Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Humalajoki, Reetta
Organisation University of Turku
Project title
Transnational Indigenous Activism: Asserting Sovereignty in the Cold War United States and Canada, 1953-1975
Decision No. 307740
Decision date 13.06.2017
Funding period 01.09.2017 - 17.07.2021
Funding 212 345
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Project description
This project examines the origins of present day transnational indigenous activism in early Cold War North America. Focusing on Native political organisation in response to assimilationist policies adopted by the United States in 1953 and Canada in 1970, the project will address the questions of how national indigenous movements emerged in this period and the extent to US and Canadian activists created cross-border networks. Developments will be considered in both a comparative and a transnational perspective, in order to evaluate the impacts of Native protest on federal policy-making in both countries. Adopting approaches from indigenous studies and Cold War studies, this research will uncover the conditions which led to the rise of long-standing indigenous activist movements. As attempts at reintroducing assimilationist policies have in recent years re-emerged in the US and Canada, understanding transnational indigenous activism is particularly important at present.