Settler Cannabis Book Reading & Celebration

Join us in celebrating the exciting book release of Settler Cannabis: From Gold Rush to Green Rush in Indigenous Northern California by Kaitlin Reed on Tuesday, May 23 in the Library Fishbowl, L209.

Young countercultural back-to-the-land settlers flocked to northwestern California beginning in the 1960s, and by the 1970s, unregulated cannabis production proliferated on Indigenous lands. As of 2021, the California cannabis economy was valued at $3.5 billion. In Settler Cannabis, Kaitlin Reed demonstrates how this "green rush" is only the most recent example of settler colonial resource extraction and wealth accumulation. Situating the cannabis industry within this broader legacy, the author traces patterns of resource rushing—first gold, then timber, then fish, and now cannabis—to reveal the ongoing impacts on Indigenous cultures, lands, waters, and bodies.

Reed shares this history to inform the path toward an alternative future, one that starts with the return of land to Indigenous stewardship and rejects the commodification and control of nature for profit. Combining archival research with testimonies and interviews with tribal members, tribal employees, and settler state employees, Settler Cannabis offers a groundbreaking analysis of the environmental consequences of cannabis cultivation that foregrounds Indigenous voices, experiences, and histories.

Books will not be available for purchase at this event due to printing issues, but we'll provide a flyer with a discount code for ordering. You can also attend the reading at the Northtown Books Thursday, June 8th to purchase the book and have Kaitlin sign your copies!

Box lunches, desserts, and drinks will be provided thanks to the generous support from Native American Studies and the Library.