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Author Hansen, Karen V.

Title Encounter on the Great Plains : Scandinavian settlers and the dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930 / Karen V. Hansen
Published New York : Oxford University Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xxviii, 332 pages) : facsimiles, maps, photographs
Contents Introduction: illuminating the encounter -- Indians never knocked: fear frames the encounter -- The Scandinavian flood: land hunger, dislocation, and settlement -- The reservation land rush: allotment and landtracking -- Spirit Lake transformed: the nexus of schooling, language, and trade -- Marking nations, reservation boundaries, and racial-ethnic hierarchies -- Fighting the sky and working the land -- Divergent paths to racialized citizenship -- A fragile hold on the land -- Conclusion: Strangers no more -- Appendixes -- A. Historical timeline -- B. Oral history interview subjects
Summary In 1904, Scandinavian settlers began moving onto the Spirit Lake Dakota Indian Reservation. These land-hungry first and second generation immigrants struggled with poverty nearly as severe as that of their Dakota neighbours, often becoming sharecropping tenants of Dakota landowners. Yet the homesteaders' impoverishment did not impede native dispossession: by 1929 Scandinavians owned more reservation land than did Dakotas. Although this historical encounter at Spirit Lake took place in a small corner of eastern North Dakota, it encapsulates the story of conquest and white settlement and the less publicized but equally important, story of the dispossession and survival of Native Americans
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-322) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Dakota Indians -- North Dakota -- Interviews
Indian allotments -- North Dakota -- Devils Lake Region (Lake)
Indians of North America -- Land tenure -- North Dakota -- Devils Lake Region (Lake)
Norwegians -- North Dakota -- Interviews
Rural women -- North Dakota -- History
Scandinavian Americans -- Land tenure -- North Dakota -- Fort Totten Indian Reservation
Scandinavian Americans -- North Dakota -- Devils Lake Region (Lake) -- History
Dakota Indians.
Ethnic relations.
Indian allotments.
Indians of North America -- Land tenure.
Rural women.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
Scandinavian Americans.
Fort Totten Indian Reservation (N.D.) -- History
North Dakota -- Ethnic relations
Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota -- History
North Dakota -- Fort Totten Indian Reservation.
North Dakota.
Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 019936947X
Other Titles Scandinavian settlers and the dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930