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First Americans: U.S. Patriotism in Indian Country after World War I

Thomas Grillot


This book depicts a forgotten history that explores how army veterans returning to reservation life after World War I transformed Native American identity. Drawing from archival sources and oral histories, the book demonstrates how the relationship between Native American tribes and the United States was reinvented in the years following World War I. During that conflict, 12,000 Native American soldiers served in the U.S. Army. They returned home to their reservations with newfound patriotism, leveraging their veteran cachet for political power and claiming all the benefits of citizenship—even ... More

Keywords: army veterans, reservation life, World War I, American identity, Native American tribes, Native Americans, U.S. Army, tribal sovereignty, patriotism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300224337
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300224337.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Grillot, author
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique