A Settler-Colonial State

Apr 15, 2020


The project of British and US settler-colonialism in North America sought to eliminate Indigenous communities in order to appropriate their land for European settlement and for slave-based commercial agriculture. It's not a moment in time, but rather a process that began with the first settlement in 1607 and is not yet complete. This process defines the construction of socio-political-economic institutions in the United States. With the Anglo settlers' use of violent genocidal policies, every inch of present US territory was contested by Indigenous resistance, resulting in a martial society with uncommon private ownership of firearms as well as aggressive militarism.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is professor emerita of ethnic studies at California State University, Hayward, and the author of An Indigenous People's History of the United States.

This event is free and open to the public. Coffee and biscochitos provided.

This talk is co-hosted by the Fray Angelico Chavez Chapter of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America. The Borderlands of Southern Colorado Lecture Series is sponsored by Colorado State University–Pueblo.