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Professors: U.S. a genocidal ‘settler colonial state’ that needs to be ‘dismantled’

‘The goal is to dismantle the settler project that is the United States’

A recent far-left panel discussion titled “From Minnesota to Palestine” featured a pair of University of Minnesota professors, one of whom called for the destruction of the United States as we know it.

The Red Nation, which is “dedicated to the liberation of Native peoples from capitalism and colonialism” according to its website, hosted the event.

Alpha News reports American Indian Studies Professor Melanie Yazzie (pictured), a co-founder of The Red Nation, told the audience “I hope that you seek to dismantle the United States.”

“The United States, also built on stolen land like the settler nation of Israel, does not have the authority to speak in this place and on this land,” Yazzie said. “It is the Indigenous people, who belong to Indigenous nations that predate the advent of the United States and that will be here after the United States is gone, that have the authority.”

She added that the U.S. giving land back to Native Americans is “non-negotiable” and “is going to happen.”

“[I]t’s our responsibility as people who are within the United States to go as hard as possible to decolonize this place because that will reverberate all across the world, because the U.S. is the greatest predator empire that has ever existed,” Yazzie, whose “specialties” include “Indigenous feminist and queer studies” and “political ecology and environmental studies,” said.

“The goal is to dismantle the settler project that is the United States.”

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Yazzie’s U. Minnesota peer Nick Estes (pictured), also a co-founder of The Red Nation who studies decolonization, U.S. imperialism, environmental justice, and anti-capitalism, said the “default” position of the United States towards Native Americans and Palestinians is “hate.”

“Everywhere we turn in this settler colonial state we see genocide and we see the celebration of genociders,” Estes told the panel.

The Red Nation member Justine Tiba proclaimed that the United States “does not have a right to exist. Israel does not have a right to exist. Australia, New Zealand, all of these settler colonial projects do not have a right to exist.”

The Red Nation’s “Principles of Unity” section states “We are anti-capitalist and anti-colonial. We are Indigenous feminists who believe in radical relationality. We do not seek a milder form of capitalism or colonialism—we demand an entirely new system premised on peace, cooperation, and justice.”

As PhD students at the University of New Mexico, Yazzie and Estes were quite critical of the school seal — which features a conquistador and frontiersman. Estes said having the seal on his doctoral degree was “an insult of the highest order” and Yazzie told the UNM president he had “blood on his hands.”

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IMAGE: Matthew Nichol, Nick Estes/X

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Dave has been writing about education, politics, and entertainment for over 20 years, including a stint at the popular media bias site Newsbusters. He is a retired educator with over 25 years of service and is a member of the National Association of Scholars. Dave holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware.