Scholar and Activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Offers "All the Real Indians Died Off"

Nov 3, 2016

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with the author, scholar, and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, who grew up in rural Oklahoma and is now based in San Francisco. She is the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother, and she's been active in the international Indigenous People's Movement for more than four decades. She speaks with us about her latest book, which she co-wrote, and which is called "All the Real Indians Died Off...And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans." It's a collection of essays that sets out to debunk several misconceptions and/or misunderstandings regarding Native American life, culture, and history. To cite a handful of the essays in this book by title: "Columbus Discovered America," "Europeans Brought Civilization to Backward Indians," "The United States Did Not Have a Policy of Genocide," "Sports Mascots Honor Native Americans," "Indian Casinos Make Them All Rich," and "Indians Are Naturally Predisposed to Alcohol." Note that Ms. Dunbar-Ortiz will appear at a reading/signing in connection with this book on Sunday the 6th at the Circle Cinema. This is a Book Smart Tulsa event; it's free to the public and begins at 2pm.