Elizabeth Cook-Lynn takes academia to task for its much-touted notion that "postcoloniality" is the current condition of Indian communities in the United States. She finds the argument neither believable nor useful--at best an ivory-tower initiative on the part of influential scholars, at worst a cruel joke. In this fin de career retrospective, Cook-Lynn gathers evidence that American Indians remain among the most colonized people in the modern world, mired in poverty and disenfranchised both socially and politically.
Despite Native-initiated efforts toward seeking First Nationhood status in the U. S., Cook-Lynn posits, Indian lands remain in the grip of a centuries-old English colonial system--a renewable source of conflict and discrimination. She argues that proportionately in the last century, government-supported development of casinos and tourism--peddled as an answer to poverty--probably cost Indians more treaty-protected land than they lost in the entire nineteenth century. Using land issues and third-world theory to look at the historiography of the American Plains Indian experience, she examines colonization's continuing assault on Indigenous peoples.
Indispensable . . . a groundbreaking work. What is the future for Native Nations as they move into the twenty-first century? What is the future of the U.S. if it continues to create a fantasy about its history for a deluded public? Cook-Lynn poses--and answers--the key questions. --Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Roots of Resistance: History of Land Tenure in New Mexico
Words to Dazzle the Mind, an Introduction
I: The Indian Postmodern
Situating Postcolonial Studies
Indigeneity as a Category of Analysis
A New Understanding
LawùThe Task of Justification
A Critical Brief
The Cynical Tourist
What about Violence?
Dilemma of Language
Balancing Acts for Academic Risk Takers
Taku inichiapi? What's in a Name?
III: Two Case Studies
A case study in political genocide: 1888
A case study in literary genocide: 1920û30
Is Now the Time?
State Governmental Power vs. Tribal-Nation Autonomy