Decolonial Marxism

Oglala Lakota political educator and activist Sungmanitu Bluebird, photo taken on Pine Ridge Reservation

In our last episode we talked about Land Back with David Cobb — specifically, we discussed moving the idea of Land Back from a metaphor to a reality, by focusing on a specific case in northern California where the city of Eureka actually gave 200 acres of land back to its original stewards, the Wiyot tribe.

Poster for the Pine Ridge Reservation Winter Drive

On today’s episode, we’re going to continue the conversation and, in a way, pull back from the specific policy examples of Land Back and look at it as an idea again, specifically, as a revolutionary ideological framework that exists as a part of Marxist thought, a continuation of Marxism-Leninism — what has been called decolonial Marxism.

To do this, we’ve brought on Lakota activist and political educator Sungmanitu Bluebird. Sungmanitu grew up in both Detroit and on Pine Ridge Reservation and is currently based in Michigan’s upper peninsula.

Sungmanitu’s work synthesizes Indigenous knowledge and decolonial Marxist theory and practice. They are a former member of the Red Nation, a mutual aid movement builder, and an organizer with the Chunka Luta Network, a project meant to push decolonial Marxism-Leninism as described by the Guyanese Marxist academic, writer, and educator, Walter Rodney.





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