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Encounter on the Great PlainsScandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930$
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Karen V. Hansen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746811

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746811.001.0001

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Marking Nations, Reservation Boundaries, and Racial-Ethnic Hierarchies

Marking Nations, Reservation Boundaries, and Racial-Ethnic Hierarchies

(p.134) 5 Marking Nations, Reservation Boundaries, and Racial-Ethnic Hierarchies
Encounter on the Great Plains

Karen V. Hansen

Oxford University Press

Allotment and landtaking patterns created racial–ethnic concentrations in the context of integration on the reservation. Here, unlike segregation in the region, the co–residence of Dakotas and Scandinavians reduced their social distance. This chapter explores daily contact that regularized the encounter and established ground rules of interaction. Annual community pageants—especially Fourth of July and Chautauquas—emphasized a common nation that simultaneously marked their differences. Through mutuality, co–residence, and occasionally kinship, residents of this shared geographic space—still legally defined as an Indian reservation—coexisted. Ultimately, they shared an alliance created by a commonality of circumstance and off–reservation bigotry that brought them together.

Keywords:   Fourth of July, Chautauqua, Indian dancing, neighboring, landowning, prejudice, adoption, intermarriage, racial-ethnic geography, entangled enclave

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