The Militarization of Indian Country By Winona LaDuke

Latest LaDuke book examines the impacts of the federal military on Native American lands

LaDuke (with Co-Author, Sean Cruz) writes the Militarization of Indian Country by taking a very specific look at the impact the U.S. military has had on Indian Country. In doing so, LaDuke carefully examines how the military has affected Native people, Native economies, and the Native lands. From military use of Native names to outright poisoning of Native peoples for military testing, the U.S. military’s impact on Indian Country is unparalleled. Together, LaDuke & Cruz take an honest look at what impact the military has had on Native peoples since early colonization.

LaDuke’s book delves into the parallels of today’s military with the past and America’s fascination with Native Americans and their culture while also examining the wide scale taking and toxification of Native lands. The book delves into decades of nuclear testing, weapons testing, chemical weapons storage, and bombing of Native American lands. Also discussed is the military’s impact on Native communities in terms of cultural change associated with militarization, and the fact that Native Americans have the highest proportion of living veterans as well as the highest levels of enlistment.

Native peoples are the only group of peoples to ever be ‘placed’ in a federal department, the Bureau of Indian within the U.S. Department of War. This alone provides the reader with a general sense of how federal & Indian relations have been handled since the times of early national policy. Today, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is housed within the Department of Interior. This book reveals how current federal-Indian relations are handled when dealing with the U.S. military.

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