Encounter on the Great Plains Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930

ISBN-10: 0199746818

ISBN-13: 9780199746811

Edition: 2013

Authors: Karen V. Hansen

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In 1904, Scandinavian settlers began moving onto the Spirit Lake Dakota Indian Reservation. These land-hungry first and second generation immigrants struggled with poverty nearly as severe as that of their Dakota neighbors, often becoming sharecropping tenants of Dakota landowners. Yet the homesteaders' impoverishment did not impede native dispossession: by 1929, Scandinavians owned more reservation land than did Dakotas. In the words of one settler, who staked a claim with her widowed mother in 1905: "We stole the land from the Indians."Encounter on the Great Plains captures this encounter to bring together two key processes in American history: the unceasing migration of people to North America, and the protracted dispossession of indigenous peoples who inhabited the continent. Although this historical encounter at Spirit Lake took place in a small corner of eastern North Dakota, it encapsulates the story of conquest and white settlement and the less publicized, but equally important, story of the dispossession and survival of Native Americans. The material wealth and the nationalist mythology of the United States are built upon this history.Karen V. Hansen captures this moment in time through the distinctive, uniquely American voices of this particular encounter while providing insights into similar cultural meeting points between Native Americans and European immigrants that played out across the western United States.
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/16/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

Maps and Documents
Figures
Preface: The Story Dowser
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Illuminating the Encounter
An Unlikely Encounter
Indians Never Knocked: Fear Frames the Encounter
The Scandinavian Flood: Land Hunger, Dislocation, and Settlement
The Reservation Land Rush: Allotment and Land Taking
The Entangled Lives of Strangers
Spirit Lake Transformed: The Nexus of Schooling, Language, and Trade
Marking Nations, Reservation Boundaries, and Racial-Ethnic Hierarchies
Fighting the Sky and Working the Land
The Divisions of Citizenship and the Grip of Poverty
Divergent Paths to Racialized Citizenship
A Fragile Hold on the Land
Conclusion: Strangers No More
Appendixes
Historical Timeline
Oral History Interview Subjects
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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