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Reconfiguring the Reservation: The Nez Perces, Jicarilla Apaches, and the Dawes ACT

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Reconfiguring the Reservation is a story about Indian agency, negotiation, and resistance to an imposed federal policy. Greenwald traces the Nez Perces' and Jicarilla Apaches' experiences with the 1887 General Allotment Act, also known as the Dawes Act. This legislation sought to assimilate Indians into the American mainstream by dividing collectively controlled reservations into individually owned allotments of land. Once Indians had private property, reformers reasoned, they would practice agriculture and eventually adopt "American" economic and cultural values.

The Dawes Act, however, did not meet its stated goals on the Nez Perce or Jicarilla Apache reservations, in large part because Indians selected land allotments with agendas other than assimilation in mind. The Nez Perces sought to perpetuate traditional environmental and cultural practices through their allotment choices. The Jicarilla Apaches used the tenets of the legislation to secure control of land and accommodate new economic strategies. Nevertheless, the Act did reorder Indian space and extended American territorial authority. The Dawes Act attempted to replace experiential space with mathematically measured space and in this regard, it was largely successful.

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Native American and environmental historian Greenwald tells the tale of an Indian agency, negotiation, and resistance under an imposed US government policy, tracing the experiences of the two tribes with the 1887 General Allotment Act, also known as the Dawes Act. The act sought to mainstream Native Americans by dividing collectively controlled reservations into individually owned allotments of land. It failed.
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Synopsis:

Reconfiguring the Reservation reveals why the Dawes Act failed to turn Indians into farmers or dissolve tribal ties, and it also demonstrates how Indians resisted the act's assimilationist agenda.

About the Author

Emily Greenwald teaches Native American and environmental history at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Table of Contents

Spatial control, allotment in severalty, and the 1887 Dawes Act — Nez Perce culture, geography, and history, 1880-87 — The Dawes Act on the Nez Perce Reservation — The search for a Jicarilla homeland — Dividing and redividing the Jicarilla Apache reservation — Indian agency and spatial control.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826324085
Author:
Greenwald, Emily
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Location:
Albuquerque
Subject:
History
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Nez Percâe Indian Reservation
Subject:
Jicarilla Indian Reservation
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Land tenure.
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no. 65.
Publication Date:
20020231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
196
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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