Treaty Claims and the Reorganization of Fiduciary Colonialism in the Wake of Indian Removal

Friday Seminar
Emilie Connolly, Brandeis University and 2017-2018 MCEAS Consortium Dissertation Fellow
Oct 21, 2022 at - | McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk

Emilie Connolly

Emilie Connolly is an Assistant Professor of History at Brandeis University. She specializes in the nineteenth-century U.S., with a focus on the history of political economy, colonialism, and the Indigenous peoples of North America. Her current book project, provisionally titled "Fiduciary Colonialism: Indian Trust Funds and the Routes of American Capitalism," examines how the federal government became both dispossessor of and trustee to the continent's first peoples. The project argues that federal trusteeship, often cast as a benevolent practice, in fact advanced an imperial strategy named "fiduciary colonialism": a form of territorial acquisition and population management carried out through the expansion of administrative control over Indigenous wealth. Connolly’s next book project will explore the implications of Indigenous polities’ longstanding immunity to colonial taxation.

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