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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.184) (p.185) Conclusion
Framing Chief Leschi

Lisa Blee

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter presents concluding thoughts about Chief Leschi's case and the Historical Court. The Historical Court revealed the tensions and contradictions of historical justice. It represented a victory for Leschi's descendants, a call to action for Native elders, a boon to legal authority, and a confirmation of American settlers' just intentions and liberal achievements in the region. Leschi symbolized another set of contradictions. He was a model for resistance to U.S. domination and an example of a peaceful arbiter who valued cooperation and accommodation. Leschi signified the enduring active presence of the past as well as an attempt to seize control of it, a representative of a shared, multicultural collective memory and evidence of its impossibility in a settler state.

Keywords:   Washington State, Historical Court, Inquiry and Justice, Chief Leschi, historical justice

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