This book investigates the forced migration of the Delawares in the United States and the Yaquis in Mexico, focusing primarily on the impact removal from tribal lands had on the (ethnic) identity of these two indigenous societies. It analyzes Native responses to colonial and state policies to determine the practical options that each group had in dealing with the states in which they lived. Haake convincingly argues that both nation-states aimed at the destruction of the Native American societies within their borders. This exemplary comparative, transnational study clearly demonstrates that the legacy of these attitudes and policies are readily apparent in both countries today. This book should appeal to a wide variety of academic disciplines in which diversity and minority political representation assume significance.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Removal and Identity 1. Indian Policy in the United States: Removal of Difference 2. The Longest Removal 3.‘Loss of Independence Day’ 4. Identity (in) Crisis?: Delawares in the Cherokee Nation 5. History Is Not Over Yet: The Delawares and the Law 6. Indian Policy in Mexico: Removal of Indianness? 7. The Will to Endure 8. Removal of the Yaquis: Out of Yaquimi 9. Silences from Yucatán 10. History is Not Over Yet: The Yaquis and the Land 11. Removal in Comparative Perspective 12. Survival of the Fittest? 13. Histories of Change and Survival
"Overall, the comparative discussion of this book is worthwhile" --George Pierre Castile, Whitman College, The Journal of American History