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Beacon Press

Release date
October 2016

Part of the 21 Myths series

"All the Real Indians Died Off" and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans critically deconstructs persistent myths about American Indians that have taken hold in the United States
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle a wide range of myths about Native American cultures and history and trace how they developed. The deftly show how these myths are rooted in the fears and prejudice of European settlers and in the larger political agendas of the settler state aimed at acquiring land, and that they can be traced to narratives of erasure and disappearance. 
Unpacks the twenty-one most common myths and misconceptions about Native Americans including:

  • Indians were warlike and savage
  • The United States did not have a policy of genocide
  • US presidents were benevolent or aleast fair-minded
  • Most Indians are on government welfare
  • Indians are naturally predisposed to alcoholism

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. After receiving her PhD in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at California State University, Hayward, and helped found the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas, held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva. Dunbar-Ortiz is the author or editor of seven other books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico, and most recently the award winning  An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. She lives in San Francisco.
Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is an independent writer and researcher in Indigenous studies, having earned a bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies and a master’s degree in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, and also holds the positions of research associate and associate scholar at the Center for World Indigenous Studies. Her work focuses on issues related to Indigenous nationalism, self-determination, and environmental justice. Most recently her research and writing explores the intersectionality of Native Americans in the sport of surfing.  An award-winning journalist, she is a frequent contributor and columnist at Indian Country Today Media Network and Native Peoples Magazine. She lives in San Clemente, California.