Settler City Limits
Indigenous Resurgence and Colonial Violence in the Urban Prairie West
American Indian Studies
Published by: Michigan State University Press
Imprint: Michigan State University Press
Sales Date: 2019-10-01
224 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- ISBN: 9781611863376
- Published: October 2019
While cities like Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Saskatoon, Rapid City, Edmonton, Missoula, Regina, and Tulsa are places where Indigenous marginalization has been most acute, they have also long been sites of Indigenous placemaking and resistance to settler colonialism. Settler City Limits addresses urban struggles involving Anishinabek, Cree, Creek, Dakota, Flathead, Lakota, and Métis peoples. Collectively, these studies showcase how Indigenous people in the city resist ongoing processes of colonial dispossession and create spaces for themselves and their families. Working at intersections of Indigenous studies, settler colonial studies, urban studies, geography, and sociology, this book examines how the historical and political conditions of settler colonialism have shaped urban development in the Canadian Prairies and American Great Plains. Settler City Limits frames cities as Indigenous spaces and places, both in terms of the historical geographies of the regions in which they are embedded and with respect to ongoing struggles for land, life, and self-determination.
"Settler City Limits breaks ground, shattering the powerful authoritative structures of racism that have dichotomized rural and urban space and Indigenous peoples’ relation to these as a central force sustaining and fortifying settler colonialism."
—Heather A. Howard-Bobiwash, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University, and Affiliated Faculty, Centre for Indigenous Studies, University of Toronto