Committed: Remembering Institutionalization and Native Kinship

Lecture Description

Centering on lived histories of people institutionalized at the Canton Asylum, this lecture examines Native self-determination, kinship, institutionalization, and remembering. Between 1902 and 1934, this federal psychiatric hospital in South Dakota confined nearly 400 men, women, and children from more than fifty Native nations. Institutionalization not only impacts those removed, but ripples through families, communities, and nations, and across generations. Burch’s talk expands the boundaries of Native American, disability, and general U.S. social and cultural history by bringing these multiple analyses into conversation with each other.


American Indian Disability

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