Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles, and Indigenous Rights in the United States: A Sourcebook

Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles, and Indigenous Rights in the United States: A Sourcebook

by Amy E. Den Ouden, Jean M. O'Brien

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This engaging collection surveys and clarifies the complex issue of federal and state recognition for Native American tribal nations in the United States. Den Ouden and O'Brien gather focused and teachable essays on key topics, debates, and case studies. Written by leading scholars in the field, including historians, anthropologists, legal scholars, and political scientists, the essays cover the history of recognition, focus on recent legal and cultural processes, and examine contemporary recognition struggles nationwide.
Contributors are Joanne Barker (Lenape), Kathleen A. Brown-Perez (Brothertown), Rosemary Cambra (Muwekma Ohlone), Amy E. Den Ouden, Timothy Q. Evans (Haliwa-Saponi), Les W. Field, Angela A. Gonzales (Hopi), Rae Gould (Nipmuc), J. Kehaulani Kauanui (Kanaka Maoli), K. Alexa Koenig, Alan Leventhal, Malinda Maynor Lowery (Lumbee), Jean M. O'Brien (White Earth Ojibwe), John Robinson, Jonathan Stein, Ruth Garby Torres (Schaghticoke), and David E. Wilkins (Lumbee).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469602172
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 06/03/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 376
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Amy E. Den Ouden is associate professor of women's studies at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She is author of Beyond Conquest: Native Peoples and the Struggle for History in New England.
Jean M. O'Brien (White Earth Ojibwe) is professor of history at the University of Minnesota. She is author of Dispossession by Degrees: Indian Land and Identity in Natick, Massachusetts, 1650-1790, and Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England.

Table of Contents

Introduction Amy E. Den Ouden Jean M. O'Brien 1

Part I Race, Identity, and Recognition

The Imposition of Law: The Federal Acknowledgment Process and the Legal De/Construction of Tribal Identity Angela A. Gonzales Timothy Q. Evans 37

Racial Science and Federal Recognition: Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South Malinda Maynor Lowery 65

The Recognition of NAGPRA: A Human Rights Promise Deferred Joanne Barker 95

State Recognition of American Indian Tribes: A Survey of State-Recognized Tribes and State Recognition Processes K. Alexa Koenig Jonathan Stein 115

Part II State and Federal Recognition in New England

State Recognition and "Termination" in Nineteenth-Century New England Jean M. O'Brien 149

Altered State?: Indian Policy Narratives, Federal Recognition, and the "New" War on Native Rights in Connecticut Amy E. Den Ouden 169

How You See Us, Why You Don't: Connecticut's Public Policy to Terminate the Schaghticoke Indians Ruth Garby Torres 195

The Nipmuc Nation, Federal Acknowledgment, and a Case of Mistaken Identity Rae Could 213

Part III Contemporary Recognition Controversies

A Right Delayed: The Brothertown Indian Nations Story of Surviving the Federal Acknowledgment Process Kathleen A. Brown-Perez 237

From "Boston Men" to the BIA: The Unacknowledged Chinook Nation John R. Robinson 263

Mapping Erasure: The Power of Nominative Cartography in the Past and Present of the Muwekma Ohlones of the San Francisco Bay Area Les W. Field Alan Leventhal Rosemary Cambra 287

Precarious Positions: Native Hawaiians and U.S. Federal Recognition J. Kehaulani Kauanui 311

Afterword David E. Wilkins 337

Appendix: Useful Resources for Further Study 345

Contributors 349

Index 353

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An excellent selection of interdisciplinary perspectives on a critically important question. A valuable contribution.—Jessica Cattelino, University of California, Los Angeles

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book purports to be a "Sourcebook" to introduce "a broad audience, particularly students" to "the complexities of recognition, tribal nation sovereignty, and indigenous rights" of Indians tribes that have not been recognized by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. However, it makes no distinction between Native-American groups that have been detribalized (the Mashpee, Pequot, Brotherton, and Schaghticoke Indians whose tribal statuses were terminated) and emergent Indian tribes (the Ramapoughs and the Lumbees that have only oral tradition of tribal ancestry). The problem is that in its efforts to attack the federal recognition process that is meant to protect those Indian tribes that have had a treaty relationship with the United States as semi-sovereign nations within our nation, the editors and authors ignore published evidence that contradicts their arguments, particularly in the case the Lumbees and Ramapoughs that cannot prove descent from historic Indian tribes. Some of the authors have vested interests in attacking the Bureau of Indian Affairs. They argue that historical "facts" are subject to change, genealogical descent is the same as "racialization," and the concept of "tribe" is a social fiction fabricated by outsiders. However, if these unrecognized tribes desire the rights and privileges that derive from tribal sovereignty, they must prove descent as a group from a historic Indian tribe that has had a treaty-relationship with the United States.