Indigenous people Living In A World Taken From Their Ancestors

Mar 23, 2015

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Fri. 03/27 8a: "Is there not something worthy of perpetuation in our Indian spirit of democracy where Earth, our mother, was free to all, and no one sought to impoverish or enslave his neighbor?" ~ Ohiyesa   This time on Peace Talks Radio, we explore how Indigenous people in the United States handle the conflict of living in a world taken from their ancestors. Our guests include historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, as well as Greg Grey Cloud (Rosebud Sioux/ Lakota) and Valerie Siow (Laguna). Indigenous people survived genocide perpetrated on them by colonial settlers and the U.S. government.  According to Dunbar-Ortiz, Indigenous people suffered "torture, terror, sexual abuse, massacres, systematic military occupations, removal of indigenous peoples from their ancestral territories and removals of Indigenous children to military-like boarding schools."  Natives lost 97% of their land in the U.S.  On this show we ask our guests, despite having had a dominate system impose, and continue to impose, political and social constraints on them, how do Indigenous people in the U.S. make peace with each other, with other ethnicities, and with themselves about their pasts and futures?  Suzanne Kryder hosts with Paul Ingles.