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Racism in Indian Country

Chavers, Dean

Racism in Indian Country

Year of Publication: 2009

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 248 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-0393-3 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.350 kg, 0.772 lbs

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Book synopsis

In the face of huge challenges, despite crushing social conditions, Indian people have survived. Racism in Indian Country exposes, for the first time, the degrading and inhuman treatment Indian people have had – and continue – to endure. This book provides numerous examples including the sterilization of thousands of Indian women without their consent, and the poor treatment Indians receive in our schools, resulting in the worst academic records – and the highest dropout rate, 50 percent – of any ethnic group. Subjected to constant harassment by anti-Indian groups, and banks and other lending institutions that either raise interest rates on loans to Indians or redline their reservations, Indians receive some of the most racist treatment in the United States. This book’s thorough documentation and explication of the challenges faced by Indians historically and today will be useful in courses in modern history, ethnic studies, sociology, and anthropology.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Dean Chavers is Director of Catching the Dream, a national scholarship and school improvement organization in Albuquerque. He earned a doctorate and two M.A. degrees from Stanford University.


«Dean Chavers is a Lumbee Indian who was born at the beginning of the baby boom generation in the segregated South and was a child of poverty. His observations, participation, scholarly training, and love for working to improve the lives of American Indian people provide the foundation for this book. This book is a must-read for those who have an interest in American Indian people and the trials and tribulations they have encountered during the past 400 years.» (Dr. Ben Chavis, Principal Emeritus, American Indian Public Charter School)
«‘Racism in Indian Country’ is years overdue. (…) Dean Chavers presents a partial picture of racism, exposing the heart of Indian country. The rest of the picture is within the tribal structures of the federal hierarchy of institutional racism. Native Americans do not have constitutional protections [to] this day (…). The point is not to feel sorry for ourselves but for future generations to understand why (…) problems exist on many reservations and within Indian communities. This is necessary history for the healing and recovery of Indian people. We need to break the cycle of slow death and start living again by understanding the underlying issues and organizing again and again to stop this destruction (…). This is a must-read for all students of Native American history and those strong enough to search for the answers for recovering our world.» (LaNada War Jack, Bannock Nation of Idaho)