This week we will delve deeply into American Indian movements of the 60s and 70s.
On Tuesday, we have two readings on the history of the period. The first, DCR 16, is a chapter from the book Agents of Repression: the F.B.I.’s Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement, by Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall. Churchill is something of a controversial figure. You can learn more about him online. The second reading, DCR 17, is a chapter from the book Blood Struggle: the Rise of Modern Indian Nations, by Charles Wilkinson. It’s a truly exceptional book.
Compose your weekly “prep sheet” in relation to these readings, either one or both together. Be mindful of forging at least one analytical conclusion rooted to the text.
On Thursday we will watch a documentary in class. “Alcatraz is Not An Island” is a film detailing the occupation of Alcatraz by Indian activists, in the San Francisco Bay. You also have a document to read for the movie–the “The Alcatraz Proclamation”–a one-page document provided to you as DCR 18.
On Thursday you will also turn in your final Critical Evaluation exercise. This 2-3 page examination of a primary source is meant to be written on “The Trail of Broken Treaties” statement, provided to you as DCR 19. Wikipedia can provide you a cursory overview of the events related to this document. It’s a longer document, so the goal is not to summarize and analyze all of it. Instead, pick one or more sections and frame an analytical perspective based on that selected text. What does it tell us about the past? Be mindful of showing us how you arrive at that conclusion through an intentional engagement with the text.