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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Photo by Don J. Usner

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades, working with Indigenous communities on sovereignty and land rights and helping to build the international Indigenous movement. She is professor emerita of Ethnic Studies at California State University, East Bay.

She is the author of numerous books and articles on indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination, including Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment; Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico; The Great Sioux Nation; and An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, which received the 2015 American Book Award.

Prizes, Awards & Fellowships
  • 2017 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize