"The Relentess Business of Treaties" Author Event

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"The Relentess Business of Treaties" Author Event

Wed., Feb 20, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
1558 W Minnehaha Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104


The story of “western expansion” is a familiar one: U.S. government agents, through duplicity and force, persuaded Native Americans to sign treaties that gave away their rights to the land. But this framing, argues Case, hides a deeper story. Land cession treaties were essentially the act of supplanting indigenous kinship relationships to the land with a property relationship. And property is the organizing principle upon which U.S. society is based. Taking Minnesota as a case study, Case describes the groups that shaped U.S. treaty making to further their own interests: interpreters, traders, land speculators, bureaucrats, officeholders, missionaries, and mining, timber, and transportation companies. Odds are, the deed to the land under your home rests on this system.

About the Author:

Case is a freelance researcher and writer and was a key participant in the development of Why Treaties Matter, a collaboration of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center, and the Smithsonian Institute. His work challenges the “master narrative” that shapes many assumptions about U.S. history and identity. He has also worked as Director of Development and Planning for a state-wide arts organization, and as writing and planning consultant to 45 widely diverse organizations in the fields of art, culture, education, social service, religion, and politics. His new book is The Relentless Business of Treaties: How Indigenous Land Became US Property which is a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award.


2019-02-20 19:00:00 2019-02-20 19:00:00 America/Chicago "The Relentess Business of Treaties" Author Event Hamline Midway Library