ALOUD presents An American Genocide: California Indians, Colonization, and Cultural Revival

Tuesday Oct 10 2017   7:30 PM
Mark Taper Auditorium–Central Library  630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA  map

There’s one major aspect of the popular Gold Rush lore that few Californians today know about: during that period, California’s Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000, much of the decline from state-sponsored slaughter. Addressing the aftermath of colonization and historical trauma, two leading scholars explore the miraculous legacy of California Indians, including their extensive contributions to our culture today. Join us for a conversation with Greg Sarris, scholar/author and Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in northern California, and UCLA historian Benjamin Madley, author of the groundbreaking study: An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873.

Bilingual program Spanish/English with simultaneous interpretation by Antena Los Ángeles

This program is currently closed to reservations, but you are welcome to come as a standby guest. Post-program reception in the Library’s courtyard. For more information, click here.

Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris is currently serving his thirteenth term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. He holds the Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair in Writing and Native American Studies at Sonoma State University, and his publications include Keeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts (1993), Grand Avenue (1994), and Watermelon Nights (1999). Greg lives and works in Sonoma County. Visit his website at