Without wanting to fashion too simplistic a dualism, I suggest that the primary reason for the continuing genocide of Native peoples has less to do with ignorance and more to do with material conditions.. . If we frame Native genocide from a materialist perspective, then we have to rethink our analysis of non-Native ignorance about Native cultures. This ignorance becomes a willful ignorance in which non-Natives tend to selectively and opportunistically draw knowledge about what they think is Indian, largely because it is in their economic interest to do so. To authentically understand and represent Native peoples would demand, first of all, a reappraisal of non-Native, colonialistic attitudes of entitlement to indigenous lands. Without such a reappraisal, most efforts to "know" Indians will be necessarily less than benevolent in their intent and in their effects.
Spiritual Appropriation As Sexual Violence -Andrea Smith