INTRODUCTION: There Is No Question of American Indian Genocide


  • Melissa Michal Slocum Pacific Lutheran University



American Indian, Haudenosaunee, Genocide, Trauma, Tribunals



Author Biography

Melissa Michal Slocum, Pacific Lutheran University

Melissa Michal Slocum is of Seneca descent. She teaches and writes about creative writing and literature. Her criticism focuses on education and representation of Indigenous histories and literatures in curricula and how her community’s Good Mind acts as a theoretical way of incorporating not simply Indigenous issues in the classroom, but also understanding of such issues. She is currently guest editing an issue of Transmotion focused on American Indian genocide, erasure, and social death. Her article, titled There Is No Question of American Indian Genocide, in this issue relates to her larger work on literary erasure which results in genocide of the mind and outlines how and why we question American Indian genocide. Her creative work explores historical trauma within her own community. She seeks to show the many ranges of Nativeness and agency. The result from colonization isn’t simply a community greatly affected by trauma, it is also a resilience which comes from an interconnectedness and spirituality which derive from the Good Mind. Those traits create a strong community which retains a sense of self-worth. She received her MFA from Chatham University, her MA from the Pennsylvania State University, and PhD from Arizona State University. She has been grateful to read at the National American Indian Museum in DC and the Amerind Museum in Dragoon. She also received an NEH summer fellowship. Melissa has work appearing in The Florida Review, Yellow Medicine Review, and the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program’s Narrative Witnessing project. Her short story collection, Living On the Borderlines, is due out with Feminist Press February 2019, and she has finished her novel. She is now working on a non-fiction collection as well as her critical monograph, Haudenosaunee Good Mind: Combating Literary Erasure and Genocide of American Indian Presence with Literature Curriculum and Literary Criticism. Her short story collection was a finalist for the Louise Meriwether first book prize.




How to Cite

Slocum, M. M. (2018). INTRODUCTION: There Is No Question of American Indian Genocide. Transmotion, 4(2), 1–30.