The Making of Indians, Mexicans, and Anglos in Arizona
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: University of Texas Press
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Border Citizens: The Making of Indians, Mexicans, and Anglos in Arizona began as a dissertation at the University of Texas at Austin, where I had the pleasure of working with an extraordinary group of scholars. I wish to thank Neil Foley, my dissertation supervisor, for engaging me in hours of discussion as I developed my ideas, conducted...
In the mid-1960s a group of Yaquis in the Tucson barrio called Pascua took the first steps toward seeking federal acknowledgment of their status as American Indians. In part they hoped to obtain access to federal resources and an area of land outside the city. Since World War II, Tucson’s warehouse district had enveloped Pascua, and the mechanization of agriculture had dramatically reduced the number of jobs on nearby...
Chapter 1. Desert Empire
Shortly after the Mesilla Treaty (also called the Gadsden Purchase) transferred what would become southern Arizona from Mexico to the United States in the mid-1850s, hundreds of Americans moved into the territory to improve their fortunes.1 Among them was Sylvester Mowry, a lieutenant in the army. Mowry was stationed at Fort Yuma when he began to dream about the potential that the new territory held for...
Chapter 2. From Noble Savage to Second-Class Citizen
In the 1880s the government of the United States reformed its well-worn policy of concentrating Indians onto reservations into a new campaign designed to assimilate them into the nation. Federal officials allotted reservation lands for private property and strove to educate and detribalize Indians in government schools, to integrate them economically as farmers, ranchers, and wageworkers, and to pave the way for...
Chapter 3. Crossing Borders
Rosalio Moisés Valenzuela and his older sister, Antonia, both of them Yaquis, were born in Colorada, Sonora, where their father worked as a miner in the mid-1890s. Their parents and grandparents had fled the Yaqui River to escape the ongoing war with the Mexican army. In his memoirs Rosalio recalled how “many friends and relatives from the Rio Yaqui worked in the Colorada and Suviete mines or at the Minas...
Chapter 4. Defining the White Citizen-Worker
As the Great Depression descended on south-central Arizona in June 1930, the Arizona State Federation of Labor (ASFL) called for new restrictions on Mexican immigration to protect “white citizen-workers of Arizona and other Southwestern states.”1 Such explicitly racial calls for shutting the border were nothing new, dating back to the early part of the century. Arizona’s trade unions had long conflated...
Chapter 5. The Indian New Deal and the Politics of the Tribe
In 1902 Peter Blaine was born to a Tohono O’odham mother and a mestizo father (part O’odham) in South Tucson. In the early years of his life, his mother, like many other urban O’odham women, supported her family by cleaning houses. When Blaine was six his mother died, and he moved into the home of his aunt Josefa and her husband, a Yaqui. He grew up speaking both Yaqui and Spanish, only later becoming...
Chapter 6. Shadows in the Sun Belt
Phoenix Mayor Samuel Mardian Jr. testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 1962 that ethnic minorities in Phoenix faced little or no discriminatory treatment. “Indians are not discriminated against in employment, services, or housing,” he said, and offered an even more sanguine assessment of Mexican-American prospects: “These people hold high positions in the city government, in industry, and...
Chapter 7. The Chicano Movement and Cultural Citizenship
At the end of World War II, Mario Suárez returned from serving in the U.S. Navy to find that the barrios of Tucson where he had been born and raised had barely changed. In a short story he wrote in 1947, Suárez compared the El Hoyo barrio to capirotada, a traditional Mexican dish made with a base of “old, new, stale, and hard bread.” One could add any number of ingredients, including “raisins, olives, onions, tomatoes...
Chapter 8. Villages, Tribes, and Nations
An editorial in the Arizona Daily Star in 1960 proved that old notions about Indians being incapable of full and equal citizenship were alive and well. Pointing to factionalism on the Tohono O’odham reservations, the writer suggested that Anglo-Arizonans, “who have had the job of working with warring Indian Tribes and more recently working with the reservation Indians, should have some idea of what a task...
Conclusion: Borders Old and New
Vivian Juan-Saunders and Herminia Frías, chairwomen of the Tohono O’odham and Yaqui nations in Arizona, traveled to Sarmiento, Mexico, in November 2004 to participate in the Ninth Annual Assembly of Indigenous Women. There they met up with O’odham and Yaquis from Mexico, along with other indigenous peoples from Arizona, California, Sonora, and Sinaloa, to discuss their future. The meeting...
Page Count: 342
Illustrations: 6 maps, 6 figures
Publication Year: 2007
OCLC Number: 646761185
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