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Legal Codes and Talking TreesIndigenous Women's Sovereignty in the Sonoran and Puget Sound Borderlands, 1854-1946$
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Katrina Jagodinsky

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300211689

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300211689.001.0001

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Dinah Hood, “The State Is Supreme”

Dinah Hood, “The State Is Supreme”

Arizona, 1863–1935

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(p.179) Chapter 6 Dinah Hood, “The State Is Supreme”
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Legal Codes and Talking Trees
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Katrina Jagodinsky

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300211689.003.0006

This chapter examines how Indigenous women practiced survivance by focusing on the case of Dinah Foote Hood in Arizona Territory during the period 1863–1935. In 1913, Dinah Foote Hood, a Yavapai woman, and her grandmother Tcha-ah-wooeha tested American officials' authority to subpoena American Indian witnesses, implying that not all Indian women wanted a presence in courts that served the mission of imperialism. Dinah Hood and her female relatives sought the right to remain silent in the case involving Juan Fernandez, who was tried for the murder of Jesús Esparcía. However, they also squatted on lands sacred to their people until the tribe achieved federal recognition of their right to occupy tribal lands in 1935. This chapter shows how Dinah's story reflects the poetics and politics of Indigenous women's legal history as a “return from the enemy.”

Keywords:   survivance, Indigenous women, Dinah Foote Hood, Arizona Territory, Yavapai, silent, Juan Fernandez, murder, Jesús Esparcía, tribal lands

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