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Colonial Entanglement: Constituting a Twenty-First-Century Osage Nation

Jean Dennison


From 2004 to 2006 the Osage Nation conducted a contentious governmental reform process in which sharply differing visions arose over the new government's goals, the Nation's own history, and what it means to be Osage. The primary debates were focused on biology, culture, natural resources, and sovereignty. This book documents the reform process in order to reveal the lasting effects of colonialism and to illuminate the possibilities for indigenous sovereignty. In doing so, it brings to light the many complexities of defining indigenous citizenship and governance in the twenty-first century. By ... More

Keywords: Osage Nation, governmental reform, biology, culture, natural resources, sovereignty, reform process, colonialism, indigenous citizenship, nationhood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835807
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807837443_dennison


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean Dennison, author