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NorCal Native Writes Of California Genocide

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Tuluwat or Indian Island in Humboldt Bay, site of a massacre on Wiyot people in 1860.

Benjamin Madley is a historian at UCLA, but he's a child of far Northern California.  His exposure to the Karuk people and homeland spurred his interest in Native America, colonization, and genocide. 

Madley's first book is An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873.  It lays out in detail what happened to the original people of California.  He shares some of the details in this interview. 

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