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All the Agents and SaintsDispatches from the U.S. Borderlands$
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Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631592

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631592.001.0001

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The United States of In-between

The United States of In-between

(p.271) Epilogue The United States of In-between
All the Agents and Saints

Stephanie Elizondo Griest

University of North Carolina Press

The author concludes her exploration of the U.S. borderlands with a meditation on the concept of borderlines. They don’t just delineate countries. Political parties are highly adept at redrawing the lines of congressional districts with a legal magic that—at the ballot box—brings about “miracles” on par with La Virgen de Guadalupe (only nowhere near as hopeful). For a borderline is an injustice. It is a time-held method of partitioning the planet for the benefit of the elite. Fortunately, there are legions of activists, artists, and faith keepers out there, petitioning on humanity’s behalf, but they need serious reinforcement. For the greatest lesson in nepantla is that many borderlines needn’t exist at all.

Keywords:   Nepantla, Iroquois, Tejano, Akwesasne, Haudenosaunee Confederacy, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, borderline, U.S. Mexico border, U.S. Canada border, native sovereignty

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