Say We Are Nations

Documents of Politics and Protest in Indigenous America since 1887

By Daniel M. Cobb

316 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 9 halftones, 1 maps, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2480-8
    Published: November 2015
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-2481-5
    Published: September 2015
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-8641-5
    Published: September 2015

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In this wide-ranging and carefully curated anthology, Daniel M. Cobb presents the words of Indigenous people who have shaped Native American rights movements from the late nineteenth century through the present day. Presenting essays, letters, interviews, speeches, government documents, and other testimony, Cobb shows how tribal leaders, intellectuals, and activists deployed a variety of protest methods over more than a century to demand Indigenous sovereignty. As these documents show, Native peoples have adopted a wide range of strategies in this struggle, invoking “American” and global democratic ideas about citizenship, freedom, justice, consent of the governed, representation, and personal and civil liberties while investing them with indigenized meanings.

The more than fifty documents gathered here are organized chronologically and thematically for ease in classroom and research use. They address the aspirations of Indigenous nations and individuals within Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska as well as the continental United States, placing their activism in both national and international contexts. The collection’s topical breadth, analytical framework, and emphasis on unpublished materials offer students and scholars new sources with which to engage and explore American Indian thought and political action.

About the Author

Daniel M. Cobb is associate professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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“Native America in this book is as it should be: both diverse and uniform, individual and collective. . . . Don’t look to this book for neat answers; instead you’ll find the complexity and diversity that is most representative of Native nations today, yesterday, and in days to come.”—American Literary History

“An impressive collection. . . . [that features] resurgent and revitalized indigenous voices.”—Journal of American History

“[An] excellent new edited document collection. . . . [featuring] an impressive number of unfamiliar and unpublished sources. . . . [that] demonstrates Native American intellectuals’ and activists’ long tradition of engaging the surrounding majority society and wider world on Indigenous terms, for Indigenous purposes, and not at the expense of Indigeneity. . . . [It] should generate lively discussions among students. . . . [and] will be of great value for professional scholarship on Indian intellectual history, activism, sovereignty, self-determination, economic development, postcolonial resistance, and, of course, politics.”—Ethnohistory

“A powerful contribution to making visible previously invisible individuals and communities, as well as tribal and multitribal political activities.”—American Indian Quarterly

“A must-have book for both individuals and libraries collecting works on Native American and Indigenous studies, history, and politics. . . . Highly recommended.”—Choice

“A well-researched, valuable resource for scholars and educators in history, anthropology, and Native American studies.”—H-Net

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