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Reproduction on the ReservationPregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century$
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Brianna Theobald

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469653167

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653167.001.0001

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Our Crow Indian Hospital

Our Crow Indian Hospital

(p.123) Chapter Five Our Crow Indian Hospital
Reproduction on the Reservation

Brianna Theobald

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores how members of the Crow Nation—especially women—navigated the various terminationist pressures of the post-World War II period. In these years, an influential group of policy makers pursued the dissolution of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the termination of tribal members’ political status as “American Indian.” In practice, one of the most immediate threats was the reduction or elimination of reservation health services. The chapter reveals that the female members of a new Crow Health Committee emerged as leaders in the community’s effort to protect the reservation hospital and to reform the colonial institution to meet the evolving needs of Crow people. In regular meetings with medical officers in the newly created Indian Health Service, these women presented comprehensive health services, and particularly maternal and infant welfare, as a federal obligation and a matter of Indian treaty rights.

Keywords:   Termination, Indian Health Service, Crow Nation, Infant welfare, Treaty rights

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