Anti-Indianism in Modern America: A Voice from Tatekeya's Earth

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We all know what happened at Wounded Knee . . . don't we?

In this powerful and essential work, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn confronts the politics and policies of genocide that continue to destroy the land, livelihood, and culture of Native Americans. Anti-Indianism in Modern America tells the other side of stories of historical massacres and modern-day hate crimes, events that are dismissed or glossed over by historians, journalists, and courts alike. Cook-Lynn exposes the colonialism ...

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We all know what happened at Wounded Knee . . . don't we?

In this powerful and essential work, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn confronts the politics and policies of genocide that continue to destroy the land, livelihood, and culture of Native Americans. Anti-Indianism in Modern America tells the other side of stories of historical massacres and modern-day hate crimes, events that are dismissed or glossed over by historians, journalists, and courts alike. Cook-Lynn exposes the colonialism that works both overtly and covertly to silence and diminish Native Americans, supported by a rhetoric of reconciliation, assimilation, and multiculturalism. Comparing anti-Indianism to anti-Semitism, she sets the American history of broken treaties, stolen lands, mass murder, cultural dispossession, and Indian hating in an international context of ethnic cleansing, "ecocide" (environmental destruction), and colonial oppression.

Cook-Lynn also discusses the role Native American studies should take in reasserting tribal literatures, traditions, and politics and shows how the discipline has been sidelined by anthropology, sociology, postcolonial studies, and ethnic studies. Asserting the importance of a "native conscience"--a knowledge of the mythologies, mores, and experiences of tribal society--among American Indian writers, she calls for the expression in American Indian art and literature of a tribal consciousness that acts to assure a tribal-nation people of its future.

Passionate, eloquent, and uncompromising, Anti-Indianism in Modern America concludes that there are no real solutions for Indians as long as they remain colonized peoples. Native Americans must be able to tell their own stories and, most important, regain their land, the source of religion, morality, rights, and nationhood. As long as public silence accompanies the outlaw maneuvers that undermine tribal autonomy, the racist strategies that affect all Americans will continue.

It is difficult, Cook-Lynn concedes, to work toward the development of legal mechanisms against hate crimes, in Indian Country and elsewhere in the world. But it is not too late.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780252026621
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, is a writer, poet, and professor emerita of Native American studies at Eastern Washington University. She lives in Rapid City, South Dakota. Her books include The Politics of Hallowed Ground (coauthored with Mario Gonzalez), and Aurelia, a Trilogy.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 Anti-Indianism Defined
1 Anti-Indianism in Art and Literature Is Not Just a Trope 3
2 Is the Crazy Horse Monument Art? or Politics? 24
3 Literary and Political Questions of Transformation: American Indian Fiction Writers 34
4 The Idea of Conscience and a Journey into Sacred Myth 45
5 Tender Mercies and Moral Dilemmas 52
Pt. 2 A Novel Class of Spokespersons
6 Letter to Michael Dorris 69
7 A Mixed-Blood, Tribeless Voice in American Indian Literatures: Michael Dorris 72
8 Innocence, Sin, and Penance 91
9 News of the Day and the Yankton Case 97
10 Science, Belief, and "Stinking Fish" 104
11 Life and Death in the Mainstream of American Indian Biography 112
Pt. 3 On Writing and Keeping a Diary
12 Foreign Sculptors and Time Zones: Diary Entries Kept during a Three-Week Visit to Mexico, a One-Time-Only Effort at Journal-Keeping 121
13 Writing through Obscurity 131
Pt. 4 Speeches
14 Pte - Coming Back from Oblivion 143
15 Native Studies Is Politics: The Responsibility of Native American Studies in an Academic Setting 151
16 Reconciliation, Dishonest in Its Inception, Now a Failed Idea 159
17 American Indian Studies: An Overview 171
Pt. 5 Genocide
18 Anti-Indianism and Genocide: The Disavowed Crime Lurking at the Heart of America 185
19 Postcolonial Scholarship Defames the Native Voice: Academic Genocide? 196
20 Contemporary Genocide: Killing along the Missouri 211
Notes 217
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