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An American Genocide: California Indians, Colonization, and Cultural Revival


Benjamin Madley and Greg Sarris

In conversation


*Presented as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/ LA

There’s one major aspect of the popular Gold Rush lore that few Californians today know about: during that period, California’s Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000, much of the decline from state-sponsored slaughter. Addressing the aftermath of colonization and historical trauma, two leading scholars explore the miraculous legacy of California Indians, including their extensive contributions to our culture today. Join us for a conversation with Greg Sarris, scholar/author and Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in northern California, and UCLA historian Benjamin Madley, author of the groundbreaking study: An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873.

Bilingual program Spanish/English with simultaneous interpretation by Antena Los Ángeles