Another New Book from MSU Press (Makwa Enewed): Winona LaDuke’s “The Militarization of Indian Country”

Website here.

The Militarization of Indian CountryMilitarization of Indian Country

Winona LaDuke

When it was recently revealed that U.S. Navy Seals had codenamed Osama bin Laden “Geronimo,” members of the Native American community were insulted that a Native patriot’s name had been used as a moniker for the most wanted terrorist in the world. As Winona LaDuke’s newest book demonstrates, the appropriation of Native names and imagery by the U.S. military is nothing new, from Blackhawk and Kiowa helicopters to “Shock and Awe” campaigns, a reference to the Wounded Knee Massacre. From their use of Native names to the outright poisoning of Native peoples for testing, the U.S. military’s impact on Indian Country has a long and troubled history and is, as evidenced by recent events, ongoing. LaDuke’s stirring book delves into the present and past of the U.S. military, as well as America’s fascination with Native Americans and their culture. The book examines decades of nuclear testing, weapons testing, chemical weapons storage, and bombing of Native American lands. The author also discusses the cultural change in Native communities associated with militarization and the fact that Native America has the highest proportion of living veterans as well as the highest levels of enlistment.

Forthcoming in 2013. Contents will be available soon.

Makwa Enewed

With Sean Aaron Cruz

Winona LaDuke on the Keystone XL Pipeline


An excerpt:

President Obama’s pause on the Keystone Pipeline is a victory for the environment, for sure. It is also a victory for the American people. As it turns out, once the advertising, and lobbying dollars are kept in check, the Keystone pipeline appears as it should: as a sham, a money making scheme for oil and pipeline companies, not the Good Fairy for the American economy.

Occupy Wall Street has been called a movement lacking a mission, a circus of people who don’t understand economics and are simply disgruntled at being have-nots. If OWS were looking for a perfect mission, it would be defeating Keystone XL or the pipeline for the one percent.

Keystone XL is touted as bringing jobs and energy security; the truth is, it will do neither. Even if the pipeline never spilled, even if the tar sands weren’t an environmental atrocity, this would still be a bad deal for the American public.

Continue reading

Winona LaDuke on Colbert Report Tonight

From Indianz:

Environmental activist Winona LaDuke will appear on the popular cable television show The Colbert Report this evening.

LaDuke, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota, is executive director of Honor the Earth She was vice presidential candidate for Ralph Nader on the Green Party ticket in 1996 and 2000. The Colbert Report airs on Comedy Central 11:30 PM EST/10:30 CST. The broadcast will be available online after the show airs. On Friday, LaDuke will speak at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.. The museum is hosting a symposium, Call To Consciousness on Climate Change, from 12pm to 5pm in the Rasmuson Theater.