Monday, January 10, 2011

Dakota Radical Scholar Contacted By FBI After Speech

From Denver ABC:

Dakota radical scholar contacted by FBI after speech
Posted on January 8, 2011 by denverabc

St. Paul, Minn- A Minnesota American Indian scholar’s remarks that the Dakota people might have to reclaim lost tribal lands “by any means necessary” has drawn the scrutiny of federal authorities.

The Dakota historian who goes by the name Waziyatawin said she received a call this week from the FBI to discuss remarks she made in November at Winona State University.

Waziyatawin, a professor of indigenous history at the University of Victoria in British Columbia who used to go by the name Angela Cavender Wilson, told students that it’s time for American Indians to abandon symbolic demonstrations. Truth-telling efforts haven’t achieved anything, she said, according to a recording of the speech obtained by the Winona Post.

“We’re going to need to take a different kind of action,” said Waziyatawin, who grew up on the Upper Sioux Reservation in southwestern Minnesota. “All of you are going to have to figure out your role. For Dakota people, I know we’re going to need to recover our land base, by any means necessary.”

In an interview, Waziyatawin said her lecture was not a threat to commit violence as some have suggested. But she admits she’s no pacifist. An author of books on Minnesota’s history of oppressing, and then exiling, the Dakota people, she said removing people from their comfort zone is her job.
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