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Colonization and Decolonization in the Native-US Relationship

Colonization and Decolonization in the Native-US Relationship

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction Colonization and Decolonization in the Native-US Relationship
Source:
American Indians and the Rhetoric of Removal and Allotment
Author(s):
Jason Edward Black
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461961.003.0001

This chapter introduces the contexts of Removal and Allotment and positions them both in the ideology of colonization and the response of decolonization. Throughout the chapter U.S. colonial ideas (paternalism, territoriality, godly authority) are discussed as a larger framework. Simultaneously, Native decolonization efforts are outlined as a responsive, critical framework. A larger purpose statement – regarding the Native-U.S. relationship and the importance of studying the mingling of governmental and Native rhetoric in these contexts – is also articulated. The chapter ends with a discussion of textual veracity, textual methods, and the inevitability of strategic essentializing.

Keywords:   Colonization, Decolonization, Removal, Allotment, Strategic Essentializing

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