When it became public that Osama bin Laden's death was announced with the phrase "Geronimo, EKIA!" many Native people, including Geronimo's descendants, were insulted to discover that the name of a Native patriot was used as a code name for a world-class terrorist.
Geronimo descendant Harlyn Geronimo explained, "Obviously to equate Geronimo with Osama bin Laden is an unpardonable slander of Native America and its most famous leader." The Militarization of Indian Country illuminates the historical context of these negative stereotypes, the long political and economic relationship between the military and Native America, and the environmental and social consequences. This book addresses the impact that the U.S. military has had on Native peoples, lands and cultures. From the use of Native names to the outright poisoning of Native peoples for testing, the U.S. military's exploitation of Indian country is unparalleled and ongoing.
Review by Brittany:
This book delves into the examination of the many ugly truths of the concept of a warrior society and the militarization of Native and other indigenous peoples. Essentially since time began, Indigenous people have created and maintained military or warrior societies. These particular warrior societies were made to protect its people, the land on which they lived, traditions, and their very way of life. LaDuke does a great job in emphasizing the classic warrior perspective in the fact that more than anything, warrior societies were fighting for peace above all things. However, as centuries continued warrior societies were often misinterpreted by outside forces fueled by a “western” militarization mentality which then unfortunately led to the atrocious act of extermination or the assimilation of our Native, indigenous peoples. In addition, this book also gives its readers a better understanding on the potential devastating impact militarization has on people not just from a cultural standpoint, but from an economic, ecological, and psychological standpoint as well.
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