How We Go Home: Voices from Indigenous North America book cover

HOW WE GO HOME: VOICES FROM INDIGENOUS NORTH AMERICA

Edited by Sara Sinclair

How We Go Home: Voices from Indigenous North America shares contemporary first-person stories in the long and ongoing fight to protect Native land, rights, and life.

Hear from: Jasilyn Charger, who kickstarted a movement of Water Protectors at Standing Rock that roused the world; Gladys Radek, whose niece’s disappearance led her to become a family advocate for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls; Ervin Chartrand, whose early experiences in the carceral system inform his documentaries on the overrepresentation of Indigenous people within the prison system today; Marian Naranjo, who led Santa Clara and nearby pueblos to document the environmental and cultural consequences of living next door to Los Alamos National Laboratory; and eight others.

Theirs are stories shaped by loss, injustice, resilience, the struggle to share space with settler nations—and of how we go home.

COMING OCTOBER 2020

“This book will inspire you, it’ll piss you off; it’ll take you on a journey of ugly things and beautiful things and back again. It’s a hell of a read. Keep this one on your shelf and never let it go.”

 —Simon Moya-Smith (Oglala Lakota and Chicano), writer, NBC News THINK

NARRATORS INCLUDE:

JASILYN, one of the first five people to set up camp at Standing Rock, kickstarting a movement of Water Protectors that roused the world. Jasilyn spent years in foster care homes and a mental health facility, before returned home at age eighteen as the local movement in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline was growing.

GLADYS, whose niece’s disappearance along Canada’s Highway of Tears propelled her to become a family advocate for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

ERVIN, who grew up in and out of the carceral system and today creates documentaries on the overrepresentation of Indigenous people within the prison system.

MARIAN, one of the subjects of a secret radiation test while in high school, who led Santa Clara Pueblo to compile an environmental impact statement on the consequences of living next to Los Alamos National Laboratory.

ABOUT THE EDITOR:

Sara Sinclair is an oral historian, writer, and educator of Cree-Ojibwe and settler descent. Sara has contributed to the Columbia Center for Oral History Research’s Covid-19 Oral History, Narrative and Memory Archive, Obama Presidency Oral History, and Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project. She has conducted oral histories for the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and the International Labor Organization, among others. Sara is co-editor of Robert Rauschenberg: An Oral History, published with Columbia University Press in 2019.

PRAISE FOR HOW WE GO HOME:

“This edited collection offers deep, experiential dives into law, policy, and life for contemporary Indigenous peoples in what is now the United States and Canada. These conversations and life histories, taken together, tell us a critical story of the effort it takes to live and transform structures that Indigenous peoples inherit and push against in bids for dignity, sovereignty, care, and justice in the twenty-first century.”


Audra Simpson (Kahnawà:ke Mohawk), professor of anthropology at Columbia University

“How We Go Home confirms that we all have stories. These stories teach us history, morality, identity, connection, empathy, understanding, and self-awareness. We hear the stories of our ancestors and they tell us who we are. We hear the stories of our heroes and they tell us what we can be.”


—Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair (Member of the Canadian Senate, First Nations lawyer, Chairman of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 2009 to 2015)

“This book will inspire you, it’ll piss you off; it’ll take you on a journey of ugly things and beautiful things and back again. It’s a hell of a read. Keep this one on your shelf and never let it go.”


Simon Moya-Smith (Oglala Lakota and Chicano), writer, NBC News THINK

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