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AN � � INDIGENOU PEOPLES' U.S. $27.95 (continued from front flap) CAN $32.95 Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples' history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted "A must-read for anyone interested in the truth our national narrative. behind this nation's founding." -VERONICA E. VELARDE TILLER, PhD, Jicar"illa Apache author, historian, and publisher of Tiller's Guide to Indian Country Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descen­ dants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocid­ al program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States mother. She has been active in the international told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples Indigenous movement for more than four decades and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, and is known for her lifelong commitment to na­ actively resisted expansion of the US empire. tional and international social justice issues. After receiving her PhD in history at the University of In An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, California at Los Angeles, she taught in the newly Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth established Native American Studies Program at of the United States and shows how policy against California State University, Hayward, and helped Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to found the departments of Ethnic Studies and seize the territories of the original inhabitants, dis­ Women's Studies. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux placing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz Nation was the fundamental document at the first reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, international conference on Indigenous peoples of through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and the Americas, held at the United Nations' headquar­ Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of gov­ ters in Geneva. Dunbar-Ortiz is the author or editor ernment and the military. As the genocidal policy of seven other books, including Roots of Resistance: reached its zenith under President Andrew Jackson, A History ofLand Tenure in New Mexico. She lives in its shocking ruthlessness was best articulated by US San Francisco. Army general Thomas S. Jesup, who, in 1836, wrote of the Seminoles: "The country can be rid of them Jacket design and photo illustration: Gabi Anderson Jacket art: Images courtesy of Veer only by exterminating them." Beacon Press Boston (continued on back flap) www.beacon.org PRAISE FOR A N I N D I G E N O U S P E O P L E S ' H I S T O RY O F T H E U N I T E D S TAT E S "In this riveting book, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz decolonizes American his­ tory and illustrates definitively why the past is never very far from the pres­ ent. Exploring the borderlands between action and narration-between what happened and what is said to have happened-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, inva­ sion 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." - B I L L AY E R S "Dunbar-Ortiz provides a historical analysis o f the US colonial framework from the perspective of an Indigenous human rights advocate. Her assess­ ment and conclusions are necessary tools for all Indigenous peoples seeking to address and remedy

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