Perversions of Justice: Indigenous Peoples and by Ward Churchill, Sharon Venne

By Ward Churchill, Sharon Venne

The usa is quickly distinguishable from different international locations, leader Justice John Marshall opined in 1803, since it is "a state of legislation, now not of men." In Perversions of Justice, Ward Churchill takes Marshall at his notice, looking through a sequence of eleven rigorously crafted essays how the U.S. has continually hired a corrupt from of legalism as a method of building colonial keep an eye on and empire. alongside the way in which, he demonstrates how this "nation of legislation" has so thoroughly subverted the legislations of countries that the present America-dominated foreign order finally ends up, just like the U.S. -itself, functioning in a fashion dia-metrically against the beliefs of freedom and democracy it professes to embrace.

By tracing the evolution of federal Indian legislations, Churchill is ready to express how the premises set forth therein not just spilled over onto non-Indians within the united states, yet have been additionally tailored for program overseas. The trajectory of America’s imperial common sense might be the entire strategy to the current New global Order within which "what we are saying is going" on the sunrise of the 3rd millennium.

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US. Government Printing Office, 1 894) pp. 637-8. 46. Ibid. 47. Lenore A. Stiffarm and Phil Lane, Jr.. "The Demography of Native North America: A Question of American Indian Survival," in M. , The State of Native America: Genocide, Colonization and Resistance (Boston: Sonth End Press, 1 992) pp. 35-6. The State of Texas maintained a b ounty on Indian -any Indian - scalps until well into the 1 870s; see my A Little i'v1arter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas, 1 492 to the Presellt (San Francisc o : City Lights, 1 99H) pp.

The actual number of killed and wounded Indians must be very much greater than the number given, as they conceal, where possible, their actual loss in battle . . Fifty percent additional would be a safe number to add to the num­ bers given. 4 5 The same report noted that some number "very much more " than 8 ,500 Indians were known to have been killed by government-sanctioned "private citizen action"- often dubbed "individual affairs"- during the course of U. lIndian warfare. 46 In reality, such citizen action is known to have been primarily responsible for the reduction of the native population of Texas from about 1 00, 000 in 1 828 to less than 10,000 in 1 880.

S. 4 The methods used included the general proscription of indigenous languages 7S and spiritual practices, 76 the systematic and massive transfer of native children into non-Indian settings via mandatory attendance at b oarding schools remote from their co mmunities, 77 and the deliberate sup­ 78 pression of reservatio n economic structures. ote [American Indian national] characteristics and organization. The assimilatio nist policy traj e c tory culminated during the 1950s with the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 1 0 8 , o therwise known as the " Termination Act of 1953," a measure through which the U.

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