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Saturday, July 4 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Boarding schools, adoption, and sterilization: The erasure of Native cultures

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As the Indian Wars proved to be too expensive for the expansion of empire, the US government turned to racist legislature "Kill the Indian, Save the Man” which aimed to dissolve sovereignty to the land and the ability resist this destruction by using the very social structures of Indigenous people.

Generations of children were stolen into boarding schools to experience a military style regiment of “schooling,” Native women faced a growing attack on their right to reproduction and Indigenous families have suffered a war against their right to self-determination and right to existence.

All of this has, and continues, to promote resistance against the oppression faced by indigenous women and communities.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide by Andrea Smith
Native Americans and Wage Labor: Ethnohistorical Perspectives by Alice Littlefield and Martha C. Knack
State and Reservation: New Perspectives on Federal Indian Policy by George Pierre Castile
Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940 by Brenda J. Child
Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations by Charles F. Wilkinson

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Ragina Johnson

Ragina Johnson is Native American Marxist, member of the ISO, and author in the Bay Area. She writes and speaks about Native American resistance and politics, particularly in relation to climate justice. She has been active in movements for LGBTQ Liberation, Palestinian Solidarity, and others against war, racism, and imperialism.
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Sara Rougeau

Sara Rougeau is a First Nations socialist activist and ISO member based in Chicago, actively writing on Indigenous resistance and working in solidarity with the anti-racist struggle and women's liberation.

Saturday July 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
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