Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


City Lights Books, January 2018

A provocative, timely, and deeply researched history of gun culture and how it reflects race and power in the United States.

US America loves guns. From Daniel Boone and Jesse James, to the NRA and Seal Team 6, gun culture has colored the lore, shaped the law, and protected the market that arms the nation. In Loaded, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz peels away the myths of gun culture to expose the true historical origins of the Second Amendment, revealing the racial undercurrents connecting the earliest Anglo settlers with contemporary gun proliferation, modern-day policing, and the consolidation of influence of armed white nationalists. From the enslavement of Blacks and the conquest of Native America, to the arsenal of institutions that constitute the "gun lobby," Loaded presents a people's history of the Second Amendment, as seen through the lens of those who have been most targeted by guns: people of color. Meticulously researched and thought-provoking throughout, this is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the historical connections between racism and gun violence in the United States.

Book events and lectures:

Tuesday, September 4th, 6pm: Albuquerque, NM

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz delivers the Joel M. Jones Memorial Lecture

Hodgin Hall, UNM Campus.

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends of Joel Jones, and the Department of American Studies are welcome to attend.

RSVP to the Department of American Studies at

Wednesday, September 5th, 6pm: 
Albuquerque, NM

4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW.

For more info: or 505-344-8139


Monday, September 17th, 4PM: San Francisco. CA 

Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz delivers a keynote speech, "How the Second Amendment Reveals White Nationalism."

San Francisco State University

Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference

For more information on this event, please see website or contact:

Marc Stein:


Thursday, September 27, 7 pm: Minneapolis, MN

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz lecture on gun violence in the US

First Unitarian Society

900 Mount Curve Avenue


Presented by the First Unitarian Society in coordination with Northland Sustainable Solutions.

For more information, contact


Thursday, October 4th, 6pm: Oakland, CA

Heyday Harvest Dinner

African American Museum & Library, 659 14th Street, Oakland

Honoring Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Daniel Ellsberg for their longstanding commitments to illuminating truth and fighting injustice.

For tickets:

For more info contact: Emily Grossman:


Monday, October 15th, 7pm: San Francisco, CA

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz discusses Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment


Mechanics Library

57 Post Street, San Francisco.

For more info contact: Jack Boulware



Beacon Press

All the Real Indians
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An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

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An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

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Our history books paint US history in a certain light. Author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's work tells the true history of the United States. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the First United Nations Conference on Indians in the Americas, which was held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has also written on the 1960s social movements, feminism, Latin America, and international human rights law.

About Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian, author, memoirist, and speaker who researches Western Hemisphere history and international human rights.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international indigenous movement for more than four decades, and she is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. After receiving her Ph.D. in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at California State University, Hayward, and helped found the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies.


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