American Studies Colloquium Lunch

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Thursday Oct 31, 2013
Neill Hall (formerly Humanities Building) 401

"The Mixed-Blood Moment: Race, Land, and Federal Law Among Two Dakota Mixed-Blood Families on the Nineteenth-Century Eastern Great Plains" by Jameson Sweet, Ph.D. Candidate, History, U. of M.

Treaties between the U.S. and Indian tribes, from 1805 to the 1860s, maintained a distinct “mixed-blood” policy with stipulations for people of mixed Indian and non-Indian ancestry. Through these provisions, Dakota mixed-bloods acquired as much as one million acres of land in 1830 in Minnesota and Nebraska. The decades of litigation ­and treaty negotiations regarding mixed-blood landownership were formative to federal Indian policy.  This talk examines the ways that this mixed-blood policy led to a “mixed-blood moment” in history, when mixed-blood Indians held a unique racial and legal status in the United States.

A Buffet Lunch and Takis Will Be Provided

This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents and Families and Public

Sponsored By: American Studies

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