Rox­anne Dun­bar-Ortiz grew up in rur­al Okla­homa, the daugh­ter of a ten­ant farmer and part-Indi­an moth­er. She has been active in the inter­na­tion­al Indige­nous move­ment for more than four decades and is known for her life­long com­mit­ment to nation­al and inter­na­tion­al social jus­tice issues. After receiv­ing her PhD in his­to­ry at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Los Ange­les, she taught in the new­ly estab­lished Native Amer­i­can Stud­ies Pro­gram at Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­si­ty, Hay­ward, and helped found the Depart­ments of Eth­nic Stud­ies and Women’s Stud­ies. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fun­da­men­tal doc­u­ment at the first inter­na­tion­al con­fer­ence on Indige­nous peo­ples of the Amer­i­c­as, held at the Unit­ed Nations’ head­quar­ters in Gene­va. Dun­bar-Ortiz is the author or edi­tor of sev­en oth­er books, includ­ing Roots of Resis­tance: A His­to­ry of Land Tenure in New Mex­i­co. She lives in San Francisco.
The Colonial Roots of Gun Culture
The origins of the U.S. gun obsession lie in the violent dispossession of Native Americans.
Rural America
Land Claims: An Indigenous People’s History of the United States