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Title:
All our relations : native struggles for land and life
Author:
LaDuke, Winona.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : South End Press ; Minneapolis, MN : Honor the Earth, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
vii, 241 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Akwesasne: Mohawk mothers' milk and PCBs -- Seminoles: at the heart of the Everglades -- Nitassinan: the hunter and the peasant -- Northern Cheyenne: a fire in the coal fields -- Nuclear waste: dumping on the Indians -- White Earth: a lifeway in the forest -- Buffalo nations, buffalo peoples -- Hawai'i: the birth of land and its preservation by the hands of the people -- NativeSUN: determining a future -- The seventh generation.
Reading Level:
1370 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780896086005

9780896085992
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Book

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Summary

'A brilliant, gripping narrative.' Ralph NaderThis eagerly awaited non-fiction debut by acclaimed Native environmental activist Winona LaDuke is a thoughtful and in-depth account of Native resistance to environmental and cultural degradation. LaDuke's unique understanding of Native ideas and people is borne from long years of experience, and is deepened by inspiring testimonies from local Native activists sharing the struggle for survival. LaDuke speaks forcefully for self-determination and community. Hers is a beautiful and daring vision of spiritual and environmental transformation.


Summary

'A brilliant, gripping narrative.' Ralph NaderThis eagerly awaited non-fiction debut by acclaimed Native environmental activist Winona LaDuke is a thoughtful and in-depth account of Native resistance to environmental and cultural degradation. LaDuke's unique understanding of Native ideas and people is borne from long years of experience, and is deepened by inspiring testimonies from local Native activists sharing the struggle for survival. LaDuke speaks forcefully for self-determination and community. Hers is a beautiful and daring vision of spiritual and environmental transformation.


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Choice Review

In this thoroughly researched and convincingly written analysis of Native American cultures and colonization, LaDuke demonstrates the manners in which native peoples face a constant barrage of attacks that threaten their very existence. Drawing on a variety of data sources, including summary statistics, interviews, and personal experience, LaDuke organizes the book so that each chapter serves as a case study of a particular region and/or people. Chapters cover the Akwesasne of the Mohawk nation, Seminoles, Nitassinan, Northern Cheyenne, Western Shoshone, the White Earth reservation in Minnesota, Buffalo Peoples, Hawai'i, and the Hopi. Through a careful analysis of native relations with the land, LaDuke demonstrates how economic expansion and government actions are largely responsible for the historic and ongoing destruction of native cultures. She exposes the manner in which the severing of ties between Native Americans and their lands constitutes an attack on the health of native peoples and threatens to destroy the foundations and history on which their cultures are sustained. LaDuke demonstrates beyond a doubt that ecocide and genocide are simultaneous processes brought on by the increasing commodification of nature by a modern commercial/industrial economy. An "A+" book. All levels. E. J. Krieg Buffalo State College


Choice Review

In this thoroughly researched and convincingly written analysis of Native American cultures and colonization, LaDuke demonstrates the manners in which native peoples face a constant barrage of attacks that threaten their very existence. Drawing on a variety of data sources, including summary statistics, interviews, and personal experience, LaDuke organizes the book so that each chapter serves as a case study of a particular region and/or people. Chapters cover the Akwesasne of the Mohawk nation, Seminoles, Nitassinan, Northern Cheyenne, Western Shoshone, the White Earth reservation in Minnesota, Buffalo Peoples, Hawai'i, and the Hopi. Through a careful analysis of native relations with the land, LaDuke demonstrates how economic expansion and government actions are largely responsible for the historic and ongoing destruction of native cultures. She exposes the manner in which the severing of ties between Native Americans and their lands constitutes an attack on the health of native peoples and threatens to destroy the foundations and history on which their cultures are sustained. LaDuke demonstrates beyond a doubt that ecocide and genocide are simultaneous processes brought on by the increasing commodification of nature by a modern commercial/industrial economy. An "A+" book. All levels. E. J. Krieg Buffalo State College


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Toxic Invasion of Native America
The Descendants of Little Thunder
White Earth
1. Akwesasne: Mohawk Mothers' Milk and PCBsp. 11
The Mohawk Legacy
Industry Takes Over
PCB Contamination at Akwesasne
The Mothers' Milk Project
GM Goes Global
The Great Law of Peace and Good Mind
2. Seminoles: At the Heart of the Evergladesp. 27
The Seminole Wars
The Land
The Animals
The Reservation and the Village
The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc.
The Independent Traditional Seminole Nation
The Panther and the Seminoles
The Panther Reservations
The People and the Ceremony
3. Nitassinan: The Hunter and the Peasantp. 49
The Peasants and the Hunters
The Military and the Bombs
Shutting Down the Runway
The Liberation from Legal Colonialism
Dams
James Bay Dams
Voisey's Bay
Davis Inlet: The Future for the Environmental Refugees
Bloodties
4. Northern Cheyenne: A Fire in the Coal Fieldsp. 75
The Beautiful People
The Indian Wars: Land and Gold
Dull Knife's Band
Coming Home to the Coal Fields
The Northern Cheyenne and AMAX
Economic Justice and Ethnostress
Return to High School
5. Nuclear Waste: Dumping on the Indiansp. 97
The Nevada Test Site and the Western Shoshone
Pressures Build to Dump on the Indians
Grassy Narrows
Resisting the MRS Program
A Private Initiative in the Goshutes
Prairie Island
Yucca Mountain
The Need for Alternatives
6. White Earth: A Lifeway in the Forestp. 115
Gitchimookomaanag, the White Man
White Earth: The Appropriation of a Homeland
The Land Struggle Continues
The White Earth Land Settlement Act
Extra-Territorial Treaty Rights
White Earth Land Recovery Project
Noopiming: In the Woods
Gaa-Noodin-Oke: The Windmaker
Noojwiijigamigishkawajig: Finding Neighbors (Friends)
Minobimaatisiiwin: The Good Life
7. Buffalo Nations, Buffalo Peoplesp. 139
Buffalo and Prairie Ecosystems
Land Grabbing and Buffalo Killing
The Buffalo Are Prairie Makers
Community Health and Buffalo
The Wild Herds: Wood Buffalo and Yellowstone
The Yellowstone Herd
Healing the Community, Healing the Buffalo Nation
Buffalo Commons
Cowboys and Indians One Hundred Years Later
Pte Oyate: The Buffalo Nation
Braids of a Grandmother's Hair
"Bringing Back the Way"
8. Hawai'i: The Birth of Land and Its Preservation by the Hands of the Peoplep. 167
The Birth of Land
The Haole Arrival
The Militarization of the Pacific
Kaho'o'lawe
Endangered Ecosystems and Voyeuristic Vacations
Birthing a Nation
Curating a Temple
9. Native SUN: Determining a Futurep. 187
The Energy Crisis
Colonialism and Self-Reliance
Alternative Energy and the Future
10. The Seventh Generationp. 197
Rethinking the Constitution
Notesp. 204
Indexp. 228
About the Authorp. 242
About Honor the Earthp. 243
About South End Pressp. 244
Introductionp. 1
The Toxic Invasion of Native America
The Descendants of Little Thunder
White Earth
1. Akwesasne: Mohawk Mothers' Milk and PCBsp. 11
The Mohawk Legacy
Industry Takes Over
PCB Contamination at Akwesasne
The Mothers' Milk Project
GM Goes Global
The Great Law of Peace and Good Mind
2. Seminoles: At the Heart of the Evergladesp. 27
The Seminole Wars
The Land
The Animals
The Reservation and the Village
The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc.
The Independent Traditional Seminole Nation
The Panther and the Seminoles
The Panther Reservations
The People and the Ceremony
3. Nitassinan: The Hunter and the Peasantp. 49
The Peasants and the Hunters
The Military and the Bombs
Shutting Down the Runway
The Liberation from Legal Colonialism
Dams
James Bay Dams
Voisey's Bay
Davis Inlet: The Future for the Environmental Refugees
Bloodties
4. Northern Cheyenne: A Fire in the Coal Fieldsp. 75
The Beautiful People
The Indian Wars: Land and Gold
Dull Knife's Band
Coming Home to the Coal Fields
The Northern Cheyenne and AMAX
Economic Justice and Ethnostress
Return to High School
5. Nuclear Waste: Dumping on the Indiansp. 97
The Nevada Test Site and the Western Shoshone
Pressures Build to Dump on the Indians
Grassy Narrows
Resisting the MRS Program
A Private Initiative in the Goshutes
Prairie Island
Yucca Mountain
The Need for Alternatives
6. White Earth: A Lifeway in the Forestp. 115
Gitchimookomaanag, the White Man
White Earth: The Appropriation of a Homeland
The Land Struggle Continues
The White Earth Land Settlement Act
Extra-Territorial Treaty Rights
White Earth Land Recovery Project
Noopiming: In the Woods
Gaa-Noodin-Oke: The Windmaker
Noojwiijigamigishkawajig: Finding Neighbors (Friends)
Minobimaatisiiwin: The Good Life
7. Buffalo Nations, Buffalo Peoplesp. 139
Buffalo and Prairie Ecosystems
Land Grabbing and Buffalo Killing
The Buffalo Are Prairie Makers
Community Health and Buffalo
The Wild Herds: Wood Buffalo and Yellowstone
The Yellowstone Herd
Healing the Community, Healing the Buffalo Nation
Buffalo Commons
Cowboys and Indians One Hundred Years Later
Pte Oyate: The Buffalo Nation
Braids of a Grandmother's Hair
"Bringing Back the Way"
8. Hawai'i: The Birth of Land and Its Preservation by the Hands of the Peoplep. 167
The Birth of Land
The Haole Arrival
The Militarization of the Pacific
Kaho'o'lawe
Endangered Ecosystems and Voyeuristic Vacations
Birthing a Nation
Curating a Temple
9. Native SUN: Determining a Futurep. 187
The Energy Crisis
Colonialism and Self-Reliance
Alternative Energy and the Future
10. The Seventh Generationp. 197
Rethinking the Constitution
Notesp. 204
Indexp. 228
About the Authorp. 242
About Honor the Earthp. 243
About South End Pressp. 244