Spring 2018

Recognition, Antiracism & Indigenous Futures: A View from Connecticut

Amy E. Den Ouden
The early 1970s were a moment of particular historical significance in Connecticut’s tribal nations’ centuries-long struggles to assert sovereignty and defend reservation lands. The racialization of Native peoples in Connecticut informed the state’s management of “Indian affairs” and its antirecognition policy reflects a long history of institutionally embedded racist policies and practices. Amy E. Den Ouden uses Connecticut as a case study to call for politically engaged, antiracist research that is concerned with understanding the complexities of tribal sovereignty in local contexts in which governmental control of Indian affairs reproduces and validates white supremacist ideology.
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