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Reproduction on the Reservation – Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century

Brianna Theobald


This pathbreaking book documents the transformation of reproductive practices and politics on Indian reservations from the late nineteenth century to the present, integrating a localized history of childbearing, motherhood, and activism on the Crow Reservation in Montana with an analysis of trends affecting Indigenous women more broadly. As Brianna Theobald illustrates, the federal government and local authorities have long sought to control Indigenous families and women's reproduction, using tactics such as coercive sterilization and removal of Indigenous children into the white foster care s ... More

Keywords: Reproduction, Pregnancy, Motherhood, Native Americans, Colonialism, Crow Reservation, Sterilization, Self-Determination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469653167
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brianna Theobald, author
University of Rochester