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Hau! Cante waste nape cuziyapi.

My name is Nick Estes. I’m Kul Wicasa (Lower Brule), born and raised in Chamberlain, SD next to our relative, Mni Sose, the Missouri River. My nation is the Oceti Sakowin Oyate (the Great Sioux Nation or the Nation of the Seven Council Fires).

I hold a PhD in the American Studies Department from the University of New Mexico and a American Democracy Fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in history from the University of South Dakota.

The purpose of this blog is to reflect on what it means to live, write, and remember our shared colonial and imperial history and present. Specifically, I write about border towns, Native history, treaty lands, and social and political issues facing Native Nations.

Check out the writings and talks page for an overview of my writings.

We were always here, and here we shall remain. We are the ancestors from the before and before — and the already forthcoming.

Contact me here.

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3 thoughts on “about”

  1. […] Nick Estes identifies the anti-Indian origins of the carceral state within the U.S. settler colonial project and argues that indigenous liberation offers critical frameworks for understanding how to abolish it. Estes is a co-founder of The Red Nation: an anti-profit coalition dedicated to the liberation of Native Nations, lands, and peoples. He holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of New Mexico and is a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. […]

  2. Hi Nick – I just heard you on “The Intercept” podcast with Jeremy Scahill this morning. Good stuff. I’m looking forward to getting your book once published. Do you ever do book signings or talks in Oregon? I just signed up to follow your blog. I’m excited for your progress. I also enjoy History, but it wasn’t until I read, “Wounded My Heart At Wounded Knee”, that a I came to understand the plight of the Native American in the U.S.

    Looking forward to learning more!

  3. Hi Nick – I just heard you on “The Intercept” podcast with Jeremy Scahill this morning. Good stuff. I’m looking forward to getting your book once published. Do you ever do book signings or talks in Oregon? I just signed up to follow your blog. I’m excited for your progress. I also enjoy history, but it wasn’t until I read, “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee”, that a I came to understand the plight of the Native American in the U.S.

    Looking forward to learning more!

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