Unearthing Indian Land: Living with the Legacies of Allotment by Kristin T. Ruppel | 9780816527113 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Unearthing Indian Land: Living with the Legacies of Allotment

Unearthing Indian Land: Living with the Legacies of Allotment

by Kristin T. Ruppel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816527113

ISBN-13: 9780816527113

Pub. Date: 12/15/2008

Publisher: University of Arizona Press


Unearthing Indian Land offers a comprehensive examination of the consequencesof more than a century of questionable public policies. In this book,Kristin Ruppel considers the complicated issues surrounding American Indianland ownership in the United States.

Under the General Allotment Act of 1887, also known as the Dawes Act,individual Indians were

Overview


Unearthing Indian Land offers a comprehensive examination of the consequencesof more than a century of questionable public policies. In this book,Kristin Ruppel considers the complicated issues surrounding American Indianland ownership in the United States.

Under the General Allotment Act of 1887, also known as the Dawes Act,individual Indians were issued title to land allotments while so-called “surplus”Indian lands were opened to non-Indian settlement. During the forty-seven yearsthat the act remained in effect, American Indians lost an estimated 90 millionacres of land—about two-thirds of the land they had held in 1887. Worse, theloss of control over the land left to them has remained an ongoing and insidiousresult.

Unearthing Indian Land traces the complex legacies of allotment, includingnumerous instructive examples of a policy gone wrong. Aside from the initialcatastrophic land loss, the fractionated land ownership that resulted from theact’s provisions has disrupted native families and their descendants for morethan a century. With each new generation, the owners of tribal lands grow innumber and therefore own ever smaller interests in parcels of land. It is not uncommonnow to find reservation allotments co-owned by hundreds of individuals.Coupled with the federal government’s troubled trusteeship of Indian assets,this means that Indian landowners have very little control over their own lands.

Illuminated by interviews with Native American landholders, this book isessential reading for anyone who is interested in what happened as a result of thefederal government’s quasi-privatization of native lands.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816527113
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
12/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,272,772
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 3

1 Nations In(di)visible 11

2 Appropriating the Trust 36

3 Ambivalent Allottees 69

4 Continuance 104

5 One More Arrow 129

6 Encounters 145

Notes 173

References Cited 215

Index 223

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