Title:  The Murderable Indian: Terror as State (In)Security

Abstract: In Red Scare: The Empire’s Indigenous Terrorist, Barker argues that Indigenous peoples are identified and identifiable as terrorists by the state in the service of the state’s imperialist goals. In the chapter, The Murderable Indian, Barker shows how the identification of terrorist advances racist fears and concerns for personal safety, economic stability, and national security in order to license counterterrorist, military, police, and vigilante responses to contain, punish, and deter. The Murderable Indian is the penultimate terrorist that good citizens invoke to demand, justify, and retroactively legalize the most brutal of state violences undergirding state imperialism and neoliberalism.

Bio: Joanne Barker is Lenape — a citizen of the Delaware Tribe of Indians. She is professor of American Indian Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. She has authored Native Acts: Law, Recognition, and Cultural Authenticity (Duke University Press, 2011) and Red Scare: State Discourses of the Indigenous Terrorist (University of California Press, 2021). Red Scare has been awarded the Best Subsequent Book in Native American and Indigenous Studies Prize by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. She serves on The Segorea Te Land Trust Board, an urban Indigenous women-led land trust based in the San Francisco Bay Area that facilitates the return of Indigenous land to Indigenous people.