Growing up, journalist Rebecca Clarren only knew the major plot points of her immigrant family’s origins. Her great-great-grandparents fled antisemitism in Russia, settling on a 160-acre homestead in South Dakota. Over the next few decades, despite tough years on a merciless prairie and multiple setbacks, they became an American immigrant success story. What none of Clarren’s ancestors ever mentioned was that their land, the foundation for much of their wealth, had been cruelly taken from the Lakota by the United States government. Join Clarren, author of the new book “The Cost of Free Land: Jews, Lakota, and an American Inheritance,” for a conversation about the entangled history of her Jewish ancestors’ land and the devastating cycle of loss of Indigenous land, culture, and resources that continues today. In conversation with Moment editor Sarah Breger.
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