500 Years of Indigenous Resistance
reprinted from Oh-Toh-Kin, Vol. 1 No. 1, Winter/Spring 1992
This article is intended as a basic history of the colonization of the Americas since 1492, and the Indigenous resistance to this colonization continuing into 1992. The author admits to not having a full understanding of the traditions of his own people, the Kwakiutl (Kwakwaka'wakw); as such the article lacks an analysis based in an authentic Indigenous philosophy and is instead more of a historical chronology. Numbers in brackets indicate footnotes, fully documented at the end of this article. .
"...In the early 1900s, the population of Native peoples in North America had reached their lowest point. In the US alone this population had declined to some 250,000. As in Canada, Native peoples had been consigned to largely desolate land areas and the process of assimilation began through government agencies such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Here too, residential schools, criminalization of Native cultures, and control of political and economic systems were the instruments used..."
"...resistance to this assimilation continued in various forms: potlatches and sun-dances were continued in clandestinity and the elected band councils opposed. As well, Native peoples began forming organizations to work against government polices..."
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Former Arcata City Council Member
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President, Seventh Generation Fund
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County Council Chair, Green Party of Humboldt County
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