American Apartheid by Stephanie Woodard
The Native American Struggle for Self-Determination and Inclusion

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Despite the occasional misstep, the book effectively conveys this perseverance and optimism of Native Americans in the face of past and present hardship.


In recent years, events such as the siege at Standing Rock and the Dakota Access pipeline have thrust the plight of Native Americans into the public consciousness. Taking us beyond the headlines, American Apartheid offers the most comprehensive and compelling account of the issues and threats that Native Americans face today, as well as their heroic battle to overcome them. Author Stephanie Woodard details the ways in which the federal government, states and counties curtail Native voting rights, which, in turn, keeps tribal members from participating in policy-making surrounding education, employment, rural transportation, infrastructure projects and other critical issues affecting their communities. This system of apartheid has staggering consequences, as Natives are, per capita, the population group that is most likely to be shot by police, suffer violent victimization by outsiders, be incarcerated, and have their children taken away. On top of this, indigenous people must also fight constantly to protect the sacred sites and landscapes that hold their cultural memories and connect their spirituality to the nation’s mountains, plains, waterways and coastlines. Despite these many obstacles, American Apartheid offers vivid pictures of diverse Native American communities that embody resilience, integrity, and the survival of ancient cultures.


About Stephanie Woodard

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For nearly two decades, Stephanie Woodard has reported on Indian country for publications including Native-owned Indian Country Media Network and In These Times, where she is a contributing writer for its Rural America website, along with Yes!,, Huffington Post, Preservation, and Saveur. In hundreds of widely cited articles, she has covered Native American voting rights, crime, sacred sites, food, gardening, health, child welfare, economic development, and other subjects.The numerous awards she has received include the Richard LaCourse Award for Investigative Reporting, the top annual prize of the Native American Journalists Association, where she is an associate (non-Native) member. The Fund for Investigative Journalism and George Polk Center for Investigative Reporting are among the major journalism organizations that have supported her work.
Published August 28, 2018 by Ig Publishing. 264 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy.
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Despite the occasional misstep, the book effectively conveys this perseverance and optimism of Native Americans in the face of past and present hardship.

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