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The Women’s National Indian Association, formed in response to the chronic conflict and corruption that plagued relations between American Indians and the U.S. government, has been all but forgotten since it was disbanded in 1951. Mathes’s edited volume, the first book to address the history of the WNIA, comprises essays by eight authors on the work of this important reform group.

The WNIA was formed in 1879 in reaction to the prospect of opening Oklahoma Indian Territory to white settlement. A powerful network of upper- and middle-class friends and associates, the group soon expanded its mission beyond prayer and philanthropy as the women participated in political protest and organized successful petition drives that focused on securing civil and political rights for American Indians. In addition to discussing the association’s history, the contributors to this book evaluate its legacies, both in the lives of Indian families and in the evolution of federal Indian policy. Their work reveals the complicated regional variations in reform and the complex nature of Anglo women’s relationships with indigenous people.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Margaret Connell Szasz
  3. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: What Is a Woman Worth?
  2. Larry E. Burgess
  3. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part 1: The Beginning
  2. pp. 23-24
  1. 1. Mary Bonney, Amelia Quinton, and the Formative Years
  2. Valerie Sherer Mathes
  3. pp. 25-45
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  1. 2. “Shall We Have a Periodical?”: The Indian’s Friend
  2. Lori Jacobson
  3. pp. 46-62
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  1. Part 2: The WNIA and Domesticity
  2. pp. 63-64
  1. 3. “Environed by Civilization”: WNIA Home-Building and Loan Department
  2. Lori Jacobson
  3. pp. 65-83
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  1. 4. Promoting Homemaking on the Reservations: WNIA Field Matrons
  2. Lisa E. Emmerich
  3. pp. 84-101
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  1. 5. WNIA Missions in the South
  2. Rose Stremlau
  3. pp. 102-125
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  1. 6. Making and Marketing Baskets in California
  2. Cathleen D. Cahill
  3. pp. 126-150
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  1. Part 3: WNIA Auxiliaries
  2. pp. 151-152
  1. 7. The Banner Association: Twenty-Five Years in Massachusetts
  2. Valerie Sherer Mathes
  3. pp. 153-172
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  1. 8. WNIA Chapters in the South
  2. Rose Stremlau
  3. pp. 173-191
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  1. 9. The Redlands Indian Association: The WNIA in Southern California
  2. Valerie Sherer Mathes
  3. pp. 192-210
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  1. Part 4: Contextualizing the History of Women’s Indian Reform Work
  2. pp. 211-212
  1. 10. “Noble Women Not a Few”: The Lake Mohonk Conferences
  2. Cathleen D. Cahill
  3. pp. 213-239
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  1. 11. The WNIA in the Context of Women’s History
  2. Helen M. Bannan
  3. pp. 240-267
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  1. 12. The WNIA and the Erotics of Reform
  2. Lori Jacobson
  3. pp. 268-286
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  1. Conclusion
  2. Valerie Sherer Mathes with Helen M. Bannan, Cathleen D. Cahill, Lisa E. Emmerich, and Rose Stremlau
  3. pp. 287-294
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  1. Afterword
  2. Gordon Morris Bakken
  3. pp. 295-300
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  1. Appendix: WNIA Missionary Stations
  2. Valerie Sherer Mathes
  3. pp. 301-312
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 313-328
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 329-332
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 333-340
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826355645
Related ISBN
9780826355638
MARC Record
OCLC
904212146
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2015-02-28
Language
English
Open Access
No
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