By Jean Dennison
From 2004 to 2006 the Osage kingdom carried out a contentious governmental reform procedure during which sharply differing visions arose over the hot government's objectives, the Nation's personal historical past, and what it ability to be Osage. the first debates have been excited about biology, tradition, common assets, and sovereignty. Osage anthropologist Jean Dennison files the reform approach with the intention to exhibit the lasting results of colonialism and to light up the probabilities for indigenous sovereignty. In doing so, she brings to mild the numerous complexities of defining indigenous citizenship and governance within the twenty-first century.
via situating the 2004-6 Osage country reform technique inside its old and present contexts, Dennison illustrates how the Osage have creatively replied to carrying on with attacks on their nationhood. a desirable account of a state in the course of its personal remaking, Colonial Entanglement provides a pointy research of ways legacies of ecu invasion and payment in North the USA proceed to impact indigenous people's perspectives of selfhood and nationhood.
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Where they negotiated for treaty annuities to be paid mostly in cash. By taking over the OIA’s annuity payments, which served as a tight control mechanism, the Osage delegation reasserted their ability to speak for themselves, rather than through the agents of the OIA. This 1881 Constitution was copied directly, almost verbatim, from the 1839 Cherokee Constitution, with its three-part government, democratic elections, and autonomous boundary control. S. ” Following the Osage practice of accepting radical change as part of ensuring a strong Osage future, the Osage set out to reestablish their autonomy.
The central argument of the group, officially established in 1964, was that the 1881 Osage Nation had been illegally terminated by the OIA and was therefore still a legitimate government. In addition to advocating a return to this governing structure, this group was motivated by a desire to move Osage citizenship away from the headright system toward a minimum one-fourth blood quantum requirement. The ONO was never successful in its reform efforts, due to its insistence on a minimum blood requirement for citizenship and fears that its real intent was to do away with the headright system altogether—a system that was providing annuitants with a substantial income each quarter from oil lease revenues.
As a solution, I have left the personal narratives beginning each section in first person and attempted to make the rest of the text read from a distance more common to an academic text. Having stated this, there were times when such a perspective limited communication, when I chose to switch, sometimes jarringly, back to first person. These moments are intended to signal the ways in which this text hopes to be more than a record of the 14 : : : I n t r o d u c t i o n 2004–6 Osage reform process.