Struggle for the Land
Struggle for the Land
Native North American Resistance to Genocide, Ecocide, and Colonization

  • Winner of the Gustavus Myers Award for Literature on Human Rights

From the Sonora to the Arctic, North America's indigenous peoples have been dispossessed of nearly all their original territory, with the residue held undera a colonial "trust" authority by the U.S. and Canada. Ironically, the presumably useless fragments of geography set aside to keep Native Americans out of sight and mind have turned out to be some of the most resource-rich on the planet. Native Americans should thus be among the most affluent sectors of the population, but instead, they are the absolute poorest. The reason for this paradox is clear: the riches of North America's indigenous nations continue to be channeled into the settler's economy.

By focusing upon certain modes of resource exploitation, Churchill demonstrates clearly that the effects of state/corporate business in the native-populated hinterlands of the continent are as ecocidal as they are genocidal. The ecological havoc being wreaked cannot be contained within reservation areas, and therefore poses a threat to all North Americans, presenting a common ground upon which Indians and non-Indians alike can and must struggle to repeal the status quo.

This seminal book established Churchill as an intellectual force to be reckoned with in indigenous land rights debates. Required reading for anyone interested in Native North America and ecological justice. Revised and expanded edition.

Title Struggle for the Land
Subtitle Native North American Resistance to Genocide, Ecocide, and Colonization
Prize Winner of the Gustavus Myers Award for Literature on Human Rights
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading HIS000000 HISTORY
Title First Published 01 September 2002
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 460 p.
ISBN-10 0872864146
ISBN-13 9780872864146
Publication Date 01 September 2002
Main content page count 460
Dimensions 6 x 8.5 in.
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $19.95

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