Ward Churchill (Keetoowah Band Cherokee) is one of the most outspoken of Native American activists. In his lectures and numerous published works, he explores the themes of genocide in the Americas, historical and legal (re)interpretation of conquest and colonization, literary and cinematic criticism, and indigenist alternatives to the status quo. Churchill is a Professor of Ethnic Studies and Coordinator of American Indian Studies. He is also a past national spokesperson for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.
Churchill is one of the country's foremost experts on indigenous peoples and their struggles in the Americas. He has also written extensively about the FBI and political repression, the penal system, the portrayal of Indians in literature and film, the nature and definition of genocide, and many other topics.
Some of Churchill's books include The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI's Secret Wars Against Dissent in the United States (with Jim Vander Wall), Fantasies of the Master Race: Literature, Cinema and the Colonization of American Indians, and Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America (with Mike Ryan), Agents of Repression, From a Native Son and A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas.
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