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Colonial EntanglementConstituting a Twenty-First-Century Osage Nation$
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Jean Dennison

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835807

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837443_dennison

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(p.47) Chapter 2 Blood
Colonial Entanglement

Jean Dennison

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines how blood as a racially charged metaphor has changed and been changed by various Osage understandings of relation over time. It traces the concept of blood, its roots in the colonial process, and the importance of Osage blood or lineal descent in terms of eligibility to vote and the constitutional requirements for citizenship. Looking specifically at these debates during the reform process, the chapter investigates the connection of blood to discourses of race and nation, and the use of blood within the 2006 Osage Nation Constitution.

Keywords:   blood, colonial process, Osage blood, lineal descent, citizenship, race, nation, Osage Nation Constitution

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