Jacqueline Keeler, a Diné/Ihanktonwan Dakota writer and activist, returns in this Part Two coverage of her latest book: “Standoff, Standing Rock, the Bundy Movement, and the American Story of Sacred Lands.” The Bundy takeover of Oregon’s Malheur Wildlife Refuge and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s standoff against an oil pipeline in North Dakota are two sides of the same story that created America and its deep-rooted cultural conflicts. Through a compelling comparison of conflicting beliefs and legal systems, Keeler explores whether the West has really been won—and for whom. This show includes other recent work with her inestimable, broad-reaching, myth-busting, story telling.
Music credits: The Comet is Coming, “New Age,” Channel The Spirits album; Charles Lloyd, “La Llorona,” Kindred Spirits – album.


“The United States Is Still A Colony”

For the full hour, Diné/Ihanktonwan writer and creator of #NotYourMascot, Jacqueline Keeler recontextualizes the United States’ relationship with Native Peoples. In her pronouncement “The United States is still a colony,” she offers useful analogies, including: the colonial algorithm versus the indigenous peoples’ algorithm; the white supremacist’s cabin perspective versus the marginalized person’s beyond perspective. Her powerful analogies reset the mythology perpetrated since the original sin when the Separatist Puritans established the Plymouth Colony.  Available for pre-order is her book to be released next year, entitled – Standoff: Standing Rock, The Bundy Movement, and the American Story of Occupation, Sovereignty, and the Fight for Sacred Lands.