Category Archives: Indigenous Resistance

Monuments, propaganda and settler colonialism in Grand Rapids

This posting is part of the Lies Across Grand Rapids series that looks at how land marks, monuments and other historical markings tell either a distorted view history or a history that defends power and privilege.  There are numerous statues … Continue reading

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Members of the American Indian Movement spoke at GVSU in 1973

In February of 1973, members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) began a 71-day campaign to defend the sovereign rights of Native Americans in the territories occupied by the State of South Dakota, specifically at the Pine Ridge Reservation. AIM … Continue reading

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GR Central American Solidarity flyer connects Guatemalan Genocide to Columbus Legacy

We came across a flyer the other day that was produced in 1990 by the Latin American Working Group from the Institute for Global Education.  The flyer talks about the Columbian legacy and the genocidal policies in Guatemala during the … Continue reading

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The Role of Church & State in Native Displacement in West MI : Settler Colonialism in Grand Rapids Part II

Last month we posted a piece that names the founding of Grand Rapids as a manifestation of Settler Colonialism. We pointed out that Native communities that lived along the Washtanong, what Settler Colonialists now call the Grand River. We also pointed … Continue reading

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More White Lies: Grand Rapids and Settler Colonialism

Last week, we began a new section for the Grand Rapids People’s History Project, entitled Lies Across Grand Rapids. The purpose behind this part of the larger project is to provide a critical look at historical landmarks and how they … Continue reading

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