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Framing Chief LeschiNarratives and the Politics of Historical Justice$
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Lisa Blee

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469612843

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469612843.001.0001

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The Leschi Message

The Leschi Message

(p.103) Chapter 4 The Leschi Message
Framing Chief Leschi

Lisa Blee

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows how changing Nisqually conceptions of tribal leadership and treaty rights developed in parallel with their commemorations for Leschi. In three periods of political crisis for the tribe, Nisqually leaders invoked Leschi as a symbol for various tribal political strategies, from accommodation to direct defiance of U.S. demands. The Historical Court was another commemorative event for Nisquallies in which the act of testifying about Leschi's leadership was inseparable from their interpretations of tribal self-determination and treaty rights.

Keywords:   Nisqually Indians, Chief Leschi, tribal leadership, treaty rights, self-determination

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