About

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Hau! Cante waste nape cuziyapi.

My name is Nick Estes. I’m Kul Wicasa, a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe 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 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in history from the University of South Dakota. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico and a member of the Oak Lake Writers Society, a group of Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota writers.

In 2014, a group of us also co-founded The Red Nation in Albuquerque, NM, an organization dedicated to the liberation of Native people from capitalism and colonialism. I serve on our editor collective and write our bi-weekly newsletter.

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

Contact me here.

6 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!

  4. Excellent letter in Albuquerque Journal July 29, 2019! Thank-you! Please contact me if there is anything I can do to help spread your message regarding climate. I am a long time observer of nature, and have lived in the same home here in Albuquerque since 1983. I have seen first hand changes in my own back yard and sought answers. Usually those answers frighten me. Most recently, the caterpillars I love to see mature to black swallowtails were disappearing. I learned that tiny wasps, “lethal to 200 species of butterflies and moth” are being sold as organic pest control. Some are non-native species. Every time I turn around, I see one more thing we are messing up. It is so disheartening, and sadly, those who really care are reaching their breaking points where they are just numb to it all or cannot take it anymore. Please, email me if there is anything I can do to help.

  5. What you say has truth and justice in it, but that Guardian article on the new President of Bolivia reads like a caricature of Soviet propaganda from the 1930’s. Loosen up and write like an ordinary person; people will listen more.

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