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Geography / American Indian Studies 322 Professor Zoltán Grossman. Introduction to Native Geographies. No “Indians” before 1492. There goes the neighborhood…. Diversity in… Tribes/bands Languages Governments Cultures Spiritual beliefs Resource use Land control. Pros & Cons of Terms.

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geography american indian studies 322 professor zolt n grossman
Geography / American Indian Studies 322Professor Zoltán Grossman

Introduction toNative Geographies

no indians before 1492
No “Indians”before 1492

There goes the neighborhood…

Diversity in…

Tribes/bands

Languages

Governments

Cultures

Spiritual beliefs

Resource use

Land control

slide3

Pros & Cons of Terms

Aboriginal

First Nations

4th World

American Indian

or Indian

Native American

or Native

Tribal

Indigenous

Nation names

Amerindian

Autochthonous

native americans

Racial category?

(“minority”)

  • Ethno-cultural groups
  • Economic status
  • Groups with a land base
  • Autonomous nations
Native Americans
slide6

CulturalAreas

Arctic

Subarctic

Northwest Coast

Plateau

Great Basin

California

Plains

Southwest

Southeast

Northeast

xxxxx1

Eastern U.S.language groups

xxxxx

Algonquian

Algonquian

Siouan

Caddoan

Iroquoian

Gulf (Muskogean)

Timucua

Algonquian

Siouan

Iroquoian

Algonquian

Iroquoian

Caddoan

Gulf

Timucua

xxxxx2

Western U.S.language groups

Salish

xxxxx

Algonquian

Penutian

Siouan

Athaba-

scan

Algonquian

Siouan

Caddoan

Aztec-Tanoan

Athabascan (Southern)

Salish

Penutian

Hokan

Keres

Siouan

Hokan

Caddoan

Aztec-

Tanoan

Penutian

Algonquian

Athabascan

Aztec-

Tanoan

Hokan

Keres

Aztec-

Tanoan

Caddoan

Athabascan

Hokan

xxxxx3

Alaskalanguagegroups

Inuit

xxxxx

Inuit

Dené

Dené

(Northern

Athabascan)

Inuit

(Eskimo)

Aleut

Inuit

Inuit

Dené

Aleut

Aleut

xxxxx4

Canadalanguagegroups

xxxxx

Inuit

Dené

Algonquian

Dené

(Athabascan)

Inuit

Siouan

Iroquoian

Salish

Wakashan

Tsimshian

Kootenai

Inuit

Dené

Inuit

Dené

Inuit

Dené

Inuit

Waka-

shan

Algonquian

Algonquian

Salish

Siouan

Algonquian

Algonquian

Iroquoian

slide14

Studying Native History/Geography

  • Not only about racial conflict, but the colonization of nations
  • Not only about the U.S. government, but the origins of the United States
  • Not only about federal/state policies, but the land base where they occur
  • Not only looks at political/economic, but at European cultural underpinnings
slide16

Ancestors lived in America,

  • before the arrival of Europeans.
  • Who is considered to be
  • an Indian by the community.
  • Who self-defines as an Indian.
  • Federal court decisions have
  • shifted definitions over time

Who is an “Indian”?

slide17

Blood Quantum(% of tribal ancestry)

  • Pushed by federal Bureau
  • of Indian Affairs (1/4)
  • Tribal govt’s set today
  • (often internalized)
  • Intermarriage can
  • “fractionalize” tribe
slide18

Racial Complexities

  • Native Americans can “appear” white, black, etc.
  • Multiracial
  • tribal nations
    • Seminole, Lumbee, etc.
  • Mixed categories
    • Métis (French),
    • Mestizo (Spanish), etc.
slide19

Who is an “Indian”?

Categories Defined by…. What about…

RACIAL Blood Quantum (biology) “Mixed bloods,”

Assimilated

CULTURAL Tribally raised/accepted Adopted Indians,

White ‘wannabes’

GEOGRAPHICAL Reservation residents Urban Indians,

Rez whites

slide20

“Racial composition is not always dispositive in determining who are Indians for the purposes of Indian law. In dealing with Indians, the federal government is dealing with members or descendants of political entities, that is, Indian tribes, not with persons of a particular race. Tribal membership as determined by the Indian tribe or community itself is often an essential element.”

— Handbook of Federal Indian Law

top 10 things to say to a white person upon first meeting
Top 10 Things to Say to a White Person Upon First Meeting

10. How much white are you?

9. I’m part white myself, you know.

8. I learned all your people’s ways in the Boy Scouts.

  • My great-great-grandmother was a full-blooded white-

American princess.

6. Funny, you don’t look white.

5. Where’s your powdered wig and knickers?

4. Do you live in a covered wagon?

3. What’s the meaning behind the square dance?

2. What’s your feeling about river-boat casinos? Do they

really help your people, or are they just a short-term fix?

1. Oh wow, I really love your hair! Can I touch it?

2000 census 1 5 of u s population
2000 CENSUS1.5% of U.S. population

American Indian or

Alaska Native alone 2.5 million

(26% higher than 1990)(0.9%)

In combination

with other “races” 1.6 million (0.6%)

Total = 4.1 million (1.5%)

(110% higher than 1990)

native population distribution
Native Population Distribution

100 million acres =

4% of U.S.,

BUT…..

slide25

Modern Indian Lands = 4% of U.S.?

322 entities in Lower 48 = 56 million acres

BUT much of rez land is allotted ( non-Indian ownership)

slide26

Modern Indian Lands = 4% of U.S.?

229 Alaska villages =

44 million acres

BUT Alaska Native

lands held as village &

regional corporations,

not as sovereign

reservations

slide27

Federal Recognition of Tribes

Historical Written or oral history proves a tribe/nation.

2. Demographical Members not from another tribe.

3. Geographical Lived and continue to live in a distinct area.

4. Political Record of continuous government or leadership.

slide28

“Trust Responsibility”

  • Direct relationship between federal & tribal gov’ts
  • Tribal land put “in trust” to become reservation
  • Protects reservation from state & local gov’ts
  • Puts tribe at mercy of federal “trustee”
slide29

Sovereignty

Paramount; supreme

Having supreme

rank or power

3. Self-governing

(American Heritage Dictionary)

slide31

19 states above U.S.

average (1.5%)

MN 1.6%

WI 1.3%

slide33

Top 10 states =

62% of Native pop.

slide36

Top 10 cities =

8% of Native pop.

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