By Jean Dennison
From 2004 to 2006 the Osage state carried out a contentious governmental reform technique within which sharply differing visions arose over the hot government's ambitions, the Nation's personal background, and what it potential to be Osage. the first debates have been eager about biology, tradition, normal assets, and sovereignty. Osage anthropologist Jean Dennison records the reform approach that allows you to show the lasting results of colonialism and to light up the probabilities for indigenous sovereignty. In doing so, she brings to gentle the numerous complexities of defining indigenous citizenship and governance within the twenty-first century.
by way of situating the 2004-6 Osage country reform procedure inside of 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 country in the middle of its personal remaking, Colonial Entanglement offers a pointy research of ways legacies of ecu invasion and cost in North the US proceed to impact indigenous people's perspectives of selfhood and nationhood.
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Extra info for Colonial Entanglement: Constituting a Twenty-First-Century Osage Nation
First, there was no clear delineation of duties within the 1994 Constitution, and many departments, businesses, and individuals were uncertain which council to consult when issues arose. Because the OTC 26 : : : R e f o r m had managed affairs for so long, the challenges of changing to a new structure only further complicated these interactions. Another problem was that the buildings, equipment, and other possessions had ambiguous ownership, with the result that both sides made claims to them. A final problem arose when the OTC argued that the National Council was meddling in OTC affairs through the creation of laws that could potentially impact the Mineral Estate.
539), when the reservation was allotted, the Mineral Estate underneath the reservation was separated from the surface lands. This meant that while the land was allotted to individuals, the subsurface oil and gas remained in national ownership. The proceeds from the sale of oil and gas were to be distributed evenly among all 2,229 people listed on the 1906 Osage allotment roll. Many people today hold only partial shares in the Mineral Estate because their parents’ or grandparents’ shares were divided among multiple siblings.
He ran on a reelection platform of hosting a constitutional convention but was summarily defeated in the following election. Again taking matters into their own hands, in 1986, Charles Pratt, Juanita West, Leonard Maker, and a sizable group of Osage descendants began organizing around the reinstatement of the 1881 Osage Constitution. After holding a three-day convention, Charles Pratt, a non-annuitant, was elected primary councilor of the Osage National R e f o r m : : : 25 Council, as the head of the organization was called.