Bartering with the Bones of Their Dead The Colville Confederated Tribes and Termination

ISBN-10: 029599228X

ISBN-13: 9780295992280

Edition: 2012

Authors: Laurie Arnold

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Bartering with the Bones of their Deadtells the story of a tribe whose members waged a painful and sometimes bitter twenty-year struggle among themselves about whether to give up their status as a sovereign nation. Over one hundred federally recognized Indian tribes and bands lost their sovereignty after the Eisenhower Administration enacted a policy known as termination, which was carefully designed to end the federal-Indian relationship and to dissolve Indian identity. Most tribes and bands fought this policy; the Colville Confederated Tribes of north-central Washington State offer a rare example of a tribe that pursued termination.Some Colville tribal members who favored termination wanted a life free from federal supervision and a return to the era when each band of the confederation managed its own affairs. Other termination advocates simply sought the financial payout that termination promised. Opponents of termination wanted to protect tribal identities and lands, hoped to preserve the Colville heritage and homeland for future generations, and sought to compel the federal government to live up to its promises. Laurie Arnold tells the story of those years on the Colville reservation with the perspective both of a thorough and careful historian and of an insider who grew up listening to the voices and memories of her elders.Laurie Arnoldis the director of Native American Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame. She is an enrolled member of the Lakes Band of Colville Confederated Tribes."Bartering with the Bones of Their Deadis a significant contribution to the field of 20th-century American Indian policy studies. Laurie Arnold's historical case study of her own tribal community's fractured reaction to federal termination efforts provides a nuanced view of American Indian responses to the difficult issues they faced. Arnold does a masterful job piecing together a complex and painful era of Colville history. In doing so, she broadens our understandings of intratribal decision making and local impacts of federal initiatives."-David R. M. Beck, author ofSeeking Recognition: The Termination and Restoration of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, 1855-1984
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 8/14/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

"We want to be Indians forever."
"It is like giving your eagle feather away."
"Soon buried in a junk pile of Cadillacs."
"What is their future?"
"Come back from your pilgrimage to nowhere."
"Not another inch, not another drop."
Conclusion: "We kept getting a little bit smarter."
Appendix: Major Legislation Affecting the Colville Confederated Tribes
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