What is justice for Native American and Indigenous communities? How do concepts and practices such as radical abolition and reparations relate to decolonization? How do Indigenous writers and activists encounter logics and material realities of legality, incarceration, and violence? What are the solutions being proposed in Indian Country for issues such as Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, the mass assassination of Indigenous land/water protectors, and the historic and ongoing violences of colonialism, capitalism, extraction, state/military occupation, missionization, and enslavement?
This course will broadly interrogate the question of justice from an Indigenous standpoint- looking at the meanings of responsibility and restoration within Indigenous cultures and the intersections of accountability and reparation between and among Indigenous peoples and settlers. We will consider what justice wants and what work does it require when addressing the colonized and survivors of genocide. Texts will range from literature, film, graphic novels, and testimonials to legal analysis, academic theory, and quantitative studies, as well as engaging non-western ways of knowing. The short materials will be available on Gauchopsace or through links to open access. Books will include long form works (novels) by authors such as Linda Hogan, Louise Erdrich, Toni Jensen, Leeanne Simpson, Eve Tuck, and Chumash authors on whose land we listen and speak.