Jul 02 2015

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum

GUEST: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is an American-Indian activist and scholar, whose latest book is An Indigenous People’s History of the United States.

The issue of “National Security” is constantly invoked by politicians and the media as justifications for war and surveillance. Since the September 11th attacks, the US has launched endless wars that have ironically made us less safe and built an unprecedented network of intrusive surveillance. Today, as part of an on-going series of interviews I did with a number of experts, journalists, authors, and academics, we’ll explore what the US’s national security policies have really amounted to. The interviews were produced by Brave New Films, headed by the acclaimed film maker Robert Greenwald, and are called The Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum.

Henry A. Wallace was the 33rd Vice-President of the United States and served under Franklin D. Roosevelt during WW II. He ran for the presidency on the Progressive Party ticket in 1948 and was an agriculturalist, economist, author and businessman. Mr. Wallace was known as the champion of the “common man” in the struggle against the moneyed elites for control of government and the planet’s resources.

On today’s episode of the Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum, we present Sonali’s interview on the origins of US imperialism domestically with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, an American-Indian activist and scholar and author of a number of books including The Great Sioux Nation: An Oral History of the Sioux Nation and its Struggle for Sovereignty (1977), Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico, 1680-1980, Indians of the Americas: Human Rights and Self-Determination, Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War, and Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years. Her latest book is An Indigenous People’s History of the United States which is now out in paperback.

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