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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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(p.159) Chapter 6 Haunting
Framing Chief Leschi

Lisa Blee

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter argues that the colonial archive, which made the Historical Court possible, is also haunted by colonial violence that the court could not address. The legal framing of Leschi's story allowed for a sort of correction for Leschi, but there was no comparable forum to address the extralegal assassination of Leschi's brother Quiemuth. Indeed, the Nisqually petitioners' success in Leschi's case may have simultaneously planted seeds of hope and closed off avenues for addressing other kinds of historical injuries.

Keywords:   colonial violence, Chief Leschi, Quiemuth, Nisqually Indians

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