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Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
Date Thursday October 02
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorKen Preston
Presented by KPFA Radio, Bay Native Circle, International Indian Treaty Council, and Intertribal Friendship House

Hosted by Lakota Harden

$12 advance tickets: :: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus (3 stores) Moe’s, Marcus Books, Walden Pond Books, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s Books SF: Modern Times, $15 door, KPFA benefit
In this riveting book, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz decolonizes American history and …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. Best of all, she points a way beyond amnesia, paralyzing guilt, or helplessness toward discovering our deepest humanity in a project of truth-telling and repair. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States will forever change the way we read history and understand our own responsibility to it.” — Bill Ayers

“Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States is 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-Ortiz’s 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

“An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United …serves as an indispensable text for students of all ages… 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

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a farmer and half-Indian mother. Active in the American Indian Movement for more than four decades, she is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. After earning her PhD in history at U.C.L.A., she taught in the 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, including Outlaw Woman, a Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975, and Blood on the Border: Memoir of the Contra War.

Lakota Harden - orator, community organizer, activist, radio host and poet, daughter of seven generations of Lakota leaders - is currently a host on the weekly radio program Bay Native Circle on Pacifica radio station KPFA. The program features interviews, current events and perspectives of the Native American community.
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