"The truth of the matter is that history really does repeat itself," says Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, a Crow Creek Sioux writer and scholar. "America has become a place where there is no middle ground. There are many dangerous countries in this world. America is now one of them."
She'll explain why tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, when she discusses her latest work, New Indians, Old Wars, a radical revision of the popular view of the American West. "A lot of Indians agree with what Ward Churchill said when he made his remark about the attack on the Twin Towers," she observes. "These people didn't attack the New York Public Library; they attacked the World Trade Center, and that should tell us something. They didn't attack the high-class homes in Manhattan; they attacked the World Trade Center. And I think a lot of Native people understand that. There's a comparison between the Sioux Wars and the invasion of people's lands, and how that is mirrored by what America is doing in the Middle East."
Although the colonial war in Iraq is the focus of just the final chapter, "you could write a whole book on that," Cook-Lynn says, "because the behavior of imperialistic colonial nations like the U.S. isn't something that just goes away because you want it to. It continues."