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Steven Newcomb: Liberating indigenous nations and peoples





Steven Newcomb on the battle to liberate indigenous people from colonialism:
A number of fundamental assumptions inform my writing. For one thing, I assume that our nations and peoples are presently in a political struggle with powerful descendants of those who first colonized the lands and territories of what is now called "the Americas." By a "political struggle" I mean that we are on a daily basis engaged in a contest of key arguments and interpretations of the non-Indigenous society.

The ideas we are currently struggling with were first crafted over hundreds of years by ingenious ancestors of the dominating society. Those ideas were crafted and used for the purpose dominating our ancestors in order to exploit the immense wealth of our traditional territories, and they are still being used against us for the same purpose by the present day descendants of those colonizing ancestors.

I assume it’s our job to sort this all out by meticulously combing the records of the past in order to inform ourselves in the present so as to heal, strengthen, and liberate our nations and peoples.

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Steven Newcomb: Rejecting the Assumptions Behind the Repression of Our Nations (Indian Country Today 8/27)