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Month: February 2018

What You Need to Read, March 2018

What You Need to Read, March 2018

Welcome to the first quarterly bibliography of 2018.  If there is something you feel I have missed, I hope you will pass it along. I will update with any suggestions.   Arnett, Jessica Leslie. “Unsettled Rights in Territorial Alaska: Native Land, Sovereignty, and Citizenship from the Indian Reorganization Act to Termination,” Western Historical Quarterly, 48 no. 3 (September 2017): 233-254. Arnold, Laurie. “The Ground Floor of a Movement: The National Indian Gaming Association and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act,” Western…

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It Is Time to Talk about Thomas Jefferson’s Policies toward Native Americans

It Is Time to Talk about Thomas Jefferson’s Policies toward Native Americans

One letter more than many others encapsulates Thomas Jefferson’s Indian policy.  On this day in 1803, Jefferson wrote that letter to William Henry Harrison, then the governor of Indiana Territory. My first paper in grad school was an exploration of Jefferson’s Indian policy.  Wish I still had a copy of that.  Jefferson’s views of Indians, I believed, were shaped by his understanding of the Ancient Saxons who inhabited England in the centuries before the Norman Conquest.  Among Jefferson’s favorite books…

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Manifesto

Manifesto

We are historians. No document is sacred. We are impatient with slogans, patriotic hymns, dogmas, ideas held but unexamined and unchallenged. There is no text that cannot be analyzed, no claim that can not be challenged. Your comforting myths will find no succor here.  There is no assertion we will not check, no argument we will not dissect, no matter we will take on faith. We will question you. You will feel like it is getting hot in here.  You…

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I Read Elizabeth Warren’s Speech to the NCAI So You Don’t Have To

I Read Elizabeth Warren’s Speech to the NCAI So You Don’t Have To

And it wasn’t half bad.  Sure, she oversimplified the Pocahontas story considerably, and in ways that would give historians of the Powhatans and early Virginia pause, but she raised some critical points.  “Indigenous people have been telling the story of Pocahontas–the real Pocahontas–for four centuries. A story of heroism. And bravery. And pain,” Warren said.   And, she added correctly, “for almost as long, her story has been taken away by powerful people who twisted it to serve their own purposes.”…

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A Lament for Colten Boushie

A Lament for Colten Boushie

Late last Friday night the jury delivered its verdict in the trial of Gerald Stanley, the Saskatchewan farmer accused of murdering a young Cree man named Colten Boushie. Stanley shot Boushie in the head at close range and killed him. The all-white jury could have found Stanley guilty of murder in the second degree or manslaughter.  Instead they acquitted him entirely. It is not entirely clear what happened on Stanley’s farm that afternoon late in the summer of 2016, other…

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Patterned Acts of Violence

Patterned Acts of Violence

Brooke Crews butchered Savanna Greywind.  Crews wanted a baby, and her young neighbor was eight months pregnant.  On the night of 17 August last year she lured Greywind into her home. While Savanna was still alive, and passing in and out of consciousness, she cut the child from her womb. When Crews’ boyfriend arrived, she presented him with the baby.  “This is our baby,” she reportedly said. “This is our family.” Together, they cleaned up the blood. Together they disposed…

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The Supreme Court’s “Silent Revolution” in Indian Law

The Supreme Court’s “Silent Revolution” in Indian Law

I recently had a chance to read through Dewi Ioan Ball’s The Erosion of Tribal Power: The Supreme Court’s Silent Revolution, published in 2016 by the University of Oklahoma Press.  I am teaching my Indian Law and Public Policy course this semester at Geneseo, and I do try to keep up as best I can with the large literature on the field.  So much to read, so little time. What makes Ball’s approach novel is his use of the unpublished…

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