Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

Editor's Note

Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

Editor's Note

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Following the Civil War and the era of Reconstruction, tribes in Indian Territory faced another round of invasion and colonization. Reconstruction treaties forced the door open to allow a technological foray that would bring corporate invasions, economic shifts, resource exploitation, waves of nonIndian settlers, and with all these, the displacement of tribal power. The first article by Daniel Flaherty, "The Chickasaw View of the Railroad: Accommodation, Resistance, and the Demise of Sovereignty," examines the direct affect railroads wrought upon the Chickasaws. Though a detrimental era to the autonomy of the tribe, Flaherty does not see the Chickasaws standing idly by as mere victims. Instead, he sees the tribe and individual Chickasaws confronting this incursion through processes of accommodation and resistance. The outcome of lost sovereignty seemed inevitable. The efforts to resist, or to hold on to as much in terms of resources and independence, using the institutions of the dominant society to do so, says much about how the Chickasaw people understood the necessity of knowing and operating in the dominant society in order to preserve their own culture. This article is the beginning of Flaherty's study of the Chickasaws he intends to expand upon for his dissertation. …

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