Ward Churchill joined us to discuss the many mythologies that precede the more recent one of Indigenous Peoples “buying power” said recently to be headed toward “$96 billion.” Churchill’s analyses, perspective and example are powerful as is his discussion of the penalties for “calling things by their right name” and the “rotation of culprits routine” that places focus on the flaws of individual leadership and, therefore, allows for systems to perpetuate themselves.
“A prolific American Indian scholar/activist, Ward Churchill is a founding member of the Rainbow Council of Elders, and longtime member of the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. In addition to his numerous works on Indigenous history, he has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent, including the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Churchill has written over 20 books, including Fantasies of the Master Race, Struggle for the Land, On the Justice of Roosting Chickens, From A Native Son, Critical Issues in Native North America, The COINTELPRO Papers, Indians R Us?, Agents of Repression, Since Predator Came, and A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas. Five of his books have received human rights awards.”