Item description for Life in Occupied America by Ward Churchill...
Why, despite still "owning" some of the most valuable land in North America (including most of the uranium reserves, 20% of the oil and natural gas, etc.), do the remaining 2 million Native inhabitants live in conditions of Third World poverty-a life expectancy averaging under 50; 60% unemployment; a per capita income on the Pine Ridge Reservation of $2000 a year? The systematic elimination of the American Indians didn't end with Columbus, or smallpox-laden blankets, or the scalp bounty. Here, the pre-eminent Native activist/scholar Ward Churchill passionately unveils the 500-year conquest and demonstrates its continuation -today.
Ward Churchill teaches at the University of Colorado/Boulder and is the author of numerous books and spoken-word CDs.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.6" Width: 5.12" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2003
Publisher AK Press
ISBN 1902593723 ISBN13 9781902593722
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More About Ward Churchill
Ward Churchill (Keetoowah Cherokee) is professor of American Indian Studies and chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado/Boulder. A member of the leadership council of Colorado AIM, he is a past national spokesperson for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. A prolific writer and lecturer, he has authored, co-authored or edited more than 20 books. Mike Ryan is a Canadian activist who has been involved with the peace movement and civil disobedience for nearly 30 years. Derrick Jensen is one of the leading voices of cultural dissent. He is the author of over half a dozen books, often tackling themes of environmental sustainability and resistance.
Ward Churchill currently resides in Boulder, in the state of Colorado.
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A receptacle for your pain Aug 14, 2007
This is just perfect. The only thing that would improve this bitter irony is a big weeping picture of the Italian actor that played the eco-friendly Indian in the litter commercials on the cover. Ward Churchill is the quintessential academic who has never really thought a thought through for himself. He is neither Indian nor scholar and he knows very little about history. If you agree you know this already and if you disagree you hate me and don't need to read his book. He spouts Pseudo-Sartre [someone said Chomsky] and the self-hate and fear just oozes. It is painful but almost entertaining to read a page or two. More just tires, and profits no one but him.
Despite the controversy, Ward is still a scholar May 1, 2007
As a Native American, I've always loved Ward's writings. It does not matter to me whether he is an Indian or not. What he writes is scholarly, well-researched, and true of indigenous lives today.
Don't jump on the controversy band wagon. Read and decide for yourself.
Self-righteous and racist Jul 23, 2005
Churchill's main thesis is that non-Indian Amerians, excluding "some" Latinos, namely those of mestizo (mixed European/Indigenous) descent and African-Americans (since they were brought here by force) are colonial settlers on this continent and should be expelled. Churchill writes in lengthy Chomsky-style paragraphs that fail to actually measure up to Chomsky and come as pointless.
Churchill is an interesting character. Regardless of whether he is actually Indian or not, he is undeniably majority white, so his rants come as self-hating diatribes being shouted into a mirror. Some of what he writes can be verified and is useful to know, though that is mainly constricted to life in Indian Reservations in contemporary times or in the 60, 70 or 80's.
illuminating look into life in a still-occupied land Jun 26, 2004
From the beginning, Leonard Peltier as a symbol of Indigenous resistance, to the European Terrorism against Indigenous peoples in the form of biological warfare, Ward Churchill lets the reader-listener understand why this land is an occupied land, never disconnected from the disastrous colonoliasm which has killed off our people, languages and has bombarded our past and future. Genocide is applied as being a reality (and continuing)in this occupied land. This is a must to understand the effects of colonialism and terrorism on Indigenous peoples of this hemisphere. Tlazocamati.