Book Review: “All the Real Indians Died Off” And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker

22 Sep

La Jicarita

Reviewed By KAY MATTHEWS

On the heels of her new book An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has teamed up with Dina Gilio-Whitaker to take on the ignorant, confused, ridiculous, and downright hateful misconceptions promulgated about Indigenous people in the US. It comes at a propitious time, when Indigenous people from all over the world have gathered at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline from the Bakken oil fields to Illinois. All the “Real Indians” who supposedly died off are out there on the ground putting their bodies on the line to protect their cultural sites, the waters of the Missouri River, and to force a “real” conversation about this country’s efforts to extract and profit from the dirty Bakken oil—at the expense of people’s health and the future of the planet.

This stand-off is only the latest…

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