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The Erotics of Sovereignty: Queer Native Writing in the Era of Self-Determination

Mark Rifkin


In 1970 the Nixon administration inaugurated a new era in federal Indian policy. No more would the U.S. government seek to deny and displace Native peoples or dismantle Native governments; from now on federal policy would promote “the Indian’s sense of autonomy without threatening his sense of community.” This book offers a telling perspective on what such a policy of self-determination has meant and looks at how contemporary queer Native writers use representations of sensation to challenge official U.S. accounts of Native identity. The book focuses on four Native writers—Qwo-Li Driskill (Che ... More

Keywords: Nixon administration, federal Indian policy, Natives peoples, Native governments, self-determination, queer Native writers, Native identity, political theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816677825
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677825.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Rifkin, author