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Author Ellinghaus, Katherine, author

Title Blood will tell : Native Americans and assimilation policy / Katherine Ellinghaus
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource
Series New visions in Native American and indigenous studies
New visions in Native American and indigenous studies.
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of Illustrations; Introduction: The Discourse of Blood in the Assimilation Period; 1. Fraud: The Allotment of the Anishinaabeg; 2. Chaos: The Dawes Commission and the Five Tribes; 3. Practically White: The Federal Policy of Competency; 4. The Same Old Deal: The 1934 Indian Reorganization Act; 5. Colored: The Indian Nations of Virginia and the 1924 Racial Integrity Act; Conclusion: Writing Blood into theAssimilation Period; Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary "A study of the role blood quantum played in the assimilation period between 1887 and 1934 in the United States"-- Provided by publisher
"Blood Will Tell reveals the underlying centrality of "blood" that shaped official ideas about who was eligible to be defined as Indian by the General Allotment Act in the United States. Katherine Ellinghaus traces the idea of blood quantum and how the concept came to dominate Native identity and national status between 1887 and 1934 and how related exclusionary policies functioned to dispossess Native people of their land. The U.S. government's unspoken assumption at the time was that Natives of mixed descent were undeserving of tribal status and benefits, notwithstanding that Native Americans of mixed descent played crucial roles in the national implementation of allotment policy. Ellinghaus explores on-the-ground case studies of Anishinaabeg, Arapahos, Cherokees, Eastern Cherokees, Cheyennes, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, Lakotas, Lumbees, Ojibwes, Seminoles, and Virginia tribes. Documented in these cases, the history of blood quantum as a policy reveals assimilation's implications and legacy. The role of blood quantum is integral to understanding how Native Americans came to be one of the most disadvantaged groups in the United States, and it remains a significant part of present-day debates about Indian identity and tribal membership. Blood Will Tell is an important and timely contribution to current political and scholarly debates."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed June 22, 2017)
Subject United States. General Allotment Act (1887)
United States. Indian Reorganization Act.
Indian allotments -- United States -- History.
Indians of North America -- Cultural assimilation -- History.
Indians of North America -- Ethnic identity.
Indians of North America -- Government relations.
Indians of North America -- Land tenure.
Indians of North America -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Indians of North America -- Mixed descent.
Indians of North America -- Tribal citizenship.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016047605
ISBN 1496201582 (electronic bk.)
1496201604 (electronic bk.)
9781496201584 (electronic bk.)
9781496201607 (electronic bk.)