Acts of Rebellion: The Ward Churchill Reader

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Ward Churchill is one of the most vocal, incisive, and respected writers on American Indian issues. Acts of Rebellion brings together his most important writings on indigenism from the past two decades, covering basic American Indian concerns from land issues to the American Indian Movement, from government repression to their history of genocide. Churchill also skillfully dissects problematic depictions of Indians in American culture, including Columbus Day, Dances with Wolves, and the Washington Redskins. A must-read for all those interested in the truth about American history, Acts of Rebellion also covers the legal inconsistencies the government has developed to deal with American Indians, radical Indian ideologies, past and present struggles for land and rights, and political and cultural resistance and repression.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A Keetoowah Cherokee, Churchill (associate chair, ethnic studies, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) has authored or coauthored 11 books, including three that have won the Gustavus Meyer Award for Human Rights. He is a longtime activist for Native American rights and has also served as a spokesperson for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. This work is a compilation of his writings, including some that have previously appeared in such publications as American Indian Culture and Research Journal. These essays focus on an eclectic group of topics ranging from the meanings of Columbus Day to the misuses of Indian culture by the Men's Movement and sports franchises to the repression of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in the 1970s following the occupation of Alcatraz Island. This valuable collection of forceful writings by an influential Native American leader is highly recommended for all academic libraries with Native American studies collections.-John Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415931557
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ward Churchill is Professor and Associate Chair of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has written scores of articles, along with eight books, including Agents of Repression and A Little Matter of Genocide. Three of his books have won the Gustavus Meyer Award for Human Rights.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Acts of Rebellion: Notes on the Interaction of History and Justice
1 "The Law Stood Squarely on Its Head:" U.S. Doctrine, Indigenous Self-Determination, and the Question of World Order 3
2 The Nullification of Native America? An Analysis of the 1990 American Indian Arts and Crafts Act 23
3 Confronting Columbus Day: An Argument Based in International Law 43
4 The Earth Is Our Mother: Struggles for American Indian Land and Liberation in the Contemporary United States 65
5 A Breach of Trust: The Radioactive Colonization of Native North America 111
6 Like Sand in the Wind: The Making of an American Indian Diaspora in the United States 141
7 The Bloody Wake of Alcatraz: Repression of the American Indian Movement during the 1970s 163
8 Fantasies of the Master Race: The Cinematic Colonization of American Indians 185
9 Let's Spread the "Fun" Around: The Issue of Sports Team Names and Mascots 219
10 Indians 'R' Us: Reflections on the "Men's Movement" 223
11 False Promises: An Indigenist Examination of Marxist Theory and Practice 247
12 The New Face of Liberation: Indigenous Rebellion, State Repression, and the Reality of the Fourth World 263
13 I Am Indigenist: Notes on the Ideology of the Fourth World 275
Permissions/Acknowledgments 301
Notes 303
Index 449
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