NPR Interview with Arizona Public Media’s “The Buzz” Show

I was happy to chat with Arizona Public Media’s “The Buzz” program about Yaqui histories in Arizona and the complexities of historic and current transnational Indigenous issues. They also interviewed Chairman Valencia from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona and Dwayne Pierce, a history instructor at the Tohono O’odham Community …

Why Does Native but Foreign cover Cree history so much more than Chippewa history?

On January 31, 2019, I published a short piece with Public Radio International’s The World and Global Nation entitled Ignored and deported, Cree ‘refugees’ echo the crises of today. The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation shared it on their Facebook Page and the following question was asked: …

Introduction, Note 6 (pages 9 and 224)

Native borderlands narratives have benefited from a recent surge in scholarly attention (p. 9) While many studies in borderlands history contain indigenous content, the represent a preliminary list of books that feature Indigenous peoples and issues more prominently. Starting with these texts, footnotes can be mined for additional studies and …

Introduction, Note 8 (pages 10 and 225)

…the Cree-Chippewa group and the Yaquis stand as unique examples of so-called foreign Indians securing federal tribal recognition and reservation lands in the United States (p.10) The Canadian Tsimshians who were settled at Metlakatla, Alaska, in 1887 are another example of foreign Indians being incorporated into the United States, but …

Chapter 1, Note 25 (pages 31 and 228)

Natives peoples’ interaction, cohabitation, intermarriage, cooperation, and occasional shared heritage provides context for such errors (p. 31) The 1900 U.S. Census used various labels in a number of Montana counties to designate full- and mixed-blood of Crees, Chippewas, and Chippewa-Crees (p. 228) The 1900 census listed a small number of …

Chapter 1, Note 39 (pages 34 and 229)

By that time, they served the predominately Pima and Papago (O’Odham) mission as the craftsmen supervisors, helping other Native groups learn “civilized” trades (p. 34) …for sources and discussion of concurrent tensions between Yaquis and Spanish in the region (p. 229) Not all Yaqui-mission relations were so cordial during this …

Chapter 3, Note 35 (pages 59 and 235)

Turner’s use of the word “extermination” would have considerable contemporary and lasting influence. (p. 59) …for additional sources and discussion of the framing of Yaqui in history in terms of genocide, extermination, et cetera. (p. 235)   Comparative genocide studies are complex, and application of the word “genocide” is not …