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Native Acts: Law, Recognition, and Cultural Authenticity
In the United States, Native peoples must be able to demonstrably look and act like the Natives of U.S. national narrations in order to secure their legal rights and standing as Natives. How they choose to navigate these demands and the implications of their choices for Native social formations are the focus of this powerful critique. Joanne Barker contends that the concep ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 9th 2011 by Duke University Press Books
(first published January 1st 2011)
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Joanne Barker’s compelling text is an historical analysis bounded by case studies that analyze the social, legal, and cultural themes of Native authenticity. Barker breaks from federal recognition in relation to Native nations to individual recognition and membership between the individual and their tribes. Barker highlights the long-standing concept of “what it means to be Native” by linking cultural definitions of Native authenticity to tribal citizenship. Barker argues that these traditional ...more