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AIICC - Cherokee Education in the Wake of Pandemic
The 1918 flu pandemic followed on the heels of several devastating events that impacted Cherokee people in Indian Territory turned Oklahoma state. From 1898-1914 the federal government subjected the Five Tribes to the allotment of communally held lands and the dissolution of their tribal governments. Although Cherokee people, in theory, received full citizenship in the aftermath of Oklahoma statehood, Jim Crow policies and eugenics undermined the reality for many. The flu pandemic brought another wave of tragedy to Cherokee communities. Educational institutions, a crowning achievement of the Cherokees post removal, within the state of Oklahoma, became a source of further debasement. And yet, educational institutions, some much older and some new, also provided the vehicles, as they had pre-statehood, for Cherokee people to resist, maintain, and, paraphrasing ethnographer Albert L. Wahrhaftig, to change so that they could stay the same.

Apr 22, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Julie Reed
Associate Professor @Penn State University
Dr. Julie Reed is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an associate professor of history at Penn State University. Julie’s research focuses on Southeastern Indians, the history of social welfare, and American educational history. She is currently wrapping up her second book tentatively titled “Land, Language, and Women: A Cherokee and American Educational History”. Her first book Serving the Nation: Cherokee Sovereignty and Social Welfare, 1800-1907 examined the move from kinship based systems of care at the turn of the century to the development of national social service programs and institutions, including pensions, a prison, a mental health facility, and an orphanage in the aftermath of the Civil War. She has also co-authored articles in Antiquity and American Antiquity that examine early uses of the Cherokee syllabary in caves in the southeast.