“Who Belongs?: Becoming Tribal Members in the South”
On Wednesday, January 30, Mikaela Adams discusses “Who Belongs?: Becoming Tribal Members in the South”. Mikaela is an Assistant Professor of Native American history at the University of Mississippi. She received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill in 2012. Her dissertation, Who Belongs? Becoming Tribal Members in the South, explored how southeastern Indians developed citizenship criteria to maintain their political sovereignty and separate identity in the face of racial legislation and discrimination in the Jim Crow South. Adams is currently working on the manuscript of her first book based on her dissertation. Her research addresses questions of political identity and national belonging in southeastern American Indian tribes in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She examines how tribes repurposed older notions of kinship and culture to create new criteria of belonging that met the challenges of living in a world defined by racial classifications. In particular, her work focuses on the experiences of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe of Virginia, the Catawba Indian Nation of South Carolina, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Adams joined the faculty of the Department of History in 2012.
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