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Federal Fathers & Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869-1933

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Established in 1824, the United States Indian Service (USIS), now known as the Bureau of Indian Affairs, was the agency responsible for carrying out U.S. treaty and trust obligations to American Indians, but it also sought to "civilize" and assimilate them. In Federal Fathers and Mothers, Cathleen Cahill offers the first in-depth social history of the agency during the height of its assimilation efforts in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Cahill shows how the USIS pursued a strategy of intimate colonialism, using employees as surrogate parents and model families in order to shift Native Americans' allegiances from tribal kinship networks to Euro-American familial structures and, ultimately, the U.S. government.

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Cahill offers the first in-depth social history of the United States Indian Service (now the Bureau of Indian Affairs) during the height of its assimilation efforts in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The USIS pursued a strategy of intimate colonialism, using employees as surrogate parents and model families in order to shift Native Americans' allegiances from tribal kinship networks to Euro-American familial structures and, ultimately, the U.S. government.

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Cathleen D. Cahill is assistant professor of history at the University of New Mexico.

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ISBN:
9781469606811
Author:
Cahill, Cathleen D.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Cahill, Cathleen
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
United States indian service
Subject:
bureau of indian affairs history
Subject:
removing indians from federal wardship
Subject:
native american employees
Subject:
native americans and cultural assimilation
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General

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