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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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“The Acts of Forgetfulness”

“The Acts of Forgetfulness”

Indigenous Women’s Legal History in Archives and Tribal Offices Throughout the North American West

(p.255) Chapter 8 “The Acts of Forgetfulness”
Legal Codes and Talking Trees

Katrina Jagodinsky

Yale University Press

This book has explored how Indigenous women used territorial legal regimes in the North American West. It has discussed six Native women's strategies of recovery and efforts toward political and corporeal sovereignty and what they signify about alliance building, direct communication, and persistent advocacy. This concluding chapter describes the archival and community work that made it possible for the author to make intimate and important depictions of Native women's legal history. It highlights the “acts of forgetfulness” that have placed Indian women's legal history beyond the scope of western historians in the hope that scholars will be encouraged to find more evidence of Indian women's contributions to western history in local and state archives. It also chronicles the author's experience working with the Indian tribes and communities represented in this book.

Keywords:   corporeal sovereignty, Indigenous women, legal regimes, North American West, Native women, legal history, forgetfulness, archives, Indian tribes

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