Jennifer Nez Denetdale

Jennifer Nez Denetdale (Diné) is a professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico who teaches courses in critical indigenous studies, indigenous gender and sexuality, and Navajo studies. She is a strong advocate for Native peoples and serves as chair of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission. She is the author of Reclaiming Diné History: The Legacies of Navajo Chief Manuelito and Juanita.

Red Nation Rising: From Bordertown Violence to Native Liberation

Red Nation Rising: From Bordertown Violence to Native Liberation

SKU: 9781629638317
Author: Nick Estes, Melanie Yazzie, Jennifer Nez Denetdale, and David Correia • Foreword by Radmilla Cody and Brandon Benallie
Series: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-62963-831-7
Published: 02/2021
Format: Paperback
Size: 6×9
Pages: 256
Subjects: Indigenous / Organizing


“The authors of this brilliant exposition on bordertown violence are no ordinary academics, although academia would benefit from having more faculty scholars such as these. They are also master organizers, a part of a network of indigenous and other community organizers in Indian Country fueling the process of decolonization of Native lands and communities. Bordertown violence is as old as US colonization of the continent itself, and it persists today in the towns and cities that border Native reservations and communities all over US-claimed territory and is replicated in even more distant cities that have large Native populations, many of whom are homeless. This may be the most important organizing manual ever produced by a social movement in the United States.”
—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

“The borders racking our world are in constant motion and, like the explosive grinding of tectonic plates, the violence of this movement and resistance to it emerges most sharply at the edges. This essential volume brings together militant intellectuals to provide an accessible introduction to the violent encirclement of indigenous communities, and to provide crucial concept-weapons to deepen ongoing collective resistance.”
—George Ciccariello-Maher, author of Decolonizing Dialectics

Red Nation Rising shines a revolutionary spotlight on border politics in the United States. By centering the framework of bordertown violence, this book extends and sharpens our critical understanding of what it means to struggle for liberation and freedom on stolen land. Showcasing the ways that settler colonialism works through our ideas about place, belonging, migration, and territory, the book’s crucial theoretical interventions, extensive glossary, and anticolonial manifesto demand that we think differently about that constitutes ‘the border.’ Essential reading for academics and political organizers committed to radical praxis and politicized solidarity with everyday Native people resisting colonial occupation.”
—Jaskiran Dhillon, associate professor of global studies and anthropology, the New School; author of Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention; coeditor of Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement

“A remarkable body of work that effectively weaves long overdue native scholarship and historical analysis of settler colonialism with direct and timely frontline reports on the continuing bordertown wars and conflicts in occupied native territories. Offers a comprehensive framework for advancing present and future indigenous resistance and liberation struggles.”
—John Redhouse (Diné)

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