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Legal Codes and Talking Trees: Indigenous Women's Sovereignty in the Sonoran and Puget Sound Borderlands, 1854-1946

Katrina Jagodinsky


This book is the first to focus on Indigenous women of the Southwest and Pacific Northwest and the ways they dealt with the challenges posed by the existing legal regimes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In most western states, it was difficult if not impossible for Native women to inherit property, raise mixed-race children, or take legal action in the event of rape or abuse. Through the experiences of six Indigenous women who fought for personal autonomy and the rights of their tribes, the book explores a long yet generally unacknowledged tradition of active critique of the U.S. le ... More

Keywords: personal autonomy, Indigenous women, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, mixed-race children, tribal rights, U.S. legal system, Native Americans, Native women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300211689
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300211689.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katrina Jagodinsky, author
University of Nebraska