Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Headshot
Report a problem with this profile
[email protected]

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz      

Historian, Writer & Feminist

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz completed a doctorate in History at UCLA, specializing the colonization of the Western Hemisphere and land tenure systems. She is Professor Emerita at California State University East Bay where she taught Native American Studies and co-founded the Department of Ethnic Studies.

She is the author or editor of thirteen books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico; The Great Sioux Nation: An Oral History of the Sioux-United States Treaty of 1868; Indians of the Americas: Human Rights and Self-Determination, An Indigenous Peoples' history of the United States, and co-author of All the Real Indians Died Off and Twenty Other Myths about Native Americans.

Speech Topics


“The Genocidal Foundation of the United States" A history of settler colonialism and genocidal war that forms the foundation of the United States.

United States’ policies and actions related to Native Nations, though often termed “racist” or “discriminatory,” are rarely depicted as what they are: Classic cases of imperialism a particular form of colonialism—settler colonialism. The objective of Anglo-American authorities was to terminate Indigenous existence as peoples, not as random individuals. This is the very definition of genocide as elaborated in the 1948 United Nations Covenant on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Settler-colonialism required violence or the threat of violence to attain its goals of appropriating the land for agribusiness and real estate capital, which formed the foundation of the United States’ political and economic system. The threat of elimination remains real in the 21st century. Furthermore, these practices and the resulting social and cultural mindset are repeated around the war with US counterinsurgent wars and appropriation of resources.

Related Speakers View all


More like Roxanne