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Those Who Belong Book Launch & Reading. Jill Doerfler, October 19, 2015

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Those Who Belong: Identity, Family, Blood and Citizenship among the White Earth Anishinaabeg

Monday, October 19, at 5:00pm
Griggs Center, Kirby Student Center
University of Minnesota—Duluth

A book launch and reading with Jill Doerfler, Prof. of American Indian Studies, UMD

those-who-belong doerfler cropJoin Jill Doerfler and the American Indian Studies Department in celebrating the release of Those Who Belong: Identity, Family, Blood and Citizenship among the White Earth Anishinaabeg. Despite the central role blood quantum played in political formations of American Indian identity in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, there are few studies that explore how tribal nations have contended with this transformation of tribal citizenship. Those Who Belong explores how White Earth Anishinaabeg understood identity and blood quantum in the early twentieth century, how it was employed and manipulated by the U.S. government, how it came to be the sole requirement for tribal citizenship in 1961, and how a contemporary effort for constitutional reform sought a return to citizenship criteria rooted in Anishinaabe kinship, replacing the blood quantum criteria with lineal descent.

In Fall 2011, Doerfler was a residential faculty fellow at the IAS. See also: Centering Anishinaabeg Studies.

Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Questions: contact Andrea Sande at 218-726-7953 or

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