Overview: It’s the mid-1960′s, and everyone is fighting back. Black Americans are fighting for civil rights, the counterculture is trying to subvert the Vietnam War, and women are fighting for their liberations.
Indians were fighting, too, thought it’s a fight few have documented, and even fewer remember. At the time, newspapers and television broadcast were filled with images of Indian activists staging dramatic events such as the seizure of Alcatraz in 1969, the storming of the Bureau of Indian Affairs building on the eve of Nixon’s re-election in 1972, and the American Indian Movement (AIM)-supported seizure of Wounded Knee by the Oglala Sioux in 1973. Like a Hurricane puts these events into historical context and provides one of the first narrative accounts of that momentous period.
Unlike most other books written about American Indians, this book does not seek to persuade readers that government policies were cruel and misguided. Nor is it told from the perspective of outsiders looking in. Written by two American Indians, Paul Chaat Smith and Robert Allen Warrior. Like a Hurricane is a gripping account of how for a brief, but brilliant, season Indians strategized to change the course and tone of American Indian-U.S. government interaction. Unwaveringly honest, it analyzes not only the period’s successes but also its failures.
About the Presenter: Author (Looking 4 Aztlan; Xicano: A Biography) and longtime activist, Apaxu Maiz, will recount the book with his own first hand recollections as a member of the 1960s Civil Rights struggles. He will also “dissect the differences between ‘Occupation,’ ‘Pre-Occupation,’ and ‘Re-Occupation,’” and offer lessons for the civil, human and economic rights movements of the 21st Century from Wall Street to Main Street.
When: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Capital Area District Library
401 South Capital Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
This event is a presentation of The X Foundation and the views expressed are not sponsored by, nor endorsed by, The Capital Area District Library.