsibility to the ancestors and descendants of all parties What historian David Chang has written about the land that became Oklahoma applies to the whole United States Nation, race, and class converged in land Everything in US history is about the landwho oversaw and cultivated it, fished its waters, maintained its wildlife who invaded and stole it how it became a commodity real estate broken into pieces to be bought and sold on the market US policies and actions related to Indigenous peoples, though often termed racist or discriminatory, are rarely depicted as what they are classic cases of imperialism and a particular form of colonialismsettler colonialism As anthropologist Patrick Wolfewrites, The question of genocide is never far from discussions of settler colonialism Land is lifeor, at least, land is necessary for life The history of the United States is a history of settler colonialism the founding of a state based on the ideology of white supremacy, the widespread practice of African slavery, and a policyof genocide and land theft Those who seek history with an upbeat ending, a history of redemption and reconciliation, may look around and observe that such a conclusion is not visible, not even in utopian dreams of a better society Writing US history from an Indigenous peoples perspective requires rethinking the consensual national narrative That narrative is wrong or deficient, not in its facts, dates, or details but rather in its essence Inherent in the myth weve been taught is an embrace of settler colonialism and genocide The myth persists, not for a lack of free speech or poverty of information but rather for an absence of motivation to ask questions that challenge the core of the scriptednarrative of the origin story How might acknowledging the realityof US history work to transform society That is the central question this book pursues Teaching Native American studies, I always begin with a simple exercise I ask students to quickly draw a rough outline of the United States at the time it gained independence from Britain Invariably most draw the approximate present shape of the United States from the Atlantic to the Pacificthe continental territory not fully appropriated until a century after independence What became independent in 1783 were the thirteen British colonies hugging theAtlantic shore When called on this, students are embarrassed because they know better I assure them that they are not alone I call this a Rorschach test of unconscious manifest destiny, embedded in the minds of nearly everyone in the United States and around the world This test reflects the seeming inevitability of US extent and power, its destiny, with an implication that the continent had previously been terra nullius, a land without people Woody Guthries This Land Is Your Land celebrates that the land belongs to everyone, reflecting the unconscious manifest destiny we live with But the extension of the United States from sea to shining sea was the intention and design of the countrys founders Free land was the magnet that attracted European settlers Many were slave owners who desired limitless land for lucrative cash crops After the war for independence but preceding the writing of the USConstitution, the Continental Congress produced the Northwest Ordinance This was the first law of the incipient republic, revealing the motive for those desiring independence It was the blueprint for gobbling up the British protected Indian Territory Ohio Country on the other side of the Appalachians and Alleghenies Britain had made settlement there illegal with the Proclamation of 1763 In 1801, President Jefferson aptly described the new settler states intentions for horizontal and vertical continental expansion, stating However our present interests may restrain us within our own limits, it is impossible not to look forward to distant times, when our rapid multiplication will expand itself beyond those limits and cover the whole northern, if not the southern continent, with a people speaking the same language, governed in similar form by similar laws This vision of manifest destiny found form a few years later in the Monroe Doctrine, signaling the intention of annexing or dominating former Spanish colonial territories in the Americas and the Pacific, which would be put into practice during the rest of the century Origin narratives form the vital core of a peoples unifying identity and of the values that guide them In the United States, the founding and development of the Anglo American settler state involves a narrative about Puritan settlers who had a covenant with God to take the land That part of the origin story is supported and reinforced by the Columbus myth and the Doctrine of Discovery According to a series of late fifteenth century papal bulls, European nations acquired title to the lands they discovered and the Indigenous inhabitants lost their natural right to that land after Europeans arrived and claimed it As law professor Robert A Williamsobserves about the Doctrine of Discovery Responding to the requirements of a paradoxical age of Re naissance and Inquisition, the Wests first modern discourses of conquest articulated a vision of all humankind united under a rule of law discoverable solely by human reason Un fortunately for the American Indian, the Wests first tentative steps towards this noble vision of a Law of Nations contained a mandate for Europes subjugation of all peoples whose ra dical divergence from European derived norms of right conduct signified their need for conquest and remediation The Columbus myth suggests that from US independence onward, colonial settlers saw themselves as part of a world system of colonization Columbia, the poetic, Latinate name used in reference to the United States from its founding throughout the nineteenth century, was based on the name of Christopher Columbus The Land of Columbus wasand still isrepresented by the image of a woman in sculptures and paintings, by institutions such as Columbia University, and by countless place names, including that of the national capital, the District of Columbia The 1798 hymn Hail, Columbia was the early national anthem and is now used whenever the vice president of the United States makes a public appearance, and Columbus Day is still a federal holiday despite Columbus never having set foot on any territory ever claimed by the United States.Meticulously documented, this thought provoking treatise is sure to generate discussion BooklistWhat is fresh about the book is its comprehensiveness Dunbar Ortiz brings together every indictment of white Americans that has been cast upon them over time, and she does so by raising intelligent new questions about many of the current trends of academia, such as multiculturalism Dunbar Ortizs material succeeds, but will be eye opening to those who have not previously encountered such a perspective Publishers WeeklyFrom the struggles against the early British settlers in New England and Virginia to the final catastrophes at Sand Creek and Wounded Knee, Dunbar Ortiz never flinches from the truth CounterPunch An impassioned history Belongs on the shelf next to Dee Browns classic, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee San Francisco ChronicleA must read for anyone interested in the truth behind this nations founding Veronica E Velarde Tiller, PhD, Jicarilla Apache author, historian, and publisher of Tillers Guide to Indian CountryThis may well be the most important US history book you will read in your lifetime Dunbar Ortiz radically reframes US history, destroying all foundation myths to reveal a brutal settler colonial structure and ideology designed to cover its bloody tracks Here, rendered in honest, often poetic words, is the story of those tracks and the people who survivedbloodied but unbowed.Spoiler alert the colonial era is still here, and so are the Indians Robin D G Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams Dunbar Ortizs assessment and conclusions are necessary tools for all Indigenous peoples seeking to address and remedy the legacy of US colonial domination that continues to subvert Indigenous human rights in todays globalized world Mililani B Trask, Native Hawaiian international law expert on Indigenous peoples rights and formerKia Aina prime minister of Ka La Hui Hawaii An Indigenous Peoples History of the United Statesprovides an essential historical reference for all Americans 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 An Indigenous Peoples History 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, author of The Poorer Nations Justice seekers everywhere will celebrate Dunbar Ortizs unflinching commitment to trutha truth that places settler colonialism and genocide exactly where they belong as foundational to the existence of the United States Waziyatawin, PhD, activist and author of For Indigenous Minds OnlyDunbar Ortiz strips us of our forged innocence, shocks us into new awarenesses, and draws a straight line from the sins of our fatherssettler colonialism, the doctrine of discovery, the myth of manifest destiny, white supremacy, theft and systematic killingto the contemporary condition of permanent war, invasion and occupation, mass incarceration, and the constant use and threat of state violence Bill AyersRoxanne Dunbar Ortizs Indigenous Peoples History of the United Statesis a fiercely honest, unwavering, and unprecedented statement, one which has never been attempted by any other historian or intellectual The presentation of facts and arguments is clear and direct, unadorned by needless and pointless rhetoric, and there is an organic feel of intellectual solidity that provides weight and trust.It is truly an Indigenous peoples voice that gives Dunbar Ortizs book direction, purpose, and trustworthy intention Without doubt, this crucially important book is required reading for everyone in the Americas Simon J Ortiz, Regents Professor of English and American Indian Studies, Arizona State University Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz writes a masterful story that relates what the Indigenous peoples of the United States have always maintained Against the settler U.S nation, Indigenous peoples have persevered against actions and policies intended to exterminate them, whether physically, mentally, or intellectually.Indigenous nations and their people continue to bear witness to their experiences under the U.S and demand justice as well as the realization of sovereignty on their own terms.Jennifer Nez Denetdale,Associate Professor of American Studiesat the University of New Mexico and author of Reclaiming Din History From the Hardcover edition. 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