When it was recently revealed that U.S. Navy Seals had codenamed Osama bin Laden “Geronimo,” members of the Native American community were insulted that a Native patriot’s name had been used as a moniker for the most wanted terrorist in the world. As Winona LaDuke’s newest book demonstrates, the appropriation of Native names and imagery by the U.S. military is nothing new, from Blackhawk and Kiowa helicopters to “Shock and Awe” campaigns, a reference to the Wounded Knee Massacre. From their use of Native names to the outright poisoning of Native peoples for testing, the U.S. military’s impact on Indian Country has a long and troubled history and is, as evidenced by recent events, ongoing. LaDuke’s stirring book delves into the present and past of the U.S. military, as well as America’s fascination with Native Americans and their culture. The book examines decades of nuclear testing, weapons testing, chemical weapons storage, and bombing of Native American lands. The author also discusses the cultural change in Native communities associated with militarization and the fact that Native America has the highest proportion of living veterans as well as the highest levels of enlistment.
Forthcoming in 2013. Contents will be available soon.
With Sean Aaron Cruz