Word Warriors: American Indian Political Activists and the United States

'I believe Jesus was an Indian.' -- A native elder to Dakota author Charles Eastman, c. 1900.

Lecture Description

From their first encounters with European travelers, Native Americans sought to describe themselves to the newcomers and, when possible, to help them understand the humanity of indigenous peoples. They eventually succeeded in that effort, but it took centuries. This lecture explores the many ways Indian leaders used words to combat colonialism and oppression.

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American Indian Civil Rights

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