From fish-ins to sit-ins: Native resistance in the 50s and 60s

Ragina Johnson | We Are Many | February 20, 2015

(A talk delivered at Socialism 2014.)

Following the Post World War II boom, the US government and corporations set out to steal more land and resources belonging to Native peoples and tribes, in order to foster capitalist industrial growth and an expanding urban population. For the US to plunder more Tribal land and resources protected by time-honored treaties, the US government passed “termination policies” under the racist guise of “assimilating Indians” into broader society. Native resistance in the 50’s and 60’s fought these attacks on sovereignty, land, water rights, and ecological destruction by organizing mass fish-ins, protests against hydroelectric dams and mining, as more natives moved into urban centers linking up their struggles with others fighting for civil rights and economic equality.

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