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IAS Thursdays | The Relentless Business of Treaties: How Indigenous Land Became US Property
February 20, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Northrop, Crosby Seminar Room
Thursday, February 20, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
The Relentless Business of Treaties is a book that explores the economic and political motivations of those who, on behalf of the United States, negotiated and signed treaties with Indigenous nations. A public panel discussion among Indigenous scholars and the author will offer perspectives on the historical experience of Native American nations to frame the book and raise questions for exploration in this event, and the reading groups that will follow for those who are interested in participating. The topics will include discussions of how treaties were crafted to benefit the signers, and how they replaced a kinship-based and communal relationship to land with new ways of defining the relationship as property, subject to transaction and individual ownership.
The panel will offer perspectives on the historical experience of Native American nations to frame the book and raise questions for exploration by the reading groups.
Interested in joining a reading group? Complete this form to participate in a group: z.umn.edu/IAS-IonEbookclub
Co-sponsored by the Institute on the Environment.