Ecocide of Native America: Environmental Destruction of Indian Lands and Peoples

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Clear Light, 1995 - Social Science - 310 pages
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"This book is not only a work of history, it makes history.... We desperately need to hear this story if we are to save the earth, the sky, the water, the air -- save ourselves.... I thank Donald Grinde and Bruce Johansen for their eloquent and powerful contribution to our education". (Howard Zinn)

"A dense, hard-hitting well-documented work ... Ecocide of Native America offers a much needed option to European perspectives of history.... It is a valuable alternative textbook, if you can hold with its difficult truths". (New Mexican)

The book includes the moving testimony of those who continue to experience the slow death of their lands, their means of subsistence, their communities, even as environmentalists look to Native American ecological precedents for solutions to our common global catastrophe.

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A good collection of information on various environmental disasters and controversies involving Native Americans with each chapter focusing on a different incident. The author however often presents information with an anti industry bias and some studies with questionable results including one that stated polar bears could be extinct by 2006, but aside from that it's a good introduction to some of the worst environmental disasters in Native or U.S. history. 


Foreword by Howard Zinn
Ecological and Spiritual Dimensions of the
The Navajos and National Sacrifice

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About the author (1995)

Grinde heads the Ethic Studies Program at the University of Vermont.

BRUCE ELLIOTT JOHANSEN is Robert T. Reilly Professor of Communication and Coordinator of the Native American Studies Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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