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Native Decolonial Resistance to Removal

Native Decolonial Resistance to Removal

(p.59) Chapter Three Native Decolonial Resistance to Removal
American Indians and the Rhetoric of Removal and Allotment
Jason Edward Black
University Press of Mississippi

Chapter Three explores the ways that Native communities contributed to the removal debate and responded to the governmental and Native identities it helped construct. American Indians were able to decolonize these identities by appropriating governmental arguments and rhetorical strategies as empowering investitures into the removal debate – a form of detournement. Such interaction with governmental discourses illumines the hybridity at work, as both the U.S. government and American Indians added to the U.S.-Native relationship. Specifically, the rhetoric of the Five Civilized Tribes and the Sauk Nation indicates that they sought sovereignties positioned outside the scope of U.S. citizenship. Overall, the chapter contends that American Indians exhibited a decolonial agency that at once slowed the implementation of removal and also challenged the governmental and indigenous identities stimulated by the policy.

Keywords:   Decolonization, Detournement, Five Civilized Tribes, Sauk Nation, Identity

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