a story of racism genocide and survival
“Native American Resilience: A Story of Racism, Genocide and Survival” offers readers a holistic approach as opposed to a particular era or issue. The author covers significant aspects and events of Native American history from beliefs to lifestyles, Eurocentric invasion and colonization to today’s issues – from continuing discrimination, health issues and appropriation to urban integration, reclamation of graves and artifacts, and legal efforts to have standing treaties honored. These are just a few of the social, economic and political issues addressed.
The book has two parts with the first, “Cherokee Struggle and Survival,” focusing on Cherokee history as one example of Native American life by looking at their earliest culture through the invasion of the New World. Then it spans from the early 1600s to 1907 with chapters addressing trade, treaties and resulting cultural changes, as well as forced removal and settlement and other actions taken against them. The timeline of Part 2, “Native Americans within American Society,” runs from 1897 to the book’s initial publication in 2021. It is a broader look at Native American peoples – the First Americans – and their continuing steadfast resilience as they continue to fight for equity, justice, reparation and the rights afforded to all U.S. citizens.