Crooked Paths to Allotment (Hardcover)
The Fight Over Federal Indian Policy After the Civil War
University of North Carolina Press, 9780807835760, 248pp.
Publication Date: October 22, 2012
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Genetin-Pilawa focuses on reformers and activists, including Tonawanda Seneca Ely S. Parker and "Council Fire" editor Thomas A. Bland, whose contributions to Indian policy debates have heretofore been underappreciated. He reveals how these men and their allies opposed such policies as forced land allotment, the elimination of traditional cultural practices, mandatory boarding school education for Indian youth, and compulsory participation in the market economy. Although the mainstream supporters of assimilation successfully repressed these efforts, the ideas and policy frameworks they espoused established a tradition of dissent against disruptive colonial governance.