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Roots of Our RenewalEthnobotany and Cherokee Environmental Governance$
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Clint Carroll

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816690893

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816690893.001.0001

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Shaping New Homelands

Shaping New Homelands

Landscapes of Removal and Renewal

(p.57) Chapter 2 Shaping New Homelands
Roots of Our Renewal

Clint Carroll

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter 2, “Shaping New Homelands,” explains the transference and development of Cherokee environmental knowledge and practices upon forced relocation to lands west of the Mississippi River and thus how Cherokees came to call them home. Through written and oral histories, I sketch the early environment of the Indian Territory as a human-produced environment that Cherokees not only inherited from previous indigenous peoples but also sustained by continuing management activities like controlled burning. I also discuss how politics shaped the Cherokee Nation environment, including internal debates over land use, the invasion of the railroad companies in the 1860s, and the devastating Allotment Era of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Keywords:   Political ecology, Environment, Indigenous government, Self-determination, Natural resource management

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