Reading on settler colonialism: Christie Toth, ‘Review: Seeing Settler Colonialism’, College English, 78, 5, 2016, pp. 496-510
Excerpt: I read the books I review in this essay throughout the summer of 2015, right after I finished teaching a writing course at a tribal college on the Navajo Nation where I have periodically taught and researched over the last several years. The topics my students chose to write about offer a snapshot of key concerns facing the Navajo Nation today: the environmental impact of uranium mining on Diné lands; mental health issues on the reservation; the experiences of LGBT youth in Diné Christian communities; Navajo Nation police responses to domestic violence; and the challenges of economic development in the reservation’s “checkerboard” area, where federal allotment policies have resulted in patchwork patterns of tribal landholdings. All of these issues relate in one way or another to the historical legacy and persistent structures of ongoing US settler colonialism.
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