Eugenics: The Scalpel and the Sword: The Sterilization Campaign Targeting Native Americans in the 1970s..

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Amy Skylark Elizabeth is a former student of mine at Metro State College of Denver (where I previously taught). She wrote this paper for a class I taught there: Culture and Biology in 20th Century America. I posted it previously with her permission. It is still a fine introduction to this subject and i re-post it again. RJP

The Scythe and the Scalpel:
Dissecting the Sterilizations of Native American Women in the 1970’s

By Amy Skylark Elizabeth

In the old days, genocide used to be so simple. Such things as biological warfare used to keep Indians warm with small pox infested blankets furnished by the United States government, and the only thing barren and infertile was the land set aside for reservations. In the 1970s, genocide became a little more complex. Biological warfare invaded the reproductive rights of Native American women, making their wombs as barren and infertile as reservation…

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