Kill the Indian, Save the Man
Kill the Indian, Save the Man
The Genocidal Impact of American Indian Residential Schools

For five consecutive generations, from roughly 1880 to 1980, Native American children in the United States and Canada were forcibly taken from their families and relocated to residential schools. The stated goal of this government program was to "kill the Indian to save the man." Half of the children did not survive the experience, and those who did were left permanently scarred. The resulting alcoholism, suicide, and the transmission of trauma to their own children has led to a social disintegration with results that can only be described as genocidal.

"The Indian residential schools in both the US and Canada... include[d] the forced exile of children and the prohibition of the use of a national language or religion . . . . Churchill presents a bleak yet utterly necessary history of a brutal system that was in effect until 1990."--Booklist

"Painful and powerful, Kill the Indian, Save the Man provides the first comprehensive study of the effects of the residential schools into which American Indian children were forced by the U.S. and Canadian governments. With his usual painstaking accuracy and moving prose, Churchill exposes the genocidal nature of this important dimension of the assimilationist policies that continue to decimate Native North American communities. This book is essential reading for anyone concerned with the ravages of settler state colonialism or the effects of transgenerational trauma."--Natsu Taylor Saito, Professor of Law, Georgia State University, and author of We Have Met the Enemy…American Exceptionalism and Subversion of the Rule of Law

"The analysis and evidence deployed herein are both compelling and altogether consistent with what I've discovered in my own research and experience as a judge on a special tribunal assessing the effects of residential schooling on the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. I urge all people who oppose genocide—from whatever source, against whatever victims—to read this book."--Jim Craven (Omahkohkiaayo-i'poyi), citizen of the Blackfoot Nation and Professor of Economics, Clark College

Title Kill the Indian, Save the Man
Subtitle The Genocidal Impact of American Indian Residential Schools
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 30 November 2004
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 158 p.
ISBN-10 0872864391
ISBN-13 9780872864399
Publication Date 30 November 2004
Main content page count 158
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $40.00
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 128 p.
ISBN-10 0872864340
ISBN-13 9780872864344
Publication Date 01 November 2004
Main content page count 128
Dimensions 6 x 8.5 in.
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $18.95

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