Review of Lessons from an Indian Day School: Negotiating Colonization in Northern New Mexico
Sometimes a micro-study of a short period of time at an Indian reservation, focused entirely on two people, can be a powerful microcosm of many of the problems in Indian country throughout American history. Lessons from an Indian Day School is such a study, and it is an exceptional read. Adrea Lawrence selects the Santa Clara Pueblo for the period from 1902 to 1907 for her study; in that short period, the tribe engaged in disputes over membership, suffered a terrible outbreak of diphtheria, and experienced fundamental changes to their property rights and reservation status.
Fletcher, Matthew. Review of Lessons from an Indian Day School: Negotiating Colonization in Northern New Mexico, Pacific Historical Review 82, no. 1 (2013): 140-41. (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.)