On the American Uprising of 2020

By Doug George-Kanentiio Writer That an American police force assaults and kills a member of an ethnic minority is not unusual for Native people who have endured murderous and deliberate violence applied upon them by those who are supposed to serve and protect. In Canada and the US Native people have been attacked and died at the hands of the police, at times in the most brutal of ways. In Saskatchewan a Cree man, Lawrence Wegner, dies after the Saskatoon cops take him on a “starlight tour” in January, 2000 and abandon him far from shelter in subzero temperatures to freeze to death. In March, 1972 an Onondaga ironworker named Leroy Shenandoah is shot numerous times by a Philadelphia police officer. After being shot Shenandoah is handcuffed and denied medical…

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